The football world has rallied round former Leyland school boy and Preston North End player Clarke Carlisle, who was hurt in a road accident.
North Yorkshire Police said a 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A64, near York, on Monday morning.
The Football Association tweeted: “The thoughts & prayers of all at The FA are with Clarke Carlisle & his family at this sad time.”
Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, for which former Balshaw’s CE High School pupil Carlisle is an ambassador, posted: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Kick It Out are with Clarke Carlisle and his family. Stay strong our dear friend - keep on fighting.”
And the Football League added: “Our thoughts & those of everyone that watches Football League clubs will be with Clarke Carlisle and his family this evening.”
Preston-born Carlisle, 35, played as a centre-half for a number of other clubs including Burnley, Blackpool, QPR, Leeds, Watford, Northampton and York.
After he stopped playing, he worked for the Professional Footballers’ Association and was also a regular on TV - both as a pundit but also as a contestant on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown and a guest on the BBC’s Question Time.
He has also presented a TV documentary about racism in the game and another - Football’s Suicide Secret - about mental health issues among his fellow professionals.
Police have appealed for witnesses to the collision on the A64 near the village of Bishopthorpe, at 7.30am on Monday.
A spokeswoman said: “The collision involved a male pedestrian and a lorry.
“The injured man has been airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.
“The road was closed to allow the air ambulance to land and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene.”