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Ex Prem star dead at 49; FA Cup hero dies after cardiac arrest.

Byline: karen rockett

TRIBUTES poured in for Spurs legend Justin Edinburgh who died five days after a cardiac arrest.

The Leyton Orient manager, 49, collapsed suddenly on Monday after going to the gym and died yesterday.

Last Saturday the married dad-of-two was seen singing and cheering on Tottenham at the Champions League final in Madrid.

Defender Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991, led Orient to the National League title this season and the FA Trophy final.

Devastated ex Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Orient announced Edinburgh's death on the club website yesterday. They said: "It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away."

Club chairman Nigel Travis said: "We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy. All our thoughts are with Justin's wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie. The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever."

Orient winger James Brophy posted: "A wonderful man, who had a positive impact on everyone he met."

Man United legend Gary Neville, whose Salford City side were pipped to the Conference title by Orient, tweeted: "You're a Champion that managed a team that played with your spirit."

Basildon-born Edinburgh started playing at Southend Utd and moved to Spurs in 1990, where he made 215 appearances over 10 years. He was part of the FA Cup and League Cup winning sides.

He spent three years at Portsmouth before ending his playing career as player manager of Billericay Town from 2003 to 2006.

He had spells managing Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Woking, Rushden & Diamonds, Newport County, Gillingham and Northampton Town before joining Orient in 2017, where he won 45 of his 82 matches in charge.

karen.rockett@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Jun 9, 2019
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