LONDON: Larry Lloyd, no-nonsense centre half for Bristol Rovers, Liverpool, Coventry and most notably Brian Clough’s all-conquering Nottingham Forest, has died at 75.

Lloyd was a key member of the Forest side who won the First Division in 1977-78 before going on to claim back-to-back European Champions Cups.

The former England international also won the 1972-73 First Division at Liverpool, along with the UEFA Cup in the same season.

A Forest statement said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Lloyd.

“Part of the ‘Miracle Men’, Larry was an integral player in the Forest side that memorably won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, making 218 appearances for the club in total.

“We send our condolences to Larry’s friends and family at this truly sad time. Rest in peace, Larry.”

Lloyd started his career at Bristol Rovers before Bill Shankly signed him for £50,000 in 1969 for Liverpool where he made 218 appearances.

After two years at Coventry City, he joined Forest in 1976, where he would stay for five seasons before he ended his playing career as a player-manager at Wigan. He also had a spell as manager at Notts County from 1983 to October the following year.