Morecambe legend Carlton announces retirement

Danny Carlton, right, celebrates his Wembley winner with Garry Hunter.
Danny Carlton, right, celebrates his Wembley winner with Garry Hunter.

Morecambe legend Danny Carlton has announced his retirement from football at the age of just 30.

The striker will be best remembered by Shrimps fans as the man whose Wembley goal in the 2-1 win over Exeter won the club promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history in 2007.

Morecambe's Danny Carlton celebrates with the trophy following the Nationwide Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 20, 2007. Morcambe are promoted to the Football League after defeating Exeter 2-1. See PA story SOCCER Conference. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire''THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO UNOFFICIAL CLUB WEBSITE USE.

Morecambe's Danny Carlton celebrates with the trophy following the Nationwide Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 20, 2007. Morcambe are promoted to the Football League after defeating Exeter 2-1. See PA story SOCCER Conference. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire''THIS PICTURE CAN ONLY BE USED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EDITORIAL FEATURE. NO UNOFFICIAL CLUB WEBSITE USE.

He then moved to Carlisle having scored 60 goals in 185 games for the club but rejoined Morecambe on loan in November 2008.

A spell at Bury followed before Carlton rejoined the Shrimps on a two-year contract in July 2011 after impressing on a short-term deal.

The Leeds-born player has however been battling injury for some time and suffered a serious knee injury in September 2012.

At the end of his Shrimps contract he joined Hyde in the Skrill Premier in the summer of 2013 before finishing last season on loan at Chester.