Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94.
Ellis had two spells in charge at Villa Park, firstly from 1968 to 1975 and then between 1982 and 2006, rejoining shortly after Villa’s European Cup win.
Villa won the League Cup three times during his reign – in 1975, 1994 and 1996 – and were runners-up in the inaugural season of the Premier League in 1992-93.
Knighted in 2012 for charitable services, Ellis is survived by second wife Heidi and his three sons.
Brian Little was Villa’s manager when they won at Wembley in 1996 and led the tributes on social media.
“I was always taught to speak as you find,” he said on Twitter.
“To me you were fantastic. R.I.P Sir Doug. El Presidente.”
Ellis allowed Stan Collymore to sign for his boyhood club, paying Liverpool £7 million for his services in 1997.
“Extremely sad to hear Doug Ellis has passed away today,” he tweeted.
“Made it possible to fulfil my dream of playing for Villa, something I’ll be eternally grateful to him for.
“Rest in Peace, chairman, sincere gratitude from me and mine.”
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