UK’s first black football manager dies

BRITAIN’S first black football manager died on Tuesday 2 March 2010 at the age of 53.

Keith Alexander who was the manager of Macclesfield Town died in the evening after returning home from his club’s League Two match against Notts County.

He had recently returned to work after taking time out because of illness.

Speaking via the football club’s website Macclesfield Town chairman , Mike Rance commended Alexander as a professional and as a man.

“Keith was an absolute gent and someone it has been a pleasure to work alongside here at Macclesfield Town, Rance said.

“He was a consummate football man and was constantly travelling the country to watch a game and always showed 100% commitment to this, and every club he worked for.

“Everyone here at the Moss Rose is shocked and upset at the moment and the news has rocked us all. Obviously our thoughts are with his family at this time and we are sure all supporters of Macclesfield Town have them in their thoughts.

“We have been overwhelmed by the messages we have received and that is testimony to Keith’s standing in the game. He will be truly missed.”

In his playing days Alexander played as striker for the likes of Grimsby and Stockport among others and was capped three times at international level with St Lucia.

In 1993 he became the UK’s first black manager when he got the top job at Lincoln City.

Alexander suffered a double brain aneurysm in November 2003 and he revealed that doctors had had to bring him back to life three times.

“He was a splendid man, a real gentleman and an absolute privilege to work with. He was strong, sensible, commanded respect throughout the game and was unique in many ways,” Rance told the BBC.

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