Russell Coughlin: 1960 - 2016

EVERYONE at Home Park is saddened to hear of the passing of former Pilgrim Russell Coughlin.

The tough-tackling midfielder played on 152 occasions for Argyle, scoring 22 goals, between 1984 and 1987. 

According to the Carlisle News & Star, Coughlin suffered a medical episode behind the wheel of his car, and died following a crash. He was 56. 

He was signed by John Hore in the summer of 1984, but it was under Dave Smith - and in particular the 1985-86 promotion winning side - that Russell had his best times in an Argyle shirt. 

Born in Swansea, Russell began his career at Manchester City, but could not break into the first team. He joined Blackburn Rovers, where he played a handful of times over two years, before moving north to Carlisle United - the first of four sides for whom Coughlin played for more than 100 times. 

Coughlin headed for Home Park after his time in Cumbria, then signed for Blackpool in 1987. After notching a century of appearances for a Seasiders, and following a brief loan spell at Shrewsbury, Russell moved his hometown club of Swansea City. 

After over 100 games for the Swans, Coughlin moved to Exeter City, then Torquay United, joining the exclusive club of players to have played for all three professional Devon outfits. 

Our condolences go all of Russell's family and friends.