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Vic Crowe - Villa Hero - RIP

Vic Crowe - Villa Hero - RIP

Following the sad news of Johnny Dixon's passing (Johnny Dixon - Villa Hero - RIP) there is further sadness today with the news that Vic Crowe passed away yesterday at the age of 76 after a long illness.

(No4 in the picture, sorry not been able to trace a close up image)

Neil Rioch Chairman of the Aston Villa Former Players Association said:

'Vic Crowe joined Aston Villa in 1952 and made over 350 appearanaces for the club until 1964, which included two League Cup finals. He also won 16 international caps for Wales and was a member of their World Cup Finals squad in 1958.'

Adding, 'Vic rejoined Aston Villa as coach in 1969 and was appointed Manager in 1970. He steered Aston Villa to the League Cup final in 1971 and to promotion in 1972. He then built the side that was later to win the League Cup and regain the club's 1st division status.'

Another great Holteender in the Sky. RIP Vic.

More on Vic Crowe from the Aston Villa Former Players Association

Victor Crowe was born Abercynon, Glamorgan on 31 January 1932 was a former Welsh footballer.

Vic Crowe signed for Aston Villa in the 1951/52 season and established himself in the team when Danny Blanchflower vacated the right-half berth in 1954. He missed the 1957 FA Cup Final due to injury but captained the side to the Second Division title in 1960 and League Cup Final success in 1961. He was capped 16 times by Wales and was a member of their World Cup Finals squad in 1958.

As coach and then as manager, Crowe was unable to prevent Villa being relegated when he took charge towards the end of the 1969/70 season. The following season he led his Third Division team to the League Cup Final against Tottenfham Hotspur, which Villa lost 2-0. However he saw his side finish top of Division Three in 1972, breaking many records along the way and playing some wonderful football. He was sacked in 1974 after his side finished 14th in Division Two.

In 1975 Vic went to the United States to take part in the North American Soccer League, taking the manager's position with Portland Timbers. He brought a cast of English players with him, many of them young players from Aston Villa and the Midlands area, and they proceeded to win the Western Division championship and advanced all the way to the NASL final, losing 2-0 to Yampa Bay Rowdies. In their two home playoff games, "The Lads" success forced the club to add temporary seating to accommodate their fans, and the team played before two crowds in excess of 30,000, totals unheard of in US soccer at the time. Vic stayed in Portland through the 1976 season before returning to England.

However, the Timbers beckoned again in 1980 and he returned for three more seasons in America. Although his teams never captured the success of that first year, he left an indelible mark on soccer in the Pacific Northwest by introducing thousands of Portland area residents to the joys of the game. Today, Portland is a soccer hotbed. The Timbers still live as members of the professional USL First Division, and they play in the same stadium where Vic and the boys excelled that first year in 1975.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday January 22 2009
Time: 1:03PM


Sad times for our Villa heroes.
The Fear
22/01/2009 13:06:00
RIP Vic, Thanks for the years. Gone to stand next to Johnny in the great Holte end in the sky.
22/01/2009 13:07:00
22/01/2009 13:08:00
RIP Vic.
chris the villan
22/01/2009 13:09:00
Another man who's life successes are worth celebrating. A man who made our club great again after spending some dark days in the lower leagues. Its a great shame that we only get to say thank you to these greats after they have gone. Forever in our memories - Rest in Peace Vic.
22/01/2009 13:35:00
Ray Graydon, Chico Hamilton, Charlie Aitken....a few of the players Vic made into Villa Park greats...RIP Vic
22/01/2009 13:38:00
I am in shock for the second time in 24hrs another one of my Villa heroes from my first years as a Villa fan has passed away. A good right half for Villa and Wales. A good manager for Villa as well until Doug sacked him. Ron Saunders benefited from a lot of the hard work Vic had done for three seasons. RIP Vic
50 years a villan
22/01/2009 13:51:00
More sad news RIP Vic, I remember you well.
22/01/2009 13:54:00
Vic played in the first Villa team I saw in 1962-3 season. Welsh International, a good solid player. He did a fabulous job, first as coach, then as manager with Ron Wylie as assistant to get us out of Division Three and up toward the top of Division Two before Ron Saunders took over. Watching Villa in Division Three still bring back great memories to supporters of my generation. A truly GREAT Villa servant, just like Johnny Dixon. We would not be the club we are today without his contribution in the 'dark days'. Thanks Vic and RIP. Holte Enders in the Sky
22/01/2009 14:07:00
Bad news always comes in 3s, i sincerely hope this is the case for us. Two legends in as many days. RIP Johnny and Vic.
22/01/2009 14:17:00
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