SWINDON Town fans have continued to pay their respect to former manager and club legend Danny Williams, who has died aged 94.

Williams masterminded Town’s finest hour 50 years ago as Arsenal were beaten 3-1 in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 98,000 fans.

The triumph brought Swindon to a standstill, and fans to this day continue to mark the anniversary of the cup win and are expected to do so next month when Port Vale visit the County Ground on March 16 – the day after the 50th anniversary.

Swindon Town confirmed the news last night on social media and described Williams as leading the club on ‘their finest day’.

Hundreds of messages of condolence have flooded social media overnight.

One fan wrote: “Very very sad news. God bless him, love and thoughts are with his family. #RIPDannyWilliams.”

Another added: “R.I.P. Danny what A great Manager and a true GENTLEMAN, thoughts with his family and friends.”

And: “R.I.P Danny and thank you for the fantastic memories you gave us. Always remembered.”

Williams spent his entire playing career at Rotherham before breaking into management amid his playing commitments with the Millers in the early 60s.

He then took charge of Swindon Town for four seasons – guiding the club to the League Cup in 1969 – before stints with Sheffield Wednesday and Mansfield followed.

Williams then made a return to the County Ground in 1974, guiding the club through a further four seasons before moving into a general manager role.

His loyalty to Rotherham and Swindon Town in particular made Williams a popular character among supporters.

Other tributes included: “Danny was the only STFC manager ever to win a 'proper' football trophy, with his captain Stan Harland being the only STFC skipper to lift one. Others rightly get credit for the result that day, but those two are the real legends of SN1. RIP Danny.”

Also: “RIP Danny the man who put little old Swindon on the map master minding our greatest ever triumph.”

Another supporter said: “How sad he didn’t make it to the anniversary. Thanks for the trophy that has inspired the younger fans like myself. RIP.”

And: “The word legend is used far too frequently to describe sporting heroes. However in Danny Williams case it was truly deserved. RIP Danny condolences to your family and thank you for providing me with the greatest day in the club’s history- I’ll never forget it.”