Ex-England international defender Trevor Cherry has died “suddenly and unexpectedly” aged 72, his former club Leeds United have confirmed.
The defender joined Leeds from Huddersfield in 1972 and won a league championship in 1974 and making 486 appearances for the club.
He played 27 games for England, captained the side once and was part of the 1980 European Championship squad.
Cherry, was also player-manager at Bradford, where he played 92 matches.
He managed at Valley Parade from 1982 to 1985, with former Leeds team-mate Terry Yorath as his assistant.
Cherry guided the club to the Third Division title in 1985, a promotion overshadowed by the tragedy of the Bradford fire disaster on the final day of the season, in which 56 supporters died when the main stand burned down.
Cherry was heavily involved in the club’s support for those bereaved and attended funeral services of those who died.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor’s wife Sue, sons Darren and Ian, daughter Danielle and his five grandchildren at this difficult time,” Leeds said in their statement.