Reg Matthewson, a member of the legendary Chester FC team which reached the League Cup semi-final in the 1974/75 season, has died while on holiday in Spain.
The Sheffield-born defender, who lived in Tarvin, was 77.
Mr Matthewson spent three seasons with Chester after signing in 1973, playing more than 80 games for the club.
He captained what is considered to be one of the finest teams in Chester's history, leading the club to promotion from the old Division Four and also the last four of the League Cup in 1975.
Mr Matthewson played in all eight games of the cup run, which included giant-killing victories against Leeds United and Newcastle United, and was a popular figure with supporters during his time with the Blues.
He began his career in 1958 with his hometown club Sheffield United and went on to make almost 150 appearances for the Blades before switching to Fulham in 1968.
He spent five years at Craven Cottage and played 158 times for the Londoners before joining Chester in January 1973, initially on loan.
Having had a spell on the coaching staff at Sealand Road, Mr Matthewson finished his career in Welsh football with Bangor City in 1979 where he was a player/coach under former Chester teammate Stuart Mason.
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He also had a spell coaching at Shrewsbury Town under Graham Turner and retained his Chester links, continuing to live in Tarvin after his retirement from the game.
Mr Matthewson died suddenly while on a family holiday near Malaga, Spain, yesterday morning (August 29).
He leaves behind his wife Lynn, daughter Tracey, son Lee, grandchildren Amy, Craig, Jack and Joe, and great grandson Harvey.
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