Former King’s Lynn and Downham Market footballer dies, aged 79

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A former Lynn footballer has died, aged 79, his family has announced.

Jimmy Anderson, who also played for Downham as well as King’s Lynn, died on Wednesday. He had been battling Alzhemer’s disease for several years.

Mr Anderson played for the Linnets as a striker in the 1960s and 1970s and his daughter, Catherine, said he was a popular figure in the community.

She said: “Everybody in King’s Lynn knew him.

“We couldn’t walk down the High Street and do our shopping because everybody stopped him and wanted to talk to him. It was wonderful.”

Away from the soccer field, Mr Anderson worked for Dow Chemical and as a painter and decorator. In later years, he also served as a caretaker at the Lynn library.

Mr Anderson is survived by his brother Tony, son James, daughters Frances and Catherine, niece Helen, nephew Robin, grandchildren Stacey, Laura, Thomas, Alexis, Kerry-Anne, Emma-Jayne and Melanie and great-grandchildren Lucas and Layla.

A funeral service will be held at the Mintlyn Crematorium on Wednesday February 18 at 1.45pm. Donations can be made to the Alzheimers Society.

King’s Lynn Town Football Club have offered their condolences to Mr Anderson’s family and say they are in discussions with them about a public tribute at a forthcoming home fixture.