Ex-County winger Leighton James recovering after mild stroke

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FORMER Wales and Newport County winger Leighton James is recovering at home after suffering a mild stroke.

The 61-year-old, who also starred for Burnley and Swansea City, had hospital treatment after being taken ill on Sunday afternoon with high blood pressure.

During a 19-year career James also played for Derby County, Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Bury.

He signed for County for a small fee from Bury in July 1985 as a player-coach but left after one season after being overlooked for the manager's job.

He returned to his first club Burnely where he ended his playing career in 1989 aged 36.

He made 54 Wales appearances between 1971 and 1983, scoring 10 goals.

After his playing career James went on to manage a number of non-league clubs in England and Wales, the most high-profile being Accrington Stanley in 1997-1998.

In Wales he has managed Llanelli, Aberaman and Haverfordwest County.

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