Aston Villa are saddened today to hear of the news of Alan Deakin’s death.
Alan helped us to the League Cup win of 1961 over Rotherham United – in a season that ranks as one of his most successful in claret and blue.
As well as the League Cup triumph, Alan also played in 40 league matches as we finished a creditable seventh in only our second season back in top-flight football.
Throughout his time in B6, he maintained the form which made him arguably the most talented of the crop of teenage players known fondly as Mercer’s Minors.
Apart from his consistent club performances, Alan also won half a dozen England U23 caps, only to suffer a broken ankle during the 1964/65 campaign when a call-up to the national team looked a distinct possibility.
After 270 appearances over the course of a decade, he moved to Walsall in October 1969.
We would like to send our condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.