Keith Alexander, Macclesfield Town Manager, Dies at 53

Rich WilcockContributor IMarch 3, 2010

MACCLESFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 03:  Macclesfield Town Manager Keith Alexander looks on ahead of the FA Cup sponsored by E.on 3rd Round match between Macclesfield Town and Everton at Moss Rose on January 3, 2009 in Macclesfield, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Macclesfield Town Manager Keith Alexander has passed away at age 53.

The former Lincoln City, Peterborough United, and Macclesfield Town Manager has had health concerns before, leaving the game for a year whilst coaching Lincoln City, to receive treatment for a brain hemorrhage before returning to lead them to the League two playoff final.

A statement on the Macclesfield Town website reads,

It is our sad duty to report that Keith Alexander passed away today after arriving home from Macclesfield Town's game at Notts County last night.

Keith was a splendid man. He will be sorely missed at the Moss Rose and by everyone involved in football.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this very difficult time.

Alexander will be remembered as British Football's first professional black manager and as a huge advocate for equality within football.

It goes without saying, he will be sorely missed.