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Gerry Summers, a former player for West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United, passed away at the age of 90.

Sheffield United has honored the former defender who went away on March 13, 2023. “Everyone at Sheffield United is disappointed to hear of the demise of the final member of one of the greatest defenses ever to grace the Bramall Lane pitch, and his name was Gerry Summers,” the team stated in a statement.

“Gerry was a classy player,” it continued. He was a big crowd favorite in S2, two-footed, and considered the “brains of the side” by [United goalkeeping hero Alan] Hodgkinson, who also had the flair to match his cool head.

Summers made his breakthrough while playing for West Bromwich Albion. He was born in Birmingham in 1933. He joined Sheffield United in 1957 and played a key role in the team’s promotion struggle during his seven-year tenure of 305 games. Summers later joined Walsall and then Hull City.

He transitioned into coaching, accepting his first position with Oxford United. Summers managed Gillingham alongside his old Sheffield United colleague Hodgkinson. Summers was a Gillingham manager who worked with players like Steve Bruce.

The statement from Oxford United expressing their condolences to Summers’ family read as follows: “We were all shocked to hear on Wednesday that former United manager Gerry Summers, who was 90 years old, had passed away. We would want to send his family our sympathy.

Leicester City has also shown its appreciation for Summers, who worked with stars like Alan Smith and Gary Lineker as Gordon Milne’s assistant manager in the 1980s. “Everyone at Leicester City Football Club is with the family and friends of Gerry at this sad time,” the statement from the team read.

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