Former England and Blackburn Rovers captain Ronnie Clayton has passed away at the age of 76.
"Everyone at Ewood Park is deeply saddened by the news," Blackburn chairman John Williams said. "Ronnie was not only a wonderful servant and ambassador for the club, he was also one of the most popular men ever to be associated with Rovers."
Clayton was a one-club man and his career at Blackburn spanned two decades. He won won 35 caps for England from 1955 to 1960, many of them as captain. Clayton was also part of England's 1958 FIFA World Cup™ squad.
"I always count myself lucky to have played with the likes on Ronnie Clayton," Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, a former team-mate of Clayton, told BBC Radio Lancashire. "He was not only good on the pitch but he was also a gentleman off the pitch."
Blackburn said they would be honouring the memory of their former skipper ahead of Saturday's match against Chelsea.