Date: 11th October 2018 at 2:43pm
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After a later than expected evening last night with the appointment of Dean Smith and John Terry at Aston Villa taking me by surprise, I wasn’t expecting to start my day properly and have to write about the sad passing of Sir Deadly Doug.

I guessed, following our triple appointment that our long-term chairman would be in the news today offering his thoughts on the arrival of our new trio, but certainly not this.

Doesn’t matter where you really stand when it comes to Doug’s history with the club, relative successes and all of those old debates – he remains a fixture in that history and for the vast majority of fans, criticism wasn’t personal, it was about wanting the best for Villa.

Many fans carry their own fond memories of the man from conversations with him and as you can imagine the messages have flooded in, following the news breaking, from fans, club legends and those in the wider game.

A minute’s silence will take place at Villa Park next Saturday ahead of the Swansea City clash in his memory and players will be wearing black armbands.

Thoughts naturally turn to his family and friends and having known what Doug was truly like more than many of us ever will, I imagine this makes them smile as much as it still makes me and many of us.

Rest in peace Doug.

 

5 Replies to “Sir Doug Ellis – President Emeritus – Passes Away”

  • One of my treasured memories of supporting Aston Villa was when I was lucky to attend the game versus Liverpool on the 26th December 2001 (which we lost 2-1) and sat in the directors box. I met Doug Ellis and shook his hand and he was a really nice man. I had attended with my daughters boyfriend at the time who worked for a millionaire who had a shoot in Studley that Doug attended and he always said Doug had special cartridges made with Aston Villa down the side and coloured claret and blue. He apparently had a lot of stick about this but took it all in good part. We have a lot to thank this man for. Wasn’t he one of the first owners to appoint a foreign manager in Josef Vengloss and to get an Argentinian player in Oscar Arce? God bless Doug and rest in peace.

  • RIP Doug, you made some great appointments BFR, BL, JG & M o’N and I truly believe that you had the clubs best interests at heart. When you finally realised that you weren’t rich enough to take us to the next level you passed on a club with a magnificent stadium and no debt. You made your mistakes, and who hasn’t, but you were claret and blue through and through.

  • Thanks for everything Sir Doug. I will always remember the time Roman Abramovich walked out of a game losing to us. As he walked past you he ignored your proffered hand. Priceless.

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