Willie Bell, a LEEDS legend, passed away at the age of 85.
The former defender passed away yesterday at home in the presence of his family after a brief illness.
He contributed 18 goals to the team during his tenure, which helped the team win promotion from the Second Division in 1964.
The Leeds team that finished second in the First Division the following season included the left-back.
He assisted the team in getting to the FA Cup final that year, but they lost to Liverpool 2-1.
He became a fan favourite and assisted the team in accomplishing the same feat the next season as well.
He played against Brazil and Portugal in 1966, earning Scotland two caps.
He spent time at Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City after leaving the team in 1967.
He continued managing Birmingham City and Lincoln City after he stopped playing.
Bell immigrated to the US in 1979 and worked as a coach at Liberty University until his retirement.
“Our sympathies are with Willie’s widow Pat, his three children, Bill, Andrew, and Caroline, and his seven grandchildren, along with his friends,” Leeds said in a statement.
Many of the club’s followers have expressed their condolences on social media.
One tweeted: “Rip Willie”.
A second wrote: “The thoughts of everyone at LUFC are with the friends and family of former defender Willie Bell, who has sadly passed away at 85″.
A third said: “RIP Willie. Sending comfort and strength to all who loved you.”