Monday , October 3 2022

Doug Ellis funeral: The world of football pays respect to former president of Aston Villa


Former England captain Bryan Robson was among the mourners at a private ceremony at Aston Parish

Football took his views on the funeral of former President Aston Villa Sir Doug Ellis on Friday.

Ellis, who died last month at the age of 94, had two spells at Villa Park, initially from 1968 to 1975 and then from 1982 to 2006, came back shortly after winning the European Cup.

The Villa won the League Cup three times during its reign – in 1975, 1994 and 1996 – and was a runner-up to the Premier League in 1992-93.

The fans crossed the funeral fun route that led around the stadium and under Witton Lane beyond Sir Doug Ellis' stop before commencing a private ceremony at the Aston Parish church from 11am.

The lead car had a small Aston Villa flag on the bonnet, with Ellis's well-known Royals Royce blue, the AV1 traffic sign behind.

Former England captain Bryan Robson, who started his career at West Brom before moving to Manchester United and later returning to The Hawthorns as manager, was among those who attended the service.

Under the order of the service, former director of Villa Tony Hales and Nick Owen TV station dedicated a tribute to Ellis, like David Dein, former vice president of Arsenal and the football federation.

Lost in 2012 for charity services, Ellis survives the second woman Heidi and her three sons.

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