Shock as former England football star dies

FORMER England and Leeds forward Colin Grainger has passed away aged 89.

Grainger spent one season with the Whites after signing in 1960 and his old side paid tribute to his life and times.

A statement read: “Leeds United are saddened to hear about the passing of former player Colin Grainger, who has died at the age of 89.

“Grainger was born and raised in West Yorkshire, beginning his footballing career locally before being scouted and signed by Wrexham, in North Wales.

“After forging a reputation as an exciting young ‘Outside Left’, Sheffield United brought him back to Yorkshire in 1953.

“A four-year spell at Bramall Lane saw Grainger make nearly 100 appearances and also receive a call up to the England squad, where he would earn seven caps, most memorably scoring twice for his country against Brazil!

“Grainger signed for Leeds in 1960, playing 37 times and scoring six goals.

“He finished his career with spells at Port Vale, Doncaster Rovers and Macclesfield Town, before returning home to play locally.

“Everyone at Elland Road would like to send our best wishes to all of Colin’s friends and family at this sad time.”