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Death notices - Rest in Peace - 1980s
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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1989
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Derek Pace
17/10/1989
Aged 57
Aston Villa (98), Sheffield United (253), Notts County (29), Walsall (5). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Gaetano Scirea
03/09/1989
Aged 36
Car accident
Atalanta (78), Juventus (377). Italian defender who made his Italian league debut in 1972, and his international debut in December 1974. Played in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, Italy winning through the group stages but coming second to the Netherlands in the second stage. Italy lost the third place match to Brazil, 2-1. Scirea played again in the 1982 World Cup in Spain where Italy only just scraped through the group stage before going on to win the World Cup with a 3-1 win over West Germany. Scirea's last World Cup was 1986 in Mexico where Italy won through the group stages but lost to France in the Round of 16. Scirea was ever-present for Italy throughout these World Cup final tournaments.

The FKS Argentina 1978 sticker album records 'Plays the sweeper role for Juventus and was originally with Atalanta. Four seasons with his present club ahd has been capped at Under-23 level and five times by the full side. Aged 24.'

Scirea was tragically killed in a car accident in Poland in 1989 while on a scouting trip for Juventus.
Kazimierz Deyna
01/09/1989
Aged 41
Car accident
Legia Warsaw, Manchester City (38), San Diego Sockers (90). Died in a car accident in the U.S.A.

The Bassett's 1974/75 card notes "Deyna is a midfield player who has plenty of flair. He is the schemer for Legia Warsaw and was voted player of the year. He has almost reached the half century of caps... A certainty for the world cup team and bids to be one of the stars of the series in Munich."
John Sleeuwenhoek
??/08/1989
Aged 45
Aston Villa (226), Birmingham City (30), Torquay United (11), Oldham Athletic (2).

The 1966/7 A&BC card states "Aston Villa centre half. The son of a Dutch paratrooper, John has been with Aston Villa throughout his footballing career and has developed into one of the most polished centre halves in league football. Rarely scores goals but is behind many of Villa's best moves. Height 5' 10". Weight 10st. 6lbs."
Laurie Cunningham
15/07/1989
Aged 33
Car accident
Orient (75), West Bromwich Albion (86), Real Madrid, Marseille, Manchester United (5), Sporting Gijon, Leicester City (15), Real Betis, Charleroi, Wimbledon (6), Rayo Vallecano. First black player to represent England in a competitive match. Transferred to Real Madrid in 1979 for 995,000. Killed in a car accident in Madrid.

The FKS Soccer Stars 80 sticker notes "Signed in March 1977 from Orient at the cost of 100,000. Forward born in London of West Indian parents and an England Under-23 cap in recent seasons."
Dave Carrick
01/07/1989
Aged 42
Wrexham (24), Port Vale (16), Preston North End (2), Rochdale (26). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Don Revie
26/05/1989
Aged 61
Leicester City (96), Hull City (76), Manchester City (162), Sunderland (64), Leeds United (76). The Rothmans Football League Players Records book notes "Came to the fore as one of the vital links in Manchester City's deep lying centre forward plan of the 1950's, which really reflected the way that the Hungarians were playing. Before that Don had begun with Leicester City, unfortunate in missing the 1949 F. A. Cup Final against Wolves due to injury. From there the call came to help Raich Carter rejuvenate Hull City, going on to Maine Road in 1951. After a less than auspicious start, the advent of Bobby Johnstone from Hibs created the link needed to produce 'the Revie plan'. One winning Cup Final medal in 1956 must have compensated for a losers medal against Newcastle the year previous. Revie, after calling in on Sunderland, moved on again to become player manager at Leeds United".
Mick Baxter
16/01/1989
Aged 32
Cancer
Preston North End (209), Middlesbrough (122). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Bill Harris
??/??/1989
Hull City (131), Middlesbrough (360), Bradford City (9). Played 127 consecutive league fixtures for Middlesbrough between September 1954 and September 1957. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Phil Robinson
??/??/1989
Huddersfield Town (0), Doncaster Rovers (157), Bradford Park Avenue (116), Darlington (27). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1988
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Stuart Leary
21/08/1988
Aged 55
Charlton Athletic (376), Q.P.R. (94). Also played first-class cricket for Kent from 1951 to 1971 (387 matches with a batting average of 31.1 and a bowling average of 33.8). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Billy Holmes
??/??/1988
Millwall (1), Luton Town (1), Wimbledon (15), Hereford United (31), Brentford (15). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Steve Mills
01/08 /1988
Aged 34
Leukemia
Southampton (61). Was seriously injured in a car crash in 1976 and didn't play for Southampton after that. Died in 1988 after a battle with leukemia. Established a charity which has helped fund the Steve Mills Stem Cell Laboratory at the Southampton General Hospital.
John Smith
??/??/1988
West Ham United (125), Tottenham Hotspur (21), Coventry City (35), Leyton Orient (39), Torquay United (68), Swindon Town (84), Walsall (13). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Dick Young
??/??/1988
Grimsby Town (33), Stockport County (27). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1987
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Trevor Hockey
02/04/1987
Aged 43
Heart attack
Bradford City (97), Nottingham Forest (73), Newcastle United (52), Birmingham City (196), Sheffield United (68), Norwich City (13), Aston Villa (24). Died of a heart attack while participating in a five-a-side tournament for charity.

The Top Sellers Football 72 cards states: "Signed from Birmingham City for more than 40,000 last season. Hockey is a skilful forward who now often plays a midfield role. Born in Keighley, he played for Bradford, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle before joining Birmingham. On the small side at 5ft 6in. but very quick to see an opening."
Lance Robson
??/??/1987
Darlington (213), Hartlepool United (8).
Tommy Veitch
??/??/1987
Tranmere Rovers (79), Halifax Town (22), Hartlepool United (10). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1986
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Austin Hayes
03 /12/1986
Aged 28
Lung cancer
Southampton (31), Millwall (47), Northampton Town (64). Died from lung cancer, three weeks after having been diagnosed.

The FKS Soccer Stars 80 album notes "Centre-forward who turned professional in July 1976 and made his initial senior (Southampton) appearance the following season. Made more progress in 1978-79 and won Eire international honours."
Barry Salvage
14/10/1986
Aged 38
Heart attack
Fulham (7), Millwall (57), Q.P.R. (21), Brentford (87). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Joe Kennedy
17/09/1986
Aged 60
W.B.A. (364), Chester City (35). West Brom centre-half who played in the 1954 F.A. Cup Final.
1985
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Steve Goulding
??/??/1985
Aged 31
Sheffield United (28).

The 1974/75 FKS album notes "Was given his initial outing in the first team during 1971/72 season making his debut against Coventry City in November 1971. Had only one other senior opportunity that season. Full-back who hails from Mexborough and has had few chances. Height 5ft 7in. Wt. 10.8."
Wilf Humble
??/??/1985
Mansfield Town (198). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ian McQueen
??/??/1985
Rochdale (16). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Phil O'Connor
??/??/1985
Luton Town (2), Lincoln City (4). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1984
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Micky Cave
06/11/1984
Aged 35
Accidental poisoning
Torquay United (114), Bournemouth (141), Plymouth Argyle (8), York City (96). Died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning (running his car in a garage) while assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Spirit of the U.S. Major Indoor Soccer League. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Mike Barrett
14/08/1984
Aged 24
Cancer
Bristol Rovers (129). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
John Colrain
??/??/1984
Heart attack
Celtic, Clyde, Ipswich Town (56), Glentoran. Became manager of Glentoran 1966-68. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
John Richardson
??/??/1984
Millwall (1), Brentford (85), Fulham (71), Aldershot (121). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1983
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Keith Webber
26/09/1983
Aged 40
Heart attack.
Everton (4), Brighton and Hove Albion (35), Wrexham (73), Doncaster Rovers (67), Chester City (70), Stockport County (40). Died from a heart attack whilst watching television (kindly advised by his brother). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Jimmy Bloomfield
03/04/1983
Aged 49
Cancer
Brentford (42), Arsenal (210), Birmingham City (122), Brentford (44), West Ham United (8), Plymouth Argyle (25), Orient (44). Later moved into management with Orient, Leicester City and Luton Town. Died after suffering from cancer (this website previously said 'heart attack', but this has been kindly corrected by his son).

The 1966/67 A&BC card notes "West Ham inside right. A clever ball-playing inside forward, Jimmy joined the "Hammers" last season from Brentford. Started his career with Brentford, and was with Arsenal and Birmingham City before moving back to Griffin Park. Height 5' 10". Weight 10st. 12lbs."
 
Roy Chapman
??/??/1983
Aston Villa (19), Lincoln City (175), Mansfield Town (136), Port Vale (78), Chester City (9). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Peter Southey
??/??/1983
Tottenham Hotspur (1). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1982
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
John Lyons
11/11/1982
Aged 26
Suicide
Wrexham (86), Millwall (55), Cambridge United (21), Colchester United (33). Centre-forward who committed suicide after suffering from depression. Played his last game for Colchester only two days before his suicide. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Dave Clement
31/03/1982
Aged 34
Suicide
Q.P.R. (405), Bolton Wanderers (33), Fulham (18).

The 1973/74 FKS album states "Full-back who was developed by the club's juniors and is another ex-England youth cap. Was introduced into the first team in 1966-67. Likes to link up in attack too. Completed his 200th League outing last term. Height 5ft 10in. Weight 11.5."
Brian Handley
05/03/1982
Aged 45
Aston Villa (3), Torquay United (80), Bridgwater, Rochdale United (3). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Jimmy Mulvaney
??/??/1982
Luton Town (8), Brighton and Hove Albion (8), Bradford City (16), Halifax Town (1). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1981
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Dan Coe
19/10/1981
Aged 40
Romanian defender who played for Rapid Bucharest from 1961 until 1971, then moved to Belgium to play for Antwerp F.C. Made 41 international appearances for Romania, including at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

The 1970 FKS Mexico World Cup album notes: "Experienced 29 year old who usually plays in the centre of defence for Rapid where he displays strong destructive qualities. Among his 39 full caps he has 1966 World Cup qualifying games as well as the 1970 series".
Mel Holden
??/01/1981
Aged 26
Motor Neuron Disease
Preston North End (72), Sunderland (73), Blackpool (3).

The 1976/77 FKS sticker states "Joined the club (Sunderland) in the 1975 close season for 100,000 from Preston North End where he had ended the term as top scorer with 23 League and Cup goals. Striker who took time to settle on Wearside after his arrival. Height 6ft 1in. Weight 10.4.".
Joe Jacques
??/??/1981
Lincoln City (22), Darlington (153), Southend United (87), Gillingham (73), Hartlepool United (5). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Maurice Kyle
??/??/1981
Oxford United (275), Southend United (8). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Eddie Robertson
??/??/1981
Bury (196), Wrexham (24), Tranmere Rovers (145). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Billy Taylor
??/??/1981
Orient (23), Nottingham Forest (19), Lincoln City (79). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
1980
Player Clubs (and league appearances)  
Terry Anderson
??/01/1980
Aged 35
Drowned
Arsenal (25), Norwich City (236), Colchester United (20), Scunthorpe United (10), Crewe Alexandra (4). Found drowned in January 1980.

The 1972/73 FKS album states "This former youth international was winger once and now occupies a midfield role. Signed from Arsenal in February 1965 he has also appeared at centre half occasionally. Played more than 200 League matches. Height 5ft. 9in. Weight 11.4."
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