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    Dewi Lewis Atherton

    Surname Atherton
    Forename(s) Dewi Lewis
    Position(s) Midfield

    6'0" 11st.2lb.
    b. Penmaenmawr   6 July 1951
    d. Llanrhos 6 September 1987


    Debut 28 April 1969 (17y 296d) Final Game 8 September 1971 (20y 64d)
    CAREER: Blackburn Rovers Jul'68 (ass sch Jul'67);Bangor City Sep'71.

    Playing Statistics

    FL        9 + 1 apps   - 1 wdn                   1 ns
    FLC       1 app
    Total 10 + 1 apps  - 1 wdn  - 30m       1 ns
    LC        2 + 1 apps  + 45m                     1 ns
    FAYC   4 apps 1 gl


    There was much competition for the signature of Atherton a tall Welsh boy who clearly had qualities as a industrious midfield forager. He contributed to a good youth team during the 1968/69 season and it was no surprise that he was given an extended run in the first team the year after. The arrival of a new manager, Ken Furphy, changed all that. He had little time for Atherton's more precise play and promoted the younger Bradford and McDonald ahead of him and within a matter of months his contract was cancelled. Returning to North Wales he played for Bangor City but was diagnosed with motor neurone disease which brought a premature death at the age of 36.

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