Blackpool football legend Peter Collins passes away

Peter Collins pictured next to the fields named in his honour.
Peter Collins pictured next to the fields named in his honour.
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Former Blackpool FC club secretary and Sunday Football legend Peter Collins has sadly passed away.

He died in hospital on Sunday night at the age of 82.

Peter was instrumental in setting up the local Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance leagues and held a number of committee roles over the years. He later served as Blackpool FC's club secretary.

He was recognised by the Lancashire FA for his 50 years of service to the sport. Such was his dedication, he even had a football ground named in his honour on Common Edge Road, in Marton.

He was also manager of local side Sands FC.

A lifelong Blackpool fan, Peter was also said to have a soft spot for Everton.

Blackpool FC released the following statement this morning: "Blackpool Football Club is deeply saddened to hear the news that former club secretary Peter Collins has passed away.

"A born and bred Blackpool fan, Peter first became involved with commercial activities and the Centre of Excellence at the club before being appointed secretary, a role he fulfilled at Blackpool until September 2005.

"His contribution to Fylde Coast football went further, however. He joined the Blackpool Fylde and Sunday Football Alliance committee in the 1968/69 season and dedicated his time to a variety of roles - press secretary, registrations secretary and league secretary. He was also awarded a 50-years service award from the Lancashire FA for his efforts.

"The thoughts and condolences of all at Blackpool FC go out to Peter's wife Sheila, his sons Damian and Gavin, his daughter Gabrielle and the whole Collins family."

Read tomorrow's Gazette for more tributes.