FORMER Bradford (Park Avenue) stalwart Cyril Robinson, who was also the last surviving member of Blackpool’s famous FA Cup winning side from 1953, has passed away at the age of 90.

Cyril played left-half for the Seasiders in the ‘Matthews Final’ 66 years ago, a game in which his side came from 3-1 down to snatch a 4-3 victory thanks to a last-gasp winner from Bill Perry.

The game was most famous for the performances of Blackpool’s two ‘Stans’.

Stanley Mortensen scored the only ever hat-trick in a Wembley FA Cup final, while the winger Stanley Matthews, who set up Perry’s winner and who the game is named after, finally got hold of his first winner’s medal at the age of 38.

At 24, it was Cyril’s only FA Cup success too, and he moved on to join Northwich Victoria in 1955.

A year later, he signed for Bradford, where he played 94 games overall, and scored three goals, during his three seasons at the club.

Cyril was one of Avenue manager Bill Corkhill’s first signings in the summer of 1956, admitting at the time that he was keen to return to the Football League after spending time with Northwich, and that it was Bradford who gave him the opportunity.

He played under three managers during his three years at Bradford (Park Avenue), where he also captained the side.

Seventy-eight of his 89 league appearances for Bradford came in his first two seasons, as his time on the pitch was limited from November 1958 onwards.

That month, Avenue boss Alf Young was replaced by Walter Galbraith and Cyril subsequently lost his place to Peter (‘Wattie’) Dick, who had been signed by Galbraith from his previous club Accrington Stanley.

His final league outing was at Workington in Division Four on December 20, after which he turned out for the reserves in the North Regional League.

He was given a free transfer at the end the season and left for Southport. Robinson, from Nottingham, began his professional career at Mansfield in 1947.