Devon footballing legend Maurice Setters has died aged 83, his former club Manchester United has announced.

The wing half, who started out as a player at Exeter City, joined United from West Brom in 1960 and soon established himself as club captain.

Maurice, who was born in Honiton, made 194 appearances for United under Sir Matt Busby during the 1960s.

He went on to become assistant manager to Jack Charlton at Sheffield Wednesday and the Republic of Ireland.

A spokesperson for United said: “Manchester United is deeply saddened to hear that Maurice Setters has passed away at the age of 83.

“We send our condolences to Maurice’s family and friends at this difficult time – rest in peace.”

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Maurice was best man at Sir Bobby Charlton’s wedding in 1961 and won an FA Cup winner’s medal when United beat Leicester at Wembley in 1963.

He moved on to Stoke in 1964 and, after spells at Coventry and Charlton, retired as a player before becoming manager of Doncaster.

Later her linked up with Jack Charlton, who was at the helm of Sheffield United at Hillsborough.

The pair later guided Ireland to their first World Cup finals in Italy in 1990 and repeated the feat four years later in the United States.

Football Association of Ireland president Gerry McAnaney paid tribute.

Maurice Setters when at West Bromwich Albion

He said: “It is with a heavy heart that we learned today of Maurice’s death, another man so integral to the glory days of Irish football.”

Irish football mourned Jack Charlton’s death in July, while Setters was also his right-hand man when Ireland beat England 1-0 at the 1988 European Championship.

McAnaney added: “There were many greats nights along the way with Jack and Maurice and I know how much pleasure they took as honorary Irishmen in that 1988 victory over their own England in Stuttgart.

“This has been a tough year for Irish football. We saw how the nation mourned Jack Charlton earlier this year and I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Irish football community when I pass on our deepest sympathies to Maurice’s family.”

FA Ireland also paid tribute.

A tweet read: “The Football Association of Ireland are saddened to hear of the death of Maurice Setters.

“Assistant Manager to Jack Charlton and a former Ireland Under-21 Manager, Maurice played a key role in the success of the Irish team in the 1980s and 1990s May he Rest in Peace.”





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