Obituary: Maurice Setters, footballer

Maurice Setters, who has died at 83, was a former Manchester United defender who went on to become assistant manager to Jack Charlton at Sheffield Wednesday and for the Republic of Ireland.

Sheffield Wednesday in August 1981. From left: Frank Blunstone, Maurice Setters, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, John Honey and Tony Tomms

Maurice Setters, who has died at 83, was a former Manchester United defender who went on to become assistant manager to Jack Charlton at Sheffield Wednesday and for the Republic of Ireland.

Born in Devon, Setters made 194 appearances for United under Sir Matt Busby during the 1960s. He began his playing career at Exeter, arriving at Old Trafford from West Brom in 1960 and soon establishing himself as club captain.

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He was best man at Sir Bobby Charlton’s wedding in 1961 and won an FA Cup winner’s medal when United beat Leicester at Wembley in 1963.

He moved on to Stoke in 1964 and, after spells at Coventry and Charlton, he retired as a player and became manager of Doncaster before linking up with Jack Charlton at Hillsborough.

The pair later guided Ireland to their first World Cup finals in Italy in 1990 and repeated the feat four years later at the finals in the United States.

When Charlton left Sheffield for Middlesbrough in May 1983, Setters stayed on as caretaker manager for four weeks.

A resident of South Yorkshire, he was in later years reportedly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.