Ex-Wales, Burnley and Swansea winger James dies aged 71

Leighton James, the former Wales winger who played more than 600 games in the Football League, has died at the age of 71.

Capped 54 times by Wales, James played 399 games for Burnley in three spells.

James also represented Swansea City, Sunderland, Bury and Newport County in a 19-year playing career before turning to management with several clubs.

Burnley and Swansea said they were “saddened” at James’ passing and will mark his death during weekend games.

Clarets chairman Alan Pace said: “We are sorry to hear the news of Leighton’s passing.

“He left an indelible mark on this football club and stories of his playing skills still echo around Turf Moor.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Swansea said James was “widely-regarded as one of the Swans’ finest players”.

The Welsh club added James “was a key figure in the side that secured a first-ever promotion to the top-flight in 1981, scoring a stunning goal in the victory over Preston North End at Deepdale to complete the…

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