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Mar 10, 2011
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
It is with deep sadness that I have heard of the death of former Shrimper John McKinven on July 25th.aged 73. He was one of my early hero's who joined Southend from Raith Rovers as an inside left. It was however when he switched to outside left that he became a real crowd favourite. His nickname was "skinny" due to his build with his hair always Brylcreemed down. He also liked a drink(what player didn't) as well as being a smoker. He went on to play over 300 matches for our club scoring over 60 goals. In the 1968-69 season John broke his leg against Lincoln City in a challenge with Graham Taylor(who later became England Manager) and did not play again that season. The following season John was unable to regain his place in the 1st.Team making only a couple more appearances, the last one being in the 2-2 draw against Aldershot in a snow storm in November 1969. He joined Cambridge United in December 1969 and helped them get into the Football League, and the following August John played in Cambridge United's first ever match in the football league against Lincoln City(including Graham Taylor again) alongside former Southend players Trevor Roberts & Melvyn Slack.

If you have any memories of John please share them with us and they will be passed on to his two children. "THANK YOU"