FIFA President pays tribute to Payne
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his condolences after learning of the death of former Everton and Liverpool winger Jimmy Payne  at the age of 86.

Payne was one of only 30 players to play for both Merseyside clubs, although the majority of his career was spent with Liverpool.

Payne enjoyed eight years at Anfield, playing 243 games for the Reds and was the last surviving member of the first Liverpool side to feature at Wembley during the 1950 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

He left Anfield to join his boyhood heroes Everton in 1956 but his time on the Blue half of Merseyside was restricted to just six games due to injury before he forced to retire just short of his 30th birthday.

In a letter to David Bernstein, FA Chairman, Blatter wrote: "On behalf of the members of the international football family who had the pleasure of knowing Jimmy Payne, I should be extremely grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of Jimmy, as well as to all the members of the The Football Association.

"I know that Jimmy Payne devoted his life to football. Our friend will be sorely missed."