1979
Ermindo Onega, 21/12/1979, aged 39
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Member of Argentina's 1966 World Cup squad.

Sam Lawrie, 26/08/1979, aged 44
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Middlesbrough (35), Charlton Athletic (193), Bradford Park Avenue (73).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Sandor Kocsis, 22/07/1979, aged 49
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Member of Hungary's World Cup squad in 1954, winning the "Golden Shoe" as the tournament's top scorer.

The 1979/80 Sun Soccercard (using the name "Sandor Koscis") notes: "Sandor has a remarkable scoring record for Hungary. Seven times he scored three or more goals in a match for his country in a total of 75 games. Played in both the matches in which Hungary beat England, 6-3 and 7-1 in the 1953/54 season. Koscis scoring twice in the second match. In the 1954 World Cup Finals he scored 11 goals. In one spell of three seasons in Hungary with his club he scored 99 goals".

1978
Bobby Finch, 18/09/1978, aged 30, meningitis
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Q. P. R. (5). Died from meningitis (advised by his widow).

The 1968/69 FKS album states "Seventeen year old full-back who made his senior debut late in 1967/68 season and showed promise as a defender with good positional sense and anticipation. Was an apprentice before being added to the paid ranks in August 1966".

Tommy McLaren, 23/07/1978, aged 29, suicide
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Port Vale (333).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Alan Groves, 15/06/1978, aged 29, heart attack
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Southport (14), Chester City (21), Shrewsbury Town (76), Bournemouth (36), Oldham Athletic (140), Blackpool (15).

Appears in Americana Football Special 77/78 sticker (image not available).

Tony Leighton, 05/04/1978, aged 38, motor neurone disease
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Leeds United (0), Doncaster Rovers (83), Barnsley (106), Huddersfield Town (91), Bradford City (88).

Appears in 1965/66 Barratt A13 Famous footballers (image not available).

David Wiggett, 23/03/1978, aged 20, car accident
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Lincoln City (6), Hartlepool United (54).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Hugh Neil, ??/??/1978, aged 42, car accident
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Carlisle United (247). Died of injuries after a car accident.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Les Surman, ??/??/1978
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Charlton Athletic (1), Rotherham United (1).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

1977
Peter Houseman, 20/03/1977, aged 31, car accident
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Chelsea (269), Oxford United (65). Killed in a car accident.

The 1968/69 FKS album states "Another product of the Chelsea juniors he turned professional in December 1962 after his apprenticeship. Made his league debut against Sheffield United in December 1963. Quick, long-striding forward mostly on the wings".

Peter Middleton, ??/??/1977
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Sheffield Wednesday (0), Bradford City (131), Plymouth Argyle (1).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.<

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1976
Willie Hamilton, 22/10/1976, aged 38, heart attack
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Drumpelier, Sheffield United (79), Middlesbrough (10), Hibernian, Aston Villa (49). Emigrated to Canada in 1975 and died there following a heart attack.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Jack McClelland, 15/03/1976, aged 35, cancer
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Glenavon, Arsenal (46), Fulham (51), Lincoln City (12), Barnet.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

1972
Trevor Roberts, ??/06/1972, aged 30, brain tumour
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Liverpool (0), Southend United (171), Cambridge United (36).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

1971
Ken Solan, 23/11/1971, aged 23, car accident
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Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United (6), Darlington (8). Died in a road accident on Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough. Thanks to Dave, an old friend of Kenny's, for providing this detail.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Terry Muldoon, ??/??/1971
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Scunthorpe United (1).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

1969
Roy Evans, 20/01/1969, aged 25, car accident
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Swansea Town (213), Hereford United. Killed, along with Brian Purcell, in a car crash en route to an away game.

The 1966/67 A&BC Chewing Gum card notes 'Swansea Town right back. A fast, sure-tackling full-back, Roy is another brilliant player to emerge from the Vetch Field Youth Scheme. He gained Under 23 honours after only eight appearances in league football, but has only represented the full Welsh side on one occasion so far. Height 5' 7". Weight 11st. 3lbs."

Brian Purcell, 20/01/1969, aged 30, car accident
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Swansea City (162), Hereford United. Killed, along with Roy Evans, in a car crash en route to an away game.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Ken Thomson, ??/??/1969, aged 39
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Aberdeen (29), Stoke City (278), Middlesbrough (84), Hartlepool United (28).

1968
Paul Shardlow, 14/10/1968, aged 25, heart attack
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Northwich Victoria, Stoke City (4). Died of a heart attack while on a training ground.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Grenville Hair, 07/03/1968, aged 36, heart attack
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Leeds United (443). Later player-manager of Wellington Town, then coach and subsequently manager at Bradford City. Suffered a heart attack after a training session and later died.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Brian Hill, ??/03/1968, aged 31
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Sheffield Wednesday (116). Also played for F.C. Bruges.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Robert (Bob) Woolley, ??/??/1968
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Notts County (9).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

1967
Dick Keith, 28/02/1967, aged 33, works accident
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Linfield, Newcastle United (208), Bournemouth (47), Weymouth (26). Won the Irish Player of the Year award in 1954. Part of the Northern Ireland team that played in the 1958 World Cup tournament. Killed in a works accident on a Bournemouth building site.

1966
John Nicholson, 03/09/1966, aged 30, car accident
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Liverpool (1), Port Vale (184), Doncaster Rovers (41).

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.

Barry Butler, 09/04/1966, aged 31, car accident
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Sheffield Wednesday (26), Norwich City (304). Captain of Norwich City.

Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.