Former Aston Villa chairman dies aged 94

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Sir Doug Ellis, the former Aston Villa chairman, has died at the age of 94, the club has announced. Having made his fortune in the travel industry, Ellis, who was the founder of Aston Manor Cider, became Villa chairman in December 1968. When he took over at the helm for the first time, Villa were on the edge of disaster, with a poor team in the old Second Division, falling attendances, heavy financial losses and a ground badly in need of repair. His first tasks were to instigate a share issue which raised desperately-needed... For the full story register now for free or login below...