YEP Says, January 31: We’ve lost a decent man and a great ambassador

The funeral of Bobby Collins.

The funeral of Bobby Collins.

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Mourners packed Leeds Minster yesterday (Jan 30) to say goodbye to former Leeds United footballer Bobby Collins.

Family, friends and famous faces made up a crowd of hundreds paying their respects.

It is always the case that the very best of a person is remembered as they are laid to rest but, even taking that into account, there has been an outpouring of warm memories and affection for the man who helped Leeds play their way to glory in the 1960s.

Great footballers from that era, including Norman Hunter, Eddie Gray and Johnny Giles, painted a picture of a kind, decent and well respected man, as well as a superb player.

No doubt their memories were tinged with a certain nostalgia for the era in which Bobby Collins played. He was a member of the squad managed by Don Revie and he commanded the pitch at a time when football was a simpler game with less money and less of a corporate edge.

But, quite simply, Bobby Collins loved football. He played well into his 60s just for the pleasure of it and he was keen to pass on his knowledge and experience to the younger generation.

Many in Leeds have affectionate anecdotes about enjoying a kickabout with him or simply having a chat.

With the death of Bobby Collins, we have lost an ambassador for football and a gentleman.

Fingers crossed as Dom heads for Games

THINK Brits at the winter Olympics and images of hapless ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards come to mind.

But we’re sure Leeds snowboarder Dom Harrington will give a better account of himself at the Sochi games, which get under way in Russia next week.

The former Abbey Grange High School pupil will represent Great Britain in the half-pipe competition.

For Dom, just getting to Sochi is a massive achievement. But once he’s there, let’s hope he manages to give some of the big guns a run for their money.

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