Road name honour on the cards for late Leeds United hero

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He is widely regarded as one of the main inspirations behind Don Revie’s revolution at Leeds United.

So it’s perhaps only fitting that a new road near United’s Elland Road ground could be named after the football legend that was Bobby Collins.

The road forms part of the recently-opened park-and-ride site that lies just a stone’s throw from the stadium.

And, following talks with the Leeds United Supporters’ Club and the football club itself, the city council has floated the idea of naming it Bobby Collins Way as a tribute to the Scot, who died at the start of this year.

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that a formal announcement is expected in about a month’s time.

Ray Fell, chairman of the Leeds United Supporters’ Club, said today: “It’s definitely something that we would like to see happen, given the huge contribution he made at Elland Road.”

Collins died in January 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, scoring 26 goals.

He was manager Revie’s on-field general as United began their rise from Second Division strugglers to the top of the European game.

He also had a distinguished spell as a player with Celtic and managed Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Barnsley.

Collins 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”.

His funeral at Leeds Minster was attended by hundreds of mourners, including former team-mates such as Eddie Gray and Johnny Giles.

Collins would not be the first United hero to have a street named in his honour, with Revie Road and John Charles Way already in place near Elland Road.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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