Channon played for Southampton and England in the 1970s
Ex-England footballer turned racehorse trainer Mick Channon has been seriously injured in a fatal motorway accident.
The 59-year-old was travelling from Doncaster Sales to his Berkshire stables when the accident happened on Wednesday on the M1 in Leicestershire.
Bloodstock agent Tim Corby, 63, of Berkshire, who was driving the car, was killed in the single-vehicle crash.
Channon suffered broken ribs, jaw, arm and a punctured lung and was due to undergo surgery on Friday.
Leicestershire Police said the silver Mercedes all three were in left the motorway and hit a concrete pillar.
Channon's 15-year-old son Jack was also in the car but he was not seriously hurt.
His other son Michael said: "Mick is conscious and able to talk from his hospital bed and he's absolutely devastated at the loss of Tim."
Channon's goals were usually accompanied by his "windmill" celebration
The accident closed the southbound carriage motorway, and it was also closed northbound for a time to enable an air ambulance to land.
Michael added: "We have been petrified and worried and absolutely out of our wits worrying about our own family.
"But as for the Corbys, our hearts really go out to them. Tim was a friend of Mick's for over 30 years.
"He was a renowned figure in the racing scene who was universally popular in the industry and he will be sorely missed by the residents of East and West Ilsley, all of his many friends, and most of all the Corby family."
Channon is one of a rare breed who have reached the top in two different sports.
Profile - Mick Channon
One of the best-known footballers of the 1970s, Channon made more than 650 appearances in a career spanning three decades.
He became a Southampton legend after 510 games in two spells at The Dell, where he still remains the Saints' leading all-time leading goalscorer.
He also played for Manchester City, Norwich City and Portsmouth, as well as scoring 21 goals for England in 46 international appearances.
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