Port Vale supporters are raising money to help the family of former player Lee Collins, following his death aged 32.
Supporter Darren Gregory set up the JustGiving page and already more than 100 fans have raised more than £1,700.
Collins was a hugely popular player at Vale Park, having joined the club from Wolves in 2008. He stayed until he was sold by the club’s administrators to Barnsley in 2012.
He was voted players’ player of the year in 2010 and into the supporters’ team of the decade in a poll held in 2020.
In opening the JustGiving page, Darren writes: “After the tragic loss far too young of Lee I feel as supporters at this very sad time that we can join together in offering our support to Lee’s family.
“Any donation whether big or small in these difficult times will be wonderfully received and just a token of gratitude from Vale supporters to the family of Lee.”
An inquest on Wednesday heard that Collins was found dead in a hotel room in Somerset. He was captain of Yeovil Town FC.
Avon and Somerset Police said last week that his death was not being treated as suspicious.
Port Vale held a minute’s silence in memory of their former defender before their home game with Exeter City on Good Friday.
The club also added its own tribute to the defender, saying: “Everyone at Port Vale Football Club extends their deepest condolences to his partner Rachel and his three children.
“RIP, Lee Collins. Forever a Valiant.”
Collins made 163 appearances for Vale and would have further spells at Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green. He joined Yeovil in the summer of 2019.
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