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Legendary former Sutton United manager Barrie Williams has died aged 79.

A statement from the Vanarama National League club said Williams had died in Spain, where he had been living in retirement.

Williams took charge of Sutton in 1979 and guided the U’s to a 2-1 victory over First Division side Coventry City at Gander Green Lane in 1989.

Their heroics would come undone in the next round, falling to an 8-0 defeat at the hands of Norwich City.

Current U’s boss Paul Doswell expressed his condolences at the death of a legend who he says will “never be forgotten.”

He wrote on Twitter: “I was so pleased to meet Barrie Williams at a recent home game.

“Like John Rains a club legend who has sadly left us.

“Proud to of met both these great men and honoured to follow in their footsteps. Barrie created SUFC history and will never be forgotten. RIP Barry”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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