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Derek Ivor Edwin Lewis
was an English
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professional football (soccer)
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player for Gillingham
Gillingham Football Club is an English professional football club based in the town of Gillingham, Kent. The only Kent-based club in the Football League, they play their home matches at the Priestfield Stadium...
and Preston North End
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. He made 85 Football League appearances and was tipped as a future England
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international but died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 24.