THE non-league football sphere has today been paying tribute to Darlaston Town player Leon Taylor, who has died at the age of 36.

The Walsall-based striker was well known across the West Midlands football scene, having played for numerous clubs in the Black Country and Staffordshire, and was taken ill on Wednesday.

He was most recently at Darlaston Town 1874 and also counted Sporting Khalsa, AFC Wulfrunians, Brocton, Wednesfield, Bloxwich United, Tividale and Walsall Wood among his former clubs.

His club Darlaston confirmed the tragic news this morning via their website.

"Darlaston last night were totally devastated to learn of the passing of our beautiful and great friend, and player Leon Taylor.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Leon’s family and friends at this most difficult of times."

Worcester Raiders' Isaac Cooper, a good friend of Taylor, said this on Twitter this morning:

Evesham United's Kyle Belmonte was one of the first to pay their respects this morning.

Worcester City captain Craig Jones also paid his respects: "Thoughts are with Leon’s family, friends and all at the club. Rest easy."

Former Raiders manager Chris Cornes also came across Taylor on a number of occasions.