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Longest Surviving Wanderer Dies


By Mark Heys
October 1 2005

Wanderers achievements in the UEFA Cup where somewhat overshadowed this week as news broke that the oldest surviving ex-Bolton player Vince Dillon had passed away at his home in Cornwall.

Manchester-born Dillon was a centre forward who made 17 appearances for the club shortly after the Second World War. He moved on to Tranmere Rovers in 1951 and later had a spell at Truro City where he became their player manager.

He was 81-years old and would have ironically celebrated his next birthday tommorow on the same day that his former club face their old Lancashire rivals Wigan Athletic in the Premiership.

The Wanderers have also suffered the loss of former players John Higgins and Billy Hughes earlier this year so the passing of Mr Dillon is of great sadness to the club.

Walking Down The Manny Road would like to express its sympathy to Mr Dillon's family and friends.

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