Scott Ruscoe retires from football

Scott Ruscoe retires from football

  • Scott Ruscoe has announced his retirement from football
  • The 37-year-old has played a record 300 Welsh Premier League games for TNS
  • The midfielder has appeared a record 30 times in European competitions
  • Ruscoe has won eight league titles, three welsh cups and six league cups with TNS

The New Saints midfielder Scott Ruscoe has announced his retirement from football after a trophy-laden 20-year-career.

The New Saints’ most prolific player played his 300th Welsh Premier League game for TNS, on Sunday against Bala.

“It has been a great career,” said the 37-year-old.

Ruscoe is currently Head of Youth Development at the club as well as taking Carl Darlington’s place as Assistant Manager at the beginning of the year.

The Welshman, who also played for Stoke City, Port Vale, Newtown and Chester, is the all-time appearance holder at the club, as well as holding the record for the most appearances in Europe for a Welsh Premier League player.

Ruscoe has played 30 matches in European competitions, including the highlight of his career in 2005; playing against his boyhood favourite; Liverpool at Anfield.

“For TNS to draw the current European champions in a qualifying round was a special moment for the club, but especially for me and several other players, as we are Liverpool supporters.  I can still remember the moment that we lined up in the Anfield tunnel, stood next to Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and seeing a packed out Anfield singing ‘you’ll never walk alone’.  The game is a blur as it all happened so quickly, but I’ll always remember the night and was really happy with swapping shirts with Xabi Alonso at the end.”

His career with TNS, has seen him celebrating eight league titles, three welsh cups and six league cups.

“I have enjoyed every single minute wearing the TNS shirt and am honoured to have been able to represent them for so long.  The memories I’ve made over the years will always stay with me.

“I’m proud of the night I captained the side in Europe, against Cliftonville, where we won away from home for the first time.

“I am grateful to have played under managers who have added something to my game.  Andy Cale and Ken McKenna, who I’ve had great relationships with and more recently Carl Darlington, whose coaching has improved my own outlook and understanding of the game.  Now working alongside Craig Harrison is a great experience – we’re the same age and have the same attitude towards the game – we both believe in hard work to achieve success.”

The A-license coach continues to have an influence on the club, being responsible for bringing through young players like Scott Quigley and Ryan Kershaw, who were coached by Ruscoe as part of the club’s scholarship programme.

“This is the right time to hang up my boots and concentrate on my coaching career.  I’m looking forward to many more successful seasons with TNS, even if it is from the dugout.”