Doug was great man

Daily Star - - SERIOUSLY FOOTBALL -

DOUG EL­LIS was the heart and soul of As­ton Villa and I was re­ally sad to hear he passed away this week.

He was bril­liant, an ab­so­lutely top guy and was very good to me at Villa. He treated me like one of his sons.

Some­times he got a bit of stick but I don’t know why. He al­ways had the club’s best in­ter­ests at heart and spent a lot of money on it.

He was one of a kind, re­ally. Ev­ery­thing you did, he had to do it bet­ter. He used to tell you he in­vented the over­head kick!

I first met him in 1998 when I signed for the club and he al­ways had time for ev­ery­body. When I lived in Birm­ing­ham he lived over the road.

I of­ten used to pop in for a cup of tea. He was Villa through and through. There’s been no-one since Doug who loved the club like he did.

The last time I saw him he was in a wheel­chair and not do­ing so well. It was a bit of a choker and he will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Doug.

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