Former Norwich City striker John Manning dies

John Manning

John Manning, left, in action for Norwich City in 1968 - Credit: Archat library

Former Norwich City forward John Manning has died at the age of 80.

Manning joined the Canaries from Shrewsbury Town in September 1967 for a fee of £21,000 and scored 22 goals in 67 games before leaving for Bolton Wanderers in March 1969.

He formed a strong partnership with Hugh Curran during the reign of Lol Morgan as manager, wearing the number nine shirt and scoring regularly during two seasons which ended in mid-table finishes in the second tier.

Reports at the time suggested Manning had asked to leave City to return to the north-west ahead of his sale to Bolton for around £20,000, to be closer to family in his home town of Liverpool.

He also played for Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, Crewe Alexandra and Barnsley - scoring over 70 goals for Tranmere across two spells.

According to the Canary Citizens book, Manning was a player renowned for his strong heading ability. He became a coach at Crewe and had coaching stints abroad, including in Saudi Arabia, before returning to England and working as a scout for Birmingham and Brighton. Away from football he worked as a sales manager for a chemical company.

It's understood Manning was being treated for Alzheimer's disease at a care facility in Liverpool in the past year.

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A statement from the Canaries confirming the news concluded: "Everyone’s thoughts at Norwich are with John’s family and friends at this sad time."

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