Coronavirus claims life of former Torquay United player John Rowlands

John Rowlands pictured, centre, at Plainmoor in 1968

John Rowlands pictured, centre, at Plainmoor in 1968 - Credit: Archant

The coronavirus outbreak has claimed the life of former Torquay United centre-forward John Rowlands.

Liverpool-born Rowlands joined United from Mansfield Town in the summer of 1968.

But manager Frank O'Farrell left for Leicester City six months later and new boss Allan Brown's signing of John Rudge saw Rowlands leave after scoring five goals in 20 games in the old Third Division (League One).

He moved on to Cape Town City, Stockport County, Barrow, Workington and Crewe Alexandra, and later to the USA where he played for several leading clubs before owning bars and restaurants in Florida.

Rowlands returned home to the UK in retirement, but fell victim to the virus and died at the age of 75.