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Johnny Dixon - Villa Hero - RIP

Johnny Dixon - Villa Hero - RIP

A press release from the Aston Villa Former Players Association

'We are extremely sad to announce that Aston Villa's 1957 FA Cup-winning captain Johnny Dixon passed away on Tuesday 20January 2009.

Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, he played for Aston Villa from 1945 until his retirement in 1961, making 430 appearances and scoring 144 goals. He was Villa's last FA Cup winning captain, in 1957.

Dixon signed as a professional for Villa shortly after the Second World War, after playing a number of wartime matches for the club. He was voted supporters' 'Terrace Trophy' winner in 1959; and in 1960 helped Villa win promotion back to the top-flight. He played his last game for Villa in April 1961, scoring in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.



On retiring, Dixon remained at the club for six years coaching the youth team. One of the most popular Villa players of all time, he continued to turn out for the Aston Villa Old Stars, playing his last game at 72 years of age. He was also honorary President Of The Aston Villa Former Players Association since its creation in 1995.

To all that knew him Johnny was a legend and a true gentleman.

In recent years Johnny had suffered from Alzheimers disease and passed away in Good Hope Hospital.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all at Good Hope Hospital who's staff were absolutely wonderful.

He is survived by his wife Brenda, and son Andrew, daughter Helen and 3 grandchildren, to whom we express our deepest condolences.'

























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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday January 21 2009
Time: 12:29PM

Comments

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Maybe we'll win it again this year in his honour? Another holteender in the sky.
The Fear
21/01/2009 12:31:00
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Well what can you say. A true legend has passed on! I am sure we all would like to offer our condolences to his surviving wife and family.
villa_de
21/01/2009 12:34:00
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Funny you should say that Fear, I was just thinking the same thing, about dedicating any possible FA Cup win to him and his family! Would be a very nice gesture!
villa_de
21/01/2009 12:36:00
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My name is Jonathan Dixon and I **** myself when I read the title!! This man was the main reason for me becoming a Villa fan. RIP.
In MON we trust!
21/01/2009 12:47:00
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RIP Johnny, a true and loyal servant to the club, a Villan
steff_the_villan
21/01/2009 12:57:00
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I played against Villa Old Stars several times for a charity team I used to play for and Johnny was a great bloke and as it says above, a true gentleman. Sad news. RIP.
Jon.H
21/01/2009 13:04:00
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one word = Legend.
Upthevilla_83
21/01/2009 13:13:00
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Sad news indeed. RIP Johnny.
jonah
21/01/2009 13:41:00
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Although I never saw him play I still consider him a legend. I was lucky enough to meet him once. He came to our local cricket club some years back to hand out awards to the youngsters. I had a long chat to him at the bar. What a gent! A thoroughly nice bloke. Let's hope he is not the last Villa captain to lift the FA cup for much longer. What more fitting tribute but to win the Cup in his honour.
krfeskivilla
21/01/2009 13:47:00
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A sad loss of a true Villa hero. Let's see if we can win something this season in his honour.
IanSymes
21/01/2009 14:26:00
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