Team of 1958/59

Len Casey MBE RIP

Plymouth Argyle are sad to hear of the death of former title-winning captain Len Casey.

Len signed in December 1958, from Chelsea, and quickly became a hugely influential figure at the club as we won the Division Three championship in 1959.

He played 44 games in the green and white, the majority in his first two seasons as Pilgrim. His final appearance came in 1961, before he was forced to retire from football because of injury.

Len’s legacy, though, is as more than just a footballer. He was captain of the first team, as well as often wearing the armband for reserve fixtures. In a modern-era, he would likely be considered a player-coach, as he used his footballing knowledge and experience to help with the development of younger players.

He had signed for Chelsea in 1954, just after leaving national service, and played 37 times in a Chelsea side that included a teenage Jimmy Greaves.

After his retirement from football, Len worked for the General Electric Company, and his work there as a staff training officer led to him being awarded an MBE.

Our very best wishes go to all of Len’s friends and family.

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