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Ex Reds captain dies

Johnny Wheeler, the former Bolton and Liverpool player, died today, Saturday, at the age of 91, Hereafter the official statement, Liverpool’s offcials shared on the official website of the club:

Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former captain Johnny Wheeler at the age of 91.


Crosby-born, Wheeler was a versatile right-sided player who joined the Reds from Bolton Wanderers in September 1956.


Then aged 28, Wheeler would go on to make 177 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 23 goals, and was appointed club captain by manager Phil Taylor in the 1958-59 season.


Three of those 23 goals came in a remarkable five-minute hat-trick against Port Vale a couple of months after he had arrived at Anfield.


Wheeler, capped once internationally by England, left the club in the summer of 1963 and became an assistant trainer at Bury.


The thoughts of everybody at LFC are with Johnny’s family and friends at this sad time.

RIP Johnny Wheeler, July 1928-November 2019

 

Also in other news, The former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo has undergone severe brain surgery, after he became severely ill this week

And in another official statement on the club’s website, we read:

Liverpool FC is sending its support to Dominic Matteo after the former Reds player was taken seriously ill earlier this week.


Matteo, 45, underwent an operation on a brain tumour on Monday and is currently being treated in hospital after coming out of intensive care.


The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Dom, his family and friends and we will be offering our support to them throughout this difficult time.


A popular member of the Liverpool side in the 1990s and a regular pundit and commentator on LFCTV in recent years, Matteo made his debut for the Reds in October 1993.


He went on to become a regular under Roy Evans and later Gerard Houllier for four seasons from 1996-97, making a total of 155 appearances for the club.


Matteo – who also represented Scotland at international level – departed for Leeds United in 2000, where he spent four years, before spells with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.


We wish Dom a full and speedy recovery and will offer any support we can to his wife and family.

Dom's family would like to place on record their gratitude to all staff at Leeds General Infirmary and express their thanks for all of the messages of support they have received.



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