The revered former Sutton United boss Barrie Williams has died at the age of 79.
A statement from the club’s website reads as follows:
‘As people will be aware, we learned the very sad news this morning that Barrie Williams, who managed Sutton United throughout the successes we enjoyed in the 1980s, had passed away in Spain, where he had been living in retirement for a number of years. Barrie joined the club in 1977, originally as Keith Blunt’s assistant, taking over as manager two years later and guiding the club to two Isthmian League titles, two top ten finishes in the GM Vauxhall Conference, the FA Trophy final and, of course, the 1989 FA Cup triumph over Coventry City, as well as a number of League and County Cup triumphs, including six successive Surrey Senior Cups between 1983 and 1988. After leaving the club in 1989 he went on later to manage the England Ladies’ team and Hendon.
A fuller appreciation will appear later.’