FOOTBALLERS occupy such a scintillating place in the public consciousness these days that it’s hard to imagine one fading entirely from view.
Or at least that’s the impression imparted about Ray Lugg.
The Jarrow-born midfielder made more than 370 league appearances over a career covering three decades in this country.
But does anyone know where he is now? An old fellow player of his would love to know.
The inquiry comes in the first instance from reader Lance Liddle.
Says Lance: “Ray Lugg was a Jarrow Central School pupil who progressed to a career in professional football.
“He played for Middlesbrough, Watford, Plymouth Argyle, Crewe Alexandra and Bury in the years from 1966 to 1980.
“He later coached in Fort Lauderdale in Florida but nothing has been heard of him since.
“Bob Worthington, who played alongside him at Middlesbrough, is keen to contact Ray and would appreciate it if anyone can update details of his current whereabouts.”
I can’t tell you a great deal more about Ray, other than that he was born in July 1948 so would be around 64 now.
He played for Middlesbrough between 1966 and 1969 and, at what seems to have been the other end of his career in this country, for Bury between 1979 and 1980.
If anyone has contact details for Ray, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Lance.