The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

PRE­STON North End leg­end Alan Spavin has passed away at the age of 74.

The for­mer in­side-for­ward played more than 450 games for North End af­ter join­ing the club as a young­ster in 1959.

Born in Lan­caster, he was a mem­ber of the team – play­ing along­side Peter Thomp­son, Dave Wil­son, Ge­orge Ross and John Bar­ton – which reached the 1960 FA Youth fi­nal against Chelsea.

He soon pro­gressed to the first-team ranks and made his de­but against Arse­nal in the old Divi­sion One later that year, scor­ing in a 2-0 vic­tory.

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