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Death notices - Rest in Peace

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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2004
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John Barker
14/12/2004
Aged 56
Scunthorpe United (263). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Bill Brown
01/12/2004
Aged 73
Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur (222), Northampton Town (17).

The 1966 A&BC card notes 'Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper. Nicknamed "The Cat", Bill has won many honours with Tottenham, but has shared the goalkeeping dutires with Pat Jennings over the past few seasons. Played in the two consecutive F.A. Cup Finals won by Tottenham (1961-62) and also kept for them in the 1963 European Cup Winner's Cup Final, which they won be defeating Atletico Madrid 5-1 at Rotterdam. Height 6" 1'. Wt. 11st. 9lbs.
Johnny Quigley
01/12/2004
Aged 69
Nottingham Forest (236), Huddersfield Town (68), Bristol City (66), Mansfield Town (104). Born in Glasgow on 28th August 1935, he joined Huddersfield Town from Nottingham Forest on 2nd February 1965 and made his debut four days later in a 2-1 home win over Swindon Town (Div 2).  Playing at inside left he then made 15 straight appearances up to the end of the season scoring three goals. The following season he missed only one League fixture as Town finished 4th, often providing a supply line for strikers Allan Gilliver and Tony Leighton, but with age creeping up on him was then transferred to Bristol City on 27th October 1966. His Huddersfield Town club totals stood at 70 appearances (plus one as sub) in League, F.A. Cup and League Cup during which he scored six goals. 

The 1966/67 A&BC card notes: "Huddersfield Town inside left. Formerly with Nottingham Forest, John has a flair for creating goals rather than scoring them, but was a valuable member of the Huddersfield forward line in 1965-66, when he established himself in the first team. Height 5' 6". Weight 10st. 10lbs.".
 
Keith Weller
12/11/2004
Aged 58
Tottenham Hotspur (21), Millwall (121), Chelsea (38), Leicester City (262).

The FKS 1970/71 album notes: "Was a £100,000 signing from Millwall in the close season. Once a winger he has emerged as a more central striker at the Den. Was once with Tottenham Hotspur, first as an amateur then from January 1964 as a professional. Ht. 5ft. 10in. Wt. 12.1.".
Emlyn Hughes
09/11/2004
Aged 57
Brain tumour
Blackpool (28), Liverpool (474), Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rotherham United, Hull City, Mansfield Town, Swansea City. Died after long period of illness with brain tumour.

The 1968/69 FKS album notes:"Lanky defender with a biting tackle who cost the club £60,000 February 1967 from Blackpool. Has been used in a more midfield role on occasions. England Under-23 international from Barrow-in-Furness.
Steve Earl
03/11/2004
Aged 48
Cancer
Scunthorpe United (39). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ernie Yard
??/11/2004
Aged 63
Hodgkinson's disease
Partick Thistle, Bury (45), Crystal Palace (37), Reading (104).
Don McEvoy
09/10/2004
Aged 75
Huddersfield Town (148), Sheffield Wednesday (105), Lincoln City (23), Barrow (74). Manager of Grimsby Town July 1967 to January 1968. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Brian Clough, OBE
20/09/2004
Aged 69
Stomach cancer
Middlesbrough (213), Sunderland (61). Managerial success with Derby County and Nottingham Forest including two First Division titles.

The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard notes: "Clough the manager is well-known. Clough the player was also something special.  serious knee injury ended a goalscoring record that could have beaten all the records. From the 55-56 season till the 64-65 term he scored 251 in 274 League games - an amazing average. Then came his injury and missing the 63-64 season, he made a brave comeback in 64-65 and had scored one goal in three games when he retired. Played two games for England.".
Willie Duff
??/09/2004
Aged 69
Hearts, Charlton Athletic (213), Peterborough United (118), Dunfermline.

The My Favourite Soccer Stars card presented with the Smash comic in 1969 notes: "A very experienced goalie. A Scot, he started with the Hearts with whom he gained Scottish League honours. He then spent some seasons with Charlton Athletic and became very popular for his skilful work between the sticks. Now he is doing good service with Dunfermline.".
Eric Probert
??/09/2004
Aged 52
Burnley (67), Notts County (122), Darlington (21), Rochdale.

The FKS 1970/71 album notes: "A South Elmsall schools product he became an apprentice in August 1967 and made his league debut at age 16 in November 1968 against Arsenal. Turned professional in February 1969. Either midfield or attack. Ht. 5ft. 7½in. Wt. 10.9½.".
Harry Harris
09/06/2004
Aged 70
Newport County (173), Portsmouth (377).

The FKS 1970/71 album notes: "Long-serving Portsmouth half-back who cost the club £10,000 in July 1958 when he was a goalscoring inside forward with Newport County. Made his League debut in 1954-55. Has completed over 500 League appearances. Ht. 5ft 9¼in. Wt. 12.3.".
John Robson
11/05/2004
Aged 53
Derby County (171), Aston Villa (144). Career ended at age 28 due to MS.

The 1969/70 FKS album notes: "A north-east product originally, he did not link up with the club as a full-time professional until October 1967 but after progressing through the 'A' team and Central League made his debut and is now a regular full-back. Ht. 5ft 7½in. Wt. 9.7½.".
Eddie Hopkinson
25/04/2004
Aged 68
Oldham Athletic (3), Bolton Wanderers (519).
George Hardwick
19/04/2004
Aged 84
Middlesbrough (135), Oldham Athletic (190).

The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard states: "Cool fullback who had the honour of being England's' captain in the first 13 matches after World War 2. George also skippered G. Britain v. the Rest of Europe at Hampden Park on 10th May, 1947. His only League club had been Middlesbrough until he moved to Oldham in 1950 as player-manager. Altogether in his League career, he played 333 League games and scored 20 goals.".
Ray Yeoman
??/03/2004
Aged 69
Northampton Town (168), Middlesbrough (21), Darlington (103). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
John Charles, CBE
21/02/2004
Aged 72
Leeds United (308), Juventus, Roma, Cardiff City (66).

The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard states: "The Italians called him 'Il Buon Gigante' in English it is 'The Gentle Giant'. John could play as a striker or as a centre back. Began with Leeds and in five seasons netted 147 League goals including a club record of 42 in 1953-54. Moved to Juventus for a then record £55,000 in April, 1957, back to Leeds in August, 1962 for £53,000. Back to Roma for nine months before settling in Britain.".
Johnny Evans
??/01/2004
Aged 65
Bournemouth (24), Stockport County (52), Carlisle United (78), Exeter City (11), Barnsley (170). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Peter Dinsdale
??/??/2004
Huddersfield Town (214), Bradford Park Avenue (9). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Stuart Holden
??/??/2004
Huddersfield Town (28), Oldham Athletic (43), Rochdale (21). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Nico Schroeder
??/??/2004
Swansea City (1). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Chris Shyne
??/??/2004
Rochdale (20), Wigan Athletic (10). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
2003
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Redfern Froggatt
26/12/2003
Aged 79
Sheffield Wednesday (498). Made his England debut in the same side as his cousin Jack in 1952, going on to make four senior appearances at the international level, scoring two goals.

The Rothmans Football League Players Records book (Rothmans 1981) notes 'Cousin of the ebullient Jack Froggatt, also having a father who was a pre-war Sheffield Wednesday star to boot. Tall, blond, with great constructive ability, specialising in the crossfield pass, was the driving force behind the Owls for over fifteen seasons. As a regular member of the side must have felt like a yo-yo, being either promoted or relegated from first to second division seven times in all after the war. In that period won three second division mdeals.'
Gil Reece
22/12/2003
Aged 61
Cardiff City (100), Newport County (32), Sheffield United (210), Swansea City (2). Died following a long period of illness.

The Top Sellers Football 73 card notes: "Small, quick winger, who was formerly with Newport. Has now chalked up over a double century of games for Sheffield. Has deceptively hard shot for his size, a mere 5ft. 6½in.".
Alex Gibson
22/11/2003
Aged 63
Cancer
Notts County (347). Defender who signed for Notts County from Scottish junior league club Auchenleck Talbot in 1959. Notts County player of the year for the 1966/67 season. He played for Notts County for ten years until the end of the 1969 season, then played for Boston United for two seasons before retiring from football.
Eddie Thomas
??/11/2003
Aged 70
Everton (86), Blackburn Rovers (37), Swansea City (68), Derby County (105), Orient (11).

The Barratt A13 card notes 'Eddie may not rate in the star category, but there are few more consistent performers - or goalscorers - in the Football League. He was a regular scorer with Everton, Blackburn and Swansea in turn, and kept up the good work after moving to Derby in August, 1964. He finished that season as top marksman for his club, who made a bold show in the promotion fight'.
Steve Death
26/10/2003
Aged 54
Cancer
West Ham United (1), Reading (471). Died after a long battle against cancer. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Arthur Kaye
12/10/2003
Aged 70
Barnsley (265), Blackpool (38), Middlesbrough (165), Colchester United (49). Died at his home in Higham, near Barnsley, following a short illness.

The 1966/67 A&BC card states: "Colchester United outside right. Although primarily a winger, Arthur is a versatile performer and appeared in several positions when with Middlesbrough before joining Colchester. He has also been with Barnsley and Blackpool, and gained Under 23 honours for England. Height 5' 4". Weight 9st. 10lbs.".
 
Joe Baker
06/10/2003
Aged 63
Heart attack
Hibernian, Torino, Arsenal (144), Nottingham Forest (117), Sunderland (40).  Suffered a heart attack during a charity golf tournament.

The 1969/70 FKS album notes: "Fast moving spearhead whose moves between Hibernian, Torino, Arsenal and Forest have topped £200,000 in transfer fees. Under-23 and eight full caps for England though reared in Scotland. Hard hit by injuries. Ht. 5ft. 8in. Wt. 11.8.8".
Clive Charles
19/08/2003
Aged 51
West Ham United (14), Cardiff City (77).

The 1973/74 A&BC card states: "Hard tackling fullback who is the younger brother of former West Ham fullback John Charles. Clive Charles made his debut in the 1971-72 season. Clive needs more experience to claim a regular place in West Ham's excellent defence.".
Ray Harford
09/08/2003
Aged 58
Cancer
Charlton Athletic (3), Exeter City (55), Lincoln City (161), Mansfield Town (7), Port Vale (20), Colchester United (108). Successful career in management, including the Premiership title in 1995 with Kenny Dalglish with Blackburn Rovers. Died following a lengthy battle against cancer. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Frank Large
08/08/2003
Aged 63
Halifax Town (133), Q.P.R. (18), Northampton Town (219), Swindon Town (17), Carlisle United (51), Oldham Athletic (35), Leicester City (26), Fulham (24), Chesterfield (46).

The 1968/69 A&BC card notes: "A closed season transfer from Leicester City. Large was signed as part of the exchange deal for Allan Clarke. Previously with Northampton Town, Halifax, Queens Park Rangers, Carlisle United and Oldham Athletic, he provided the drive for Leicester's forward line last season.".
Trevor Smith
??/08/2003
Aged 67
Birmingham City (364), Walsall (11). Played in the Birmingham City team which won the League Cup in 1963 with victory against Aston Villa. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
David Holt
15/06/2003
Aged 51
Heart attack
Bury (178), Oldham Athletic (142), Burnley (84). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Jim Clunie
??/05/2003
Aged 69
Raith Rovers, Aberdeen, St. Mirren, Bury (10). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ray Parry
??/05/2003
Aged 67
Bolton Wanderers (270), Blackpool (128), Bury (146). Won F.A.Cup Winners medal with Bolton in 1958.
Keith Walwyn
16/04/2003
Aged 47
Chesterfield, York City (245), Blackpool (69), Carlisle United. Died due to long-standing heart troubles. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Wilson Hepplewhite
28/03/2003
Aged 56
Carlisle United (3), Hartlepool United (51). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Arthur Thomson
07/03/2003
Aged 54
Chelsea, Hearts, Oldham Athletic (27), Raith Rovers. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Mike Hollow
??/03/2003
Aged 59
Orient (34), Peterborough United (14). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Brian Evans
27/02/2003
Aged 60
Cancer
Swansea City (359), Hereford United (48). Died after a short battle with cancer. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Dale Roberts
05/02/2003
Aged 46
Cancer
Ipswich Town (18), Hull City (153). Ipswich Town joint assistant manager. Returned to Ipswich Town as George Burley's assistant in 1995, having also been with Burley at Ayr and Colchester. Died peacefully in his sleep at home after a year-long battle against cancer.

The FKS 1977/78 album notes: "Newcastle born centre-half who has made a number of appearances when deputising for other senior players. Introduced against Birmingham City in December 1974 and has been capped by England as a youth international. Ht. 5ft. 8in. Wt. 10.5.".
Appeared in FKS 77/78 album (image not available).
Brian Albeson
??/??/2003
Bury (1), Darlington (138), Southend United (110), Stockport County (54). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
John Beresford
??/??/2003
Chesterfield (53), Notts County (50). His son, John Beresford, played for Newcastle United, Southampton and Birmingham City in the period 1993 to 2000 but is now retired. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Tommy Cheetham
??/??/2003
Southport (26). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Chris Crowe
??/??/2003
Leeds United (95), Blackburn Rovers (51), Wolverhampton Wanderers (83), Nottingham Forest (74), Bristol City (67), Walsall (13).
Dave Helliwell
??/??/2003
Blackburn Rovers (15), Lincoln City (13), Workington (197), Rochdale (31). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Keith Lindsey
??/??/2003
Scunthorpe United (16), Doncaster Rovers (18), Southend United (91), Port Vale (24), Gillingham (73). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ralph Marshall
??/??/2003
Glasgow Rangers, Crewe Alexandra (73). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Dennis Walker
??/??/2003
York City (153), Cambridge United (56). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
2002
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Doug Baird
??/12/2002
Aged 67
Nottingham Forest (32), Plymouth Argyle (148). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Rob Hindmarch
05/11/2002
Aged 41
Motor neurone disease
Sunderland (115), Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Died of motor neurone disease.

The FKS Soccer 82 album notes: "Defender. Highly promising young central defender. Made debut in 1979-1980 season and has already made a name for himself with some topclass performances. Born Stannington. Ht. 6. 1½. Wt. 13.4."
Billy McAdams
13/10/2002
Aged 68
Manchester City (127), Bolton Wanderers (44), Leeds United (11), Brentford (75), Q.P.R. (33), Barrow (53). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ian Hutchinson
19/09/2002
Aged 54
Cambridge United, Chelsea (112). Forward who started his career with non-league Burton Albion before signing for Cambridge United. Signed for Chelsea in July 1968 for only £5,000. Won F.A. Cup winners medal in 1969/70, though his career was limited by a number of severe injuries.

The FKS 1969/70 album notes: "The successful discovery of 1968-69. Signed from Cambridge United in July 1968 and made senior debut in October. Rapidly progressed into lanky, tenacious spearhead. Was once with Burton Albion. Born Derby. Ht. 6ft. Wt. 12.0.".
Bob McKinlay
27/08/2002
Aged 69
Nottingham Forest (611). Member of 1959 F.A. Cup winning side. Holds the record for the number of appearance for Forest.

The FKS 1968/69 album notes: "Leggy pivot who is steady and reliable - so much so that he has set up a record number of club appearances since turning professional in October 1949 and making his debut v Coventry in October 1951. A Scot from Lochgelly.".
John Charles
17/08/2002
Aged 57
West Ham United (119).

The FKS 1969/70 album notes: "Terrier-like full-back who once captained the club's successful F. A. Youth Cup team in 1963. Was an 18 year old when he made his first League appearance against Blackburn Rovers in May 1963. England youth cap. Ht. 5ft. 7in. Wt. 11.5.".
Ray Wood
07/07/2002
Aged 71
Darlington (12), Manchester United (177), Huddersfield Town (207), Bradford City (32), Barnsley (29). Played in the Man. Utd.1955/56 and 1956/57 championship winning teams. Survived the Munich air crash though with injuries. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Joe Ashworth
20/05/2002
Aged 59
Bradford Park Avenue (3), York City (57), Bournemouth (60), Southend United (36), Rochdale (133), Chester City (5), Stockport County (14). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Bob Morton
??/05/2002
Aged 76
Luton Town (495).
Stan Lynn
29/04/2002
Aged 73
Accrington Stanley (25), Aston Villa (281), Birmingham City (130). Won the F.A. Cup with Aston Villa in 1957. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Jimmy Quinn
25/04/2002
Aged 54
Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday (46). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ron Phillips
22/04/2002
Aged 55
Bolton Wanderers (135), Chesterfield (5), Bury (68), Chester City (128). Death caused by self-inflicted injuries while suffering from depression. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Billy Ayre
16/04/2002
Aged 49
Hartlepool United (141), Halifax Town. Died of lymph node cancer while first-team coach at Bury. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Billy O'Rourke
28/01/2002
Aged 41
Brain haemorrhage
Burnley (14), Blackpool, Chester City, Tranmere Rovers. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Jeff Astle
19/01/2002
Aged 59
Degenerative brain disease
Notts County (103), West Bromwich Albion (290). The Coroner ruled that Astle died from a degenerative brain disease caused by heading heavy leather footballs.

The Barratt A14 card notes: "Was a surprise signing from Notts County for £25,000, but now worth twice as much after proving he can score goals regularly in the First Division. A skilful, all-round player who is particularly dangerous in the air - and rated 'one of the finest headers of a ball in the game' by West Bromwich manager Jimmy Hagan.".
Mike Grice
??/??/2002
Colchester United (246), West Ham United (142), Coventry City (37). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Brian Hall
??/??/2002
Mansfield Town (74), Colchester United (324). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
John Oldfield
??/??/2002
Huddersfield Town (152), Wolverhampton Wanderers (19), Crewe Alexandra (5), Bradford City (31).

The FKS 1970/71 album notes: "Also secured from Huddersfield last season for £25,000. This goalkeeper was a product of Sheffield junior football, linking up at Leeds Road in 1961. Impressed for them v. Wolves in a 1967-68 League Cup match. Ht. 6ft. Wt. 11.2.".
John Rowland
??/??/2002
Newport County (462).
Jim Smith
??/??/2002
Preston North End (314), Stockport County (78).

The Barratt A15 card notes 'This stylish Scot is now one of Preston's longest-serving professionals, joining them in 1955 after winning a fine reputation with Arbroath boys team and having a short spell on the ground staff of Scottish First Division club Dundee. Was originally a wing-half and made his League debut for Preston in that position in 1958-59, but subsequently switched to full-back. Almost a six-footer'.
Tony Symonds
??/??/2002
Bradford Park Avenue (28). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Derek Woodley
??/??/2002
West Ham United (12), Southend United (166), Charlton Athletic (2), Gillingham (99).

The My Favourite Soccer Stars card, given away with the Tiger comic in 1969 notes: "Speedy, goal-hunting winger who came to the fore in 1957 as England schoolboy star. He joined West Ham and remained until 1962 when he moved to Southend United. Later he had a short spell at Charlton; returned to Southend and then to Gillingham in 1968. London-born and stands 5ft. 7in.".
2001
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Pedro Richards
23/12/2001
Aged 45
Pneumonia
Notts County (228).

The FKS Soccer 82 album notes: "Defender. Has produced a string of outstanding performances since switching from full-back to sweeper. is partnership with young Brian Kilcline will not be easy to prise open - even in Division One. Born London. Ht. 5.8. Wt. 12.8."
Ray Seary
??/12/2001
Aged 49
Q.P.R. (1), Cambridge United (57). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Stuart Imlach
??/10/2001
Aged 69
Bury (71), Derby County (36), Nottingham Forest (184), Luton Town (8), Coventry City (73), Crystal Palace (51). Played in the 1958 World Cup with Scotland. His son, Gary, has written a book about his father's career 'My father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes' (2005). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Reg Matthews
08/10/2001
Aged 67
Coventry City (110), Chelsea (135), Derby County (225). Won 5 England International caps while still a 3rd division player.

The 1966/67 A&BC card notes: "Derby County goalkeeper. Derby's only ever-present player last season. Reg was transferred to the County in the 1961-62 season, and has commanded a place in the first team ever since. A very safe handler of the ball, he was previously with Coventry and Chelsea. Height 5' 10". Weight 12st. 1lb.".
 
Alex Scott
12/09/2001
Aged 64
Glasgow Rangers, Everton (149), Hibernian, Falkirk. Won an English league championship medal in 1963 and an FA Cup winners medal in 1966 with Everton.

The 1966/67 A&BC card notes: "Everton inside right. The favourite of Goodison Park, Alex has the ability to dribble through a defence and win a game single-handed. Joined Everton in preference to Tottenham for £45,000 from Glasgow Rangers in February, 1963. Capped 16 times for Scotland, he gained a Cup-winner's medal with Everton last season. Height 5' 9". Weight 11st. 7lbs.
Bobby Evans
01/11/2001
Aged 74
Pneumonia
Celtic (384), Chelsea (32), Newport County (31), Greenock Morton (31), Third Lanark (7), Raith Rovers (78). The Rothmans Football League Players Records book (Rothmans 1981) notes 'Wherever the fray was at its thickest red haired Bobby Evans, although only 5½ ft high, would be found deep in the heart of battle. Really made his name long before coming to England nearing the end of his brilliant career. Played for Scotland on 48 full international appearances starting in 1949... Although his best position was wing half for Celtic, in 1957, when George Young retired, the national side converted Bobby to the centre of defence. Coming to Chelsea in 1960 was not very successful and after a season he moved on as played manager to Newport County'.
Stan Harland
30/08/2001
Aged 61
Heart attack
Everton, Bradford City (120), Carlisle United (77), Swindon Town (237), Birmingham City (38). Was captain of the 3rd Division Swindon Town team which beat Arsenal 3-1 to win the League Cup in 1968/69 season. Later a manager at Yeovil Town, Portsmouth and Gravesend & Northfleet. Died unexpectedly at his home in Somerset from a heart attack.

The Top Sellers Football 73 card states: "Former Swindon captain who played in the 1969 League Cup Final. Joined Birmingham last season for moderate fee and quickly made his presence felt in defence. Now skippers the side at St. Andrews.".
Les Sealey
20/08/2001
Aged 43
Heart attack
Coventry City (160), Luton Town (207), Plymouth Argyle (6), Manchester United (44), Aston Villa. Played for Manchester United in the F.A. Cup Final win in 1990 and the Cup Winners Cup Final in 1991. Died of a heart attack.

The FKS Soccer 82 album notes: "Goalkeeper. Big, strong, commanding keeper who came through the club's youth scheme. Capped by England at Under-21 level. Born Bethnal Green. Ht. 6.1. Wt. 11.6½.".
Paul Vaessen
08/08/2001
Aged 39
Arsenal (32). Scored the winning goal in a UEFA Cup semi-final victory against Juventus in Italy in 1980 as an 18 year old, but his football career was very short. Reportedly lived his short life as a heroin addict.

The FKS Soccer 82 album notes: "Striker. Talented youngster who so far has had limited opportunities in the first but could make a big impression this season. Born Bermondsey.".
Ronnie Allen
09/06/2001
Aged 72
Port Vale (123), W.B.A. (415), Crystal Palace (100). West Brom playing legend who later managed Wolves and West Brom.

The Rothmans Football League Players Records (Rothmans 1981) book notes 'Taken to the Hawthorns from Port Vale for a fee of £18,000 in March 1950 after playing for the Potteries team since his seventeenth birthday in January 1946. Was predominantly an outside right, but although slight and only 5' 8" was converted successfully to centre forward. Struck up great partnerships, first with Johnny Nicholls and then with Derek Kevan, scoring every one game out of two. Played for England in 1952 as well as collecting a Cup winners medal along with other honours. Beautiful ball player who loved to work behind his own lines, creating chances for others'.
Neil Turner
29/05/2001
Aged 59
Deep vein thrombosis
Blackpool (11), Crewe Alexandra (86). Died in Tung Shin hospital, Kuala Lumpur, where he was taken after a deep vein thrombosis during a stopover on his way to Sydney (many thanks to his brother-in-law for providing this information). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Johnny Gordon
26/05/2001
Aged 69
Portsmouth (445), Birmingham City (96). Helped Portsmouth to win the third division championship in 1962. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Bobby Murdoch
15/05/2001
Aged 56
Celtic, Middlesbrough (95). One of Celtic's greatest ever players.

The FKS 1970/71 album notes: "Scotland's Player of the Year the season before last this sturdy midfield player came from Cambuslang Rangers in 1961 and has since won Scottish League, Under-23 and 12 full caps for his country. First cap 1965-66. Ht. 5ft. 9in. Wt. 12.0.".
John Pickering
??/05/2001
Aged 56
Newcastle United, Halifax Town (367), Barnsley (43). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Jim Baxter
14/04/2001
Aged 61
Raith Rovers, Rangers, Nottingham Forest (87), Sunderland (48).

The 1968/69 FKS album notes: "Brilliant if unorthodox schemer who joined Forest in December last for £100,000. Started with Raith Rovers and cost Rangers £17,000 in June 1960 then moved to Sunderland. Thirty-four Scottish caps and Under-23 honours.".
Colin Webster
01/03/2001
Aged 68
 
Lung cancer
Manchester United (65) , Swansea Town (157), Newport County (31).  
Allan (Ollie) Mansley
04/02/2001
Heart attack
Aged 54
Blackpool, Brentford (95), Fulham (1), Notts County (11), Lincoln City (3).

The IPC My Favourite Soccer Stars card presented with the Smash comic notes: "Dashing little winger with a flair for goal getting. A native of Liverpool, he signed for Brentford as an unknown junior in 1967 and is now one of the most eagerly wanted wingers by the big clubs. He was top scorer for Brentford last season with 14 goals in 41 games.".
Peter Carline
??/??/2001
Chesterfield (2). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Norman Coe
??/??/2001
Arsenal, Northampton (58). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Steve Kenworthy
??/??/2001
Wrexham (20). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Tony Knights
??/??/2001
Grimsby Town (75), Luton Town (2), Aldershot Town (20). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
2000
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George Armstrong
01/11/2000
Aged 56
Arsenal (500), Leicester City (15), Stockport County (34). Member of the 1970/71 Arsenal side which won 'the double'. Collapsed at Arsenal's training ground and subsequently died.

The FKS 1968/69 album notes: "Fast, enthusiastic flankman who hails from County Durham and was a product of the Hawthorn Leslie Boys Club. Turned professional at Highbury in August 1961. Was an inside forward and has won Under-23 honours.".
Alick Jeffrey
??/11/2000
Aged 61
Doncaster Rovers (262), Lincoln City (17). One of the potentially great players of the 1950s and 60s whose career was disrupted by a broken leg playing for England U-23s as a 17-year old. Ended his career with Doncaster in 1956 and then returned in 1963! Was President of Doncaster Rovers at the time of his death. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Bryan Conlon
11/10/2000
Aged 57
Newcastle United (0), Darlington (73), Millwall (41), Norwich City (29), Blackburn Rovers (45), Crewe Alexandra (4), Cambridge United (18), Hartlepool United (41). Died after a long illness. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Dick Spiers
??/10/2000
Aged 57
Reading (452). Played his entire career at Reading in the Third Division. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Willie Maddren
29/08/2000
Aged 49
Middlesbrough (295). Suffered from motor neurone disease.

The FKS 1974/75 album notes: "He won Under-23 honours for England in recent seasons. Versatile player but mostly used these days as extra cover in defence. Completed 150 league games for his only senior club last season and was a vital member of the promotion rearguard. Ht. 5ft. 11in. Wt. 12.0.".
Maurice Evans
18/08/2000
Aged 63
Reading (407). Later moved into management, including with Reading. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Cliff Sear
08/07/2000
Aged 63
Manchester City (248), Chester City (49). Manchester City player from 1956 until 1967, before joining Chester. After his playing career ended Sear remained at Chester for 19 years in coaching and managerial roles.

The 1969/70 IPC card notes "One of the most experienced full-backs in Division 4. A Welsh Under-23 and Senior international, he came to the fore with Manchester City after playing with Oswestry and made more than 250 appearances for City before moving to Chester last season".
Seamus (Shay) Brennan
09/06/2000
Aged 63
Manchester United (290). Won Championships medal in 1964/65 and 1966/67 with United. Played in the team that won the European Champions Cup by beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley in 1968.

The FKS 1968/69 album notes: "Was originally a forward and made his bow as such against Sheffield Wednesday after Munich in February 1958. Local product but has won Eire honours. Now a full-back he has F.A. representative honours. Thirteen years service.".
Chic Brodie
24/04/2000
Aged 63
Gillingham (19), Aldershot Town (95), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1), Northampton Town (87), Brentford (201). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Wilf Mannion
14/04/2000
Aged 81
Middlesbrough (279), Hull City (16).

The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard states: "Blond inside forward with great skill and scorer of great individualist goals. Will signed for Middlesbrough in 1937 and when he left them in 1954 had scored 99 League goals in 341 League appearances. He then had one brief season at Hull, in his 16 appearances he notched the goal needed for his century of League goals. In 26 England appearances from 1946 to 1951 Will scored 11 goals.".
George Kirby
24/03/2000
Aged 66
Cancer
Everton (26), Sheffield Wednesday (3), Plymouth Argyle (93), Southampton (64), Coventry City (18), Swansea City (26), Walsall (75), Brentford (5). Much travelled player and manager. Died after a long battle against cancer Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ray Bunkell
15/03/2000
Aged 50
Tottenham Hotspur (0), Swindon Town (56), Colchester United (129). Thanks to his daughter for making contact and confirming the date of death. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Chris Balderstone
06/03/2000
Aged 59
Cancer
Huddersfield Town (117), Carlisle United (376), Doncaster Rovers (39). Was part of Carlisle United team promoted to the First Division in 1974. Phenomenal sportsman, played two cricket tests for England (highest score 35) plus 390 first-class matches. Member of the first class umpires list, officiated in two one-day internationals, plus was the first ever '3rd umpire'. Died after a battle with cancer.

The FKS 1974/75 album notes: "Went to Huddersfield Town from his schooldays and made more than 100 League appearances in their colours. Has developed into a midfield player but can also act as a striker or play in the back four. With Carlisle has over 350 League games. Ht. 5ft. 11ins. Wt. 11.3.".
Jimmy Golder
??/03/2000
Stockport County (1). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Ken Keyworth
07/01/2000
Aged 65
Rotherham United (85), Leicester City (177), Coventry City (7), Swindon Town (5). Leicester City's top scorer in the 1961/62, 62/63 and 63/64 seasons. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
George Evans
??/??/2000
Wrexham (175), Chester City (111). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Peter Rodon
??/??/2000
Swansea City (0), Bradford City (64). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Bob Ryder
??/??/2000
Gillingham (8). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
Derek Trevis
??/??/2000
Aston Villa (0), Colchester United (196), Walsall (65), Lincoln City (108), Stockport County (35). Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website.
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