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‘It was such a shock to lose him. I miss him, every day’

Tommy Burns

Gordon Strachan

Former Scotland team-mate and current Celtic manager, who appointed Burns as his first-team coach

Long before I came to Celtic, Tommy and I would kick 10 bells out of each others as opposing players. But in Scotland squads it was Tommy, Roy Aitken and myself who used to kick about together. Tommy was full of life and I liked that a lot. We left the international scene and lost touch. I came to Celtic and people told me I needed my own staff around me, yet within a couple of days I remembered how much I liked Tommy and decided he would be invaluable. He was, especially during my first couple of months here, which were the roughest. He made me understand the games people were playing and understand the club. He was more than just a player or a coach, he had the ultimate presence at Celtic. If I look at everything Celtic look to achieve, from community work to the first team, Tommy was involved. There were no Celtic and no Rangers supporters Authentic Prada Handbags Online Australia with Tommy, just people; he loved people. I have never had anyone close to me like Tommy Burns. It was such a shock to lose him at the time. I missed him then and I still miss him, every day.

Tommy Burns, Celtic and Scotland midfielder; later Celtic manager and first-team coach, died 15 May, aged 51

Don Fox

Neil Fox

Don’s younger brother, who sat on the Wakefield bench in the 1968 Challenge Cup final when Don missed the kick that cost them the trophy

I should have been playing that day at Wembley, and taking that Are All Prada Handbags Leather kick, but I’d damaged my groin when we won the championship against Hull KR. When Ken Hirst scored his try in injury-time I sat there, deafened by cheering supporters, and I thought we had won. I was actually sitting Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Sale Uk on the bench and thinking: ‘I wish I was taking the kick.’ I don’t mean this because I wanted the accolades. But being a kicker and with the conditions being so terrible, I realised the pressure was on Don. What if he missed? What effect would it have on him? All I hoped was that he would kick it. But he didn’t and we are never allowed to forget it. What people should Ap Lei Chau Prada Factory Outlet remember is that he won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match that day, and we wouldn’t have won the Championship in ’67 or ’68 if he hadn’t joined us from Featherstone.

Don Fox, Featherstone, Wakefield Trinity and Great Britain rugby league player, died 21 August, aged 72

Phil Hill

Tony Brooks

Hill’s former Ferrari team-mate

The best word I can use to describe Phil is ‘lovely’. He was quite simply a lovely person as well as a very accomplished and versatile driver. His presence as a team-mate, along with Dan Gurney, Cliff Allison and initially Jean Behra, helped make my season driving for Ferrari in 1959 the most enjoyable of my formula one career. We were team-mates in the very sporting sense of the word and not in the slightly hard-edged manner you sometimes see these days in certain circumstances. I respected Phil for the way he handled winning his world championship in 1961 [his team-mate, Wolfgang von handbags Trips, was killed with 14 spectators in the Italian grand prix] in very difficult circumstances. He was a good driver who made relatively few mistakes, unlike some I can think of.”

Phil Hill, 1961 formula one world champion, died 28 August, aged 81

‘Bomber’ Wells

Tony Brown

Gloucestershire team-mate and current county chairman

He was a sports socialist, as red as they come, which always produced good fun – fighting the left-wing cause against the upper crust. He liked music. He had a wind-up record player and loved playing ‘whim-away’ [the Lion Sleeps Tonight], as sung by an African choir, which he sang incessantly. The dressing rooms at Gloucester in those days were on separate floors – junior players went upstairs after training while the senior players changed downstairs. One day the captain, George Emmett, came up and said to Bomber: ‘If you don’t turn that off I’ll throw it out the window.’ What always makes me smile is thinking about his first over in county cricket, of which the then captain, Sir Derrick Bailey, saw only three balls. Bomber had a very short run – he would have bowled standing at the crease if umpires hadn’t stopped him – so, by the time Bailey had walked back to mid-off and turned around after Bomber’s first ball, Bomber had already bowled twice, and so it Best Prada Outlet In Italy continued. Bomber was an icon of Gloucestershire cricket. He just loved the game and he was a wonderful bowler, a fine tactician and a terrible loss.

Bryan Douglas “Bomber” Wells, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire off-spinner, died 19 June, aged 77

Jimmy Sirrel

Howard Wilkinson

Former FA technical director and caretaker England manager, whose first full-time coaching job was under Sirrel

Late June 1979 I received a phone call. ‘Hello, Howard. Jimmy here, Jimmy Sirrel. How do you fancy working at Notts County?’ After that there was one short meeting and that was the start of a working relationship and a friendship that was to last until his death on 25 September. Only the day before I had been to see him at his home in Burton Joyce. He was clearly in great pain. Jimmy was, it seemed, determined to die as he had lived: no complaints, no bitterness, simply an acceptance of whatever life threw at him and a steely, stubborn determination to get on with it. With Jimmy life was simply either ‘sweet’, ‘comfortable’ or ‘no’ so Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Online Shopping sweet’ and that evening, in his own words, ‘life was no’ so sweet’. His career in management was where he Baby Prada Shoes Uk proved to be a magician at struggling Brentford and later not only a magician but also a legend at Notts County. In Nottingham Jimmy achieved cult status with the locals and with football in the widest sense. He was right up there with Robin Hood and Brian Clough. To understand this phenomenon Authentic Prada Vitello Daino and the affection he attracted you had to know the man. Simply put, he had integrity, Are Prada Nylon Bags Worth The Money honesty, humility and a never-failing sense of gratitude to the game, always appreciative of the chance it had given him to climb out of the Glasgow slums during the pre-war depression.

Jimmy Sirrel, Notts County and Sheffield United manager, died 25 September, aged 86

Also lost this year

Eric Ashton 20 March, age 73Wigan and Great Britain rugby league centre

Tommy Bolt 30 August, 92, 1958 US Open golf champion

Tim Carter 19 June, 40Sunderland goalkeeping coach

Gareth Jones 16 June, 28Neath rugby player who Authentic Prada Bags For Sale Philippines died after injuring his neck in match against Cardiff

Vince Karalius 13 December, 76Forward for St Helens and Widnes

Sunny Lowry 21 February, 97First British woman to swim the Channel

Ian McColl 25 October, 81Scotland football manager 1960-65

Brooks Mileson 3 November, 60Gretna owner during rise to SPL

Jimmy Murray 27 September, 72Leading scorer for Wolves in 1958

David Myers 20 October, 37Great Britain and Widnes wing

Nigel Plews 19 October, 74English Test umpire 1988-1995

Mike Titcomb 2 May, 75International rugby referee

Freddie Williams 21 June, 65Notable on-course bookmaker

Vic Wilson 5 June, 87Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1961

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