Yeovil Town club captain Lee Collins dies aged 32, club announce

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Yeovil Town club captain Lee Collins has died at the age of 32, the club have announced.

Collins had not played for the Glovers since February though had made eight National League appearances this season.

A club statement read: “All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins.

“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.”

Collins had started his career at Wolves but did not make any appearances for the Molineux outfit.

The centre-back went on to impress at Port Vale, also spending time with Northampton and Mansfield.

Collins helped Hereford United to promotion in 2007-08 and his move to Yeovil in 2019 was the first time he had dropped out of the Football League.

His last game for Yeovil ended in defeat at Stockport in February, with Collins being shown a late red card.

He was on the bench for the Glovers’ most recent match, a 3-1 victory over Barnet on Saturday, with boss Darren Sarll describing that as a 'huge boost'.

Fans and clubs were quick to pay respect to Collins, with AFC Bournemouth tweeting: “This is really sad news. Everyone connected with AFC Bournemouth sends our thoughts to Lee’s family, friends and everyone at Yeovil Town.”

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  • While Exeter City wrote: “Our thoughts are with Lee's friends and family and all connected to Yeovil Town at this tragic time.”

    Former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway posted: “Absolutely awful news. My thoughts are with Lee's family & friends and everyone at YTFC. Ollie x”

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