Ehiogu enjoyed a successful playing career with Aston Villa and Middlesbrough while breaking into the England set up under Terry Venables
EX-ENGLAND defender Ugo Ehiogu has tragically died in hospital after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham’s training ground yesterday.
The 44-year-old was taken to hospital by ambulance after receiving urgent medical treatment by the club’s medical staff at Hotspur Way in Enfield.
The defender enjoyed a successful career in the top flight, making over 350 appearances for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.
Here’s a look at defender’s time in football from his beginnings at the Hawthorns, to the start of a promising coaching career at Tottenham Hotspur.
From the Baggies to Villa Park
The Villa boss Ron Atkinson paid West Bromwich Albion a mere £40,000 for the tall defender in 1991, who had played just a handful of games in England’s second tier for the Baggies.
A few years later, the youngster became an integral part of the Villa defence, forging a strong partnership with experienced defender Paul McGrath.
League Cup winner at Villa
Ehiogu won his first major honour at Aston Villa winning the League Cup against Manchester United 3-1 in 1994.
Ron Atkinson lead Villa out at Wembley against a United side consisting of Eric Cantona, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane.
Wembley winner again with Villa
The big defender was at it again with Villa, this time managed by Brian Little.
Ehiogu played a crucial role in the 3-0 win, shutting out the Leeds United strike force lead by Tony Yeboah.
Ehiogu’s form at Villa Park prompted England boss Terry Venables to give the defender his full England debut before Euro 96.
He made his international bow as a second half substitute for Tony Adams in the 3-0 win against China in Beijing.
Venables opted against picking Ehiogu for his final Euro 96 squad, however he played and scored in Sven Goran Eriksson’s first game in charge at Villa Park, a 3-0 win over Spain in 2001.
Cup success again at Middlesbrough
The east London born defender moved north to Middlesbrough for £8million in 2000.
He enjoyed a excellent defensive partnership with current England boss Gareth Southgate at the Riverside.
The defender helped Boro win their first ever major trophy beating Bolton in the League Cup final at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium in 2004.
North of the border with Rangers
Ehiogu moved north to Scotland and signed an 18-month deal with Rangers in 2007.
His first goal will be the one Rangers fans will remember him for most, a spectacular over head kick in a 1-0 Old Firm derby win against Celtic.
The strike will go don in Rangers folklore and was later voted goal of the season by Gers fans.
Coaching career starts
At a time when the debate about the amount of Black coaches in Football was gathering pace, Ehiogu retired in 2009 to embark on a coaching career.
He worked with Peter Taylor’s England Under-20 steam at the World Cup and started working part-time at Tottenham’s Academy in 2014.
Ehiogu had been earmarked as a potential manager of the future while taking charge of Spurs Under 23’s. but his coaching journey has been tragically cut short by his sudden death.