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Henley Town FC manager who shared digs with George Best

HENLEY Town supporters will be sad to learn of the death on June 17 of former

HENLEY Town supporters will be sad to learn of the death on June 17 of former player-manager Melvyn Simmonds, at the comparatively young age of 64.

Although Melvyn assisted the Town for only one season, 1984-85, he had an interesting career in football, much of it spent locally.

Marked out at a young age as a player of above-average skill, he became a schoolboy international at 15, captaining the national side and shortly afterwards being apprenticed to Manchester United.

Although he failed to make the first team, his time at Old Trafford was memorable as a result of him sharing digs with George Best.

After a short spell at Reading, Melvyn moved on to Bournemouth, where he made a handful of Football League appearances during a stay of three seasons.

From there he moved to Guildford City, following by assisting Hellenic League clubs Hungerford Town and Thatcham.

He also won representative honours for the Hellenic League.

Melvyn arrived at the Triangle in time for the inaugural season of the Chiltonian League. Henley achieved only modest success during his stint as manager but, on the field, he still looked a cut above most other players, whether in central defence or  midfield.

His funeral will take place at the South Chapel of Reading Crematorium on Tuesday, July 5 at 1.45pm.

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