The EFL is deeply saddened by the information of Tony Collins’ passing, on the age of 94.
Collins was known as as much as serve his country in 1944 when he was 18 and was stationed in Italy after coaching. Put up-war, he played professionally for Sheffield Wednesday, York City, Watford, Norwich City, Torquay United and Crystal Palace, earlier than ending his taking part in career at Rochdale, the place he would develop into manager.
In taking over at Dale in 1960, Collins turned the primary black manager in English league football, and memorably led his team to the League Cup Final just two years later. He additionally took on roles as assistant manager and caretaker manager at Bristol City, later working as a scout for a variety of Golf equipment, as well as for the England national team.
In 2017, Collins was offered with the LMA Service to Football Award on the twenty fifth LMA Annual Awards Dinner.
He holds a particular place within the sport, and will all the time be remembered.