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John Lyons (footballer)

John Lyons
Personal information
Full name John Patrick Lyons[1]
Date of birth (1956-11-08)8 November 1956
Place of birth Buckley, Wales
Date of death 11 November 1982(1982-11-11) (aged 26)
Place of death Layer de la Haye, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1979 Wrexham 86 (23)
1979–1981 Millwall 55 (20)
1981–1982 Cambridge United 21 (6)
1981–1982 Colchester United 33 (9)
Total 195 (58)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Patrick Lyons (8 November 1956 – 11 November 1982), was a Welsh footballer who played as a forward in the Football League.


Lyons was born in Buckley, Wales. He attended the Buckley County Primary School and Elfed High School. Whilst at the High School he represented Wales as an Under 15 basketball player. He began his football career with Wrexham as an apprentice and signed as a professional player in September 1975.[2] He scored 23 goals in 86 appearances and helped the team to the Third Division title in the 1977–78 season. He joined Millwall in 1979, making 55 appearances and registering 20 league goals. He then signed for Cambridge United, where he appeared 21 times scoring six goals. He joined Colchester United for £25,000 and scored on his debut as Colchester defeated rivals Sheffield United 5–2 in front of the Match of the Day cameras. Lyons committed suicide at his home in Layer de la Haye on 11 November 1982 only hours after appearing for Colchester United at Layer Road.[3][4][5]





  • Millwall Player of the Year (1): 1980


  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Colchester United | Club | History | History | The U's History: The 80s
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External links

  • John Lyons's Career
  • John Lyons at
  • R U OK Day
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