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Sean Haslegrave (Torquay United, Preston North End, Stoke City)

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Sean Haslegrave (Torquay United, Preston North End, Stoke City) or Reply Privately

Torquay United is saddened to learn of the recent passing of former Gulls player/coach Sean Haslegrave.

Haslegrave, who began his career with a six year spell at hometown club Stoke City, joined Cyril Knowles' side in the summer of 1987, with the spell in between spent at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Preston NE, Crewe Alexandra and York City.

His arrival at the club sparked a dramatic turnaround in fortunes at Plainmoor, with United emerging from the relegation near-miss on the last day of the 1986/87 season, to contest the Fourth Division play-offs the following season. This was then followed up by Haslegrave, alongside manager Knowles, leading Torquay out at Wembley Stadium for the first time for the Sherpa Van Trophy Final in 1989, which they lost 4-1 to Bolton Wanderers (I was at that game).

After leaving the club later that year following 36 appearances and 1 goal, Sean returned to Preston to work for the club's youth department, before going on to coach the English Colleges side.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

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Re: [cherryhopper] Sean Haslegrave (Torquay United, Preston North End, Stoke City) or Reply Privately

HASLEGRAVE, Sean Matthew
born 7th June 1951 Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
died Saturday 23rd November 2019, aged 68

19681970 Stoke City Youth
19701976 Stoke City 113/5 (league apps/goals)
19761977 Nottingham Forest 7/1
19771981 Preston North End 113/2
19811983 Crewe Alexandra 82/1
19831987 York City 142/0
19871989 Torquay United 36/1
Total 493/10 (plus 106/6 in various cups)
Preston North End (youth coach)
Cardinal Newman College (coach)
English Colleges (coach)