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Emotional statement confirms death of ex-Charlton, Leyton Orient, Brighton player aged 46

An emotional statement which was released on Friday confirms the death of ex-Charlton, Leyton Orient, Brighton player Paul Linger aged 46.

On the 1st of October 2021, it was announced he had died having been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer earlier in the year.

A fundraiser had been set up for in back in the summer of 2021, so that he could use the money to make as many memories as possible with those he loved.

Β£3,910 was donated towards the Β£4,000 target, with his family and friends amazed by the final total, which was going towards such a heartfelt act of kindness.


The club are saddened to hear of the passing of former player Paul Linger who died at 6.10am on Friday morning at the age of 46.

Linger, who came through the club’s youth system, played 27 games for the Addicks in the 1990s. He scored one goal for Charlton in a win against Ipswich Town in the 1995/96 season of the Football League First Division (Championship).

He went on to represent Leyton Orient and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Linger was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and earlier this year supporters raised Β£3,900 for the Paul Linger Trust, with a variety of Charlton legends taking part in a charity game at Bromley.

Addicks legend Keith Peacock said: β€œPaul was an excellent player. He made number of appearances for the first team, he was very skilful and a very popular, young player coming through the ranks and going into the first team.

“He was a delight to train with and never caused one moment of problem all the while he was at Charlton.

“Paul will be missed by us all and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Paul Linger (born 20 December 1974) was an English former professional footballer who played in the EFL as a midfielder for Charlton Athletic, Leyton Orient and Brighton & Hove Albion.

He went on to play non league football for clubs including Welling United, Billericay Town, Braintree Town, Purfleet/Thurrock, East Thurrock United, Wingate and Finchley, Chelmsford City, Redbridge, and Dover Athletic.

Linger alrepresented the United Kingdom at the 2005 Maccabiah Games a reincarnation for the Jewish Olympics.


Youth career
Charlton Athletic

Senior career
1993–1997 – Charlton Athletic – 23 games (1 goal)
1997 – Leyton Orient – 3 games (0 goals)
1997–1998 – Brighton & Hove Albion – 20 games (0 goals)
1998–1999 – Welling United
1999–2001 – Billericay Town
– β†’ Braintree Town (loan)
2001–2004 Purfleet / Thurrock
2004–2005 East Thurrock United
2005–2006 – Wingate & Finchley
2006 – Chelmsford City
2006–2007 Redbridge
2007 – Dover Athletic
2011–2014 – London Lions

As an emotional statement confirms death of the ex-Charlton, Leyton Orient, Brighton player aged 46, fans have also paid tribute…

@BigDL: That was a hell of a game I recall, RIP Paul.

@KBslittlesis: Just so sad 😞 May he now RIP. Thinking of his family & friends ❀️

@fredbarney2014: 46 so young. Sad news.

@Charlton_Not606: The pain has gone now Paul, sleep well my friend. RIP Paul

@PeppiattColin: Very sad. Cancer is so cruel. RIP Paul.

@dveasey41: Such sad news remember him well. RIP Paul

@jamiecallumlou: So so sad to hear this news, my condolences to his family and friends, RIP Paul

@shirty_cafc: Really sad RIP Paul

@Jwizz50: Goal against Ipswich away 95/96 season was a beauty πŸ™ŒπŸ» RIP Paul Linger

@charltonrealta1: So sad. R.I.P Paul, he used to be a regular customer of mine when I worked in retail. He was always a gentleman and happy to talk about Charlton. Top bloke and will be sadly missed. πŸ˜” #cafc #rippaullinger

@chatman_phil: Ah no this is sad. RIP #cafc

@Tony_Bigtone: Rest in peace Paul, my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this extremely difficult time.

@matt_edmeades: No age at all. Thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Paul

@lise_Jane77: Thoughts with his family πŸ™ R.I.P from #wba πŸ’™

@markbeard37: So sad. I Used to get the train in every day with Paul when we were apprentices at Millwall/Charlton. Great lad and great player.

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