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Atyeo honoured with blue plaque

City legend John Atyeo has been honoured with an iconic blue plaque on the Wiltshire home where he lived.

The plaque donated by Dilton Marsh Parish Council and Dilton Marsh Local History Society was unveiled on Friday, September 24th and further celebrates the Robins’ all-time leading scorer (351 goals) who made 645 appearances and was capped six times by England.

Society Chair Graham Noble said: “In various interviews with those Dilton residents who have had a long association with the village, the name of John Atyeo, English footballer, was mentioned more than once. As a resident of a mere 18 years I had no knowledge of either his connection with Dilton Marsh or his considerable talents and achievements.  

“On further discussions with those who had firsthand knowledge of John, it become apparent that he was an exceptional character, giving freely of his time and support to the local sports clubs.” 

Graham added: “While there is some recognition of his association with Dilton Marsh through the naming of Atyeo Close, I do feel that in John’s case a blue plaque is entirely appropriate and indeed makes clear his achievements while living in Dilton Marsh.”

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The plaque was unveiled on the same day a new City Former Players Association (FPA) was launched, with the aim of bringing past players from different eras together, reconnecting the supporters with our club legends from years gone by.

The committee has now been established consisting of former players Jantzen Derrick, Paul Cheesley, Alan Walsh and Scott Murray.

They are now calling on other past players to get in touch as we reach out to as many players as possible who have worn the City shirt.

Read more ABOUT THE FPA 

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