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Fulham old boy Viv Busby will leave Workington after their game against Boston United on October 22nd.

Busby has spent four years as Darren Edmondson’s assistant at the Blue Square North club that saw them reach the FA Cup first round in 2007 for the first time in a quarter of a century and took them into the play-offs in May 2010. Busby will also fondly remember the memorable wins over AFC Wimbledon and Rushden & Diamonds earlier that season. Edmondson was fulsome in his praise for the former Fulham striker:

Viv has been invaluable to this football club. He has years of experience and trying to replace him will be a huge task.

Viv is a football man through and through. He lives and breathes the game and the way he’s been with the lads has been first class.

I cannot describe how important he’s been and to lose him will leave us with a massive void. Viv is not just a colleague though, he’s a special friend and saying goodbye will be a hard moment.

The players will sorely miss him too. He’s one of the nicest men I have ever had the privilege of meeting.

With what he’s done in the game, with the players he’s played with and against, there’s no airs and graces about him. Viv is a great man and he’s become a father figure to me.

Busby made 118 league appearances for Fulham between 1973 and 1976, scoring 29 goals. He was also part of the team that reached the 1975 FA Cup final, losing 2-0 to West Ham.