FORMER Rhyl FC manager and Liverpool striker Tony Hateley has died at the age of 72.
Hateley, who co-managed the Lilywhites with Ron Yates between 1977 and 1979, was signed to Liverpool by Bill Shankly for a then club-record fee of £96,000 in 1967.
Rhyl FC Managing Director, Mike Jones, said: "It's a sad loss to another person connected with Rhyl FC, and especially a man of his stature.
"We're very honoured to have the history that we've got, and it's people like Tony who has helped make the club what it is today."
Hateley spent just over a year at Anfield and scored 28 goals in 56 games and went on to represent Aston Villa, Coventry, Birmingham and Notts County during his playing career.
During his time at Rhyl he was involved in bringing Native American goalkeeper Marine Cano to the club who was signed from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Former England striker Gary Lineker said: "Sorry to hear of the death of Tony Hateley. Played with his son, Mark for England, met Tony. A wonderful football family."