Williams leads tributes to Clayton

Blackburn, who he also captained, announced his death today and are

planning to pay their respects prior to tomorrow’s Premier League

home match against Chelsea. Williams said: “Everyone at Ewood Park

is deeply saddened by the news. “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. “No-one had a bad

word for Ronnie and he will be so very sadly missed. Our deepest

sympathies go out to his dear wife Val and all his family at this

saddest of times.” Clayton, who played at right-half, spent his

entire club career with Blackburn and won 35 caps for England from

1955 to 1960. He was a member of the 1958 World Cup squad, playing

one match in the tournament.