Andy King: Former Everton midfielder dies aged 58

Former Everton midfielder Andy King
Andy King scored 67 goals in 248 appearances over two spells at Goodison Park

Former Everton midfielder Andy King has died of a sudden heart attack, aged 58.

King had been working as MK Dons' chief scout and the club said:external-link "The thoughts of everyone at MK Dons are with Andy's wife Barbara, his family and his friends at this extremely sad and difficult time."

King represented 13 different clubs as a player, but is best remembered for his two spells with Everton.

He also managed and served as a scout for several non-league clubs.

Andy King
King had a spell in caretaker charge of Northampton

The statement added: "King, who joined the Dons' backroom staff in 2014, was a hugely respected figure throughout football and a magnificent individual and friend to many at MK Dons - he will be missed greatly."

King, who started his career with hometown club Luton, scored 49 goals in his six years at Goodison Park - between 1976 and 1980 and then 1982 and 1984 - including the iconic strike that settled the October 1978 Merseyside derby that etched his name into Everton folklore.

In their obituary,external-link Everton described King as a "skilful, free-spirited, goalscoring midfielder, Andy King was - above all else - a crowd pleaser".

Before taking up the scouting job at MK Dons, King managed Waterford, Mansfield, Swindon, Grays Athletic and had a spell as caretaker manager of Northampton Town following Aidy Boothroyd's departure in late 2013.