FORMER MANAGER, JIM LANGLEY, PASSES AWAY
Though his time at Champion Hill was short-lived, Jim Langley will be fondly remembered by Dulwich fans for his gallant, if ultimately fruitless, striving to stave off relegation at the end of the 1976-1977. Never before relegated from the upper echelons of the Isthmian League, Dulwich Hamlet seemed on an inexorable spiral out of into the second division for the first time in their long history under the stewardship of George Rocknean. Langley took on the reins of leadership late on in the season but the task proved just too much and Dulwich finished three points from safety despite taking the fight all the way to the final day when a trip to Wycombe Wanderers, needing nothing less than a victory if they were to overtake Enfield at the top of the table, ended in a 3-1 defeat that confirmed the drop down. Despite almost rescuing the Hamlet from relegation, Langley could not be dissuaded from stepping down in the close season, due to the pressure of travelling from his Middlesex home. However Dulwich's stay in the second division (now renamed Division One for season 1977-78) was brief as under Alan Smith, Dulwich bounced back to the top division as champions.
Jim Langley made his name as a player with Third Division Queen's Park Rangers, part of the side that shocked West Bromwich Albion in the 1967 League Cup Final, the first to be played at the home of football, Wembley. That Rangers side also clinched the Third Division Championship that year at the start of what was a golden period for the West London. However Langley departed Loftus Road soon after to take over as manger of Hillingdon Borough, returning to his Middlesex non-league roots having begun his career with the club in their days as Yiewsley FC, before moving into the Football League via Hayes, playing for Brentford, Leeds United and Brighton before his switch to Fulham, from whence he joined QPR. He made almost 650 League appearances overall and was only the second full-back to score 50 League goals. Jim also won England 'B' and Football League representative honours.
Jim's funeral takes place at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip on Friday 21st December at 2.15 pm. A wake will follow at Hillingdon Borough FC, which is located next to the Crematorium. Speaking to the QPR Website his son, Peter, said: "Anyone who would like to come along to the funeral and/or wake is more than welcome."
If you would like to send a message of condolence to Jim's family, you can do so by e-mailing Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org
The thoughts of the Club are with Jim's family and friends at this sad time.Photos thanks to Fulham FC