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Death notices - Rest in Peace - 1960s and 1970s

These pages aim to respect the memory of football league players who played, managed or otherwise featured in England in the period from 1965/66 to 1979/80. It will list the players whose deaths are known. If you can provide confirmed details to update this page please email me. Figures in brackets after teams represent the number of league appearances made, where known, mainly sourced from Rothmans Football League Players Records.

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1979
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Ermindo Onega
21/12/1979
Aged 39
Member of Argentina's 1966 World Cup squad.
Sam Lawrie
26/08/1979
Aged 44
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
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
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Bobby Finch
18/09/1978
Aged 30
Meningitis
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
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
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
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
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
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
Charlton Athletic (1), Rotherham United (1). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1977
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Peter Houseman
20/03/1977
Aged 31
Car accident
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
Sheffield Wednesday (0), Bradford City (131), Plymouth Argyle (1). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1976
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Willie Hamilton
22/10/1976
Aged 38
Heart attack
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
Glenavon, Arsenal (46), Fulham (51), Lincoln City (12), Barnet. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1972
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Trevor Roberts
??/06/1972
Aged 30
Brain tumour
Liverpool (0), Southend United (171), Cambridge United (36). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1971
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Ken Solan
23/11/1971
Aged 23
Car accident
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
Scunthorpe United (1). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1969
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Roy Evans
20/01/1969
Aged 25
Car accident
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
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
Aberdeen (29), Stoke City (278), Middlesbrough (84), Hartlepool United (28).
1968
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Paul Shardlow
14/10/1968
Aged 25
Heart attack
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
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
Sheffield Wednesday (116). Also played for F.C. Bruges.
Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website. Photograph kindly supplied by F.C. Bruges.
Robert (Bob) Woolley
??/??/1968
Notts County (9). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1967
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Dick Keith
28 /02/1967
Aged 33
Works accident
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.

See this article for a personal recollection.
1966
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
John Nicholson
03/09/1966
Aged 30
Car accident
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
Sheffield Wednesday (26), Norwich City (304). Captain of Norwich City.
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