Keeper on iconic image passes away

Last updated : 20 October 2012 By Michael Morris

friday2Aleksic, an FA Cup winner with Spurs in 1981 was just 61.

A statement on Tottenham’s official website read: “We were shocked to learn of the passing of Milija Aleksic, who passed away suddenly in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Cardiff fans will remember him from the image when he played for Luton Town against City at Ninian Park in the 70's. City manager at the time Jimmy Andrews himself died jest a few weeks ago and of course Friday passed away just 38 years old in 1990.

Taken from Wikipedia

Late in Robin Friday's first season in Wales, Cardiff took on Luton Town on 16 April 1977. Cardiff were in the relegation zone and had not won in seven games, while Luton were fifth in the table and challenging for promotion. After clashing repeatedly early in the match with Luton goalkeeper Milija Aleksic, Friday was lectured by the referee for a high tackle on the goalkeeper in the 36th minute. Friday held out a hand to apologise, but Aleksic reacted angrily. When the free kick was taken, Friday ran back, stole the ball from Luton defender John Faulkner, broke away, rounded Aleksic and slotted the ball past him into the net. In celebration, Friday turned towards the goalkeeper and gave him the V-sign. Cardiff won the match 4–2 and at the end of the season avoided relegation to the third tier only on goal difference.

Sad news. Milija Aleksic RIP.