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Mel Sage

Personal information
Full nameMelvyn Sage
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionFull back

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Melvyn "Mel" Sage (born 24 March 1964, Gillingham) is an English former football (soccer) player. He played as a full back for Gillingham and Derby County in a ten-year career which was ultimately cut short by injury.

Sage began his career as an apprentice professional with his hometown club, Gillingham, turning professional in 1982. He soon forced his way into the first team and became a regular in the defence, as well as attracting attention from larger clubs. In the 1985-86 season he was an ever-present in the team and named the club's Player of the Year, after which he was snapped up by Derby County, who had just clinched promotion to Division Two, for a fee of £60,000. The following season he helped the Rams clinch promotion to Division One and in all made over 140 league appearances for Derby before a succession of injuries, most notably a knee injury sustained in November 1991, forced him into retirement in 1992.

After retiring from football, Sage returned to his hometown of Gillingham and became a taxi driver.

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