Noel Cantwell, who won fame as captain of Manchester United in the 1960s, has died at the age of 72.

Cantwell led United to the FA Cup in 1963 and the league championship in 1966-67, and also played 36 times for the Republic of Ireland, scoring 14 goals. Signed by Matt Busby from West Ham for £29,500 ( a record at the time for a full back), he was touted as a possible successor to Busby, but his first managerial job was at Coventry and a highly successful tenure at Peterborough followed. Cantwell then headed west to take charge of the New England Teamen in the USA, although he finished back at Peterborough.

Cantwell was also a good cricketer, playing five times for Ireland as a middle-order batsman between 1956 and 1959. His one first-class appearance was for them against Scotland at Edinburgh in 1956 when he scored 31 and 17*.