NORTHWICH Victoria legend Kenny Jones has died at the age of 72.

The club's record appearance maker, with close to 1,000 games between 1969 and 1985, led the Trickies to FA Trophy glory in 1984.

All at Northwich Victoria are 'absolutely devastated' by the news of their former captain.

"When you think of Northwich Victoria, you'd think of Kenny," says a club statement, written by Pete Tonge.

"He was the epitome of how a footballer should be. He oozed class on and off the field, a perfect captain.

"Kenny was a true Vics' legend, our record appearance holder with 961 games for the Vics, and of course led our team to FA Trophy glory in 1984 when we defeated Bangor City in the final."

The statement continues: "Kenny was described by our club secretary, Dave Thomas, as the "non-league Bobby Moore" and he formed a formidable centre-back partnership with Jeff Forshaw.

"After his long and illustrious career at the Vics, Kenny went on to become first-team coach and assistant under the late John King at Tranmere Rovers.

"Not only was Kenny a legend of the game, he was a true gentleman who always had time for the fans, and it was a pleasure to see him back at the Vics last season when he came back to present a cheque to the Offside Trust on behalf of the club.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Jones was a bricklayer by trade but also spent time in the pub industry as landlord of the Halton Arms in Runcorn.