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RIP Bobby Collins

14 January 2014

Tributes are being paid to former Latics player/coach Bobby Collins after his death at the age of 82.

Collins, who was a pivotal figure in the early years of the Don Revie revolution at Leeds United, passed away yesterday following a battle with illness.

Midfield dynamo Collins joined Leeds from Everton in 1962 and went on to make 167 appearances in five years for United, scoring 26 goals.

He was voted Footballer of the Year in 1965 and in the same season captained Leeds in their first FA Cup final.

Capped 31 times for Scotland, Collins’ playing career also included a long and distinguished spell with Celtic.

After spells with Bury, Greenock Morton and Australian club Ringwood City, Collins joined Latics as player/coach in 1972 before spending a brief spell in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers.

Following his retirement as a player Collins moved into management with spells in charge at Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Barnsley.

All at Boundary Park pass on their condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

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