Former Wisbech Town footballer who played against the Busby Babes dies

FORMER Wisbech Town footballer Lew Clayton has died after a short illness, aged 85. Mr Clayton, who was living in Redcar, near Middlesbrough, started his playing career with his hometown club Barnsley during the Second World War. He worked down the mines

FORMER Wisbech Town footballer Lew Clayton has died after a short illness, aged 85.

Mr Clayton, who was living in Redcar, near Middlesbrough, started his playing career with his hometown club Barnsley during the Second World War.

He worked down the mines during the week and played matches on Saturdays.

He went on to play for Queens Park Rangers and Bournemouth, with whom he caused a major FA Cup upset in 1957, beating Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur, before losing in the quarter-finals to Manchester United's famous Busby Babes shortly before the Munich air disaster.


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Mr Clayton went on to play for Swindon and then non-league with Wisbech Town.

After retiring as a footballer Mr Clayton had various jobs at Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers and Cardiff City, including a physiotherapist and groundkeeper.

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He was caretaker manager at Cardiff for a brief period.

He leaves a daughter, Christine, and one grand-daughter, Sarah.

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