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RIP Ugo Ehiogu

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RIP Ugo Ehiogu

Aston Villa is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ugo Ehiogu.

We will be holding a minute's applause before our derby with Birmingham City to remember our former defender, who made 302 appearances in claret and blue, scoring 15 goals.

Both sets of players will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect.

Ehiogu cost Villa just £45,000 when he arrived from The Hawthorns in the summer of 1991 - signed by Ron Atkinson, who had seen his potential while manager at The Hawthorns.

Although Ehiogu’s first team appearances were initially restricted, he gradually developed into one of the most solid centre-backs in the country.

His first season as a regular, ironically, was the 1994/95 campaign in which Villa only narrowly avoided relegation, but the following season he was a member of the side who won the League Cup, finished fourth in the league, reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

He continued to be a tower of strength, winning the first of four full England caps in May 1996 and missing only one league game over the course of the next two seasons.

He was also in the Villa side who reached the 2000 FA Cup final but subsequently left to join Middlesbrough. 

The thoughts of the football club are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 21st April 2017