FORMER Swindon Town footballer Willie Penman has died at the age of 78.

The midfielder made 104 appearances for the club between 1966 and 1970, scoring 22 goals over four seasons.

He was substitute for the 1969 League Cup winning side, and former team mates have spoken of their sadness upon hearing of his death.

Swindon Town legend Don Rogers said: “We got on so well with Willie. He was an all-round nice guy and I’m sure he will be missed.

“He was a brilliant footballer, too - really good on the ball.”

Penman, who came to Swindon from Newcastle United for a transfer fee of £10,000, died aged 78, his former club Walsall FC said.

In a statement posted online, Walsall said: “The thoughts of everyone at Walsall Football Club are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Penman joined Walsall after leaving Swindon and went on to make 123 league appearances between 1970 and 1973, scoring six goals in the process.

Penman, who was born in Fife, was also involved with Rangers and US side Seattle Sounders. He even managed for a season at Cheltenham Town in 1973.

Speaking about the 1969 cup winning team, Don said: “We didn’t have many in the team that year, but Willie was a vital part of it.

“He will be remembered as a thoroughly nice man who was liked by everyone.”