'Devastated': Football rocked by death of beloved club captain at 32

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Tributes have flowed for Yeovil Town FC captain Lee Collins, who was found dead during the week, aged 32. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Tributes have flowed for Yeovil Town FC captain Lee Collins, who was found dead during the week, aged 32. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Football fans have shared their sadness over the news of the death of former Wolverhampton Wanderers player Lee Collins, aged 32.

Collins, who made his debut for the Wolves in 2007 after progressing through their junior system, was captain of the National League club Yeovil Town.

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A police statement said officers were called to an address in West Coker earlier this week after a report of a sudden death, which they deemed not to be suspicious.

The case has been referred to a coroner.

Yeovil Town FC shared the sad news of Collins' death on their website, paying their respects to their captain and his family.

"All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins," the club's statement read.

"Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

"We ask everyone to respect the family's privacy at this time.

"The club will make no further comment at this time.

"Our game with Altrincham tomorrow has been postponed." 

There was an outpouring of grief from the footballing community on social media, with Collins earning the respect of many in a career that took him from Wolves to Port Vale, Barnsley, Northhampton Town, Mansfield Town and Forest Green Rovers.

Collins joined Yeovil Town two years ago after his stint with Rovers came to an end.

Former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway led the tributes to Collins on Twitter.

"Absolutely awful news. My thoughts are with Lee's family & friends and everyone at YTFC. Ollie x," he wrote.

Former Wolves player Karl Henry remembered Collins as a 'good lad with a great attitude'.

"Such sad news. I remember Lee as a young player at Wolves. He was a good lad with a great attitude. Sending my condolences to his close friends and family. Rest in peace mate," he wrote.

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Ronaldo armband auctioned to help sick boy

The Portugal captain's armband which Cristiano Ronaldo threw to the ground in a tantrum after his goal was incorrectly disallowed in a World Cup qualifier against Serbia at the weekend is now being auctioned off by firefighters for a good cause.

The blue armband with a white letter C was picked up by Djordje Vukicevic and then put up for a charity auction by him and his colleagues in Belgrade's fire brigade.

They're hoping the sale will help raise funds to pay for the treatment of six-month-old Serbian boy Gavrilo Djurdjevic, who is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy.

"Ronaldo was agitated (and) he threw the armband, it fell right next to me," Vukicevic explained on Thursday.

An armband tossed away in disgust by Christiano Ronaldo is being auctioned off for charity by a football rival who picked it up. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
An armband tossed away in disgust by Christiano Ronaldo is being auctioned off for charity by a football rival who picked it up. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

The 36-year-old Juventus star had stormed off the pitch on Saturday, throwing his captain's armband to the turf when he was denied a clear stoppage-time winner in the 2-2 draw in Serbia.

Many Serbians resort to fundraising and humanitarian auctions to collect money for medical treatment abroad when they cannot get adequate treatment at home.

Vukicevic said he was ready to sell any memorabilia he could collect from players to help Gavrilo's parents raise the 2.5 million euros ($A3.9 million) needed for his treatment.

"The entire crew agreed this (armband) will go for little Gavrilo," he said.

With AAP

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