COLCHESTER United are mourning the deaths of two former players within days of each other.

Goalkeeper Sandy Kennon, who spent two years playing at the old Layer Road ground from 1965, died last Monday aged 81.

Full-back Edgar Rumney, who joined the club an apprentice and played for the club between 1957 and 1964, also died last week. He was 78.

Mr Kennon began his career with Huddersfield Town, but it was with Norwich City he established himself.

He played 255 times for the Canaries over seven years, and was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame. In his two years with the U’s he played 76 times, before moving to Lowestoft Town.

Mr Rumney was born in Abberton and appeared 52 times for the club, before moving on to Sudbury Town as a player and coach.

He also had a strong association with Abberton Cricket Club when his playing days were over, serving for a time in later life as club president.

Barry Smith, chairman of the Colchester United Former Players’ Association, said: “Sandy was one of the first goalkeepers I saw play when I was young.

“A lot of people said he was the best we ever had.

“I also knew Edgar personally from my days of playing. I very much had personal connections with both of them and have great memories of them.”

Association secretary John Schultz said: “I have spoken to Sandy on many occasions.

“He followed the efforts of the association. It is my understanding he was a very popular player.

“Edgar was not only a popular player, but an active member of Abberton Cricket Club.

“He and his family, with their sporting connections, were always so popular in the Colchester area.”

A U’s spokesman said the club’s thoughts were with both players’ friends and relatives.