Leeds United family set to gather for Collins funeral

Bobby Collins.
Bobby Collins.
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MEMBERS of the Leeds United family will join together next week to pay their last respects to late club legend Bobby Collins.

Bobby’s funeral will take place at midday next Thursday, January 30, at Leeds Minster, formerly known as Leeds Parish Church.

Many of the Scot’s former team-mates will be attending along with current United management, staff and players.

A club spokesman told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It will be an emotional day for everybody connected with Leeds United.

“Bobby was one of our greatest players and we’re sure next Thursday will be a fitting tribute to him.”

The spokesman added that training times were being changed so that management and players could attend.

Bobby died last Monday at the age of 82 after a battle with illness.

A midfielder, he signed for Leeds from Everton in 1962 and went on to make 167 appearances in five years for the Whites, scoring 26 goals.

He was manager Don Revie’s influential on-field general as United began their transformation from Second Division strugglers to giants of the European game. His playing career also included a distinguished spell at Celtic. Glasgow-born Bobby stayed in Leeds after his retirement, spending some time coaching at schools in Hunslet.

In an interview just before his 65th birthday, he described his move to United as “the best thing that ever happened to me”. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002.

Leeds greats such as Jack Charlton, Johnny Giles, Peter Lorimer and Norman Hunter turned out to pay tribute to Bobby at United’s home game against Leicester City at the weekend.

Next week’s funeral will take place in the same church used for the farewell to another United legend back in 2004.

Famous names paying their respects to John Charles on that day included Bobby himself as well as a host of other Leeds heroes and representatives from clubs such as Manchester United and Manchester City.

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