A Wycombe Wanderers legend has died at the age of 91.

Cliff Trott was a key member of the legendary 1957 FA Amateur Cup line-up and is the third of the line-up to pass away in recent months, after the loss of Jim Truett and Mike Wicks.

Mr Trott was part of the squad put together by Sid Cann to become one of the leaders of amateur football in the 1950s.

Aside from that cup run that saw the team score six memorable victories before bowing to Bishop Auckland in front of a 90,000 crowd, the Chairboys also won the Isthmian League title twice and were runners-up twice.

Mr Trott’s death leaves only Dennis Syrett and Len Worley from the Blues side that became the first from the club to grace the famous Wembley turf.

WWFC said Mr Trott was the “heartbeat” of that side, adding: “His hustle, bustle, non-stop running and aggression created openings for fellow strikers Malcom Hunt and Paul Bates and fitted in perfectly with the silkier skills of teammates like Len Worley, Jackie Tomlin and Frank Smith.”

But Mr Trott also got his fair share of goals, scoring a total of 158 in 224 games between 1954 and 1961.

His 29 goals in his first season of 1954-55 were followed by 19 more in the League alone the following year, when the Wanderers clinched their very first Isthmian League title.

His five in the Amateur Cup that season also helped on the road to Wembley.

Mr Trott was spotted by Coach Cann, playing for his home club Slough Centre alongside his brother.

In a tribute on the Wanderers’ website, the club wrote: “Cliff created life-time bonds at Loakes Park. He and wife Eileen were particularly close to Malcolm Hunt and his wife Barbara, lunching together every week before Malcom died in 2012.

“Typically, they both agreed to be founder members of Wycombe’s Ex-Players Association (WWEPA) on the same day and attended lots of the early events including the first tribute dinner to the 1957 heroes when the whole squad bar Fred Lawson and Frank Westley were re-united in 2009.”

Mr Trott was made a life member of WWEPA in 2017, along with surviving members of the squad.

WWFC said in its tribute that although Mr Trott was confined to a care home with advancing dementia, he was proud to display his ex-players’ plaque on the wall of his room where he kept all his Wanderers’ memorabilia.

The club added: [He was] A true Blue to the end.

His son Paul said: “He had a long and enjoyable life and is now at rest. A life to be celebrated.”

A number of his teammates from the 1950s paid tribute to the “colourful character”.

Len Worley said: “What a fantastic guy. I say that even though he rollicked me every game we played together for not working hard enough.

“I’m sure I won my England amateur international caps because of his promptings.”

And Dennis Syrett added: “Coach Sid Cann didn’t always say a lot, but he did tell me once that he’d built his team around Cliff Trott.

“He was an inspiration to us all with his never-say-die approach, his fantastic work-rate, his bravery and his goals.

“He was a very sincere chap, a father-figure off the pitch and tireless on it.”

Dennis Atkins commented: “What a character. He was a hard man and a grafter, always showing total commitment. I remember his tough tackling, always going down on one knee.

“It even made an international referee like Ken Aston smile although it would probably get him sent off today.

“Cliff was one of the big characters of that fine squad which had respect for each other right up to the present day.”

WWEPA chairman Alan Hutchinson said: “So very sorry to hear about the passing of Cliff. He was a favourite of mine.

“His strength, ability to pass and create space was outstanding. All that and scored goals too. Good to see he had a very good life right to the end.”