Tony Waiters, former Burnley goalkeeper, passes away at age 83

Tony Waiters, former Burnley goalkeeper, passes away at age 83

- Tony Waiters has been reported dead at age 83

- The cause of his death was unconfirmed as at the time of this report

- Waiters also made five appearances for England in 1964

- The former goalkeeper qualified Canada for their only World Cup appearance in 1986

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Former England goalkeeper Tony Waiters has been confirmed dead at the age of 83.

The late Englishman spent most of his career playing for Blackpool with well over 250 appearances during his eight year reign with them.

He later joined Burnley in 1970 and made close to 40 appearances in just two seasons before hanging his gloves.

Waiters also won five caps for the English national team in 1964 having being called up as a back up for Gordon Banks ahead of the World Cup two years later.

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After calling it quit with his playing career, he ventured into football management with Plymouth his first stop between 1972 and 1977 - helping them gain promotion fromm the third division.

The late manager inspired Plymouth Argyle to the League Cup semi-finals accroding to Daily Mail.

The former England star also handled the Vancouver Whitecaps before having two spells as the national coach of Canada.

Waiters led Canadan to their only World Cup in Mexico in 1986 but they lost all three group games and crashed out at the beginning of the tourney.

England have now paid tribute to their former star on their Twitter page:

Tony Waiters, former Burnley goalkeeper, passes away at age 83

Tony Waiters during his reign as the manager of Plymouth Argyle FC in 1976. Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive.
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"We're sad to learn that Tony Waiters, who won five caps for the Three Lions in 1964, has died at the age of 83. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Tony's family, friends, and former clubs."
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Plymouth Argyle said they were 'deeply saddened' to hear of their former manager's passing and described him as an 'all-time Argyle great.'

Burnley also shared a tribute on Twitter which read:

"Burnley Football Club is saddened to hear of the death of former England and Clarets' goalkeeper Tony Waiters, at the age of 83. The thoughts of everyone at Turf Moor are with his family and friends. RIP."

Waiters was inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 and continued coaching after finishing his managerial career. earlier reported that Ebbe Skovdahl former Aberdeen and Brondby manager has been confirmed dead.

The Dane was said to have battled cancer for a long period of time before eventually passing away at the age of 75.

Scottish League giants Aberdeen confirmed Skovdahl's death on their official Twitter page, saying his passing saddens their hearts.

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