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McCALL PAYS TRIBUTE TO 'INSPIRATIONAL' CHERRY

30 April 2020

Stuart McCall has paid tribute to his former City team-mate and manager, Trevor Cherry, who sadly passed away yesterday aged 72. 

The Bantams boss played under the former England international - at Valley Parade - between 1982 and 1987. 

McCall also shared the pitch with the club's former player-manager between 1982 and 1985, prior to Cherry's permanent appointment at the helm. 

Remembering the ex-Leeds United and Huddersfield Town defender, the City manager said: "Trevor was a great inspiration - as a player, manager and person.

"He had a huge influence on my career, both when I watched him playing and, more importantly, when I was fortunate enough to play under and alongside him in my early years as a professional.

"He was the best tackler I ever played with. His determination and desire, combined with perfect timing and reading of the game, made him impassable at times.

"On and off the pitch, he was a tremendous role model, a great professional and a thoughtful, helpful, all-round good person.

"Although quite reserved and private, he regularly gave me personal advice to help me improve and succeed - as a player and a person.

"I will always be indebted to the influence he had on me as a youngster, trying to make a career in the game.

"My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, family and friends at this sad time. He will be greatly missed by us all."

Cherry spent five years in total as a Bantam, making 102 appearances and managing the side between 1982 and 1987. 


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