Forest 1959 FA Cup winner Whitefoot dies aged 90

Jeff Whitefoot at Nottingham Forest
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Former Nottingham Forest player Jeff Whitefoot has died at the age of 90, the club has announced.

Whitefoot made more than 250 appearances for the Reds between 1958 and 1967 and was the last surviving member of the side which famously lifted the FA Cup in 1959 - which the club said "cemented his place in Forest folklore".

He began his career with Manchester United and became the youngest player to start in a league match for the Red Devils - aged 16 years and 105 days - when he made his debut under manager Matt Busby in 1950.

As part of the famous 'Busby Babes' he spent eight years at Old Trafford before moving to Grimsby Town.

He signed for Forest less than a year later and went on to feature 285 times under the management of Billy Walker, Andy Beattie and then Johnny Carey.

Whitefoot spent nearly a decade at the City Ground and his greatest achievement with the side came in his debut season as Walker's team defeated Luton Town at Wembley to win the FA Cup for the second time.

In a statement, Forest said they were "deeply saddened" by the news and that their "thoughts are with Jeff's family, friends and all who knew him".