MX23RW : Wednesday, June 23 03:04:02| >> :600:2291630:2291630:

Inquest hears footballer Lee Collins died from hanging

Inquest hears footballer Lee Collins died from hanging
© Reuters
Lee Collins, who was captain of Yeovil Town FC, was discovered at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil on March 31.

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.

Tributes were left for the Yeovil Town captain outside the club's Huish Park stadium (Simon Galloway/PA).
Tributes were left for the Yeovil Town captain outside the club's Huish Park stadium (Simon Galloway/PA)

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.

ID:442205:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect5100:

Click here for more stories about Lee Collins

Click here for more stories about Yeovil Town

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Euro 2020 banner Instagram AMP
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
Haringey boss Tom Loizou calls for "heavier punishment" on Yeovil racism
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.
Read more about Lee Collins Football

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CSutton UnitedSutton42259872363684
2Torquay UnitedTorquay Utd422311868392980
3Stockport CountyStockport422114769323777
5Notts County4220101262412170
6Chesterfield422161560431769
7Bromley4219121163531069
8Wrexham4219111264432168
9Eastleigh421812124940966
10Halifax TownHalifax42198156354965
11Solihull MoorsSolihull421971658481064
12Dagenham & RedbridgeDag & Red42179165348560
13Maidenhead UnitedMaidenhead421511166260256
14Boreham WoodBoreham Wood421316135248455
15Aldershot TownAldershot42157205966-752
16Yeovil TownYeovil42157205868-1052
17AltrinchamAltrincham421211194660-1447
18Weymouth42116254571-2639
19WealdstoneWealdstone42107254999-5037
20Woking4289254269-2733
21King's Lynn TownKing's Lynn42710255098-4831
22Barnet4287273788-5131
23Dover AthleticDover Athletic00000000

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!