FORMER Frickley Athletic forward Alan Crompton has died aged 76.
Crompton, affectionately known as ‘Didi’, after the famous Brazilian player from the 1958 World Cup, made a total of 289 appearances for the Blues, scoring 117 goals along the way.
He lived in Grimethorpe all his life and is widely regarded as one of the best players to have ever played for the club.
The striker signed for the South Elmsall club in the 1957-58 campaign and played in the number eight shirt throughout his spell at South Elmsall, which ended at the end of the 1965-66 campaign.
His spell at Westfield Lane saw him play in both the Midland League and the Cheshire County League for the club.
Crompton was a big favourite with the fans thanks to his goalscoring ability and gained his nickname from the style of play which resembled the Brazilian ace of the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden.
He made two appearances for the Blues in the FA Cup first round proper.
His first appearances in the world-famous competition came against South Sheilds in the 1957-58 season and his second came for the Blues at Notts County in the 1963-64 season.
Crompton also won two Sheffield Senior Cup medals with the club in 1960-61 and 1962-63.
He leaves a widow, June, two sons and two daughters. The funeral will take place at St Luke’s Church, Grimethorpe on Thursday at 10.45am.
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