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John Kurila: 1941-2018

6 March 2018

Colchester United were saddened to hear the news that former defender John Kurila has passed away, aged 77.

John was one of the U's side to create one of the biggest ever FA Cup upsets, when Dick Graham's side defeated Leeds United 3-2 in 1971.

He started his career with Celtic, but made his name with Northampton Town with whom, over two spells, he played over one hundred games.

He joined Essex neighbours Southend in 1968, winning the Player of the Season award, before moving to the U's in 1970.

His name was written in U's folklore as part of that side to beat Leeds and will forever be remembered by the club's supporters.

Secretary of the Former Players' Association John Schultz said: "I never actually saw John play but when I have met him he came across as a person I would have loved to have known better.  Full of great stories and experiences whilst at the club.

"John will always be remembered in history for his contribution whilst at Colchester United, including that never to be forgotten win against Leeds United in the FA Cup.

"John and his family settled in Northampton and of course at this time our thoughts and deepest sympathies are extended to John’s family and friends.

"RIP John Kurila – a true gentleman.


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