All at Fleetwood Town Football Club were saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Tony Eaves yesterday following a brave battle against cancer.
Tony joined Fleetwood in 1967 and made his first team debut in December 1967 in a 1-1 draw at home to South Liverpool in the Lancashire Combination.
He played in our first ever game in the newly formed Northern Premier League in August 1968 and in total played 55 first team games, mainly at full back, between 1967 and 1969.
Tony later played for Lytham and Blackpool Mechanics and was a hugely popular member of our Former Players Association, being a regular attendee of both the monthly meetings and home games at Highbury right up until the Covid lockdown.
Tony’s close friend and fellow former player Derek Lancaster simply described him as “a lovely, kind and funny lad”.
We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Tony’s two sons and all his family and friends at this very sad time.
Tony leaves a wealth of very happy memories throughout the club and he will never be forgotten by the many former teammates, colleagues and friends whose lives he touched.