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Canaries FA Cup legend Bly dies

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Norwich City are mourning the death of Terry Bly, their top-scorer during the club's famous 1959 FA Cup run.

Bly, 73, suffered a heart attack at his home in Lincolnshire on Thursday.

He scored seven goals as the Canaries, then a Division Three South side, reached the 1959 semi-finals, beating Manchester United on the way.

The striker went on to play for Peterborough United in 1960, scoring 52 goals in their first ever season playing in the Football League.

In the third round of the Canaries' run Bly scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Sir Matt Busby's Manchester United, leading to the famous headline "Bly Bly Babes".

His strike partner in the side, Terry Allcock, told BBC Radio Norfolk: "He hadn't been in the side until just before the cup run, but he had an amazing three months.

"He was quite quiet in the dressing room, but very popular with all his colleagues, obviously when he left us he went to Peterborough and had an outstanding career there."

Edwin Overland, who interviewed Bly to mark the 50th anniversary of the run earlier this year, said Bly never let his success go to his head.

"He was such a humble man, he was a great player, a great footballer, and he will always be in Norwich City's folklore, no doubt about that," he said.

"The last thing I remember saying to him was about his goal-scoring exploits, and he played that down.

"He just said that he wanted to be remembered as the last player to touch the ball before it went into the back of the net."

Bly moved to non-league side Grantham Town in 1964 and became player-manager the following year, before retiring from playing in 1970.

He continued to manage the club until 1978, guiding them to three consecutive Midland League titles and several FA Cup ties against League opposition.

Bly also ran a business in Grantham until his retirement in 2002 but remained a familiar face at the Gingerbreads' games.



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