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Jlloyd Samuel: Tributes paid after former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in crash

Jlloyd Samuel: Tributes paid after former Aston Villa and Bolton defender dies in crash

A minute's applause was held at Villa Park in memory of Jlloyd SamuelFormer Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been praised as a selfless, honest and positive friend after he died aged 37 in a car crash.Samuel, most recently player-manager of non-league side Egerton, died in an accident in Cheshire on Tuesday.A minute's applause was held at Villa Park before the Championship play-off second leg match between Villa and Middlesbrough.
The supporters sang "there's only one Jlloyd Samuel" during the tribute.Ex-Wigan and West Brom striker Nathan Ellington, who played with him at Egerton, told BBC Sport: "It is gut-wrenching, he was an amazing guy. He did so much. He had a positive effect on people's hearts.
Ex-Villa defender Samuel dies in crash
"I saw him all the time and would train with him. Everyone loved him, he was a great guy and always moving onto bigger and better things. He will be sadly missed."He loved football and giving back. That was the whole point of Egerton. He was at training every day, putting his heart and soul into it and helping the youth players coming through. It had nothing to do with money but a genuine care for people. He was selfless, willing to give back and help. "He was also a successful businessman and a family man."Ex-Premier League players line up for Egerton
Former Bolton team-mate Kevin Davies said that Samuel was popular with fellow players and fans."I remember him being very smart, he was very dapper, always with a smile on his face and he just enjoyed his life," Davies told BBC Radio Manchester.Ex-Villa boss David O'Leary, who managed Samuel between 2003 and 2006, told BBC Radio 5 live: "He was a very happy-go-lucky, smiling boy. I just remember him from day one as a refreshing young lad who wanted to do well. It was a pleasure to be his manager for three years."He wanted to learn, get better and do well. He wanted to play for you and I was grateful for his attitude,"He had a personality and an easy going nature about him. He had natural ability and natural fitness. I am so deeply shocked with the news that a really nice person has been taken from us."Championship club Villa said they were "deeply saddened"[/i] to hear of his death and the players wore back armbands in their game against Middlesbrough.Samuel was capped by England from Under-18 to Under-21 level and was an unused substitute for a senior international against Sweden in 2004. He later played twice for Trinidad and Tobago, the country of his birth.Cheshire Police said they were called to a serious collision involving a van and a Range Rover in High Legh, Cheshire at 07:55 BST on Tuesday, and the car driver Samuel died at the scene.The van driver, a 54-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
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Football pays tribute
Bolton Wanderers: "Rest in peace, Jlloyd. Our deepest condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time."Cardiff City: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Cardiff City defender, Jlloyd Samuel. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this incredibly difficult time."Charlton Athletic: "The club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel, who began his career in Charlton's youth system. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends at this difficult time."Nathan Ellington was speaking to BBC Sport's Matt Davis
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