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RIP Colin Collindridge

14 April 2019

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All at Sheffield United are saddened to hear of the passing to a higher league of our oldest surviving player.

Colin Collindridge was born in Barugh Green on 15th November 1920 and signed for the Blades, initially as an amateur, on 5th December 1938, becoming a professional in January 1939, making his first team debut just after the start of World War Two. At the start of the conflict he went back to his old job as a miner to support the war effort before joining the RAF.

Guesting for Chesterfield, Notts County and Lincoln, he was recalled for the War Cup North competition early in 1944 and scored in the semi final at Villa Park.
Colin played a huge part in securing the Football League North Championship and actually made his league debut against Liverpool in August 1946 - an incredible seven years after joining the club due to the conflict in Europe.

Moving to Nottingham Forest in 1950, he won a Third Division Championship medal with them before a spell with Coventry City, ending his league career there in 1956.

In 77 wartime appearances he scored 36 goals and in 232 league appearances in the red and white stripes 95 goals.

Up to recent times he regularly journeyed from his home in Newark to games and was always the life and soul of proceedings, his razor-sharp mind could tell many a tale of an era in football long gone and he could recall with ease key moments in our proud history at a time of major change for the world.

He will be well remembered by all the staff fortunate to know him and deal with him at Bramall Lane, a real gentleman of the old school who outlived all others of his era - he played side by side with Jimmy Hagan, Ernest Jackson, Jack Smith and many other great names from our past and was highly regarded by all as a striker of the highest quality.

Colin really was the last of the line, ill health has plagued him in recent times, preventing Tony Currie from calling to see him on his 98th birthday last year.

We pay tribute to a great from another era.


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