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RIP Sir Doug Ellis: Tributes pour in from Little, McGrath, Carbone, Merson

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RIP Sir Doug Ellis: Tributes pour in from Little, McGrath, Carbone, Merson

The claret and blue community was awoken this morning to the very sad news that Sir Doug Ellis had passed away.

Our former chairman was a titan of Midlands football and continued to come to games long after his tenure was over.

Soon after the news broke, Villans paid tribute. 

Brian Little

I was always taught to speak as you find. To me you were fantastic. RIP Sir Doug.

DougBlog5Paul McGrath

Devastated, just heard the news about Sir Doug Ellis, absolute gentleman to me throughout my career my thoughts and prayers are with Heidi and his family.

Sir Alan Sugar

Sad news to hear my good friend Doug Ellis passed away at the ripe old age of 94. 

At a game at Villa 25 years ago he bought champagne to celebrate the birth of my first grandson. 

19 years later at in Spurs boardroom I reminded him RIP Doug.

Dean Saunders

It’s a sad day for football because he is one of the old school chairmen who were still around, a sad day for Aston Villa because it was a massive part of his life.

He wanted to play for Aston Villa, he wanted to manage the club, he had to hold himself back. 

A great character. He treated the players like they were his sons, if he saw you anywhere he would have a conversation with you for as long as you wanted.

Ellis2Paul Merson

RIP Sir Doug Ellis. 

What an amazing man!

He was like a father figure to me at Villa.

I cannot speak highly enough of him!

Benito Carbone

This is definitely sad news. 

One of the three things which I regret the most in my life  was not accepted your offer during the 1999/2000 season. I wish I could come back. 

Thank you for everything you taught me. RIP, Sir Doug Ellis.

Stan Collymore

Extremely sad to hear Doug Ellis has passed away today.

Made it possible to fulfill my dream of playing for Villa, something I'll be eternally grateful to him for.

Rest in peace, chairman, sincere gratitude from me and mine.

DougStadiumSteve Froggatt

Just heard the very sad news about Doug Ellis. 

He divided opinion amongst Villa fans, but he was very good to me and he loved Aston Villa. 

He always turned up to watch the youth team on a Saturday morning not many chairman would do that.

Journalist Henry Winter

Sad news about Doug Ellis. 

Always good company, full of opinions, and had a deep love for Aston Villa. 

Thoughts with his family and friends. RIP.

DougBlog2Mayor of Birmingham, Andy Street

Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Doug Ellis. 

He was a man who was not only the guardian of my football club but was also a great philanthropist whose charity work was rightly recognised with a knighthood. 

My sympathies to his friends and family.

Broadcaster Nick Owen

Very sad that Sir Doug Ellis has died. Known him for well over 40 years. 

I know he had his detractors, but he was dedicated to Aston Villa and left a marvellous stadium as his legacy. 

Became a good friend in his later years.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 11th October 2018