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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 21 2009

Time: 12:29PM

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Maybe we'll win it again this year in his honour? Another holteender in the sky.
The Fear
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21/01/2009 12:31:00

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.
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21/01/2009 12:34:00

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!
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21/01/2009 12:36:00

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!
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21/01/2009 12:47:00

RIP Johnny, a true and loyal servant to the club, a Villan
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21/01/2009 12:57:00

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.
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21/01/2009 13:04:00

one word = Legend.
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21/01/2009 13:13:00

Sad news indeed. RIP Johnny.
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21/01/2009 13:41:00

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.
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21/01/2009 13:47:00

A sad loss of a true Villa hero. Let's see if we can win something this season in his honour.
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21/01/2009 14:26:00

Hope Villa arrange a minutes applause at the Wigan game. My Dad talks in reverential tones about Johnny Dixon.
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21/01/2009 14:37:00

52 years has gone since he lifted the FA cup for us lets go and win it this year for him RIP Johnny
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21/01/2009 14:52:00

Never knew him or even met him, but i'm a huge Villa fan, and i've heard from my old man what a stalwart JD was, and also if you read up on the history of the Villa, this man's name crops up again and again. The word 'legend' is bandied around too lightly for my liking these days, but Johhny Dixon 'LEGEND' sounds right, and I hope he is appropriately honoured at our next home game. The man played for the Villa for 16 years.....awesome!
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21/01/2009 15:34:00

Come on The Villa. We HAVE to win the FA Cup this year for Johnny and his family. Rest In Peace. Up The Villa.
Adam Deuce
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21/01/2009 15:48:00

Thoughts are with the family, RIP Johnny.
Stourbridge Villan
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21/01/2009 16:25:00

Wouldn't it be good if we could re name the doug stand after someone like Johnny Dixon . A true gent and credit to AVFC RIP
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21/01/2009 18:48:00

RIP to a great Villa legend
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21/01/2009 18:50:00

i am very sad as a young 9 year old i watched his last ever game for villa versus sheff wed. We won 4-1 and Johnny scored. another true legend Charlie Aitken made his debut that day. Come on Villa lets win the cup in memory of a true Villa legend. RIP Johnny.
50 years a villan
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21/01/2009 19:18:00

True legend R.I.P
atkinson villa
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21/01/2009 19:42:00

What a great idea nick1 ..!
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21/01/2009 20:48:00

nick1 - you read my mind. I can really see that happening with our current owners. RIP the legend.
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21/01/2009 21:21:00

nick1- i'm all for that idea also! Or even better, let's have a bronze statue somewhere like some other clubs do. I can see our Johnny standing proud outside the Holte. Proud history is our emblem these days. R.I.P Johnny and may you forever bring us joy!
holte ender 1969
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22/01/2009 01:58:00

Legend. For anyone that has never watched that 57 FA Cup final, go and buy it - what a game. RIP.
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22/01/2009 11:58:00

The black and white images of Dixon holding the FA Cup aloft are iconic. A sad loss of a much decorated man, but a man who's achievements in life are worth celebrating. Forever in our minds - Johnny Dixon - Rest in Peace.
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22/01/2009 12:57:00

I'd love us to win the FA cup more than anything else and it would be a nice way to honnor one of our greats.
chris the villan
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22/01/2009 13:04:00


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