Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis dies

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The former chairman of Aston Villa has died aged 94.

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Sir Doug Ellis had two separate spells at the helm of the club before selling to Randy Lerner in 2006.

He became life president following the sale and was at the club’s Championship play-off defeat in May.

A statement from the club said: “Aston Villa Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former chairman Sir Doug Ellis.

“There’s no question that Sir Doug dedicated his life to Aston Villa.

“A minute’s silence will take place at Villa Park next Saturday before our match with Swansea City to allow the Villa supporters to pay their respects to Sir Doug. The players will also wear black armbands.

“Our condolences go out to family and friends at this very sad time.”

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