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Pigden, Sydney Charles
born 25th April 1922 Sydenham, South London
died 27th December 2017, aged 95
Sydney Pigden taught for 30 years at Turnham junior school, on the Honor Oak estate in Brockley, South London.
His pupils included Ian Wright, the future Arsenal and England footballer, who credited Pidgen with much that he subsequently achieved.
Wright had a difficult childhood. His father had left, his stepfather was abusive and his mother became an alcoholic.
In his 2016 autobiography A Life in Football, dedicated to Pigden, Wright described him as the first positive male figure that I had in my life.
Pigden taught Wright to read and write, but most importantly how to keep calm and communicate with people instead of just flying off the handle.
A qualified referee he ran the line at Wembley in a schoolboys international.