We are saddened to learn....

We are saddened to announce the passing of our former skipper Bobby Collins.

Bobby, 82, sadly passed away at approximately 3.30pm on Monday afternoon following a battle with illness.

The Glasgow-born Bobby, who made 167 appearances during a five-year stint at Elland Road between 1962 and 1967, scoring 26 goals, was named Footballer Of The Year in 1965 and was instrumental in the rise of the club during Don Revie's tenure.

Bobby, a Scotland international midfielder, was signed by Revie from Everton for £25,000 and after leading the team back to top-flight football in 1964, he almost captained the side to a league and cup double the following season.

The midfielder's playing career spanned over two decades and also included spells with Celtic, Bury, Greenock Morton, Oldham Athletic, and Shamrock Rovers. He also had a spell playing and coaching in Australia.

Bobby also managed Huddersfield Town, Hull City, and Barnsley, and had two spells coaching with Leeds.

Speaking on Monday evening, Bobby's friend and former team-mate, Eddie Gray said: "In my opinion Bobby Collins was probably the most influential player in the history of Leeds United. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and played with him."

Our thoughts are with Bobby's family and friends at this time.