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Dave Worley dies at 82

Cousin Len pays tribute.

13 January 2021

Wycombe Wanderers are sad to reveal the death of another of their ex-players. Former utility defender Dave Worley passed away in Stoke Mandeville hospital last night where had been admitted following a diagnosis of Covid-19. The 82-year-old had also been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past four years.

Dave joined up with cousin Len at Loakes Park following the club’s 1957 trip to the FA Amateur Cup Final and they played many of his 83 senior games together. Although nominally a wing-half, he played in many different positions under Sid Cann and coaching successors Graham Adams, Don Welsh and Barry Darvill.

A whole-hearted and popular player, he often starred for the club’s hugely successful reserve side but – perhaps because of his versatility – failed to hold down a regular senior spot. He eventually returned to his first club, Chalfont Wasps, and performed regularly for them like Dad Harry had done previously.

“Dave was also a fine cricketer,” remembers Len. “He often starred for Chalfont St Giles. We had lots of good times together – many often mistaking us for brothers. He also enjoyed his time later at Wycombe Ex-Player Association functions which we always attended together. Life has not been easy for him or his family over recent years, but they and I will miss enormously.”

Our thoughts are with wife Janet, son Mike, daughter Clare and his five grandchildren.

Photo: Dave Worley (right) at a WWEPA Re-union alongside former Wycombe teammates Mike Wicks and Dennis Atkins with cousin Len (left)

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