Football Obituaries

Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by zztop, Dec 21, 2019.

  1. AndrewH63

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  2. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    Following on from that Yeovil player who appeared to have taken his own life a few weeks back, a non-league player James Dean was reported missing on the 5th and a few days later huis body found. It's not been mentioned yet officially however I suspect this is another such death.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-57055578
     
  3. wfc4ever

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  4. wfc4ever

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  5. WillisWasTheWorst

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  6. AndrewH63

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    Remember him very well, saw him play for Arsenal at the end of his career.
     
  7. HenryHooter

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    I was down the guest suite after a Pompey reserves game in the late eighties, and there was this strange bedraggled man standing next to the sandwich table. Everyone was wondering who he was, and not because he looked like someone they were sure they knew, but more in the "Do you think we should give him a bag of sandwiches, a bottle of pop, and get security to send him on his way?" Everyone was discreetly asking everyone else if they knew him. When he left, one of the players said "F-ing hell, that was Paul Mariner!"

    There was an air of disbelief, because if people had known, they would have been all over him. It was a bit like Gali sitting on his own in the old East stand (probably wandering what the hell he was doing there) with loads of fans sitting around, not even having a clue he was a Watford player.
     
  8. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member



    That Ipswich side played lovely football. Should have won more silverware than they did.



    Well known over there due to his stint with ESPN. Proud Lancastrian. Was there a moments silence at Wembley ? Missed the kick off. Should have been.​
     
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  9. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I'm sad to hear this.
    Very accomplished player.
    RIP.
     
  10. Teide1

    Teide1 Squad Player

    I agree he was, a higher profile and I guess better version of our very own Ross Jenkins, always a good sport and knew how to score goals, R.I.P. Sir another taken too early!
     
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  12. WillisWasTheWorst

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  14. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    The England left back when I first started watching football. RIP.
     
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  15. AndrewH63

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    Indeed, and imho, it was the loss of Cooper to a terrible injury that sealed the England teams fate and failure to qualify for the World Cup in 1974. In the early 70s Cooper was head and shoulders the best left back in the UK.
     
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  16. I Blame Bassett

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  18. reg_varney

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    Der Bomber ist tote.

    Unbelievable goalscoring record at club (487 in 555 games) and international level (68 in 62 games).

    "In his book, Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, author David Winner writes, "Muller was short, squat, awkward-looking and not notably fast; he never fitted the conventional idea of a great footballer, but he had lethal acceleration over short distances, a remarkable aerial game, and uncanny goalscoring instincts. His short legs gave him a strangely low center of gravity, so he could turn quickly and with perfect balance in spaces and at speeds that would cause other players to fall over. He also had a knack of scoring in unlikely situations."[citation needed] The impression that Gerd Muller was not very fast may stem from his short appearance. He did not run very much, but this is rather typical of people with fast-twitch muscle fibers – they rely on short bursts of speed. Speed and agility were always Gerd Muller's greatest assets – and this enabled him to reach an extreme acceleration and be first to the ball. He also regularly soared higher than much taller defenders while jumping for the ball. His teammate Franz Beckenbauer has emphasized Muller's unusual speed: "His pace was incredible. In training I have played against him and I never had a chance."

    I can't think of one British striker (past or present) with a similar style. He was the ultimate "sniffer" goalscorer. A goal machine.
     
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  19. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Truly one of the very greatest goalscorers. RIP.
     
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  20. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    A " squat little man" long before Peter Jones used the phrase to describe Maradona.
    Exceptional goal scorer.
    RIP.
     
  21. AndrewH63

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    Muller, i will never forgive him for exposing the frailty of Peter Bonetti in the 1970 quarter final. That said what a fabulous player, and another sufferer of degenerative brain disease.

    When live football on TV was restricted, International tournaments and European cup competitions dominated the coverage, and GurdMuller was a player everyone knew in the playground.

    RIP
     
  22. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Wasn't it Beckenbauer's long shot that Bonetti disastrously let under his body? Muller was unmarked in the 6-yard box for the winner - no chance for the keeper.
     
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  23. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Zaki Anwari (2002-2021):

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    RIP. ​
     
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  24. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Crikey.
    Accident? Car crash?
    That's tragically young.
    Slightly off topic but how sad and brave to see Rob Burrows at the Leeds Rhinos match yesterday.
    What a hideous disease MND is. So cruel.
     
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  25. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Oh just read about the young man.
    Appalling tragedy. What a mess Afghanistan is.
     
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  28. westbridgfordhornet

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    As you'll guess from my username I have some connections to this sad story. My son played for the West Bridgford Colts at various age groups during the 90s and early 2000s and I operated as the linesman for his team for several years too. There are a really great club to be associated with and as I would have expected, a dignified statement issued by them with plans for a pitchside tribute and online book of remembrance. I'm sure these things will provide a little comfort for poor Dylan Rich's family, friends and teammates. RIP Dylan.
     
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  29. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    Yes and no, I'm sure that the family were told at some point that he would never wake up therefore life support should really have been withdrawn many years ago. I think more could have been achieved by donating his organs, particularly as he was a relatively young athlete.

    It's very sad regarding the circumstances of how he ended up like that though.
     
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  30. wfc4ever

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    Fair point - guess they couldn’t let go?
     
  31. wfc4ever

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    Jimmy Greaves died aged 81.

    RIP.

    A real footballing legend.

    Both on and off the pitch.
     
  32. onion8837

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    I have his autograph somewhere - signed the menu at a charity dinner in the late 80s
     
  33. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

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    If there is an all time British XI not just and England XI Greaves would be the first choice. Left foot, right foot or head he was clinical with an exceptional turn of pace, good close control. An utter menace to any defence. It's very sad to see he did not get a WC medal which injury denied him not to mention his personal problems off the field. A lovely character and raconteur he is simply the best. What he would be worth in today's mad market would be off the scale. It's pretty sad that Tottenham where his exploits are legendary have not seen fit to name a stand after him. They have had plenty of great players. Ardiles, Mackay, Gilzean for example but he was their best ever player.

    https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...t-finisher-england-produced-tottenham-chelsea



    The Roar of the Crowd - The Enigmatic Mr Greaves (BBC TV Documentary about Jimmy Greaves) 1969

     
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  34. Teide1

    Teide1 Squad Player

    Rest in Peace Sir, you were a credit to the game, condolences to his family and friends.
     
  35. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    RIP Jimmy. A hero of your time on and off the pitch and a staple for modern footballers of today to live up to. Wishes to friends and family xx
     

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