Swann by Barney Riggs

These days it can be more lucrative to await a pay-off than to fall on your sword. The Sun’s Mr Swann, however, showed there can be any number of less honorable factors still, such as deadlines and exclusives!

I Surrender by Rainbow… for cricket’s Graeme Swann

Was this noble part-time lead singer making way for youth or simply sick of being tonked by the Aussies? You could have been first to decide if you opted to wake up to the Sun of a Sunday. Pic: Paddy Briggs

Back To Life by Soul II Soul… for cricket’s Jonathan Trott

Also the title of depression survivor and former footballer Sebastian Deisler’s autobiography, sport may or not soon seem like a vainglorious distant memory for the first man to leave England’s Ashes 2013 tour

Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon… for F1’s Juan Manuel Fangio

Text-book retirement by the Argentinian genius at Reims, France in 1958, having secured his fourth consecutive world crown and fifth in total

Move Over Darling by Doris Day… for cricket’s Nasser Hussain

However pouty Essex boy Hussain was feeling at the time, he made a neat story of it by claiming that to stay on might deny the progress of the promising Andrew Strauss…

Demons by Super Furry Animals… for football’s John Terry

Not much to add!

Moving On by Paramore… for golf’s Lorena Ochoa

Getting out at the top at the age of 28, Lorena showed how it should be done, if you can only conquer that pesky ego

Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash… for boxing’s Ricky Hatton

The speculation alone surrounding the subject of quitting can be so seductive for a lickle tease like our Ricky

Return by The Fall… for football’s Ben Foster

Following a trend established by somewhat more welcome French comebacks from Zidane and Makelele, goalkeeper Foster is widely expected to be on the plane, as the phrase goes, bound for Brazil come June

Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson… for football’s Howard Kendall

While he gave greater service at Maine Road than plenty before or since, Kendall famously described City as his mistress and Everton as his wife…

Wild Thing by The Troggs… for cricket’s Shaun Tait

Just to prove quitting is not the sole preserve of English cricketers, Australian Tait, whose nickname you can guess, retired from everything but T20 in March 2011, at the ripe old age of 28

10 tunes to quit your sport to
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