PAUL Cook is hanging up his boots after his "Retirement Match" on Tuesday when he will play for Conference champions Accrington Stanley for one half and a Burnley side made up of their star players over the last six years for the other.
These include Reading winger Glen Little, ex-Arsenal hero Ian Wright, Sunderland boss Kevin Ball and plenty more.
The Reds player-coach, who has got more than 700 games under his belt and nine clubs, has decided to concentrate on the training side and his final game will kick off at the Interlink Express Stadium at 7.45pm.
A donation will be made to the Pendle Hospice for the game with admission £10 for adults and £5 for senior citizens and OAPs.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT RETIREMENT
I don't feel good about it at all. We made the plans a bit a go and it seemed like a good idea but I have got a feeling I am going to miss it a lot.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER?
I think there are two which stick in my mind. One was when I played for Coventry at Anfield because I am a big Liverpool fan and we won 3-2. It was fantastic.
The other was at Scunthorpe for Burnley when we got promoted. That was special although I have got to say I don't remember much about the days after!
MOST INFLUENTIAL MANAGER?
Stan Ternent at Burnley. I came to Burnley at a time when my career was going nowhere. He probably put another five years on my career that I might not have had. It is thanks to him and Sam Ellis and the way they treated people. They are men's managers and it is sink or swim with them at times. They will certainly tell you how it is. You might not like it at times but the years I played under Stan were the happiest times of my playing career.
BEST GOAL YOU HAVE SCORED?
I honestly do not know. When I look back over my time, I have scored one or two decent goals. One that sticks out was for Wolves at Tranmere which was a free kick. I am just thankful for all the goals I have scored and all the clubs who have given me an opportunity to play in those games.
MOST DISAPPOINTING GAME?
In Division One with Burnley when we played Watford in the FA Cup quarter-final. We didn't do ourselves justice that day and we froze. We were a better team than Watford and it was so made for us to win it and play in the semi-final and what a day that would have been been - but you cannot change it.
BEST PLAYER YOU HAVE PLAYED ALONGSIDE?
I was lucky at Burnley to have Ian Wright and Paul Gascoigne there - they are legends in English football. When I look back it was testament to how far Burnley have come that they could get such players. I remember Ian Wright making his debut at Turf Moor with a full house against Wigan. It was a thrilling 0-0 draw but there were 25,000 there and it was fantastic - a great memory.
At Coventry, I played with Dion Dublin and he never got the credit he deserved. Another was Gordon Strachan when he was getting on a bit but he was still a fantastic player.
But every team I have played for, I have been with players who have been good at what they did.
For a spell at Burnley, Glen Little was virtually unplayable. If you gave Glen the ball, something would happen. Glen will play in the Premiership next season for Reading and it is great and I think he deserves that stage.
HIGHLIGHT OF ACCRINGTON STANLEY'S CONFERENCE WINNING SEASON?
Coming on for six minutes at Grays - I think they was my playing career this season! No, Accrington is a fairytale. You think about where they were, they had bad crowds and last week we had more than 3,000 watching us and Accrington are now a league club. That had made a lot of people hppy.
John (Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) has done an unbelievable job. They took over this club when it was on the floor and I do not think they get the credit they deserve. I think it is grudging credit at times for John and Jimmy and they deserve better.
Eric (Whalley) is a good chairman and puts his money in and backs his managers and, for some reason, he has seen fit to give those two a long time in charge which is amazing! Now Accrington Stanley are a Football League club and that is fantastic.
I am made up about it and that is why it is fitting to finish now. I could have gone on maybe another season and still been a fringe player but I just thought it was a really good time for me to do this. Accrington are back in the league and I have been a small part of that and I had good years at Burnley.
The last nine or ten years of my life have been spent in this part of the country. I have played here and I just think it is nice to retire in this part of the country.
AND TUESDAY'S GAME?
In my opinion, there will be some of best players from Burnley over the last 10 years there and I just hope the fans support it.
I will be playing for both sides and we will also be making a donation to Pendle Hospice, which is close to alot of people's hearts around here.