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Rest in peace, Geoff Lees

13 June 2019

Barnsley Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former Reds player and youth team coach Geoff Lees at the age of 85.

Geoff was at Oakwell at the same time as legendary late Tommy Taylor, who was tragically amongst the fatalities in the Munich Air Disaster.

While at the club in a coaching capacity, Geoff oversaw the development of Mick McCarthy, who went onto make over 300 appearances for Barnsley in seven seasons before moving onto Manchester City in 1983.

Also part of that youth team set-up was David Speedie, who went onto play for Chelsea, Liverpool and Scotland after leaving Oakwell in 1980.

The pocket watch presented to Geoff's father after serving in the First World War

Geoff’s father also played for the Reds before serving in the First World War. He was presented with a pocket watch by the club as commemoration on winning the Military Medal.

Bob Earnshaw and Colin Walker are expected to be present at Geoff’s funeral, which will take place at Ravenfield Church in Rotherham on Tuesday 18 June, 2pm.

The thoughts of everyone at Barnsley FC are with Geoff’s family and friends at this sad time.


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