Cyril Robinson, last surviving member of Blackpool's 1953 FA Cup winning side, dies aged 90

Cyril Robinson pictured in 2013
Cyril Robinson pictured in 2013
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Cyril Robinson, the last surviving member of Blackpool's FA Cup winning side in 1953, has passed away at the age of 90.

The wing-half, who celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year, signed for the club from Mansfield Town in 1951 and went on to make 21 appearances in tangerine.

His Blackpool debut came in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion in November 1951, his two league goals for the club coming later that month.

He also played for Northwich Victoria, Bradford Park Avenue and Southport in a career that spanned 13 years.

At the age of 30, Nottingham-born Robinson moved into non-league football to play for Fleetwood Town and Blackpool Mechanics, as well as the likes of Buxton and Lancaster City.

He later moved to Australia to play for Newcastle Croatia.

"Our condolences go out to Cyril's wife Kathleen and all the family at this time," Blackpool FC said in a statement.

Robinson started for the Seasiders in their historic FA Cup triumph at Wembley, as Blackpool claimed the trophy with a 4-3 win against Bolton Wanderers.

He played alongside the likes of Harry Johnston, Stan Mortensen and Sir Stanley Matthews.