Shock death of local football legend

Keith Sanderson
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Tributes have poured in from across the football community in Morley after the sudden death of a much-loved football manager.

Keith Sanderson, who was in his early 50s, is believed to have collapsed on Saturday while out walking with his son in law.

Keith Sanderson, left, during his playing days.

Keith Sanderson, left, during his playing days.

Mr Sanderson was one of Gildersome Spurs’ most successful managers, winning eight trophies in a glittering three year spell with the club from 2008 to 2011.

He would later move on to Beeston St Anthony’s, where he inspired them to their first league title in 19 years.

A talented sportsman, he had a spell playing for Farsley Celtic in the late 1980s before turning his hand to football management, which he juggled with running his own business.

Morley Town AFC secretary and Morley councillor, Noel Bullock said: “Keith was a brilliant footballer in his heyday and I remember him more for being a tremendous coach at Gildersome Spurs Old Boys winning a host of trophies under his guidance and establishing fine players such as Lee Thrush, Daniel Thackray, Matthew Jackson and Matthew Moon who went on to bigger and better clubs.”

Beeston St Anthony's won the Leeds and District FA Senior Cup at Elland Road.

Beeston St Anthony's won the Leeds and District FA Senior Cup at Elland Road.

Close friend Bob Greenwood who was co-manager at Gildersome Spurs and Beeston St Anthony’s described Keith as a ‘true legend.’

He said: “The word legend is used too frequently, but local football has lost a true, true legend. He was a funny guy with a mischevious streak.

“Keith was simply a nice guy who would help you out with anything.

“If you ever wanted anyone in the trenches with you, Keith was that man.”