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Popular Petrov to be added to iconic Villa Hall of Fame

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Popular Petrov to be added to iconic Villa Hall of Fame


Stan Petrov will be added to Villa's Hall of Fame.

The illustrious list of twelve top stars was created in 2006.

They include Gordon Cowans, Eric Houghton, Brian Little, Dennis Mortimer, Ron Saunders, Peter Withe, Paul McGrath, Peter McParland, Charlie Aitken, William McGregor, George Ramsay and Billy Walker.

After a deluge of fan requests over the past few months, Petrov will now take his place among the claret and blue heroes, after a terrific seven-year spell in claret and blue.

Petrov announced his retirement today but not before playing 219 games and scoring 12 goals for the club he joined in 2006.

He scored our Goal of the Season in 2007-08 with a blockbusting strike in the 6-0 hammering of Derby before picking up both Players and Supporters Player of the Year for his performances in 2008-09.

The following term saw him succeed Martin Laursen as captain and it was a job he took very seriously and one he excelled in, proving to be an inspiration for the younger players and a beacon of light for the more experienced stars.

He led the team to their third successive sixth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League and also captained the side to a League Cup final and FA Cup semi-final.

His final season also saw special moments, his goals against Sunderland, Everton and especially Chelsea proving to be vital ingredients in our successful battle to retain our top-flight status.

His biggest test, though, was his battle with leukaemia that he started waging in March 2012, just before the home clash with Chelsea.

Petrov is now in remission and getting back to a normal life after fighting the disease with courage and conviction.

Fans have applauded him in the 19th minute of every game since his diagnosis and their requests have led to the move for Petrov to be included among club idols.

Paul Lambert was thrilled when he heard the news.

He said: "That is a fantastic gesture and it will be tremendous for him.

"Every bit of praise for him is so, so deserved.

"What he has been through has been his biggest test ever. He has come through that fantastically.

"I don't think anyone can comprehend what he's been through.

"But in playing terms, I think he has been an absolutely fabulous footballer."

Petrov will be added when the club website's history section is redeveloped at the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

Check out the current Hall of Fame now.

By @AVFCOfficial 9th May 2013
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