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Lancashire legend Charnley dies


Former Morecambe, Blackpool, Preston and Wrexham centre-forward Ray Charnley has died at the age of 74.

Charnley, who had been ill for some time, had spent the last few months in care and died in hospital on the Fylde coast early on Sunday morning.

Charnley, who spent the majority of his career at Blackpool, also won a cap for England against France.

A minute's silence will be held in his memory when Blackpool meet Preston North End on Monday, 30 November.

All the players will also wear black armbands for the game.


The Lancaster-born striker moved to Blackpool from Morecambe in 1957 for a fee of £750 at the age of 22.

He went on to become the club's top scorer for nine seasons, scoring 222 goals in 407 appearances while at Bloomfield Road.

He moved to Preston in 1967, making 23 appearances for North End.

He also played for Wrexham before ending his Football League career and then featured for Bradford Park Avenue.

Former Blackpool team mate and close friend Jimmy Armfield told BBC Radio Lancashire: "He was the old-fashioned centre- forward really.

"He was good in the air and he was no slouch on the ground with the ball either.

"He was a goal scorer, but his temperament was excellent too. Just a really super guy, who's been my friend for half a century."

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