All at Slough Town Football Club were saddened to learn of the passing of former assistant manager Laurie Craker on 16th May.
Laurie was assistant to Dave Russell, joining the Rebels at the start of the 1993/94 season after a successful spell with Russell at Marlow.
As a player, Laurie turned out for a host of local clubs, including Watford, Hayes, Staines Town, Chesham United and Maidenhead United, where he was installed as captain. He was then offered the manager role at Windsor & Eton in 1984.
Laurie later managed Chalfont St Peter and in 1990 was appointed as coach to Dave Russell at Marlow, where he had a great deal of success. His side reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup and defeated Wycombe Wanderers to win the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup. Season 1992/93 was even more remarkable for The Blues, as they reached the Third Round Proper, with a home tie against Tottenham Hotspur.
After his time at Slough, Laurie had spells at Flackwell Heath and Kingstonian before assisting Martin Stone at Burnham, winning promotion from the Southern League Division One Central.
We extend our sympathies to Laurie’s family and his many friends in football.
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