Family mourns death of their own footballing hero

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A MAN who played alongside some of the greatest footballers in Britain has passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 90.

Richard Riley, known by many as Dick played alongside Don Revie at Leicester in 1946 before playing for Northampton Town and then Wolverton Town in 1948.

In his working life as an engineer he worked for Express Lifts during the war then at Wolverton Works.

He set up the Wayfarers Soccer School to help young footballers develop and worked closely with Ron Greenwood – who was then manager at West Ham United.

In 1975 he set up the Northampton Orion Soccer School while working as an Education Welfare Officer.

His experience helped many sportsmen in various fields.

His funeral will take place at Milton Keynes Crematorium on Thursday, January 13 at 2.45pm. More details are available from funeral director Kevin Matthews on 01604 792284.