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John McNicholas: 1949-2022

14 November 2022

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Fleetwood Town are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former player John McNicholas at the age of 73.

John joined Fleetwood on loan from neighbours Blackpool, scoring twice on his debut in a 5-0 home victory against Runcorn in the Northern Premier League in November 1969.

He signed for us permanently following his release from Blackpool in the summer of 1970, playing two full seasons at Highbury before leaving to join Lancaster City for the 1972/73 season.

In total, John played 81 games for Fleetwood scoring five goals and he was a key player in our 1970/71 Northern Premier League Challenge Cup winning side.

He will always be remembered as a tough tackling and uncompromising player who was equally at home in defence or upfront. John was also a proud member of our Former Players Association, regularly attending monthly meetings until he became ill.

We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to John’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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