Former Blackburn Rovers and England footballer Ronnie Clayton has died at the age of 76.
Preston-born Clayton's career at Blackburn spanned two decades and he made 35 appearances for England, many as skipper.
Blackburn were Clayton's only club side and chairman John Williams told their website: "No-one had a bad word for Ronnie and he will be sadly missed."
The club will pay its respects before Saturday's home game against Chelsea.
Described as an outstanding wing half, Clayton was rated as one of the best England players of his generation.
"Ronnie was not only a wonderful servant and ambassador for the club, he was also one of the most popular men ever to be associated with Rovers, " added Williams.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to his dear wife Val and all his family at this saddest of times," he added.
A former team-mate of Ronnie Clayton, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan paid tribute to Clayton, describing him as "Blackburn and England through-and-through".
"It's such a shock and such a sad loss for Blackburn and the sporting world," Whelan told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"He was the nicest man you could ever meet and to play behind him was a great privilege. He was the fittest person I have ever played with or seen in the whole of my life.
"When we used to train every day, Ron and myself used to run from our training ground, which was two miles away from Ewood Park. We used to run and race each other back to the stadium and I could never beat him."
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