Football mourns Steve Brinkman

Former Arsenal player and popular local coach dies after heart attack at home

Top football personalities Barry Fry and Kerry Dixon paid tribute to Steve Brinkman this week.

Ex-Brache Sparta and Dunstable Town manager Steve, 43, died in the early hours of Monday morning after suffering a heart attack at his Dunstable home.

It was the fifth heart attack of his life.

Steve was an apprentice at Arsenal as a young boy and was a member of the same youth team as Highbury legend and current Leeds United manager David O Leary.

Spells in the reserves at Arsenal, QPR, Millwall and Charlton followed for Steve before a stint at Wealdstone and a period playing in America.

He returned to England and played for Barnet, Aylesbury United and Maidstone before moving into coaching.

Locally he has touched a lot of children s lives with his popular coaching schools.

Peterborough manager Fry said this week: "Everybody loved Brinkie. It s a great loss."

Former England striker Dixon said: "Considering his heart problems, for him to carry on being as enthusiastic and involved as he has been was a tribute to his courage."

Steve leaves wife Barbie, 43, a teacher at Dunstable s Queensbury and Manshead upper schools, and four children, Kim, 20, Carly, 19, Abby, 13, and George, 10.

The funeral takes place at the Priory Church, Dunstable, on Thursday, November 22, at 1.15pm, followed by cremation at The Vale, Luton, at 2.30pm.

It will be a celebration of Steve s life and his family and friends will be wearing bright, happy colours to honour his wishes.

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