FAMILY, friends and fans will pay their final respects to a football legend next month.

The funeral of Lammie Robertson, 76, who retired to Goostrey, will be held at 11.30am on Wednesday, February 7 at Macclesfield Crematorium.

He played for clubs across the country and was appointed player manager at Northwich Victoria in July 1981.

Christened Archibald Lamond, he was known fondly as ‘Lammie’, inheriting football genes from his grandad who played for Sunderland before the war.

Northwich Guardian: Lammie Robertson lived in Goostrey for more than 30 yearsLammie Robertson lived in Goostrey for more than 30 years (Image: Robertson family)

Scottish-born Lammie began his career with Glasgow Benburb and was signed by Burnley as a 19-year-old in 1966.

It was only in 1968 that he made his league debut when he transferred to Bury.

Northwich Guardian: Lammie Robertson made 132 appearances for the Grecians, scoring 25 timesLammie Robertson made 132 appearances for the Grecians, scoring 25 times (Image: ECFC)

His playing career included spells with Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Halifax Town, Peterborough, Bradford City and Exeter City where his prowess on the field helped the team to promotion.

Lammie made 132 appearances for the Grecians, scoring 25 times.

A spokesman for Halifax Town said: “He became a fans’ favourite as he created lots of opportunities for those around him with his clever, brave, uncompromising hold-up play.

“Robertson was regarded as one of the finest ball and creative players to have worn the City shirt.”

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Albion said: “Lamme was a centre-forward of the old school variety – tough, rugged, selfish when he needed to be in front of goal.

Northwich Guardian: Lammie Robertson was a 'centre-forward of the old school variety'Lammie Robertson was a 'centre-forward of the old school variety' (Image: BHAFC)

“Unselfish in terms of putting his body on the line for the benefit of others, a master of the dark arts of attacking play.

“’A bit of an assasin’, as he once put it.

“And yet a lovelier man you could not wish to meet.”

When his playing career was over he became an independent financial advisor and scout for Sheffield United.

Lammie died in December, only 13 months after he and wife Mary left Goostrey to live in Congleton.

He had previously been married twice when he meet his wife on an early online dating site in December 1989 and moved to Goostrey from Lach Dennis, after retiring as the manager of Northwich Victoria.

Lammie was persuaded to revive his playing career and joined a local senior football team.

But his reappearance was short-lived after a particularly hard tackle when he sustained broken ribs.