Dave Longhurst (full name David John Longhurst)

Born 15 January 1965 in Northampton 

Died 8 September 1990 in York

Dave began his career in Nottingham Forest’s youth team but never made it to Forest’s first team who at the time were one of the strongest sides in the Football League First Division under the management of Brian Clough.

Released in 1985, Dave joined Halifax Town in the Fourth Division. He had a good goal scoring record at the club, scoring 24 goals in 85 league appearances. After two seasons at Halifax, he joined his hometown club Northampton Town in 1987 where he made 37 appearances scoring 7 goals.

Dave, a pacy striker with neat control and the ability to lead the line, was signed by Posh Manager Mick Jones from local rivals Northampton Town in October 1988 for £55,000.00 (the Posh’s most expensive signing for a decade).

Dave made his Posh debut on the 8th October 1988 in Posh’s 0-0 draw with Grimsby Town at Blundell Park in a 4th Division game. Dave’s first goal for the club was Posh’s first goal on the 22nd October at London Road in a 2-1 win against Hereford Utd.

His best known performance in a Posh shirt was the FA Cup 1st Round game against Gillingham at Priestfields on the 19th November 1988 when he scored all three goals for the Posh in a 3-3 draw.

Dave left the Posh for York City in the spring of 1990. In the third match of the 1990/91 season against Lincoln City he suffered a heart attack on the pitch, and was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital. He was the first player to die in a Football League match in 63 years. The subsequent inquest into his death revealed that he had suffered from cardiomyopathy – a severe myocardial disease leading to heart failure.

York City later named one of the stands at the Bootham Crescent stadium after him.

Posh Record:

Competition Starts Used Subs Unused Sub Goals
Football League 51 7 1 7
FA Cup 5 1 0 3
Football League Cup 3 0 0 0
Total 59 8 1 10