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Rovers sadness over Ken Furphy

19 January 2015

Rovers are saddened to learn of the death of former manager Ken Furphy.

Ken, who was 83, joined Rovers in the summer of 1971 after a successful spell in charge of Watford.

Tasked with getting Rovers out of Division Three after relegation the previous season, Furphy embarked on rebuilding the team at Ewood Park.

Although his promotion quest was ultimately unsuccessful, the side did enjoy a record breaking run of 19 league games without defeat during his tenure.

His work hadn't gone unnoticed and in November 1973 he accepted the position of manager at First Division Sheffield United.

Furphy was at the Bramall Lane club until October 1975 before joining the growing exodus to the North American Soccer League as coach of New York Cosmos where he coached the likes of Pele.

He spent five years stateside, with coaching spells at Detroit Express and the Washington Diplomats before retuning to England in the early 1980s.

Rovers would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Ken’s family and friends at this sad time.

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