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Dave Syrett: 1956-2016

28 July 2016

We are sad to report the passing of 70s' star Dave Syrett, who has died at the age of 60 following a battle with a brain tumour.

In the 1977-78 football season, the forward was a part of the Stags team which competed in the second tier of English football for the only time in the club's proud history.

Starting his career as an apprentice at Swindon Town, Syrett was one of Peter Morris' major signings at Mansfield ahead of the aforementioned campaign.

A former England youth international, Syrett was a regular in the line-up at the County Ground under former Stags' manager Danny Williams, before his permanent move to north Nottinghamshire in 1977.

He struck up an impressive partnership with Ernie Moss and netted 16 league goals in 42 appearances during his debut season at the Stags, but it was not enough to save Mansfield from relegation.

He will forever be remembered by the Stags' faithful for scoring a famous hat-trick against Spurs in an unforgettable 3-3 draw at the then named Field Mill.

The following season, Syrett scored four goals in Division Three (now League One), before moving to Walsall as part of a deal with brought Terry Austin to Mansfield.

Syrett also had spells at Wolves, Peterborough United and Northampton Town.

The club was informed this morning that Dave had passed away at his home in Wiltshire. He is survived by his four daughters: Kerry, Michelle, Hayley and Vicki.

The club sends its sincere condolences to Dave's family at this sad time.

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