Birmingham City players will wear black armbands when they play Arsenal next weekend as a mark of respect for former captain Len Boyd who led the team to the 1956 FA Cup Final in 1956 and who died on Thursday, aged 84.
Boyd was a tremendous servant to the club for more than seven years during the early 50s, clocking up 282 appearances and scoring 14 goals.
A late-comer to the professional game, he only took up a career in the sport at the age of 22 when he joined Plymouth Argyle, having been spotted playing football for the Royal Navy in Malta by an Argyle fan in 1945.
After fours years at Home Park, Boyd became Plymouth's first five-figure transfer when he moved to Blues for a hefty fee in those days of £17,000.
He wore the No 4 shirt with great distinction for Blues over the next seven seasons.
The talented wing-half skippered the team to the Second Division championship in 1955 and the following season led the side out at Wembley for the cup final against Manchester City.
Boyd, who leaves a widow Dolly, introduced each member of Blues' cup final team to the Duke of Edinburgh on the Wembley turf prior to the final but after the disappointment of seeing his side lose, he retired from the game just a few days later at the age of 33.
A spokesman for Birmingham City: "The club sends its most sincere condolences to Dolly and all Len's family and friends. He will never be forgotten by anybody connected to Birmingham City FC."
In addition to the wearing of black armbands, the club are also seeking permission from the Premier League to conduct a minute's applause in memory of Boyd and his contribution to Birmingham City.