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Thursday, July 13, 2023

CAUSE OF DEATH: Bristol City legendary footballer, Chris Garland, confirmed dead

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Bristol City legendary footballer, Chris Garland, confirmed dead.

CAUSE OF DEATH: The former forward passed away after a long illness.

Bristol City legend Chris Garland has sadly passed away. The former striker's death was announced by the Bristol City FC - Former Players Association on Twitter.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "It’s with great sadness that we here at the FPA have to report the passing of the great Chris Garland. A true legend of the club, our thoughts are with the Garland family. It’s a dark day for Ashton Gate."

The 74-year-old played for City from 1966 to 1971 before returning for a second stint between 1976 and 1983. In total, he made 248 appearances and scored 54 goals for Bristol City.. 

Daughter Jess Thirlby is head coach of the England netball team, having previously played for her country.

After splitting with Patricia following 25 years of marriage, Garland went on to remarry in 2004 - tying the knot with partner Ruth.

There's a now famous picture of a young Garland watching a game in the early 1960s from his lofty balcony. By the age of 17, he was playing on the pitch himself at the start of a long football career that took him from his home city to Chelsea and Leicester City, and then back again.
Garland also had the honour of representing England at Under-23 level.

Following his retirement, he went on to manage non-league Somerset side Minehead, while he also coached at Yeovil.

Garland revealed in 1992 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the previous few years.

Chelsea's official website reveals that Blues legend Peter Osgood was one of the first people he told of his diagnosis.

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