|Jan 28, 1932
|Aug 24, 2021 (89 years old)
Claude Bourrigault was a midfielder, who was developed by Angers, but began his career in earnest with Limoges in 1951, before returning to his original club three seasons later, where he would demonstrate his true potentiel over the span of nine years. Native of the Angers region, he would spent many years playing in the French First Division, and was even a finalist in the 1957 French Cup, finishing the subsequent season in 4th place in the championship (level on points with the Runners-Up.) A very good team player, and a tireless runner, he would rack up over 300 appearances in a SCO Angers shirt. In 1963, he signed for Stade Rennais in an exchange deal which saw Stephan Ziemczak move in the opposite direction. It would prove to be an unconvincing season in Brittany, however, making just ten or so appearances for Rennes. Brother-in-Law of the famous Raymond Kopa, he returned to Angers in 1964, where he would ultimately call time on his playing career, and be converted to the role of Player/Manager of the Reserve team until 1968. On 24th August 2021, he sadly passed away in his native region following a long battle with illness.