Popular football manager dies

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A FORMER football manager who spent years teaching children how to play the beautiful game has died at the age of 54.

Graham Lee managed Charnock Ridgeway FC for almost a decade, despite suffering poor health himself.

An extremely popular man, Graham, who suffered from diabetes and complications caused by the condition, passed away following a long fight against his illness.

Ross Ward, aged 23, who played for the team under Graham for four seasons described him as ‘a great man’.

He said: “Graham believed in playing the game the right way.

“There was never a time when I can remember him raising his voice to any of the lads. He was always calm, always had a smile and a word of encouragement no matter how we went on.

“Despite him never owning a car, he never missed a game nor a training session. Graham was there rain or shine. He brought all the equipment and even took the lads’ mucky shirts home for his wife to wash. A top bloke, he will be sadly missed.”

Graham, a keen Sheffield Wednesday fan, leaves wife Tracy, daughter Cheryl, son James, and grandchildren Grace and Josh.

A service followed by cremation will take place at City Road Crematorium, sheffield, tomorrow at 11.15am. Family flowers only please. Donations to the Sheffield Kidney Institute.