Blackpool Football Club
Blackpool legend dies
The player who scored the winning goal in Blackpool's famous FA Cup Final win in 1953 has died.
Bill Perry, front row far right
Bill Perry - who had been fighting bowel cancer - has died at the age of 77.
Born in Johannesburg, Perry featured in Blackpool's FA Cup final defeat against Newcastle in 1951 but his sadness turned to joy after scoring the winning goal in the Seasiders 4-3 over Bolton in 1953.
The flying winger went on to represent England three times after qualifying for England via his father.
Chairman Karl Oyston paid tribute to Perry as the winning goal scorer in what he described as 'the most famous FA Cup final ever'.
He also said he was 'the Michael Owen of his day' as the season's leading goal scorer in Blackpool's highest ever League finish.
Oyston said: "I feel really honoured to have met him."
Meanwhile, manager Simon Grayson who last saw him a fortnight ago was also deeply saddened by the news.
Grayson said: "It's really sad news. It's a devastating blow."
Friend and fellow player Cyril Robinson says Bill Perry had spoke of dying. Robinson - who is now the only remaining survivor of the 1953 team - says he was always a humble man...
last updated: 28/09/07
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