LONDON:The former England defender Trevor Cherry has died at the age of 72, his former club Leeds have announced. Cherry began his career with his hometown club, Huddersfield Town, and also played for and managed Bradford. He earned 27 caps for England and captained the national side on his penultimate appearance.
Cherry’s death comes less than two weeks after that of his former Leeds teammate Norman Hunter.
Cherry came through the ranks at Huddersfield but moved to Elland Road for £100,000 in 1972 after Town were relegated from the First Division. Part of the Leeds squad that won the title in 1973-74, Cherry helped them to the European Cup final in 1975 and took the captaincy in 1976, the same year that he made his England debut in a match against Wales.
In 1977 he was controversially sent off during a friendly in Argentina, being punished for a tackle on Daniel Bertoni, who also saw red for punching Cherry. He made his final England appearance as a substitute against Spain in the 1980 European Championship, having led the side against Australia in a warm-up match just before the tournament.
After Leeds were relegated in 1982, he moved to Bradford, becoming player-manager. He was in charge in 1985 when 56 supporters were killed in the Valley Parade fire, having played his final match the previous week as City earned the Division Three title. He was sacked in January 1987 and left the professional game.