Sunday, December 5, 2021

Remembering the football stars we lost in 2019

2019 has been a great year for football – from the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which was the best ever women’s World Cup, to Liverpool winning the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League – it’s been brilliant. However, we’ve also lost a lot of stars across the world of football – here, we remember each and every one of them.

Football stars we lost in 2019

Gordon Banks – Former England goalkeeper and vital member of the 1966 World Cup winning side. The England legend died in his sleep on February 12th following a kidney cancer diagnosis back in 2015.

Gordon Banks left us in 2019
Gordon Banks left us in 2019

Justin Edinburgh – Former Tottenham player and manager of Leyton Orient tragically passed during the summer following a cardiac arrest on June 3rd 2019.

Jose Antonio Reyes – Former Arsenal and Real Madrid player.

Bill Slater – Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England player.

Eric Harrison – Former youth coach of the Manchester United ‘Class of 92’.

Ron Saunders – Former Aston Villa and Birmingham City manager.

Emiliano Sala – Cardiff City and former Nantes striker.

Fernando Ricksen – Dutch international and former fan favourite at Rangers.

Billy McNeil – Former Celtic captain and first ever Brit to lift the European Cup.

Stevie Chalmers – Former Celtic player and scorer of the winning goal in the 1967 European Cup final.

Noel White – Former Liverpool chairman and vice-president of the FA.

Jerry Thompson – Carrick Rangers player.

Eric Caldow – Former Scotland and Rangers player.

Tommy Smith – Former Liverpool player.

Barrie Hole – Former Cardiff, Swansea and Wales player.

Peter Thompson – Former England and Liverpool player.

Jim Smith – Former Derby, Newcastle and Portsmouth manager, known affectionately as ‘The Bald Eagle’.

Bert Mozley – Former Derby County and England player.

Ivor Broadis – Former Sunderland, Newcastle and Manchester City player.

John Dillon – Former Albion Rovers player.

Brian Mawhinney – Former Football League chairman.

Kat Lindner – Former Glasgow City player.

Jordan Dawes – Kent Football United player.

Fred Molyneux – Former Plymouth, Tranmere and Southport player.

Peter Downsbourough – Former Swindon and Braford player.

Ian Young – Former Celtic and St Mirren player.

Roy Cheetham – Former Manchester City player.

Bobby Prentice – Former Hearts player.

Dennis Edwards – Former Charlton player.

Kenny Mitchell – Former Newcastle United player.

Jimmy Fleming – Former Workington and Berwick player.

Bobby Smith – Played for Chelmsford and Barnsley.

Mike Thalassitis – Former Love Island star who played for Stevenage and Cambridge United.

Fred Pickering – Former England star, scored a hat-trick on his international debut.

Stuart Taylor – Former Bristol Rovers player.

Duncan Forbes – Former Colchester and Norwich player.

Tarania Clarke – Jamaica women’s international.

Cyril Robinson – Former Blackpool, Southport and Bradford Park Avenue player.

Ian Macfarlane – Former Chelsea and Aberdeen player. Also managed Sunderland and Leicester.

Phil Masinga – Former Leeds and South Africa player.

Martin Harvey – Former Northern Ireland and Sunderland player.

Mike Barnard – Former Portsmouth player and Hampshire cricketer.

Lawrie Leslie – Former West Ham, Millwall and Scotland player.

Jarzinho Pieter – Curacao international goalkeeper.

Mick Kennedy – Former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Ireland player.

Colin Barlow – Former Manchester City player and Chief Executive.

Mike Hughes – Former Chesterfield player.

Tom Brownlee – Former Walsall and Bradford player.

Mike Metcalf – Former Chester player.

Brian Jordan – Former Rotherham player.

Freddie Glidden – Former Hearts player.

Cliff Myers – Former Yeovil and Torquay player.

Joe Fascione – Former Chelsea player.

Matt Brazier – Former QPR, Fulham and Cardiff player.

Danny Williams – Former Rotherham player and Sheffield Wednesday manager.

Denis Hunt – Former Gillingham player.

Arthur Turner – Former Stoke player and Birmingham manager.

Mike Harrison – Former Blackburn, Chelsea and Luton player.

Nigel Saddington – Former Carlisle player.

Johnny Walker – Played for Wolves and Reading.

Duncan Welbourne – Played nearly 500 games for Watford.

Reg Holland – Former Wrexham and England schoolboys player.

Ian Ross – Former Liverpool and Aston Villa player.

John Hellawell – Former Bradford player.

Johnny Valentine – Former Rangers and Queens Park player.

Brian Edgley – Former Shrewbury player.

Graham Newton – Former Blackpool, Walsall and Bournemouth player.

Bobby Doyle – Former Portsmouth, Hull and Barnsley player.

Peter Dolby – Former Shrewsbury player.

Derek Lewin – Represented Great Britain at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

Ron Peplow – Former Brentford player.

John Steeples – Former Grimsby player.

Bobby McCool – Former Gloucester and Cheltenham player.

Ted Burgin – Former Sheffield United player.

Kevin Randall – Former Chesterfield, Notts County and York City player.

Kit Napier – Former Brighton, Newcastle and Blackburn player.

Alan Skirton – Former Blackpool and Arsenal player.

Jon Gittens – Former Swindon and Portsmouth player.

Gordon Neate – Former Reading player.

David Harney – Former Grimsby and Scunthorpe player.

Peter Skipper – Former Hull, Walsall and Wigan player.

George Haigh – Former Stockport player.

Charlie Kelsall – Played for Wrexham.

Colin Collindridge – Former Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest player.

Lindsay Parsons – Former Bristol Rovers player.

Willie McPheat – Former Sunderland player.

George Smith – Former Scottish referee.

Geoff Toseland – Former Sunderland player.

Rex Dunlop – Former Workington and Rangers player.

Harry Hood – Former Celtic player.

Alan Smith – Former Arsenal and Brentford player.

Mike Balson – Former Exeter City player.

Barry Hughes – Welsh former football manager.

George Darwin – Former Mansfield and Derby player.

Geoff Lees – Former Bradford player.

Johnny Robinson – Former Bury player.

Bobby Brown – Former Workington player.

Ernie Collumbine – Former Clydebank player.

Dennis White – Former Hartlepool player.

Brian Sparrow – Former Arsenal and Crystal Palace player.

Graham Barnett – Former Port Vale and Tranmere player.

Les Campbell – Former Wigan, Preston and Blackpool player.

Joe Rayment – Former Darlington player.

Bobby Park – Former Aston Villa and Wrexham player.

Bernard Evans – Former Wrexham and QPR player.

Sammy Chapman – Former Mansfield and Portsmouth player.

Peter McConnell – Former Leeds, Bradford and Carlisle player.

Kevin Stonehouse – Former Blacburn, Huddersfield and Darlington player.

Ron Hughes – Former Chester player.

Steve Talboys – Former Wimbledon player.

John Lowey – Former Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday player.

Doug Clarke – Former Hull player.

Johnny Wheeler – Former Liverpool, Tranmere and England player.

To each of every person who passed in 2019, we will never ever forget you.

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Kieran Harm
Kieran hails from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and holds a degree in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton. He covers a range of sports, specialising in football and NFL. Kieran is a long-suffering member of the Toon Army as well as a very proud member of Broncos Country.

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