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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 Wikipedia and Rothmans Football League Players Records.
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Javier Fragoso
Aged 72
Mexican international who made 46 appearances for his country including in the 1966 and 1970 World Cup Final tournaments.
Ron Henry
Aged 80
Tottenham Hotspur (247). Tottenham full-back who won honours with the Double in 1961, the 1962 F.A. Cup and the 1963 European Cup Winners Cup. In his long career he scored only one League goal, and was selected for one cap for England in 1963. The 1966/67 A&BC Chewing Gum card notes 'A sure-tackling full back, Ron has been one of Tottenham's great stalwarts over the past few seasons. Has played in the half back line as well as at full back, and is unlucky not to have more than a single England cap'.
John Baxter
Aged 78
Hibernian (208), Falkirk (15), Clydebank (26). Joined Hibs and played with them for 10 years, including an appearance in the 1958 Scottish Cup Final.
John Neal
Aged 82
Hull City (60), Swindon Town (91), Aston Villa (96), Southend United (100). Full back who signed professional with Second Division Hull City in 1949. Left in 1956 as Hull were relegated, joining non-league Kings Lynn. Returned to the Football League with Swindon Town in the Third Division (South) at the start of the 1957/58 season. In 1959/60 joined Aston Villa and helped them to the Second Division title and promotion to the top flight. Missed the first leg (2-0 defeat), but played in the second leg (3-0 win) of the first ever League Cup Final in 1961. Moved to Third Division Southend in November 1962. Began a stellar management career in 1968, ending in 1985 as manager of Chelsea, helping them return to the First Division. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Viktor Serebryanikov
Aged 74
Selected as a member of the USSR squad for the 1962 World Cup, but didn't play in the tournament. Made his international debut in 1964, aged 24. In the 1966 World Cup tournament listed as a substitute in the first two group games, then played in the 2-1 win over Chile. Held his place at right-back for the quarter-final win over Hungary, but was not used in the semi-final loss to West Germany. Four years later the FKS Mexico 70 album notes 'Veteran schemer of 29 with Kiev Dynamo who is making somewhat of a comeback internationally. Though he played in the 1966 World Cup was out of favour afterwards until 1969 when he played in three preliminary matches'. Played in two of the group games in the 1970 World Cup, but was again left out for the 1-0 quarter-final loss to Uruguay. Made a total of 21 international appearances, with his international career finishing for the 30-year old in 1970.
Derek Hogg
Aged 84
Leicester City (161), West Bromwich Albion (81), Cardiff City (41). Signed professional with Second Division Leicester City in 1952, enjoying promotion to the top flight in his second season with the Foxes, followed by relegation the following season, then promotion again in 1957. Towards the end of the 1957/58 season Hogg was transferred to WBA who enjoyed a 4th place First Division finish, followed by 5th in 1959, and 4th again in 1960, an excellent spell. Early in the 1960/61 season Derek Hogg transferred to newly promoted Cardiff City, where he finished his League career in 1963.
Eddie Stuart
Aged 83
Wolverhampton Wanderers (287), Stoke City (63), Tranmere Rovers (83), Stockport County (77). South African born player who signed professional with First Division Wolves in January 1951. Started as a centre back but moved to the right back position where he established himself in the team which won the First Division championships in 1954, 1958 and 1959. He missed only 6 League games in the 1957/58 and 1958/59 title winning seasons. Became club captain in 1959 following the retirement of Billy Wright. After 11½ years with the Wolves Stuart moved to Second Division Stoke City at the start of the 1962/63 season, helping them win the Second Division championship and winning for himself a return to the top flight. Stayed at Stoke for two seasons before moving down to the Fourth Division at the age of 33 to play for Tranmere Rovers. Two years later, at the age of 35, he moved to Stockport County where he finished his League career.
Geoff Cox
Aged 79
Birmingham City (35), Torquay United (261). Joined Second Division Birmingham City as a youth, signing professional in December 1951, aged 17. Stayed for six years before moving in 1957 to Torquay United in the Third Division South. Helped Torquay to promotion from the newly formed Fourth Division in 1960, though suffered relegation back in 1962, then promotion again in 1966. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Malcolm Thompson
Aged 68
Hartlepool United (46). Striker who signed for Third Division Hartlepool in November 1968, though couldn't help prevent relegation at the end of the season. Played for Hartlepool the following season as they finished 23rd in the Fourth Division. Moved on to non-League Scarborough where he made his name. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Jim Barrett
Aged 83
West Ham United (85), Nottingham Forest (105), Birmingham City (10). Signed professional for the Second Division Hammers in February 1949, remaining with the club for almost six years. Moved to fellow Second Division Forest in 1954, helping the side gain promotion to the First Division in 1957. Played for First Division Birmingham City at the end of his playing career.
Maurice (Matt) Woods
Aged 82
Everton (8), Blackburn Rovers (260), Luton Town (34), Stockport County (85). Defender who began his career with Everton as a junior. Made only 8 League appearances in a time which saw Everton stuggling in the Second Division. Promoted back to the First Division in 1954, Woods moved back down to the Second Division in November 1956 to join Blackburn Rovers, where he made his name. Promoted in 1958, Woods played in the 1959/60 F. A. Cup Final (3-0 loss to Wolves). Moved to Australia in 1963 to play for Sydney Hakoah, then returned for the 1965/66 season, joining Fourth Division Luton Town. Joined Stockport County the following season, topping the Fourth Division in 1967. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
John Divers
Aged 74
Celtic (171), Partick Thistle (30). Scottish player who made 171 League appearances for Celtic from 1957 until 1966. Perhaps surprisingly he was never capped by Scotland as a full international. He left Celtic in 1966 to join Partick Thistle, where he made 30 League appearances, and retired from the top level at the age of 28.
John Barton
Aged 72
Preston North End (48), Blackburn Rovers (68). Made his league debut for Preston North End in the First Division at Arsenal in 1958, aged just 16. Signed professional in May 1959. Stayed at Preston for seven years, including relegation in 1960/61, making 48 League appearances during that time. Moved to newly-relegated Second Division Blackburn Rovers in June 1966, being ever-present as first team keeper in a season which saw Blackburn finish fourth. Struggled for a first team place after that, leaving the club and football in 1972. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Jeff Bourne
Aged 66
Motor Neurone disease
Derby County (73), Crystal Palace (32), Sheffield United (26). 22 year old Jeff Bourne was signed by high-flying Derby County in February 1971. His appearances over the next few seasons were limited, as County went on to win the First Division title in 1972. The Top Sellers Football 73 card notes 'Young forward ready to make his mark as soon as he is given an extended first-team run. Has played only a handful of senior games so far. Well-built and strong'. He stayed with Derby for six years, making 73 League appearances with 14 goals before a 1977 transfer to Crystal Palace. However, it was in North America that he made his name with a number of different clubs.
Alex Forbes
28/07/2014, aged 89
Sheffield United (61), Arsenal (217), Orient (8), Fulham (4). Alex Forbes was born in Dundee in 1925. He played for Sheffield United in the immediate post-war years before joining Arsenal in February 1947. He played in Arsenal's 1950 F.A. Final Cup win, 2-0 over Liverpool, and was part of the League Championship winning side of 1952/53. He made 217 League appearances for the Gunners over an eight and a half year stay. He made his international debut for Scotland in 1947, going on to earn 14 caps, the last being in 1952. 
Alfredo di Stefano
Aged 88
The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard notes 'Deep lying centre forward and one of the great football names of the post-war years. Best remembered as a star of the great Real Madrid side and he won five European Cup winners medals with them. He was also European Footballer of the Year in 1957 and 1959. Di Stefano also played international football with two countries in appearing first with Argentina and then with Spain'. For all of his club greatness he was never able to play in a World Cup Finals tournament, surely an unfortunate injustice to one of the best of all time.
Peter Kearns
Aged 77
Plymouth Argyle (65), Aldershot (185), Lincoln City (46). Signed professional with Plymouth in April 1956, staying for three years as the Pilgrims worked to win the Third Division (South) Championship in 1959. He moved to non-League Corby Town before joining Fourth Division Aldershot in the middle of the 1962/63 season. Moved to Lincoln City towards the end of the 1967/68 season where he finished his League career.
John Fantham
Aged 75
Sheffield Wednesday (388), Rotherham United (51). Sheffield-born lad who signed professional for First Division Wednesday from juniors in October 1956. Wednesday were relegated from the top flight in 1958, but Fantham helped them win the Second Division the following year. Following their promotion Wednesday finished 5th in 1960 and 2nd in 1961, their best First Division finishes since their last Championship in 1929/30. John Fantham gained a single full international cap for England against Luxembourg at Highbury in September 1961, filling the spot normally held by Jimmy Greaves. 388 League appearances for the Owls over a 13 year spell. Moved to Rotherham United in 1969.

The 1968/69 FKS sticker says 'Wednesday stalwart from 1957 until an October 1969 transfer to Rotherham. Managed over 380 league appearances for the Owls'.
Stan Crowther
Aged 78
Aston Villa (50), Manchester United (13), Chelsea (51), Brighton & Hove Albion (4). Stan Crowther played for Aston Villa, and won a winners medal in the 1957 F.A. Cup Final against Manchester United. He was still playing for Villa at the time of the 1958 Munich Air Crash which killed a number of Manchester United players, but was rapidly signed by United in the wake of the disaster. Crowther was already cup-tied, but United were given special dispensation by the Football League due to their tragic and special circumstances, so he played for the Red Devils in the Cup that year. His time at Old Trafford lasted only 10 months before he moved to Chelsea, then later on to Brighton & Hove Albion. 
Terry Bell
Aged 69
Hartlepools United (117), Reading (87), Aldershot (124). Started on the books of Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Portsmouth without breaking through. Went to non-league football before being signed by Brian Clough at Hartlepools in July 1966. In 1966/67 they finished 8th in the Fourth Division, followed by promotion in Third place in 1968 (Clough having left in March 1967). Enjoyed only one season in the Third Division before relegation in 22nd place, followed by 23rd place in the Fourth Division in 1970. Bell left Hartlepool in March 1970 to join Third Division Reading where he again endured relegation in 1971. At the start of the 1973/74 season he moved to newly promoted Aldershot in the Third Division, though relegated again in 1975/76. Terry Bell played his last League game in the Fourth Division on 1 April 1978. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Clive Clark
Aged 73
Q.P.R. (66), W.B.A. (301), Preston North End (72), Southport (8).  Leeds-born winger who began with Leeds United in January 1958 but really made his impression with West Brom from 1961 until 1969. The 1968/69 FKS sticker says 'Was briefly a Leeds United professional before going to Queen's Park Rangers in August 1958. Albion secured this tricky, quick goalscoring left winger in January 1961 for £17,000 and he made his debut v Preston. England Under-23'. Won the 1966 League Cup Final with West Brom in the last final to be played over two legs.
Sandy Jardine
Aged 65
Rangers (451), Hearts (187). Defender who made 451 Scottish League appearances for Rangers between 1965 and 1982, before moving on to Hearts where he made another 182 appearances. Played in the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup Final and was on the winning side in the 1972 European Cup Winners' Cup Final. The 1974 Barratt World Cup Stars card notes 'Jardine, the Rangers defender, is now a regular choice at right back for his country. He is such a valuable member of the side that the Scottish manager decided to move McGrain over to the left to make room for him. The Rangers man started in the Scottish cup final when his side beat Celtic and also played against England and Brazil. Must be one of the first men chosen to make the world cup trip to add to the honours he has already won since making his debut for Scotland a short time ago'. Jardine and Danny McGrain would be voted the best pair of fullbacks in the World Cup competition. He went on to make a total of 38 international appearances for his country.
Frank Kopel
Aged 65
Manchester United (10), Blackburn Rovers (25), Dundee United (283), Arbroath (62). Scottish full-back who originally signed for Manchester United as a 15 year old schoolboy, turned professional as a 17 year old and made 10 League appearances for the Red Devils over 3 years. Transferred to Blackburn Rovers in March 1969, where he stayed for 3 years. In January 1972, aged 22, he moved back to Scotland where he played for Dundee United for the next 10 years, making 283 League appearances, winning two Scottish League Cups.
Sandy Brown
Aged 75
Partick Thistle (105), Everton (209), Shrewsbury (21), Southport (19). Scottish full-back who played 6 years for Partick Thistle before a move to Everton in September 1963. In his 8-year stint with Everton he made 209 League appearances, including the title winning season of 1969/70. The 1968/69 FKS sticker notes 'Was a £25,000 signing from Partick Thistle... and his dour, dependable versatility has been fully utilised mainly in defensive roles. A Scottish Under-23 and Scottish League representative'. He left Everton in May 1971 and moved to Shrewsbury Town in the Third Division making 21 League appearances in 1971/72. The following season he appeared for Southport in the Fourth Division, making 19 League appearances in a season which saw Southport go from 23rd in 1972 to Division Champions in 1973. Made a total of 354 appearances in the English and Scottish Football Leagues.
Gordon Smith
Aged 59
St. Johnstone (112), Aston Villa (79), Tottenham Hotspur (38), Wolves (38). The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard states 'Scottish Under-23 player signed from Scottish club St. Johnstone in August 1976 for an £80,000 transfer fee. The deal was completed at Heathrow Airport so that Gordon could fly with Villa on a pre-season tour of Portugal. Can also play in midfield, but is at full back for Aston Villa'.
Andy (Jock) Davidson
Aged 81
Hull City (520). Scottish-born full back who signed professional with Hull City in September 1949. Made his first-team debut in 1952 and stayed for 16 seasons. After retiring as a player Davidson remained with Hull City until 1979, working as a scout, coach, and assistant manager.
Bryan Orritt
Aged 77
Birmingham City (99), Middlesbrough (118). Signed for First Division Birmingham City in February 1956. Stayed for 6 years before a March 1962 transfer to Second Division Middlesbrough. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini, 20/03/2014, aged 83 Captain of the Brazilian team who won the 1958 World Cup tournament in Sweden, Brazil's first ever World Cup win. Won another World Cup in 1962, this time in Chile. Also played in the 1966 tournament in England. A total of 51 international caps for Brazil.
Calvin Palmer
Aged 73
Nottingham Forest (91), Stoke City (165), Sunderland (41), Crewe Alexandra (2). Signed professional for First Division Nottingham Forest in March 1958, remaining at the club for five and a half years before a switch to Stoke City. Made a big impression at Stoke during his four year stay before a transfer to Sunderland in 1968 at the age of 27. The 1968/69 FKS sticker notes 'Signed in February from Stoke City for a big fee... gained a reputation as a utility man. Cultured player of class. Now at full-back'. Made a total of 298 League appearances.
Tom Finney
Aged 91
Preston North End (433). Preston-born Finney, aged 20, fought in Montgomery's Eighth Army in Egypt and later in Italy. He made his debut for Preston North End in the First Division in 1946, aged 24, and four weeks later received his first full international cap for England. Finney went on to make 433 League appearances for his only club, and played 76 times for England, including in the 1950, 1954 and 1958 World Cups. Knighted in 1998, we salute Sir Tom Finney, one of the all-time greats.
Len Chalmers
Aged 77
Leicester City (171), Notts County (51) Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Gordon Harris
Aged 73
Burnley (258), Sunderland (126). Signed professional for Burnley in January 1958, making his League debut in 1959 in the season that Burnley won the First Division Championship. Became captain before moving to Sunderland in January 1968 at the age of 27, ending his 10 year spell with the Clarets. Made a single full international appearance for England in January 1966 against Poland at Goodison Park.
Nigel Walker
Aged 54
Newcastle United (68), Crewe Alexandra (20), Sunderland (1), Blackpool (10), Chester City (41), Hartlepool United (82). Signed professional for Newcastle United in July 1977. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Tony Hateley
Aged 72
Notts County (188), Aston Villa (127), Chelsea (27), Liverpool (42), Coventry City (17), Birmingham City (28), Oldham Athletic (5). The Rothmans Football League Players Records book records 'Powerfully built leader, clumsy, but effective on the ground with dynamic aerial strength, made his debut with Notts County in 1958, becoming a target of the bigger clubs very quickly. Aston Villa, in assessing goal scoring prowess rather than awkward gait, signed him in August 1963, big Tony responding with 68 goals from 127 games. Tommy Docherty saw him as the short term replacement for Peter Osgood, paying £100,000 to bring the marksman to the Bridge. Although only scoring six goals that season, Tony got the one that mattered in taking the Blues through to the losing F.A. Cup Final of 1967 against Spurs. Moved on relentlessly to club after club, who handed over tremendous transfer fees still looking for the "golden touch".

The 1970/71 Lyons Maid Soccer Stars card notes Tony's many transfers: 'Hateley's aggregate transfer value shot to a fabulous £377,500 when Birmingham City paid Coventry £72,500 at the beginning of the 1969/70 season. His earlier moves have taken him from Notts County to Aston Villa (£25,000), to Chelsea (£100,000), Liverpool (£100,000) and Coventry (£80,000). When Chelsea paid their six-figure fee in 1966 it was a record for a non-international player'.
Ollie Conmy
Aged 74 
Huddersfield Town (5), Peterborough United (263). Born in Mulranny, County Mayo, Ireland, Conmy began his professional career with Huddersfield in the Second Division in May 1959. He stayed for five seasons, but managed only 5 first team appearances in that time. Transferred to Third Division Peterborough in May 1964 where he became a fan favourite, staying for 8 seasons (including relegation to the bottom flight in 1968) before being released at the age of 33. Later served as youth team coach with the Posh. Five international caps for the Republic of Ireland.  
Brian Gibbs
Aged 77
Bournemouth (58), Gillingham (259), Colchester United (156). Signed professional for Bournemouth in October 1957 as the Third Division (South) side joined the new Third Division in 1958/59. Stayed for five seasons before dropping down to the Fourth Division to join Gillingham in October 1962. Helped Gillingham win promotion as Fourth Division champions in 1964. Dropped to the Fourth Division again in 1968 to join Colchester United. Totalled 473 League appearances.
Arthur Bellamy
Aged 71
Burnley (227), Chesterfield (133). The FKS 1968/69 sticker notes 'Clever player adept at various roles. Turned professional in June 1959 and made his League debut against Manchester City in March 1963 aged 21. Can play equally well in attack or defence and came to the fore as a schoolboy'. The A&BC Chewing Gum 1969/70 Green back card notes 'One of Burnley's many talented players to emerge from their Juniors. Bellamy got his big chance at Turf Moor when Jimmy McIlroy moved to Stoke. Now established in midfield where his intelligent play produces many goals'. In the thirteen years Bellamy was at Burnley as a player they were First Division champions in 1960 with a number of other top four finishes.
Bert Williams
Aged 93
Walsall (25), Wolverhampton Wanderers (381). The 1979/80 Sun Soccercard says "Top-class goalkeeper who won 24 caps for England. Played in the 1950 World Cup Finals in Brazil, which included that defeat by the USA 1-0 in Belo Horizonte, although that was no fault of Williams. Agile and brave keeper, he won League title and F.A. Cup winners medals with his club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Made 406 League appearances in his career". Awarded the MBE in 2010 for services to football and to charity. Nicknamed 'the Cat' and, by all accounts, a superb keeper and a fine man.
Bobby Collins
Aged 82
Celtic (220), Everton (133), Leeds United (149), Bury (75), Morton (54), Oldham Athletic (7). Diminutive Scot who played for Celtic from 1949 until 1958. Moved to Everton in 1958 then to Don Revie's Leeds United in the Second Division in 1962. Awarded Footballer of the Year in 1965. 31 full international caps for Scotland. The 1965/66 A&BC Chewing Gum Footballer card says 'Leeds United inside right.... nicknamed 'The Little General'. Transferred from Everton for £25,000 in 1962, he broke his right leg against Torino in an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup-tie in Italy in October 1965, but recovered in time for the start of the 1966 season'. He played on for another 8 years before ending his professional playing career.  The 1971/72 Purple Back (Scottish) card says 'The "Peter Pan" of Scottish football. Pint-sized Bobby celebrated his 40th birthday in February 1971 but looks like going on for a long time yet. Tremendously popular with the Morton fans, he is the brains of the Cappielow attack. Picked up on a free transfer from Bury in 1969'.
Ian Redford
Aged 53
Dundee (85), Rangers (171), Dundee United (101), Ipswich Town (68), St. Johnstone (44), Brechin City (44), Raith Rovers (12). Signed professional for Dundee in 1973 from Errol Rangers. Prolific striker who was signed by Rangers in 1980 for £210,000, a Scottish transfer record at the time. Stayed at Rangers for five years before a move to Dundee United with whom he appeared in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. Moved to Ipswich Town in the Second Division. Later returned to Scotland. Made over 500 League appearances.
Albert McCann
Aged 72
Luton Town (6), Coventry City (22), Portsmouth (338). Signed professional with Luton in April 1959. Moved to Coventry in 1962, then to Pompey in August 1961. Stayed with Portsmouth for 12 years, all played in the Second Division.
Aged 71
Mozambican-born Portugese football legend. According to Wikipedia Eusebio scored 733 goals in 745 professional appearances. Most famous for his performances at the 1966 World Cup Final tournament where he was the tournament high scorer.
Eric Barnes
Aged 76
Crewe Alexandra (354). Signed professional for Crewe in 1957, making his debut in 1958. Played most of his single-club career in the Fourth Division, but was promoted in 1963 and 1968 to the Third Division, lasting a single season both times. Captain of Crewe for many years. Scored only once in his League career. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Paul Comstive
Aged 52
Blackburn Rovers (6), Rochdale (9), Wigan Athletic (35), Wrexham (99), Burnley (82), Bolton Wanderers (49), Chester City (57), Southport (61). Southport-born lad who sneaks into consideration for this website by signing as an apprentice in October 1979 with Blackburn Rovers in a season that saw them promoted from Division 3 to 2. Comstive's appearances were limited and 1982 saw him loaned out to Fourth Division Rochdale. 1983/84 saw him playing in the Third Division with Wigan before a move to Fourth Division Wrexham where he stayed for three years. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Andy Malcolm
Aged 80
West Ham United (283), Chelsea (27), Q.P.R. (84).
Colin Worrell
Aged 70
Norwich City (9), Leyton Orient (51). Full-back who signed for Second Division Norwich City in November 1961 as an 18 year old. Made nine League appearances in three years before a move in September 1964 to fellow Second Division Side Leyton Orient. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Pedro Rocha
Aged 70
Uruguayan who played in four World Cup Final tournaments. In 1962 as a 19 year old at the tournament in Chile he played in the first group game (which they won) but not in the next two (which they lost). In 1966 he played in all group games and the Quarter Final 4-0 loss to West Germany. In the 1970 tournament in Mexico, playing as captain, he went off, presumably injured, after 12 minutes of the first group game and didn't appear again in the tournament, which was a shame as Uruguay made it through to the semi-finals. In 1974 he played in all three group games in what was a poor tournament for Uruguay. The FKS Mexico 70 album notes that Pedro Rocha was a 'cool, strong midfield player with subtle footwork and a powerful finish'. This page lists those players who played in four or more World Cup Final tournaments. It is a list of elite players of the game.
Bill Foulkes
Aged 81
Manchester United (566). Defender who signed for Manchester United in August 1951 and stayed for 18 seasons. During that time he helped win four Division One titles, an F.A. Cup and a European Cup. Survivor of the 1958 Munich Air Crash, after which Foulkes became team captain of the rebuilding side. Foulkes retired in June 1970 at the age of 37. One international cap for England in 1954.
Stuart Williams 05/11/2013
Aged 83
Wrexham (5), W.B.A. (226), Southampton (150). Full-back who began with Wrexham in 1947 but moved to West Brom in February 1951. Williams stayed at the Hawthorns for 11 years, particularly enjoying a 4th place finish in the First Division in 1953, followed by a 2nd place the following year. The late 50s also saw excellent finishes for the Baggies with 5th in 1959 and 4th in 1960. Welsh-born Williams played 43 times for his national team, most noticeably in the 1958 World Cup Final tournament in Sweden where Wales played three group matches for three draws, conceding only two goals. They then won a play-off 2-1 to qualify for the knockout round. In the knockout round they faced Brazil, going down 1-0 to a Pele goal - surely one of the standout performances in Welsh international football history. Williams played in every Wales game in the tournament.
Elfed Morris
Aged 71
Wrexham (9), Chester (167), Halifax Town (9). Began his League career with Wrexham in 1960 in the Fourth Division. Moved to Chester in June 1962 for £750 despite the fact that Wrexham finished the 61/62 season in third position and Chester finished 23rd. Chester enjoyed a rise over the next few seasons, but then fell away again. Winger Morris moved to Halifax in March 1968, but didn't stay long - a pity really as Halifax were promoted out of the Fourth Division in 1969. Elfed Morris played his entire League football career in the Fourth Division before moving into non-League football as a player and manager. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Ray Mielczarek
Aged 67
Wrexham (76), Huddersfield Town (26), Rotherham United (115). Welsh-born defender with a Polish grandfather. The 1970/71 FKS album says 'Linked up with Wrexham originally as an amateur from Caernarvon and signed professional forms for the North Wales club in May 1964. Moved to Leeds Road (Huddersfield Town) in September 1967 and lost his centre-half berth through injury'. Mielczarek made only 26 League appearances for Huddersfield due to injury, and moved to Rotherham United where he enjoyed less injury and more games. While at Rotherham he gained a full international cap for Wales, playing against Finland in May 1971.
Charlie Dickson
Aged 79
Dunfermline Athletic (254), Queen of the South (35). Forward who joined Dunfermline in January 1955. Stayed with the club for almost 10 years, scoring 215 goals in all appearances. Played in the Scottish F. A. Cup Final win over Celtic in 1961, Dickson scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win. Moved to Queen of the South in November 1964. Read a tribute here -
Norrie Martin
Aged 74
Goalkeeper who joined Rangers in 1958. Made 75 appearances over 12 years before moving to East Fife, Queen of the South then Hamilton Academical. Played for Rangers in the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich.

The A&BC Chewing Gum, 1969/70 Scottish blue back card notes 'The current first-tem choice goalkeeper for Rangers, he was signed from Dalry Thistle in 1958. A safe all-round 'keeper, he appeared in 31 League games last season'.
Mick Buckley
Aged 59
Everton (135), Sunderland (121), Hartlepool United (6), Carlisle United (25), Middlesbrough (27). Played for seven years with Everton in the First Division, then moved to Second Division Sunderland. Enjoyed promotion back to the top flight in 1980. Moved to Hartlepool United in the Fourth Division in 1983 and played the first six games of the season before a transfer to Second Division Carlisle. Despite appearing 25 times for Carlisle in that season he was given a free transfer at the end of the season and joined fellow Second Division side Middlesbrough.

The FKS 1974/54 album notes 'Made his name originally with Manchester Boys and subsequently won youth international honours for England. Midfield player he was given his initial senior outing for the club against Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1972'.

The FKS Soccer 82 album notes 'Surprisingly transferred for £80,000 in 1978 by Everton for whom he had made 135 League appearances. Diminutive, but highly competitive'.
Peter Broadbent
Aged 80
Brentford (16), Wolverhampton Wanderers (452), Shrewsbury Town (69), Aston Villa (64), Stockport County (31). Signed professional for Second Division Brentford as a 17 year old, remaining for nine months before moving to First Division Wolves, where he stayed for 14 years. Wolves won the First Division titles in 1954, 1958 and 1959, and the F.A. Cup in 1960. Perhaps surprisingly made only 7 full appearances for England, beginning in 1958, with his last cap in 1960, though he was competing against the likes of Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Johnny Haynes for positions. Later moved to Shrewsbury Town in the Third Division, remaining for 21 months before returning to the First Division in 1966/67 with struggling Aston Villa (who were relegated at the end of that season). Regarded as one of the all time great footballers.

The Rothmans Football League Players Records book notes 'Brilliant teenage prodigy who eventually became mercurial long service player. Snapped up by Brentford from home town club Dover, quickly became a first teamer before Wolves took him to Molineux for £10,000 on advice from George Poyser who had earlier discovered him. Clever, thoughtful inside forward, adept at setting up chances for others, who flourished with the Wolves and really was one of the key players of the 1950s and early 1960s'.

The 1965 Barratt's card notes 'Moved to Shrewsbury in 1965, dropping down into the Third Division despite several other offers because he wanted to remain near his business interests in the Midlands'.
John Flanagan
Albion Rovers (43), St. Johnstone (39), Partick Thistle (134), Clyde (46). Began in the Scottish Second Division before moving to First Division St. Johnstone. Transferred to First Division Partick Thistle in 1965 where he stayed for five years. With Partick relegated in 1970 Flanagan remained in the First Division after joining Clyde.

The A&BC Chewing Gum, 1971/72 Purple Back (Scottish) card notes 'A most versatile forward equally at home at outside-right, both inside forwards positions and centre. Was originally signed by St. Johnstone from Albion Rovers for £8,000 and then went to Partick Thistle in 1965'.
Don Donovan
Aged 83
Everton (179), Grimsby Town (238). Irishman from Cork who joined Everton in May 1949, making his First Team debut in the 1950/51 season, which unfortunately saw Everton relegated from the First Division. Stayed with the Toffees for nine years, including promotion back to the top flight in 1954. At the start of the 1958/59 season Donovan transferred to Second Division Grimsby Town, again suffering relegation at the end of that season. 1962 saw promotion back to the Second Division, with Donovan as club captain. Five international caps with Eire in the period from 1954 to 1957.
Ron Fenton
Aged 73
Burnley (11), W.B.A. (59), Birmingham City (33), Brentford (91). Signed professional for First Division Burnley as a 17 year old, staying with the club for over 5 years though only making 11 first team appearances. During this period Burnley were a top club, winning the League in 1960 and finishing in the top six in most other years. In 1962 Fenton moved to fellow First Division side WBA, then to struggling Birmingham City in 1964/65, suffering relegation with the Blues at the end of that season. In January 1968 Fenton, aged 27, moved to Fourth Division Brentford where he was made Captain.

After the end of his playing career he moved to Notts County as part of the coaching staff, enjoying promotions from the Fourth to the Third Divisions in 1971, and the Third to the Second in 1973. He was manager of Notts County from 1975 to 1977, including a fifth place finish in the Second Division in 1976. He then joined Nottingham Forest on their coaching staff and later as assistant to Brian Clough during Forest's glorious spell.
Gerrie Mühren
Aged 67
Dutchman who began as a professional footballer in 1963 and finished his career 22 years later. Played for Ajax between 1968 and 1976, winning European Cup Winners medals in 1971, 1972 and 1973. The 1974 FKS World Cup album notes 'Signed by Ajax from Volendam in 1968... Was given his first full outing for Holland as substitute v England in November 1969. Good reader of the game'. He made a total of 10 international appearances for his country, though did not play in the 1974 World Cup Final tournament games.
Brian Smith
Aged 57
Bolton Wanderers (49), Bradford City (8), Blackpool (19), Bournemouth (40), Bury (6). Bolton-born Smith made his League debut for Second Division Wanderers in the 1974/75 season, finishing the season with 7 League appearances as the team finished mid-table. The following season he managed only 6 appearances in the League as Bolton just missed out on promotion by a single point. The following season was Smith's best, with 16 League appearances as Bolton again finished 4th. In 1977/78 Bolton were Second Division Champions, but Smith didn't make any first team appearances, going out on loan to Third Division Bradford City. At the start of the 1979/80 season he transferred to Third Division Blackpool, staying only one season before dropping down to the Fourth Division to play with Bournemouth. He finished his League career with Bury. In 1978 he played with the Tulsa Roughnecks under Bill Foulkes in their first season in the NASL.

The 1979/80 Topps card notes: 'Brian scored his first League goal in his second League game vs. Nottingham Forest on November 2nd, 1974. He's a very attack-minded player'.
Barry Stobart
Aged 75
Wolverhampton Wanderers (49), Manchester City (14), Aston Villa (45), Shrewsbury Town (36). Forward who signed professional for Wolves in 1955 (aged 17) when the Wanderers were a dominant force in English football with titles in 1957/58 and 1958/59. Stobart, however, didn't make his first team debut until March 1960. Two months later he won an F.A. Cup Winners medal after playing in the 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers. In August 1964, after nine years with Wolves but only 39 League appearances, Stobart moved to Second Division Manchester City, but lasted only three months before a transfer back to the top flight with Aston Villa where he stayed for 3 years. In October 1967 he transferred to Shrewsbury Town in Division Three, helping them to a third place League finish.
Gerry Baker
Aged 75
Motherwell (11), St. Mirren (63), Manchester City (37), Hibernian (59), Ipswich Town (135), Coventry City (31), Brentford (8). Older brother to future England international Joe Baker, Gerry was born in the U.S., but his parents moved to England (where Joe was born) then Scotland where Gerry was raised. Signed professional terms with Scottish First Division side Motherwell in 1956, before moving on to St. Mirren in 1958/59 where he scored a goal in St.Mirren's Scottish F.A. Cup victory in that season. In November 1960 Baker was signed by First Division Manchester City, staying for one mid-table season finish, before returning to Scotland with Hibs in November 1961. In December 1963 he returned to England to play for First Division Ipswich Town, but was unable to prevent them finishing bottom of the Division and relegated. He played the next three years in the Second Division, before a 1967 move to back to the First Division with Coventry City.

In 1968 Gerry Baker was selected for the U.S. national team, playing in qualifiers for the 1970 World Cup. He would go on to make 7 international appearances.

The FKS 1968/69 sticker notes 'Quick little opportunist attacker with vast experience, having served Motherwell, Hibernian, St. Mirren, Manchester City and Ipswich Town previously. Moved to Coventry in November 1967. Once on Chelsea's books as a junior'.
Johnny Hamilton
Aged 78
Hearts (293), Watford (8), Berwick Rangers (71). Scottish winger who began with Hearts in 1955 in a season which saw them finish 3rd in Division 'A', and winning the Scottish F.A. Cup Final (though Hamilton was not in the team). Hearts were champions of Scotland in 1957/58 and 1959/60, and League Cup Winners in 1958/59, 1959/60 and 1962/63. In May 1967 Hamilton, aged 32, transferred to Third Division Watford where he stayed for three years but made only 8 League appearances before he returned to Scotland.
Keith Skillen
Aged 65
Workington (64), Hartlepool United (6). Skillen, a forward, signed for Workington from Netherfield in December 1973, making his debut on December 8th at Rotherham, and finding the net in a 1-1 draw. He scored again the following week in a 3-1 win over Exeter, finishing the season with 4 goals from 27 League appearances. Workington finished the season in 23rd position in the Fourth Division. The following season he made 37 appearances, scoring 5 goals, but was given a free transfer at the end of the season, Workington again finishing 23rd. At the start of the 1975/76 season he was picked up by Hartlepool United, where he made six appearances at the start of the season, but was not used after that. He played on in non-League competitions until his 40s. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Steve Aizlewood
Aged 60
Newport County (197), Swindon Town (112), Portsmouth (176). Began with his local side Newport County in 1968, signing as a professional in January 1970. Newport were struggling at the time, stuck near the bottom of the Fourth Division. In 1971/72 they rose to 14th, followed by a creditable 5th in 1972/73. By 1975/76 they were struggling again, but in March 1976 Aizlewood was snapped up by Third Division Swindon. After three years with Swindon he was signed by Fourth Division Portsmouth in July 1979, ending the season with a 4th place finish and promotion. Three years later it was promotion again, as Portsmouth topped the Third Division table in 1983. After one season in the Second Division he was given a free transfer at the end of the 1983/84 season. Steve Aizlewood, a central defender, was capped three times for the Welsh Under-21 side, but did not get a full international cap. Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Dave Wagstaffe
Aged 70
Manchester City (144), Wolverhampton Wanderers (324), Blackburn Rovers (77), Blackpool (19). Began with Manchester City in the First Division where he enjoyed a number of mid-table finishes before relegation in 1963. Played for one and a half seasons in the Second Division before being snapped up by Wolves in December 1964, only to be relegated again at the end of that season. Ironically Manchester City were promoted in 1966, while Wolves remained in the Second Division until the end of the following season. Following a run of lower table finishes, Wolves managed a creditable 4th in 1970/71 and 5th in 1972/73. To further complete the irony of his link to both Manchester and Wolves, he played in the 1974 League Cup Final for Wolves against City. He was substituted off at the 83rd minute mark, with the score 1-1. Two minutes later Wolves scored, giving him a League Cup winners medal. At age 33 he transferred to Blackburn Rovers. After a brief spell at Blackpool he returned to Rovers where he played his last League game at home to Oldham Athletic on March 14, 1979. His contract with Blackburn was cancelled in October 1979.

The FKS 1970/71 album notes "Manchester-born youth international winger on the left who was a 17-year-old debutant with Manchester City, ten years ago. Moved to Molineux in December 1964, with a debut vs. Aston Villa".

The Top Sellers Football 75 card notes "Fine, forceful winger who had five years with Manchester City before arriving at Molineux in a £30,000 transfer deal. Can centre a ball with pinpoint accuracy and makes a lot of goals for the main strikers".
Wilf Carter
Aged 79
W.B.A. (57), Plymouth Argyle (254), Exeter City (48). The Rothmans Football Player Records book notes "Signed for Albion as an inside-forward after starring for the S. E. Staffs schools side. Whilst at the Hawthorns occasionally played in defence and, not really becoming a regular, was transferred to Plymouth Argyle in March, 1957. Settling down in the Pilgrims forward line, Wilf became quite a prodigious goalscorer, topping the club's charts in his first five seasons, before reverting again to defensive duties. Instrumental in the Argyle's promotion to the second division in 1958/59, Wilf became a good and valued clubman before moving on to Exeter City in 1964". Not known to have appeared in football cards of the period of this website
Colin McAdam
Aged 61
Dumbarton (70), Motherwell (62), Partick Thistle (93), Rangers (65), Hearts (6). Began his professional career in the Second Division with Dumbarton, staying for six years. Joined Motherwell in 1974/75 season in the Scottish First Division, which became the Scottish Premier League in 1975/76. Moved to fellow Premier League club Partick in 1977/78, then picked up by Rangers in 1980/81 where he stayed for four seasons. Later played for Hearts before a return to Partick Thistle. Played for non-League clubs before finally retiring in 1990.

The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard notes "Midfielder signed from Motherwell in February, 1978. Colin had signed for Motherwell from Dumbarton in 1975. He played in 12 League games for Partick in the 1977/78 season and he also scored three League goals".

The FKS Soccer 82 album notes "Striker. Signed last season from Partick Thistle for a club record £160,000, where his goalscoring had earned him many fans. Tall and strong, he is very dangerous in the air. Should earn international honours in the future. Ht. 6.2. Wt. 13.3".
Djalma Santos
Aged 84
Brazilian full back who made 964 appearances in Brazilian Leagues, plus 98 international appearances. He began his League career in 1948, and ended it 22 years later in 1970. He played in the 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1966 World Cup tournaments, winning in 1958 and 1962. He is recognised as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard notes 'Right back who like "Old Man River" just went on and on. After playing in the 1952 Pan-American Championships, Djalma, who was an outstanding right back, played in the 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1966 World Cup Finals for Brazil.... at the age of 34 played for FIFA against England in 1963'.
Lawrie Reilly
Aged 84
Hibernian (253). Scottish forward who played for Hibs from 1946 until 1958, scoring 185 goals in 253 League appearances. Hibernian won what was known as the Scottish Division 'A' in 1947/48, 1950/51 and 1951/52 in a period where they were always contenders for the title. Reilly made his international debut against England in 1949, going on to win 38 Scottish caps, scoring 22 goals.

The 1978/79 Sun Soccercard notes 'Centre forward of the very fine Hibernian side of the early 1950's. Won Scottish Championship medals in 1950-51 and 1951-52. Only 5ft 7ins tall, but was one of the most prolific scorers of the post-war era'.
Phil Woosnam
Aged 80
Manchester City (1), Orient (108), West Ham United (138), Aston Villa (106). Welshman who played one game for Manchester City as a 20 year old amateur in the First Division in the 1952/53 season. He moved to Sutton United, then to Leyton Orient in the Third Division (South). Orient finished second in 1955 when only one team gained promotion, but then topped the Division the following season. In November 1958 Woosnam transferred to First Division West Ham where he stayed for three years until a November 1962 transfer to Aston Villa.

Woosnam was first capped for Wales on October 18, 1959 against Scotland, going on to make a total of 17 full international appearances.

In 1966 Phil Woosnam emigrated to the U.S., where he would go on to become Commissioner of the North American Soccer League from 1969 until 1983.

Woosnam did not appear in any football cards of the period as an individual. The image at right is taken from the Aston Villa team photo from the Ty-phoo Tea issue of 1963/64. You can view the team image here.
Bert Trautmann
Aged 89
Manchester City (508). Signed for Manchester City in October 1949, in a season which saw City relegated from the First to the Second Division. Trautmann played in the Second Division in 1950/51, with City finishing second and being promoted back to the top flight. Throughout his career, City struggled in the First Division, finally relegated again in 1963, meaning that Trautmann's last season was also spent in the Second Division. Trautmann played in the 1955 F.A. Cup Final (a 3-1 loss to Newcastle United), and the following year, a 3-1 win over Birmingham City. In 1956 Trautmann also won the Football Writer's Association Footballer of the Year award. Apparently Trautmann excelled at stopping penalties, saving 60% of those he faced over his career. You can watch the highlights of the 1956 F.A. Cup Final, including Trautmann's injury and saves via this link

The 1960/61 A&BC black back states 'One of the great personalities in the game today, he has won the respect and admiration of supporters all over the country by his skill and daring'.
David White
Aged 80
Clyde (223). Played for Clyde from 1957 until 1966, after which he became manager. In late 1967 he became manager at Rangers where he stayed until November 1969. Manager at Dundee from 1972 until 1977, including winning the Scottish League Cup in 1973.
Peter Millar
Aged 62
Arbroath, Dunfermline Athletic, Motherwell, Dundee.

The Sun Soccercard notes "Peter has played in nearly every position for his club since moving from Dunfermline in 1972. He has been capped by Scotland at Under-23 level and has also played for the Scottish League. Penalty expert who rarely misses from the spot. Completed his 150th League match for Motherwell in the 1977/78 season".
Geoff Strong
Aged 75
Arsenal (125), Liverpool (155), Coventry City (33). Signed as a professional for Arsenal in April 1958, and stayed with the Gunners for six and a half years at a time when Arsenal finished mostly mid-table. In 1964 Strong moved to Anfield in a season where Liverpool won the F.A. Cup. Switching to a more defensive role Strong earned a Championship medal when Liverpool topped the First Division in 1966. In July 1970 he moved to Coventry City for a single season. Strong played his entire career over 13 years in the First Division.

The FKS 1968/69 album notes 'Cost a five figure fee as an attacker from Arsenal in November 1964. Formerly with Stanley United he turned professional in 1958. Has become a valuable utility player, especially effective in the air'.
Heinz Flohë
Aged 65
Midfielder who played for West Germany in the 1974 World Cup. In the first round he played in the last group game against East Germany. In the second round he came on as a 78th minute substitute in the first group game, and an 83rd minute sub in the second. He was on the bench for the final, but was not required on the pitch.

In 1978 in Argentina he played in each of the first round games, but only the first of the second round matches.

He ended his career with 39 international caps.

The FKS Argentina 78 album notes 'Made his first appearance v Greece as substitute in November 1970. Midfield player with IFC Cologne who has been capped at youth, Under-23, B and full level".
Ron Davies
Aged 70
Chester City (94), Luton Town (32), Norwich City (113), Southampton (240), Portsmouth (59), Manchester United (8), Millwall (3). Center-forward who joined Fourth Division Chester City at the start of the 1959/60 season. In 1960/61 and 1961/62 Chester finished bottom of the Football League. In October 1962 Davies transferred to Second Division Luton Town, but they also finished bottom of their Division and were relegated. At the start of the following season Ron Davies was transferred back to the Second Division to join Norwich City where he stayed for 3 years.

At the start of the 1966/67 season he joined Southampton for a fee of £55,000. Southampton were newly promoted to the First Division for the first time in their history. In that season he finished as the top scorer, then repeated the feat the following year (in a tie with George Best).

The FKS 1968/69 Wonderful World of Soccer Stars album notes 'Big fee capture by the Saints in August 1966. Strong shot, commanding in the air and clever on the ground'. The 1969/70 album notes 'Welsh international leader and fine marksman, excelling in the air'.
Brian Greenhoff
Aged 60
Manchester United (221), Leeds United (72), Rochdale (16). Made his debut for the Red Devils in the 1973/74 season, which saw United relegated from the First Division. Promoted the following year back to the top flight Greenhoff enjoyed nine years in Manchester though with no league titles. He was part of the 1977 F.A. Cup winning team, beating Liverpool 2-1. 18 full international caps for England. Brother of Jimmy Greenhoff.

The 1978/79 FKS Golden Collection album notes 'Was a midfield player but switched successfully to centre-back'. The FKS Soccer 82 album notes 'Highly talented, versatile player surprisingly sold in 1979 for £350,000 by Manchester United'.
Brian Williamson
Aged 73
Gateshead (55), Crewe Alexandra (55), Leeds United (5), Nottingham Forest (19), Leicester City (6), Fulham (12). Goalkeeper Williamson joined Fourth Division Gateshead in October 1958, playing for two seasons before the club failed in their re-election bid in 1960. He moved to fellow Fourth Division Club Crewe, playing for two and a half years before a transfer to Second Division Leeds United, signed by Don Revie. He was the replacement keeper for Gary Sprake for four years, though he made only four League appearances in that time. Leeds were promoted at the end of the 1963/64 season, and finished second in the top flight in the next two seasons. In February 1966 Williamson moved on to Nottingham Forest, in a season where Forest finished second in the First Division, Williamson's third consecutive finish in that spot. Williamson later moved to Leicester City on loan, before a transfer t