FORMER Leyton Orient striker Sammy Winston has died aged 44.

Winston started his career at Tottenham, where he came through the academy ranks.

After hanging up his boots be became a firefighter.

During his career, he helped Spurs reach the final of the FA Youth Cup final, in a stellar academy side.

In 1996, he signed for Leyton Orient in the fourth division, making 11 league appearances, scoring on his debut.

That was before joining fifth division side Yeovil Town, and then on to Sutton United.

Winston went on to play for a number of non-league sides before winding down his career in 2009.

He also played in the KOPA League with the Maronites under the management of Ronnie Takkou.

Tributes poured in from across the football world on social media after the announcement of his death.

Leyton Orient said: “The Club is saddened to learn the news of the passing of former player Sammy Winston, aged 44.

“Everyone at Orient sends their deepest condolences to Sammy’s family and friends at this sad time.”

“He was still playing charity matches for an Arsenal legends side, which includes Joe Baker his old O’s team mate. RIP Sammy.”

Another added: “RIP Sammy, condolences to his family & friends.”

More said: “I’m absolutely gutted. Such a great fun guy who always had a smile on his face.”

One Response to Former KOPA League player Sammy Winston dies at the age of 44

  1. RONNIE Takkou says:

    It was a privilege to have had Sammy playing for Maronites for 3 seasons.He was head and shoulders above anybody in KOPA league.I was lucky enough to have managed his father Tony and Sammy playing for Maronites FC.Both well,re exceptional players and great personalities .
    RIP Sammy boy we will always remember her you.

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