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R.I.P. Geoff Truett

8 January 2015

Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association are sad to report the news of the death of another of the club’s legends.

Former midfielder Geoff Truett, a hero of the FA Amateur Cup run to Wembley in 1957, has passed away five months short of his 80th birthday.

A powerful presence in the Sid Cann ‘team of all talents’, Geoff made 114 senior appearances between 1952 and 1957, scoring an amazing 63 goals. Several leading professional clubs were alerted to his talents and he eventually signed for Crystal Palace and spent five years with the South London club.

On retiring from professional football, he continued to live in the Croydon area but turned up at Adams Park to support the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association of which he was a founder member. Formerly with Chesham, Geoff was enticed to Wycombe by brother Jim. It was the family’s proudest moment when both lined up against Bishop Auckland on April 13, 1957. Like in the Amateur Cup semi-final of 1955, Wycombe couldn’t topple the Bishops but Geoff did help the Blues to successive Isthmian League titles in 1956 and 1957 before leaving for the Palace.

Mike Wicks, the man who played at centre half in between the two Truett brothers for many years at Loakes Park, paid tribute to his old colleague: “Geoff was a quiet man off the field but a real leader on it. I can still see him steaming through from midfield, blonde hair streaming, to put fear into the opposition. His goal tally was remarkable while also laying on scoring chances for men like Paul Bates and Cliff Trott. I have great memories of a super player and great respect for a truly nice man.”

Geoff is the fifth of Wycombe’s 57 heroes to die. He also leaves wife Josie, children Jane and Daniel and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have still to be finalised.

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