FORMER England captains David Platt and Bryan Robson had been amongst lots of of wellwishers who turned as much as pay their respects on the funeral of former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis right now.
A whole bunch of Villa supporters lined the route previous the membership’s stadium whereas colleagues from his time in soccer additionally mentioned their closing goodbyes to one of many recreation’s most vibrant characters.
Ellis, who died final month aged 94, had two spells in cost at Villa Park and gained the nickname Lethal Doug for the way in which he fired managers.
However he was additionally a vastly common determine inside the sport and did all the things he might to ship success for his beloved Villa.
He first took cost of the membership 1968, staying in management for seven years – and he returned in 1982, shortly after Villa gained the European Cup.
Ellis stayed in charged till he was purchased out by American billionaire Randy Lerner in 2006.
Villa gained the League Cup 3 times throughout his reign – in 1975, 1994 and 1996 – and had been runners-up within the inaugural season of the Premier League in 1992-93.
Followers lined the route of the funeral cortege, which drove across the stadium and down Witton Lane previous the Sir Doug Ellis Stand, earlier than heading on to a non-public ceremony.
The lead automotive had a small Aston Villa flag on the bonnet, with Ellis’ well-known pale blue Royals Royce, registration plate AV1, following behind.
Former England captains Robson and Platt had been in attendance, together with former Villa managers Brian Little and Ron Atkinson.
As a part of the Order of Service, former Villa director Tony Hales and broadcaster Nick Owen each paid tribute to Ellis, as did David Dein, former vice-chairman at each Arsenal and of the Soccer Affiliation.
Manchester Metropolis legend Mike Summerbee and ex-Leeds proprietor Peter Ridsdale had been additionally available to pay their respects.
Knighted in 2012 for charitable companies, Ellis is survived by second spouse Heidi and his three sons.
Lethal Doug’s managerial victims at Aston Villa
JIMMY GREAVES was the person who coined the nickname Lethal Doug Ellis due to the variety of managers he sacked throughout his two spells in control of Villa.
In complete, Ellis labored with 15 bosses – with no title too huge for him to tackle if he wanted to.
Tommy Cummings (1967-68)
Tommy Docherty (1968-1970)
Vic Crow (1970-1974)
Ron Saunders (1974-1982)
Tony Barton (1982-1994)
Graham Turner (1984-1986)
Billy McNeill (1986-1987)
Graham Taylor (1987-1990)
Jozef Venglos (1990-1991)
Ron Atkinson (1991-1994)
Brian Little (1994-1998)
John Gregory (1998-2002)
Graham Taylor (2002-2003)
David O’Leary (2003-2006)
Martin O’Neill (2006-2010)