Sir Doug Ellis-Former Aston Villa chairman dies aged 94

Sir Doug Ellis: Former Aston Villa chairman dies aged 94 , Ellis had two spells in charge at Villa Park,

Ellis served as Villa chairman firstly between 1968 and 1975 before returning to the club in 1982, selling to Randy Lerner in 2006.

Ellis was chairman and major shareholder of the Midlands club .

After selling the club to American businessman Randy Lerner, Ellis became life president.

Villa have confirmed their former chairman , firstly from 1968 to 1975 and then between 1982 and 2006 ,

passed away in the early hours of the morning. Having lost his seat on Villa’s board in 1979, the millionaire entrepreneur . He

attended Villa’s Championship play-off final defeat by Fulham at Wembley in May.the League Cup three times during his reign –

in 1975,  the club enjoyed their most successful spell in between his two reigns , He made his money in the travel industry and

during his time in football earned the nickname “Deadly Doug”. and were runners-up in the inaugural season of the Premier

League in 1992-93. After selling the club to American businessman Lerner, Villa won two League Cups, in 1994 and 1996 ,

Across his 35 years as chairman he made 13 managerial , Ellis is survived by second wife Heidi and his three sons.Nicknamed

‘Deadly Doug’, Ellis sacked 14 managers during his time at the helm at Villa.He was knighted in the 2012 New Year’s honours list for his charity work , A minute’s silence will be held before Villa’s next home game against Swansea City on Saturday, 20 October.

Villa’s manager when they won at Wembley in 1996 ,

A minute’s silence will be held at Villa Park ahead of the match ,

“Aston Villa Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former chairman Sir Doug Ellis ,

Former Aston Villa ,

manager Brian Little,read

 

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