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RIP Martyn King

U's top scorer gone but not forgotten

29 December 2019

Colchester United are saddened to hear the news that Martyn King has passed away

Our thoughts are with Martyn's family and friends at this sad time.

The U's all-time top scorer sadly died on Christmas Day, aged eighty two.

He scored 139 goals in 227 appearances, famously forging an unstoppable partnership with Bobby Hunt.

The pair were inducted into the Hall of Fame together in 2008.

Martyn played for the U's between 1956 and 1964, before moving to Wrexham in a swap deal that saw Tecwyn Jones come the other way.

Barry Smith, Chairman of the U's Former Players' Association said: "Martyn's sad passing so soon after his former team mate Duncan Forbes will be deeply felt by those who knew him, those who watched him play and those who were taught by him after he had become a schoolteacher."

"He was a true gentleman and a very clever one as well! Martyn also played in the first Col U game I watched and he scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Reading; the other Col U goalscorer was Bobby Hunt.

"The Former Players Association were very pleased to welcome Martyn at a few games several years ago prior to him becoming too unwell to attend any more.

"It was great to catch up with him again. His goalscoring rate of better than a goal every two games in 227 appearances for Col U was fantastic and the partnership of Martyn and Bobby Hunt must be one of the most successful attacking duos in the history of Colchester United.

"On behalf of the Colchester United Former Players Association, I would like to pass on our condolences to his family and friends at this sad time."

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