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Andy Rankin dead at 79: Cause of Death

BY Salman Ahmed Aug 22, 2023. 02:54 pm UPDATED: Aug 22, 2023. 02:54 pm

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Andy Rankin, a former Everton player, died at the age of 79.

The former Goodison goalkeeper played for the Toffees from 1963 until 1971, and condolences have poured in.

Goalkeeper Rankin played 105 times for Everton before joining Watford.

Concluding a lengthy tribute, the Toffees wrote: “The thoughts of everyone at Everton Football Club are with Andy’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Rankin’s former Goodison team-mate Joe Royle said: “Andy was a great keeper, very athletic with excellent reflexes. He was brave with it as well.

“Everton was his team and he was just so unlucky to have Westy [Gordon West] in front of him.

“Whenever he played, he never let us down, that’s for sure. I’ll never forget the penalty save against Monchengladbach to take us through.

“And I am certain that he will forever be the last Everton goalkeeper to drive three-wheeled Robin Reliant! The lads picked it up one day and hid it behind the gym at Bellefield!

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“Andy saw the funny side because he had a great sense of humour himself. He was just a great guy and I am deeply saddened by his passing.”Andy Rankin dead at 79: Cause of Death

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