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Leyton Orient manager and former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh dies, age 49

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A sad day.

Justin Edinburgh of Spurs holds back Robbie Fowler

It’s a sad day for football. Leyton Orient manager and former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh has passed away after being hospitalized on Monday. He was 49.

Edinburgh had a ten year career with Tottenham Hotspur from 1990-2000, amassing 276 appearances for Spurs and scoring one league goal. He was a member of the 1991 Tottenham side that won the FA Cup, and also won the League Cup with Spurs in 1999.

As a manager, Edinburgh had plied his trade mostly in the lower leagues of English football, with stops at, among others, Rushden & Diamonds, Gillingham, Newport County, and Northampton Town. Edinburgh had most recently guided Orient back to the Football League in 2018-19. He was hospitalized with an undisclosed illness on Monday before his passing today.

Tottenham posted a message of condolence on Twitter, and also posted an obituary on its website, noting that Edinburgh was in attendance at the Champions League final match against Liverpool just a week ago in Madrid. Edinburgh leaves behind a wife and two children.