LEE COLLINS 1988-2021, RIP
Thursday 1 April 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former captain Lee Collins, who has passed away aged 32.
Lee played for us from 2015 to 2017.
Our sincere condolences are sent to his loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.
Rest in peace, Collo.
twitter Adam Murray @admuz
Absolutely gutted , I can’t get my head around this. One of my best signings, Not just as a player but an unbelievable person. You gave me everything my friend and I will miss u.True leader !!
twitter John Radford @JRadfordMTFC
Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender and captain, Lee Collins.
A no-nonsense, battling braveheart on the field and a gentleman off it.
A man who always gave his all in Stags’ colours.
We’ll be observing a minute’s silence tomorrow in Lee’s memory
Rest in peace, Lee.
@CarolynRadford and I are thinking of you and your loved ones.
twitter Mal Benning @Mal_1993
Such sad news Broken heart, class guy on and off the pitch in my first couple years at Mansfield! RIP Collo
twitter Alex Macdonald @alexmacca11
Collo made me feel welcome from the second I walked into the club.
A great man.
Rest In Peace, mate.
twitter Farrend Rawson @Farrendrawson1
Devastating news Disappointed face RIP Collo
twitter Danny Rose @dannyrose_32
Can’t believe it what a great guy. RIP mate
Rest in peace, Lee Collins
All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins.
Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
We ask everyone to respect the family's privacy at this time.
The club will make no further comment at this time.
Our game with Altrincham tomorrow has been postponed.
Police statement after Yeovil Town's club captain Lee Collins dies suddenly
Officers were called to reports of a sudden death yesterday evening
1 APR 2021
Police are not treating the death of Yeovil Town FC'c captain Lee Collins as 'suspicious'.
Officers confirmed they were called to an address in West Coker following reports of a sudden death yesterday evening (March 31).
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said: "Officers attended a report of a sudden death at an address in High Street, West Coker yesterday evening at about 5pm.
"Sadly, the body of a 32-year-old man was located.
"His death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them."
Danny Rose told the Northampton Town website, 2 April 2021:
"It's been a tough 24 hours. I spoke to Lee at the weekend actually which makes it even more sadder.
"He's a great guy, a great leader. I met him when I was 18 at Barnsley and he looked after me when I was a young lad. And then I met him again at Mansfield.
"So I know Lee quite well and it was tough, I was emotionally drained yesterday after hearing the news, it came as a massive shock, especially after speaking with him last week.
"Everything seemed fine but you just don't know what's going on in people's lives. You've got to respect people because you never know what could happen."
Footballer Lee Collins found hanged in hotel room, inquest hears
The Yeovil Town captain, who was from Newport, Gwent, was discovered on March 31 at the age of 32
7 APR 2021
Footballer Lee Collins was found hanging in his hotel room, an inquest has heard.
Mr Collins, who was captain of Yeovil Town FC, was discovered at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil, on March 31.
An inquest into the 32-year-old's death was opened and adjourned by Tony Williams, the senior coroner for Somerset, during a hearing in Taunton.
In a statement read to the court, coroner's officer Ben Batley said Mr Collins, from Newport, Gwent, was confirmed dead at the hotel on March 31.
"Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club," Mr Batley said.
"It was identified that when Lee did not attend for training on March 31 enquiries were made at the hotel where he was staying, and he was found in his room hanging.
"Also admitted into evidence was an interim post-mortem report from Dr Adams, pathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, confirming cause of death as 1a hanging - subject to blood analysis.
"The coroner resolved that it will be necessary for further statements and reports to be obtained in respect of the circumstances of Lee's death and the inquest was adjourned to an internal case management review on or before July 7 2021."
The defender began his career at Wolves and also had spells with Hereford, Port Vale, Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green.
He moved to Vanarama National League club Yeovil Town from Forest Green in 2019 and made 35 league appearances for the Somerset club, including eight this campaign.
His most recent outing came in a 1-0 defeat at Stockport on February 6.
Mansfield owner John Radford worked with Mr Collins between 2015 and 2017 and described him as a "battling braveheart" on the field and "gentleman" off it.
He played 163 games for Port Vale between July 2008, when he arrived initially on loan from Wolves, and June 2012.
Former Valiants team-mate Tom Pope said: "Lee was a tough, fit, excellent footballer. The enforcer for us, really. The organiser.
"He was the heartbeat of our dressing room. I am absolutely devastated and my heart goes out to Lee's family, friends and team-mates at this time," he told Vale's website.