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Ex-Manchester City player Ken Barnes dies

Ken Barnes
Image caption City fans sent e-mail messages of support during Ken's last days

The former Manchester City player Ken Barnes has died at the age of 81 after being treated for lung cancer.

The father of ex-City and England winger Peter, Barnes played in the 1956 FA Cup final. City won, despite keeper Bert Trautmann breaking his neck.

Barnes was once described by City legend Denis Law as the "the best uncapped wing-half ever to have played in English football".

A spokesman for Manchester City said he would be sadly missed.

A City player for 10 years in the 1950s, Ken Barnes made 283 appearances for the club.

'Old pal'

After a spell with Wrexham as player-manager, Barnes returned to Maine Road in 1970 as a coach before becoming City's chief scout for two decades.

Peter Barnes told BBC Radio Manchester that his father passed away peacefully in hospital following a diagnosis of lung cancer and emphysema.

"I'd just like to thank all his friends and certainly the City fans who'd sent him nice e-mails in the past few days.

"And Denis Law turned up on the day. It was great for him to see his old pal Denis at the hospital."

Manchester City secretary Bernard Halford paid tribute to Barnes on the club's website, saying: "Ken was a true Manchester City man.

"His passing is a dreadful loss to the club and to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him."

Ken Barnes was inducted into Manchester City's Hall of Fame in 2004.

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