ALBERT Nightingale became a legend in his short but successful Huddersfield Town career.
Fans loved to see him in action at the old Leeds Road ground.
But the man famous for winning free-kicks near the halfway line and landing in the penalty area died at the age of 82.
He was taken ill at his daughter's home in Liverpool and passed away on Sunday.
Nightingale scored 87 goals in 346 career League appearances and endeared himself to the Leeds Road fans in his three years with Town.
He began his official career with Sheffield United in the early part of World War II but had actually played for Rotherham United at the age of 17 - under another name!
He was almost 23 when he made his debut in peacetime football.
The youngest of 14 children, he quickly established himself and, when Town signed him in March, 1948, it was an exchange deal in which two home-produced players, Graham Bailey and George Hutchinson, moved to Bramall Lane.
A hard-working inside forward, Nightingale spent three and a half years with Town as they fought desperately to retain their First Division status.
He became popular for earning penalty kicks and re-enacted one of his dives when introduced to the crowd before Town's final match at Leeds Road in 1994.
Nightingale commanded a £12,000 fee when he moved to Blackburn Rovers in September 1951 and made 27 appearances in their Second Division side. Twelve months later, at the third time of trying, Leeds United signed Nightingale for £10,000.
It proved to be his most successful period and he made 135 senior appearances for United before injury forced his retirement at the relatively young age of 32.
Bob Paisley, the former Liverpool manager, described him as "the toughest opponent I ever came across".
A keen golfer, Nightingale won the PFA championship in 1956 and worked at Woodsome Hall Golf Club.
He was also a keen bowler and had been living in Almondbury, bowling for the Liberal Club sides.
He was a widower and leaves a daughter Tess and two grandchildren, Jane and Mark.
The funeral service is on Tuesday, March 7 at 2pm at St Joseph's RC Church.