Dalian Atkinson RIP

I’m sure most of you are aware that one of our ‘Legends’ passed away today. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/updates-ex-villa-star-dalian-11749832

At the time of writing we do not know the full details of what happened other that he was allegedly tasered by the police in a domestic incident and died soon after.

Whatever the circumstances we have lost a ‘member of the Villa family’ and I’m sure everyone on this site will want his family and friends to know we are thinking of them in their darkest hour.

Atkinson was part of a great attacking team for us in the 90s managed by his namesake Ron Atkinson. His partnership with Dean Saunders was arguably one of the best and exciting we have witnessed in modern times. And of course he will always be remembered for ‘that’ goal v Wimbledon (below) which is even more iconic after today.

RIP Dalian Atkinson πŸ˜“


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    VillaFan August 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm .

    Living back in Birmingham at the time, as a misguided 8 year old or so. I had pullout posters from Birmingham Mail of both AVFC AND BCFC (perish the thought!)

    I remember my dad told me I had to choose one team, I couldn’t support them both. That weekend, I watched Saunders and Atkinson rip up a defence (can’t remember who they were playing).

    The BCFC poster was ripped from my wall that night.

    RIP Dalian, you were one of the first footballers I knew and admired, and started my love for Villa.

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      bws August 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm .

      Power, pace, control, flair he had it all and another Villain not to get the England recognition his talent deserved.

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        OohAhPaulMcGrath August 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm .

        If he had scored the Wimbledon and been a Utd player the media would be fawning over that goal forever!

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    langfordvilla August 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm .

    If it turns out to be true about ‘the kicking’ then we, as ‘the Villa family’ should fight for justice and ensure that appropiate action is taken against those responsible.

    I’m keeping an open mind for now. The situation is extremely sad!

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm .

      We can’t jump to conclusions. His own dad said he was possibly on drugs/drink. It will be awhile before we know what really went on.

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        bws August 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm .

        Wise words Oohah.

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          OohAhPaulMcGrath August 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm .


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            bws August 16, 2016 at 9:30 am .

            It appears Dalian was in a bad way and not totally compos mentis.


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    little8 August 16, 2016 at 12:33 am .

    Loved DALIAN was up off my seat every time he was on the ball absolutley gutted ..
    When people have had a few them fuckin coppers instead of calming the situation just wind people up till they get a reaction i know ..been there,

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