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Rest in peace, Viv Busby

8 May 2024

Club News

Rest in peace, Viv Busby

8 May 2024

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Viv Busby. 19th June 1949 – 7th May 2024

Everyone at Kenilworth Road has been saddened to learn of the passing of Viv Busby at the age of 74.

Viv formed an excellent foil to ace-goalgetter Malcolm Macdonald as well as weighing in with some vital goals himself.

Born in High Wycombe in 1949, Viv signed on for his home town club Wycombe Wanderers as a youngster where his goalscoring exploits came to the attention of Luton Town manager Alec Stock who signed him in January 1970.

He did not wait long for his first team chance and by the end of that season had written himself into Hatters folklore by scoring the all-important goal against Southport which virtually assured promotion to the old Division Two.

A linking up on loan with his ex-strike partner Macdonald at Newcastle did not work out and he eventually moved to Fulham in August 1973, for whom he appeared in the 1975 F.A.Cup final.

After leaving Craven Cottage, Viv turned out for Norwich, Stoke, Sheffield United, Blackburn and York City interspersed with two spells in the USA with Tulsa Roughnecks. 

After finishing playing, Viv moved into scouting, coaching and managing various clubs including Hartlepool, Workington and York City before moving to Spain in 2011.

Our condolences go out to all his family and friends.

Former Luton Town forward Viv Busby, who has passed away aged 74


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