Obituaries: Sporting icons who passed away in 2018

Some of those we lost in 2018
Some of those we lost in 2018

Press Association Sport pay tribute to the biggest sporting names we lost in 2018, including Ray Wilkins, Eric Bristow, John Dunlop and Sir Roger Bannister.

Paul Alcock: Former referee Alcock died in January at the age of 64 following a battle with cancer. He took charge of 94 Premier League games and was famously pushed to the floor by Sheffield Wednesday's Paolo Di Canio after sending the Italian off in 1998.

Jimmy Armfield: The World Cup winner, former England captain and Blackpool great died aged 82 in January. As well as being part of Sir Alf Ramsey's victorious Three Lions squad in 1966 and winning 43 caps, Armfield played 627 matches in 17 years for the Seasiders.

Jimmy Armfield receives his CBE from The Queen in 2010
Jimmy Armfield receives his CBE from The Queen in 2010

Davide Astori: Fiorentina announced in March that their captain had died following a "sudden illness", with a preliminary autopsy subsequently finding cardiac arrest as the cause. The defender, who played 14 times for Italy, was 31.

Sir Roger Bannister: The first man to run a sub-four minute mile died in March at the age of 88. The historic feat was achieved in 1954 as Bannister clocked three minutes 59.4 seconds at Oxford University's Iffley Road track.

Sir Roger Bannister
Sir Roger Bannister

Kevin Beattie: Defender Beattie helped Ipswich win the FA Cup in 1978 and UEFA Cup in 1981 and won nine England caps. He died in September aged 64.

Roy Bentley: Bentley, who died in April at the age of 93, captained Chelsea to their first league title in 1954-55. He also scored nine goals in 12 England appearances.

Peter Brackley: The broadcaster and lifelong Brighton fan's death at the age of 67 was announced by Albion in October. Brackley was best known as the voice of Channel Four's Football Italia.

Eric Bristow: Five-time world champion Bristow, one of darts' first superstar players, died in April aged 60 after suffering a heart attack. He claimed his five titles between 1980 and 1986.

Eric Bristow was nicknamed the Crafty Cockney
Eric Bristow

Maria Bueno: The Brazilian tennis great won Wimbledon in 1959, 1960 and 1964 and also triumphed at the US Open four times. She died in June at the age of 78.

Goran Bunjevcevic: Former Yugoslavia defender Bunjevcevic, who made 58 appearances for Tottenham from 2001 to 2006, died in June having suffered an aneurysm in May. He was 45.

Enzo Calzaghe: Calzaghe, the father and trainer of former boxing world champion Joe, died aged 69 in September. His son's unbeaten 46-fight career featured world title triumphs at two different weights.

Neale Cooper: Cooper died in May at the age of 54 after being found injured outside his home. Among the considerable haul of silverware the midfielder won with Aberdeen was the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983.

John Dunlop: Multiple Classic-winning trainer Dunlop, who had two Derby victories on his CV, with Shirley Heights (1978) and Erhaab (1994), died in July aged 78.

John Dunlop has died, aged 78
John Dunlop

Sir Doug Ellis: Ellis' two spells as Aston Villa chairman (1968 to 1975 and 1982 to 2006) saw the club win the League Cup three times and finish as Premier League runners-up in 1992-93. He was 94 when he died in October.

Alan Gilzean: Former Scotland striker Gilzean had a decade with Tottenham after joining from Dundee, winning the FA Cup, two League Cups and the 1972 UEFA Cup. He died in July at the age of 79.

Ernie Hunt: The man who scored the famous 'donkey kick' goal for Coventry against Everton in 1970 died aged 75 in June. The Toffees and Wolves were among the other clubs Hunt played for.

Brendan Ingle: Ingle became one of British boxing's most influential figures during a career in which he trained four world champions, including Naseem Hamed and Johnny Nelson. The Sheffield-based Irishman died in May at the age of 77.

Jarrod Lyle: The Australian golfer, who won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, died in August aged 36 after a long battle against leukemia.

Jarrod Lyle
Jarrod Lyle

Paul Madeley: Versatile former England player Madeley spent his entire 17-year club career at Leeds, with two First Division titles, in 1969 and 1974, among the trophies he won. He died in July at the age of 73.

Henri Michel: Michel's long and varied managerial career included guiding France, for whom he had played 58 times, to the 1984 Olympic title and 1986 World Cup semi-finals. He died aged 70 in April.

Liam Miller: Miller's first club Celtic announced in February that the midfielder, who had been suffering from cancer, had died aged 36. The Republic of Ireland international also played for Manchester United, Leeds and Sunderland.

Cyrille Regis: Football lost one of its pioneers when the former England striker died in January at the age of 59. Regis blazed a trail for black players in Britain during a career that saw him score 112 goals for West Brom between 1977 and 1984, go on to play for Coventry, Aston Villa and Wolves, and make five international appearances.

Cyrille Regis
Cyrille Regis

Robert Rowan: Brentford's technical director died of heart failure aged just 28 in November.

Jlloyd Samuel: The former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, who was born in and played for Trinidad and Tobago, was killed in a car accident in Cheshire in May. He was 37.

Ken Shellito: Shellito made over 100 appearances for Chelsea, plus one for England, before injury forced the end of his playing career in 1965, and he went on to manage the club between summer 1977 and December 1978. He died in October aged 78.

Ellie Soutter: Soutter, whose snowboard cross bronze was Great Britain's only medal at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival, died on July 25, her 18th birthday.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Leicester's Thai owner was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed in the carpark of the club's stadium on October 27. He was 60. Under his ownership the Foxes defied odds of 5,000-1 to win the Premier League in 2015-16.

Tim Stockdale: Showjumper Stockdale, who represented Britain at the 2008 Olympics, died in November at the age 54 having been diagnosed with cancer in October.

Peter Thomson: The Australian, winner of the Open Championship five times between 1954 and 1965, died aged 88 in June.

Azeglio Vicini: Vicini was Italy's manager when they came third on home soil at the 1990 World Cup. His death at the age of 84 was announced in January.

Ray Wilkins: The former England midfielder and captain died aged 61 in April following a cardiac arrest. As well as being capped 84 times, he played for 11 clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Rangers and QPR, who he later managed. He also coached at Chelsea under a number of bosses.

Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins

Ray Wilson: The 1966 World Cup winner, who played 63 times for England, died in May aged 83. The left-back also made 283 appearances for Huddersfield 154 for Everton.

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