John Linaker

John Linaker, the former York City and Hull City right winger in the 1950s and an outstanding amateur golfer, has died in York after a long illness, aged 86.

He played for Everton and Manchester City during the Second World War before signing for Southport in 1946. He then moved to Nottingham Forest before being transferred to York City in June 1950.

His good form attracted the attention of several clubs and In October 1951 he was transferred to Hull City. He returned to York in May 1953 and spent a further three seasons at Bootham Crescent before joining Scarborough in 1956. He ended his career back in the Football League with Crewe in 1958.

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In his five seasons with York he played 98 League games, five
FA Cup ties, scoring 20 League goals.

He was a fine golfer, playing off scratch for 20 years and represented four different counties in the long and successful career. He was York Union of Golf Club amateur Champion in 1970 and York Open Champion in 1972.

He was Honorary Secretary of Fulford Golf Club, York in 1973 and 1974 before becoming a full time official, being secretary-manager at the Royal North Devon (often known as Westward Ho!), Moor Park, Hadley Wood and Castletown on the Isle of Man.

When he retired he moved back to York and was chairman of Fulford Golf Club for some
time.

The funeral will be held at York Crematorium on Thursday at 12.20pm.