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RIP - Brian Godfrey

It is with great sadness the Aston Villa Former Players Association announces that Brian Godfrey, aged 69, passed away at 04.15 GMT this morning in hospital near his home in Cyprus after a lengthy and
courageous battle against Leukaemia.

Brian started his professional football career at Everton and in an 18-years career played for 6 league clubs and was capped for Wales at U23 and full international level. He joined Aston Villa from Preston
North End in 1967 and played over 160 games including captaining Aston Villa in the 1971 League Cup Final.

Brian was a staunch participant and supporter of the Aston Villa FPA and Aston Villa Old Stars football team and we mourn his passing. Funeral details will be circulated when they are known.

Aston Villa FPA
11th February 2010

http://www.astonvillafpa.org/

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Date:Thursday February 11 2010

Time: 11:45AM

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There's a cracking Villa team assembling in heaven. God bless Brian, I shall remember you with great fondness.
godzvilla
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11/02/2010 12:06:00

There's a cracking Villa team assembling in heaven. God bless Brian, I shall remember you with great fondness.
godzvilla
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11/02/2010 12:06:00

very sad to hear of Brian's passing...we appear to be losing too many people associated with the greatest football club in the world...AVFC
Bangkok Villan
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11/02/2010 12:09:00

very sad to hear of Brian's passing...we appear to be losing too many people associated with the greatest football club in the world...AVFC
Bangkok Villan
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11/02/2010 12:09:00

RIP
magicmerson
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11/02/2010 12:30:00

RIP
magicmerson
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11/02/2010 12:30:00

Thank you Brian. I remember his debut with Brian Greenhalgh who was transferred with him. A real old fashioned half back who never gave up. Many thanks for some great memories Brian.
Gordonsleftboot
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11/02/2010 12:50:00

Thank you Brian. I remember his debut with Brian Greenhalgh who was transferred with him. A real old fashioned half back who never gave up. Many thanks for some great memories Brian.
Gordonsleftboot
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11/02/2010 12:50:00

Sad news, all villa fans of 'a certain age' will remember Brian with affection. RIP
jonah
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11/02/2010 12:51:00

Sad news, all villa fans of 'a certain age' will remember Brian with affection. RIP
jonah
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11/02/2010 12:51:00

My First Villa hero, RIP mate !
Villan57
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11/02/2010 13:08:00

My First Villa hero, RIP mate !
Villan57
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11/02/2010 13:08:00

Met him and spoke to him on many occasions when I delivered the evening mail to the old Villa Cafe on Nelson Road. He'd be there with the other players having a tes/coffee (and some of them having a ciggie). Great bloke always had time to speak to the fans - good player aswell - part of the "re-born" Villa.
nazvfc
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11/02/2010 13:13:00

Met him and spoke to him on many occasions when I delivered the evening mail to the old Villa Cafe on Nelson Road. He'd be there with the other players having a tes/coffee (and some of them having a ciggie). Great bloke always had time to speak to the fans - good player aswell - part of the "re-born" Villa.
nazvfc
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11/02/2010 13:13:00

Really sad news.
revdpete
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11/02/2010 13:42:00

Really sad news.
revdpete
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11/02/2010 13:42:00

Saw Brian play many times for Villa and others. RIP from all at Pompey.
eastneydave
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11/02/2010 13:45:00

Saw Brian play many times for Villa and others. RIP from all at Pompey.
eastneydave
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11/02/2010 13:45:00

I'm obviously of the 'certain age' mentioned by Jonah, as I remember the era of the BGs (Brian Godfrey and Brian Greenhalgh) very well, and still have the programmes in my collection. Sad news.
BobTheBuilder
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11/02/2010 14:15:00

I'm obviously of the 'certain age' mentioned by Jonah, as I remember the era of the BGs (Brian Godfrey and Brian Greenhalgh) very well, and still have the programmes in my collection. Sad news.
BobTheBuilder
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11/02/2010 14:15:00

My favourite player of that period by a long chalk. Arrived with Greenhalgh and played as a second striker, had a spell at centre forward with Docherty, and ended up where he really belonged - in midfield. Unforgettable his performances against a very strong Southampton in the 4th Round of the FA Cup. We had just moved out of the old 2nd Division relegation zone, Southampton were standing 5th in the 1st Division. At The Dell he scored one from a Barrie Hole pass and made one for Hole. In the replay before a frighteningly big crowd he stepped over the ball Davy Rudge had crossed and allowed Lional Martin to score. Looked really good in his final season with us. None too tall he was still a player opponents messed with at their peril, but for all his bustle and fighting spirit he was a highly-skilled player too. R.I.P. The King.
TheSaucyVicar
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11/02/2010 14:47:00

My favourite player of that period by a long chalk. Arrived with Greenhalgh and played as a second striker, had a spell at centre forward with Docherty, and ended up where he really belonged - in midfield. Unforgettable his performances against a very strong Southampton in the 4th Round of the FA Cup. We had just moved out of the old 2nd Division relegation zone, Southampton were standing 5th in the 1st Division. At The Dell he scored one from a Barrie Hole pass and made one for Hole. In the replay before a frighteningly big crowd he stepped over the ball Davy Rudge had crossed and allowed Lional Martin to score. Looked really good in his final season with us. None too tall he was still a player opponents messed with at their peril, but for all his bustle and fighting spirit he was a highly-skilled player too. R.I.P. The King.
TheSaucyVicar
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11/02/2010 14:47:00

Really upset. I remember the BG's and the Southampton matches mentioned above well. As a 16 year old I was captain of a local team that won a Cup Final which was presented by Brian. Great bloke and a really important part of the early recovery of Villa in the late 60's and early 70's. RIP
krfeskivilla
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11/02/2010 15:48:00

Really upset. I remember the BG's and the Southampton matches mentioned above well. As a 16 year old I was captain of a local team that won a Cup Final which was presented by Brian. Great bloke and a really important part of the early recovery of Villa in the late 60's and early 70's. RIP
krfeskivilla
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11/02/2010 15:48:00

RIP Brian, Great man Great player.
rdunbar100
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11/02/2010 16:48:00

RIP Brian, Great man Great player.
rdunbar100
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11/02/2010 16:48:00

Only just seen this, I am very sorry to hear of Brians death. Like Jonah and a few others, he was a man I remember well. May he rest in peace
trekker
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12/02/2010 22:08:00

Only just seen this, I am very sorry to hear of Brians death. Like Jonah and a few others, he was a man I remember well. May he rest in peace
trekker
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12/02/2010 22:08:00

I remember that villa team with pride especially beating man ure in the semi-final and i'm sure we played rochdale at spotland the week before drawing at old trafford. Great memories and thanks for some more SaucyVicar.RIP Brian a genuine villa hero.
mc parland
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12/02/2010 22:51:00

I remember that villa team with pride especially beating man ure in the semi-final and i'm sure we played rochdale at spotland the week before drawing at old trafford. Great memories and thanks for some more SaucyVicar.RIP Brian a genuine villa hero.
mc parland
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