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Lenny Piper dead at 46: Former England schoolboys and Gillingham star passes away as League Two side lead tributes

GILLINGHAM have led the tributes to their ex-player, Lenny Piper, who has passed away at the age of 46.

Piper began his career at Wimbledon having come through the team’s academy.

Lenny Piper during his time at Farnborough Town

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Lenny Piper during his time at Farnborough TownCredit: Alamy

He then joined Gillinghamin 1996 after joining for a £40,000 fee, before playing 24 times for the club.

After a leg break affected Piper’s career, he moved to non-league St Albans, where he became a fans’ favourite.

He made 98 appearances for the Hertfordshireside, scoring 28 times during his two year spell there.

He then signed for Conference side Farnborough before spells at Dagenham & Redbridge and Margate.

Piper ended his career with Surrey side Whyteleaf.

Gillingham broke the news on X (formerly known as Twitter) of the former England Schoolboys player’s passing.

The Gills posted: “Everyone at the club is saddened to learn that former player, Lenny Piper, has sadly passed away.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Lenny’s friends, family and loved ones at this very difficult time. RIP.”

They were joined in their condolences by Gilligham’s Supporters Club who posted: “Very sad news about Lenny Piper. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

“Born in London, he began his career with Wimbledon but in 1996 moved to Gillingham for a transfer fee of £40,000. He made 24 appearances for the Gills. RIP Lenny.”

His former club Margatealso added their sympathies by saying: “We are saddened to learn that former player, Lenny Piper, has passed this morning, just aged 46.

“Piper came in on loan in the 2003/04 season from Dagenham and Redbridge. He played for us until March, before he left for Fisher Athletic. We send out thoughts to the friends and family of Lenny.”

Fans paid tributes in the comments with one saying: “46, far too young. RIP.”

Another wrote: “That’s really sad. RIP Lenny.”

A third wrote: “That winner against Bristol City. Absolute rocket. RIP Lenny.”

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