An Accrington Stanley legend known affectionately as ‘Big Toe’ has died suddenly after losing his battle with heart disease.
Jack Brydon netted an impressive 80 goals in 120 appearances for the Reds between 1975 and 1978.
Known as Big Toe for the way he struck the ball, Jack’s record sits proudly alongside his father Ian Brydon who played for Stanley in the 1950s – scoring 19 goals in 27 games.
Jack’s career was unfortunately cut short through a persistent knee injury and he retired in May 1978 at the age of 26.
Nevertheless, his prolific goal scoring record was immortalised at the club with the introduction of the Jack Brydon Trophy, which is awarded to the club’s top scorer each season.
Daughter Nicola Brydon paid tribute to her ‘loving’ father and said he will be sorely missed.
Nicola said: “I knew my dad as a bricklayer and a builder but everyone always spoke about his Stanley days and we had a lot of pictures around the house.
“He loved Stanley and I remember being taken there as a young girl.”
Jack, of Askrigg Close, Accrington, died on Monday, December 30, aged 61.