Derby County is saddened to have learned of the passing of its former player Willie Carlin at the age of 83.

Carlin, a midfielder in his playing days, was a key member of Derby’s 1968/69 Second Division title-winning squad under Brian Clough.

He joined Derby from Sheffield United in August 1968 for a fee of £60,000, which was then a club record, and his authority, competitiveness and skill in the middle of the park were big factors in the side’s promotion.

The Liverpool-born midfielder also played a key role in the Rams establishing themselves back in the top tier of English football.

Carlin played 108 times for Derby in total across all competitions, scoring 16 goals, before leaving to join Leicester City in the latter stages of 1970.

He also represented Liverpool, Halifax Town, Carlisle United, Sheffield United, Notts County and Cardiff City during his playing career.

Derby County’s deepest condolences and thoughts are with the family and friends of Willie Carlin at this difficult time.