Northampton Town have paid tribute to the club’s former defender Lee Collins, who has died aged 32.

The tragic news of Collins’ death was broken by Yeovil Town, where Collins was club captain. The National League side confirmed the news earlier this afternoon (01/04).

Telford-born Collins was a graduate of the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy. He played for Northampton Town between 2013 and 2015, having joined the club from Barnsley. He also turned out for Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Mansfield Town and Forest Green Rovers, before moving to Yeovil at the start of the 2019-20 season.

In a brief statement, Yeovil said, “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. about:blank

“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.”

In a statement, the Cobblers paid their own tribute to Collins and extended their sympathies to his family and friends.

He said, “Northampton Town Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former defender Lee Collins.

“32 year old Lee made 86 appearances for the club between February 2013 and June 2015, playing in the May 2013 play off semi finals against Cheltenham Town and the final against Bradford City at Wembley.

“His final game for the club came in April 2015 before he moved on to Mansfield Town. He followed that with spells at Forest Green Rovers and was club captain at Yeovil Town.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are extended to Lee’s family and friends.”