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Villa saddened at death of former player Drobny
RIP Vaclav Drobny.
28th Dec 2012
Villa saddened at death of former player Drobny


Villa are saddened to hear of the sudden death of former player Vaclav Drobny.

Drobny, 32, signed a season-long loan at Villa in August 2004 from Racing Strasbourg.

He played in the opening four friendlies of that campaign, the 6-0 win over Klungshams, the 7-2 win over Kungsbacka, the 3-0 defeat of Jonkoping Sodra and the 0-0 draw with Orgryte.

The Czech Republic international had impressed then boss David O'Leary in a trial before heading off to Sweden for the pre-season games.

He said at the time: "This is the biggest opportunity of my football career.

"It has always been a dream to play in England and when I was young I always wanted to play here in the Premier League. To be given a chance at a big club like Aston Villa is amazing."

Unfortunately, he never quite fitted into the manager's plans and failed to make a senior competitive appearance for the club, although he played 24 times for the reserves in their second-place finish in the league.

He then moved to Sparta Prague with whom he won the Czech league title in 2007 before switching to play in a Prague regional division.

Drobny tragically died this morning in a sledding accident.

He skidded off a piste and crashed into a tree in the Czech winter resort of Spindleruv Mlyn, some 140 kilometres north-east of Prague.

Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

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