John Cushley remembered

West Ham United are mourning the loss of former Scottish defender John Cushley who served the club between 1967 and 1970.

The 65-year-old, who passed away on Monday, had been suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. Cushley made 46 league and cup appearances for the club, many of which came alongside Bobby Moore at the heart of the defence. He made his league debut at the same time as Billy Bonds on the first day of the 1967/68 season, a 2-0 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday. His last match at the Boleyn Ground was a goalless draw on 14 March 1970 against Ipswich Town.

Before signing for West Ham United, Glaswegian Cushley made his name with Celtic, and was part of the squad that travelled to Lisbon for the 1967 European Champion Clubs' Cup success. After leaving east London he returned to Scotland to play for Dunfermline Athletic and Dumbarton. He then worked as a teacher and was also Celtic's education and welfare officer until he retired last summer. Cushley leaves a wife, Mary.