Burnley have paid tribute to club legend Leighton James, who has died aged 71.

James made his debut for the Clarets in 1970 – his pace and trickery quickly making him a fan favourite – before joining Derby for a then club-record fee of £310,000 and having a one-season stop at QPR.

The winger returned to Turf Moor in 1978 before heading to hometown club Swansea. After three years with the Swans, he had stints at Sunderland, Bury and Newport before taking his career full circle with a third spell at Burnley, playing in the Orient game.

James also won 54 caps for Wales, scoring 10 international goals including the match-winning penalty against England in the 1976/77 British Home Championship – Wales’ only ever victory against their neighbours at Wembley.

Burnley 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.”

The Football Association of Wales posted on X: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that @Cymru international Leighton James has sadly passed away.

“Amongst his most famous moments with the dragon on his shirt was scoring a penalty in a famous win over England at Wembley in 1977.

“He was a star of the only Cymru team to top a qualifying group before going on to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 1976.”

Burnley will wear black armbands during their Premier League fixture against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.