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John Manning Has Passed Away At The Age Of 80

18 February 2021

Former 1970's forward dies after battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The former Crewe Alexandra player and later coach, John Manning has sadly passed away at the age of 80 after a brave battle against Alzheimer's disease.

The Liverpool-born forward (pictured fourth from the left) signed for Crewe from Tranmere in 1972 and he became a major player in Jimmy Melia’s Alex side, scoring 11 goals in 45 appearances before moving on to Barnsley in 1975.

The former centre-forward’s career in professional football spanned 14 years and he also represented clubs, Tranmere Rovers, Shrewsbury, Norwich, Bolton and Barnsley before becoming a coach briefly with Crewe and in Saudi Arabia with the former player, manager and TV pundit, Jimmy Hill.

Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends at this time.


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