Death of Colchester United legend

The former manager of Colchester United, Dick Graham, has died.

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Colchester United's 1971 FA Cup hero dies at the age of 90

Dick Graham (centre), manager of Colchester United is mobbed by his players after his team beat Leeds United 3-2 at their Layer road ground. Credit: PA Archive

Family statement:

"During his last evening with us, we read to him a passage from Ray Crawford's autobiography.

"Ray was the player who got two of the goals at that epic footballing battle when Colchester United beat Leeds United on 13th February 1971.

"The papers called it a David and Goliath struggle when the courage of a few experienced, older, professionals, marshalled by a great leader, Dick Graham, overcame insurmountable odds to beat a team of hardened, young, undefeated internationals."

'Legendary' Colchester United manager Dick Graham dies

Colchester United's legendary manager Dick Graham has died.

Graham led the U's to one of the greatest FA Cup shocks of all time when they beat Leeds in 1971.

A family statement, issued to the club on Thursday evening said: "Dick has been unwell for some time now following a hip replacement operation in December.

"He appeared to recover well from that operation, but an underlying heart condition worsened in January and for the last three weeks or so he has been confined to bed.

"On Tuesday 5th March he went into a semi-coma and passed away, quite peacefully, this morning, Thursday 7th March, about 8.00am."


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