England to wear black armbands after death of Keith Alexander

Everton's manager David Moyes (L) shakes hands with Macclesfield Town's manager Keith Alexander during their English FA Cup third round soccer match at the Moss Rose in Macclesfield, central England, January 3, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

LONDON (Reuters) - England and Egypt will wear black armbands at their Wembley friendly on Wednesday as a mark of respect for Macclesfield manager Keith Alexander, who died on Tuesday at the age of 53, the FA said on.

Alexander, who had brain surgery seven years ago, died hours after Macclesfield’s League Two (fourth division) defeat at Notts County on Tuesday night.

He had been involved in football for more than 35 years, initially as a player with Grimsby Town, Stockport County and Mansfield Town along with many non-League clubs and played international football for St Lucia.

He then became the first black manager in the Football League when he took over at Lincoln City in 1993 before spells at Peterborough and then Macclesfield.

Next Saturday’s game against Hereford United would have been his 100th with the Cheshire club.

“He was a larger than life character -- an honest man, a splendid man and he will be missed by people in all walks of life,” assistant manager Gary Simpson told Sky Sports News.

Editing by Ken Ferris