Former Barnsley defender Paul Futcher dies aged 60

It’s been announced in the past hour that former Barnsley defender Paul Futcher has died at the age of 60, following a battle with cancer.

He became the most expensive defender in English football when Manchester City bought him for £350,000 in 1978.

Futcher was with the Tykes for six seasons, and then went on to help Grimsby Town win promotion in his three years there.

Barnsley Football Club said on their website: “His speed of thought was second to none. He had an uncanny ability to come out with the ball no matter the situation and his range of passing for a centre-half was exemplary.”

Fans and former clubs took to Twitter to express their condolences, including Luton Town, where Futcher made 131 appearances.