BRADFORD City have announced that former captain Rodney Johnson has died at the age of 74.

The midfielder joined the Bantams in December 1973, signing for £9,000 from Rotherham.

He went on to make 216 appearances, scoring 19 goals, over six seasons.

A statement on City's website read: "The thoughts and prayers of all at Bradford City Football Club are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace, Rodney Johnson."

Johnson, a former England Youth international, came to prominence with the successful Leeds Boys team which included Paul Madeley, Kevin Hector and Paul Reaney.

He joined Leeds United in March 1962 and scored on his debut against Swansea in September of the same year, only to be stretchered off in the same game.

He made 22 appearances for United under the guidance of Don Revie before signing for Doncaster Rovers for £5,000.

He helped Rovers win the Fourth Division title in 1968-69 before signing for the Millers in December 1970.

Known as combative midfielder with an eye for goal during his time with City, Johnson - who also had a spell with Chicago Sting in the North American Soccer League - was appointed captain in 1975.

He became player coach in the latter stages of his Valley Parade career before leaving for non-league Gainsborough Trinity in July 1979.

He was later manager of Garforth MW in the Northern Counties East League and became an insurance salesman.