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.'