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Death of York football mainstay Tony Woodburn
11:32am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
Tony Woodburn, who played in York and District League football for a remarkable 45 years, has died aged 74 following long illness.
Woodburn, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, was educated at Nunthorpe Grammar School for whom he played in the first team.
He then joined the all-conquering York Railway Institute club who completed the cup and league double several times between 1954 and 1957 in the York Minor League 14-16 and 16-18 age groups.
Woodburn went on to play for Unicrux from 1961 to 1975, captaining them to four trophies.
He then had spells with LNE Builders, Stamford Bridge and Pocklington Over-35s for whom he played his last game at the age of 60.
He then coached Stamford Bridge junior team for eight years, the team winning the Minor League U17 trophy in his final year.
Woodburn was employed by Yorkshire Insurance (later General Accident) and finally, for 25 years, by Rowntree’s. He leaves his wife Jean and son Christopher.
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