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McCrohan Passes Away

9 March 2015

Former wing-half Roy dies.

Colchester United were saddened to hear of the passing of former player Roy McCrohan last Wednesday.

Our thoughts are with Roy's wife Mary, 

A qualified FA coach he moved to the USA in 1976 and had spells on the staff of both Detroit Express and Minnesota Kicks. 

In 1968 he became trainer at Aldershot until rejoining Robson as assistant manager at Ipswich a year later. Roy took up a similar post at Luton between 1971-75.

When Fulham were relegated both he and Robson were sacked.

At Eastville, he turned his attention to coaching and became player-coach of Crawley before teaming up with Bobby Robson at Fulham.

He was released at the end of 1963/64 joining Bristol Rovers where his career ended with 10 League appearances. In all he had amassed 474 League appearances.

He became a regular fixture in the Colchester line-up as U's consolidated their position back in the Third Division, and eventually made 81 appearances for the club.

During this time he helped Norwich to promotion to Division Two in 1959/60 and starred in their 1958/59 FA Cup run to the semi-finals and League Cup success of 1961/62.

After just four appearances for the Royals, he signed for Norwich at the beginning of 1951/52, and went on to make 385 League appearances scoring 20 goals missing just 11 games in seven years.

A fee of £3,000 plus U’s forward Mike Foster secured the deal for the wing half who had started his career at Reading as a junior in January 1949.

Arriving at Layer Road in a player plus cash deal, Roy had already notched up almost 400 League appearances by the time he became a U's player. With thanks to Jeff Whitehead for his help in providing Roy's biographical details above.

his daughter Sue, his son Andy and the rest of his family at this sad time.

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