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Last Updated: Friday, 11 April, 2003, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Cwmbran manager dies
Tony Wilcox
One of Welsh football's longest serving managers has died at the age of 46.

Tony Wilcox, who led Cwmbran to the first League of Wales title in 1993, passed away on Friday after suffering heart problems.

He leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter.

Cwmbran's scheduled Welsh Premier match with Port Talbot on Friday night has been postponed as a mark of respect.

There will be a minute's silence at all Welsh Premiership matches on Saturday.

Wilcox is one of only three managers to have managed the same club in all 11 seasons of Wales' national league.

Newtown's Brian Coyne and Mickey Evans of Caersws are the others who share that record.

Tony was one of those people that everybody loved and respected
Cwmbran's Roger Gibbins
Wilcox led Cwmbran to five European campaigns, which is another league record.

His first taste of European competition came in 1993 when he took on Cork City in the Uefa Champions Cup in August 1993.

The Crows won the first leg at home 3-2, but went out on the away goals rule after losing 2-1 in Cork.

But perhaps the highlight of Wilcox's career came in 1999 when Cwmbran played the mighty Glasgow Celtic in the Uefa Cup.

Roger Gibbins, who was an assistant to Wilcox, will take over as Cwmbran manager until the end of the season.

He said the Cwmbran players were "distraught" after hearing the news of Wilcox's death.

"Tony was one of those people that everybody loved and respected," Gibbins told BBC Sport.

"He was the most amiable of fellas. He didn't have a bad word to say about anybody.

"He will be a tremendous loss to Welsh football and a tremendous loss on a personal note to a lot of people."




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