Filed: Thursday, 8th September 2005
By: Matthew O'Greel
Former Hammers full-back Noel Cantwell has died after a long illness.
Cantwell - West Ham's first choice left-back during the late 1950's and a pivotal figure in the promotion winning side of 1958/59 - lost his battle against cancer earlier today.
The 17-times capped Irish international spent eight years in East London before signing for Manchester United in a then-UK record deal for a defender in 1960.
Tributes to the former Hammer have flooded into KUMB today; one Irish-based West Ham supporter, posting on the KUMB forum earlier today, said:
"On a day when all in Southern Ireland are downbeat after the defeat against the French, to hear that a legend like Noel Cantwell has died puts everything into perspective.
"This guy was a true football legend and played an integral part in the history of West Ham. Noel was a REAL football man who loved West Ham United.
"May he rest in peace."
*Peterborough manager Barry Fry - a club for whom Cantwell did much after retiring from the game - have called upon the FA to observe a minutes silence ahead of this weekend's matches in memory of Cantwell.
Academy legend Cantwell dies [8th Sep 2005]
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