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Minute's applause for Nick Sharkey

13 February 2015

Stags to hold a minute's applause prior to tomorrow's match for former player Nick Sharkey, who died recently aged 71.

Everyone at One-Call was saddened to hear of the death of former player Nick Sharkey.

As a mark of respect, we will be holding a minute's applause prior to tomorrow's kick-off at home to Northampton Town .

Nick will be most remembered by most fans of a certain age for scoring the third goal in our magnificent FA Cup fifth round victory over West Ham in 1969. He had a distinguished career as a goal scorer with both Sunderland and Leicester City before arriving at Field Mill in March 1968. He left for Hartlepool in 1970, for the Stags he scored 21 goals in 80 appearances.

Club historian Paul Taylor told  "Nick Sharkey was on the small side, but what he lacked in inches he made up in style and goal scoring ability. He played for the Scotland under 23 side and is one of only thre Sunderland players to have scored five goals in one game for the club."

On retiring from football he sold cars, was involved in a partnership with Colin Todd at a sports shop in Gateshead and, for the final 17 years of his working life, sold fruit machines for a large establishment in that industry.

The club sends ours deepest condolences to Nick's family and friends at this time.

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