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Farewell Billy

Sad to report the loss of perhaps the greatest legend of the clubs modern era - Billy Smith.

Billy captained the great side of the 1970s during a six year spell that included the majestic team that battled its way to the fourth round of the FA cup in 1977,

Making over 200 appearances he led by example on the pitch and was a true gentleman  off it.  He even threw in a few goals, including what is still our last in the FA Cup proper - a screamer against Northampton Town in 1977.

Billy returned as manager in 2006 and over a four year period restored the club to some of  its former glory, winning a promotion, three county cups and what is still our most recent FA Cup proper rounds appearance at Stockport County in 2011.

And if all that wasn’t enough he was also highly regarded spotter of talent with Ian Wright and Michael Antonio among his most notable discoveries.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time

RIP Billy