Date: 2nd February 2009 at 11:34am
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Oh no, more awful awful news. This is a very sad day.

A statement from Neil Rioch, Chairman of the Aston Villa Former Players Association:

‘It is with the greatest sadness that I inform you that former Aston Villa & Wolves player Paul Birch passed away this morning (Monday 2nd February 2009) in Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

I will inform you of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.’

RIP Birchy, you’ll be forever in our hearts.


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