Former Daniels manager Percy Freeman dies

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Former Stamford AFC manager Percy Freeman has passed away age 70.

Freeman led the Daniels from the dug out during the early 1990s having had a highly successful playing career, mainly with Lincoln City.

Considered an Imps legend, Freeman was part of the record-breaking side which won the 1975/76 Fourth Division title, managed by Graham Taylor.

In 2007, Freeman came second to Andy Graver in a poll of Lincoln fans to find the club’s most legendary players.

The striker began his career at Stourbridge before moving to West Bromwich Albion in April 1968.

After three seasons with West Brom he joined Lincoln on a free transfer in 1970, scoring 16 goals in 29 appearances in his first season.

He moved to Watford in 1972 for a huge fee at the time (£11,500) before becoming disillusioned with the game and briefly walking away from football. However Freeman was then lured back to The Imps by Taylor, the man who had originally sold him, in 1975.

On his return he made an instant impact, scoring 23 times in 35 league appearances to win the Division Four title.

A statement from Lincoln City read: “Percy had been suffering with ill health for some time and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely sad time.”

Freeman left Lincoln City in 1977 and went on to play for Boston United, Later he managed a number of non-league sides including Nettleham, Boston FC and of course Stamford.