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Ex-Bristol City and Leyton Orient player turned non league legend dies

Ex-Bristol City and Leyton Orient player turned non league legend Gordon Boateng dies, it’s been confirmed by his former clubs on Monday.

A statement was issued via social media, it read: “All at Bishop’s Stortford FC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former manager Gordon Boateng.

“Our thoughts at this desperately sad time are with his family, friends and all those in the football community who knew him.”


Gordon was always a man ahead of schedule despite having to cut short his playing days to concentrate on management in his early 20s.

The north Londoner had become English football’s youngest chief executive after stepping up to board room level at then Blue Square Bet North side Histon.

Timing has been crucial in Boateng’s career to date. Following spells as a player at a number of clubs including Bristol City, Leyton Orient and Norwegian side Kvinesdal IL, the promising striker decided to take a different path.

Taking up his inaugural first-team coaching position at then Ryman League Division Two team Clapton, Boateng assumed further managerial roles in non-league with Bishop’s Stortford, Dagenham & Redbridge, Brimsdown Rovers, Harlow Town, Cheshunt, Leyton, Bedford Town .

On his Twitter account, he described himself to followers as founder of Hertford United, the owner of @AcademyBoateng which focuses on education, enjoyment and fun football for ALL boys and girls.

He was also an ambassador and mentor  as well as a radio and TV pundit.

In June 2021, Boateng recently completed SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) for his club Hertford and strongly recommended that all clubs involved in any level of football got someone in their club to complete this course, ‘especially those affiliated to @HertfordshireFA, @EssexCountyFA, @LondonFA and @middxfa.’

He also spoke regularly on The Management Podcast, whilst also discussing and being an advocate for mental health.

In one tweet he wrote in May 2021, he wrote whilst retweeting a helpline: “Please don’t suffer in silence, you are important, there are people out there willing to listen and not judge, your situation will be treated as confidential with @MindInMidHerts_ so don’t be afraid, speak up, life is not easy but there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Boateng also helped put together and took part in a mental health football match which had a number of TV stars, play against some ex-pro footballers.

Tributes poured in on Monday as the ex-Bristol City and Leyton Orient player turned non league legend dies…

@BDELLOW: Very sad – was a top bloke. Always had time for the fans. RIP Gordon

@Ollie_Bayliss: Desperately sad news this 💔

@samtsmith_: First manager to believe in me, Amazing man. Thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends, RIP gaffer. 💔😪

@GlennNights: What the fuckkkkkkkkkk. RIP Gordon Boateng. Non league LEGEND. First guy to give me a proper chance in Essex Senior, gave me belief in a time I didn’t think I had it. Awful news man.

@essexfootie: Shocking, and sad news regarding Gordon Boateng. Chatted with him many times over the years – whether it was at Harlow, Leyton or Enfield. Taken way too soon.

@DBricknell10: Just heard about Gordon Boateng, didn’t know him very well but a well respected young man in the football communuty, may you Rest in Peace, condolences to his family.

@Patrickcgeorgex: Today is honestly a sad day for non league. We’ve truly lost a amazing person in non league. R.I.P to a legend Gordon Boateng I don’t even know what to say. Honestly. Truly one of the nicest person you’ll ever meet. 🙏🏾

@jackjpridmore: Such sad news about Gordon Boateng. Was a big character around here in the football world and was incredibly kind to me when I was starting out. One of those people that just connected with people. Shocking. RIP.

@_TimMiller: Can’t believe the sad news about Gordon Boateng today. Was always available on the phone to talk to and always put everyone else first. Was always trying to help others in the game. Thoughts with all of Gordon’s family. 😢

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