OBITUARY: Viv Busby (1949-2024)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of former Workington assistant manager, Viv Busby.  He died early on Wednesday at the age of 74.

A well-loved personality throughout the game, Viv spent four years at Borough Park as Darren Edmondson’s assistant, arriving early in the 2007-08 season and remaining until he emigrated to Spain in October 2011.

Edmondson was one of the first to hear the sad news and was obviously saddened to hear of Busby’s death.  They worked alongside each other at Gretna and, later, at Borough Park.

“I was humbled when he agreed to be my assistant at Reds and it was an honour to work with him.  He had been a brilliant footballer, was a special coach and a top bloke and my thoughts go to his family at this very sad time.

“He helped me immensely both in football and life generally and I was devastated when I got the ‘phone call with the sad news.  He was a true gentleman and would do anything for anyone, nothing was too much trouble.”

Darren Edmondson and Viv Busby

Viv was born in Slough and first came to notice playing non-league for Wycombe Wanderers, as a teenager, in the sixties.  He moved to Luton Town and embarked on a fourteen seasons career in the Football League serving Newcastle United, Fulham, Norwich City, Stoke City, Sheffield United, Blackburn Rovers and York City.  He also spent a period in American football with Tulsa.

A member of Fulham’s FA Cup Final team at Wembley in 1975, Viv had scored six goals during the Cottager’s mammoth route to the all-London clash against West Ham.

Viv’s coaching career included spells with Hartlepool, Swindon Town, Sunderland and York City before he was lured to this part of the world as the Youth Academy Director at Gretna. 

He had overcome a six-month battle against leukaemia after his playing days and it was because of his breathing difficulties that he moved to Spain over twelve years ago.

Current club secretary, Alec Graham, said:

“I was a great fan of his, he was a smashing bloke and I am privileged to have known him.” The club sends condolences to Viv’s family and friends.

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