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Macclesfield Town manager Keith Alexander has died at the age of 53, the club have announced.

Alexander, described by Town as a 'splendid man', passed away after returning home from Tuesday night's match at Notts County.

The thoughts of the League Two club and the entire football world are now with Alexander's family.

A statement from the club said on Wednesday: "It is our sad duty to report that Keith Alexander passed away today after arriving home from Macclesfield Town's game at Notts County last night.

"Keith was a splendid man. He will be sorely missed at the Moss Rose and by everyone involved in football.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this very difficult time."

Peterborough director of football Barry Fry, who worked with Alexander at Barnet and London Road, told Sky Sports News: "It is devastating news. You won't find a more dedicated man at any club, non-league or League."

He added: "It is terrible news for everybody in football and everybody who knew Keith because he was a real genuine guy."

RIP

Wonder what it was.

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Macclesfield Town have announced that manager Keith Alexander has died at the age of 53.

Alexander, who suffered a brain aneurysm in November 2003, passed away after arriving home last night from the League Two match at Notts County.

He had recently returned to work after taking time out because of illness.

"Keith was a splendid man. He will be sorely missed at the Moss Rose and by everyone involved in football," read a club statement.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this very difficult time."

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never even heard of him,

rip though

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Was watching SSN as it broke.

Very sad still

RIP

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53 too young. R.I.P

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53 too young. R.I.P

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rip swear i was watching sjy sports news last week and he was talking now he is gone

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53 too young. R.I.P

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RIP

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rip

seemed like a real football guy

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rip swear i was watching sjy sports news last week and he was talking now he is gone

i shouldnt but ..lol

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definetly too young r.i.p.

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The funeral of football manager Keith Alexander has taken place at Lincoln Cathedral with hundreds of people paying their respects.

The Macclesfield manager, who was born in Nottingham, died two weeks ago at the age of 53.

He became the first full-time black boss in the Football League when he was named Lincoln manager in 1993.

Alexander died on 3 March after arriving home from the League Two match at Notts County.

'Splendid man'

Players, staff, directors and supporters from across the East Midlands travelled to Lincoln to pay their respects.

Macclesfield assistant manager Gary Simpson paid tribute to Alexander saying: "He was a larger than life character - an honest man, a splendid man and will be missed by not only football people but people in all walks of life.

"He was an absolutely superb human being."

Notts County youth team coach Michael Johnson said Alexander was a role model to all aspiring black managers.

Mr Alexander's son, Paul, said his father was a caring man.

He said: "He would give everything and ask for nothing in return.

"We not only had a father and son relationship, we were like best friends.

"He was humble, he didn't realise the impact he had on others just by walking in to a room."

Alexander played as a striker for Barnet, Grimsby, Stockport, Lincoln and Mansfield and took over as Lincoln manager for the first time in 1993.

After spells with Ilkeston and Northwich, he returned to Sincil Bank in 2002 with the club in administration and on the verge of folding.

He led them to four successive League Two play-off campaigns - the only manager to achieve that feat.

In November 2003 he collapsed with a double aneurysm, revealing afterwards that he had to be brought back to life three times.

Alexander left Lincoln by mutual consent shortly after the defeat against Grimsby in 2006 and moved to Peterborough, but left in January 2007.

He took the position of director of football at Bury before being appointed Macclesfield manager in February 2008, agreeing a two-year contract extension in January of this year.

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