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OBITUARY: Dave Sexton OBE

26 November 2012

Former O's player and manager dies aged 82

THE club were saddened to learn of the passing of former O's player and manager Dave Sexton at the weekend.

Sexton, who played 24 League games for the club between 1956-1957 and then managed at Brisbane Road for nearly a year in 1965, passed away on Sunday at the age of 82.

Born in Islington on April 6 1930, Sexton represented Luton, West Ham, Orient, Brighton and Crystal Palace as a player prior to turning his hand to management.

His appointment in E10 was his first as a manager following a spell as coach at Chelsea.

After taking over in January 1965, he resigned in December of that year but went on to have a long and distinguished career.

He won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup with Chelsea and then took the reins at Queens Park Rangers, where he missed out on the League title in 1975/76 by just a single point.

Sexton went on to manage Manchester United and Coventry City, as well as having two spells in charge of the England U21 side.

He was awarded the OBE for services to football in 2005.

The club sends its deepest condolences to Dave's family and friends.

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