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13 hours ago, markavfc40 said:

Remember watching his debut against Norwich and thinking he was way out of his depth. How wrong I was as he was an excellent defender and was a rock alongside Macca and Southgate.

came here to post pretty much the same thing

 

sad news  :(

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6 minutes ago, Mammoth10 said:

RIP big Ugochuku, very sad day and indeed few months for Villans. 

One from memory though is Ugo at age of 20/21 and he used to frequent a petrol station on Reddicap Road one day it wa to buy porno mags (no internet kids) now he'd always go in wearing shades and a baseball cap, undercover as it were, now as a big bloke and the fact my mate who used to serve him was a massive Villa fan, he obviously got the response of 'alright Ugo, can I get your autograph?' He naturally obliged and had a good laugh about it!

A story that still makes me chuckle and well needed today:(  

Cheers for posting that mate, just cracked a smile as I live right up by that station (one by the Anvil I presume?)

Just sad we've lost another fantastic player from our mid 90s teams so soon after Dalian Atkinson and of course Sir Graham.

Big Ugo didn't leave us on the best of terms to Boro but him and Southgate were rocks at the back for us over many seasons. I still wonder what would've happened in 98/99 if he hadn't of got kicked up at Newcastle which put him out for a few months.

R.I.P.

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Have already noted by RIP but still totally subdued and numbed. Earlier on, i went on to Talksport to do my predictor scores on work PC, bang there it was on the homepage. "What the hell" i shouted, so i was asked, what is it, "Ugo Ehiogu, he died!"

None of these tw@s even like football here, let alone would have heard of him but here I am, sat, reminiscing, reading your posts as well it kinda hits hard, you lot will feel it clearly you already are. You'll know what i mean. 

Dont get me wrong, a lot of great people in the world and it's sad when they pass, i even work in a hospital and see the before and after of death but this hurts and people just dont get our kinship with these guys. They're our brothers, our icons, it's one of the beautiful things about football or partisan support for any sport, that you feel that brotherhood, that they're family. That's what people dont get, i say, as i sit around people who forgot about Ugo five seconds after I outbursted to them... and gave me a look of "why do you even care"...

Well, anyway just an add-on to your comments. Like when old timers or recently like Dalian and Graham and now Ugo... this literally is a death in the family. Anyway, nice reading your comments. Again, RIP Ugo... much love.

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1 minute ago, VillaChris said:

Cheers for posting that mate, just cracked a smile as I live right up by that station (one by the Anvil I presume?)

Just sad we've lost another fantastic player from our mid 90s teams so soon after Dalian Atkinson and of course Sir Graham.

Big Ugo didn't leave us on the best of terms to Boro but him and Southgate were rocks at the back for us over many seasons. I still wonder what would've happened in 98/99 if he hadn't of got kicked up at Newcastle which put him out for a few months.

R.I.P.

That's the one mate just past Fairfax/JW. Interesting shout about 98/99, his absence certainly coincided with our collapse!

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It's almost surreal.  Out of the blue is always worse, but man, this really was.  Added to his age, I think that's what makes this just a shock to everyone.  Poor guy.  As we've only recently been saying on here, one of the best defenders this club has had in coming up to 2 generations now.  RIP big man and thoughts with his family.

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9 minutes ago, Jareth said:

Must have been a undiagnosed heart problem, no other explanation. 

That's what I'm wondering. How does a professional footballer get to 44 without it being diagnosed?

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Horrible, horrible news. I feel sick.

When I first got my season ticket as a kid he was our rock at the back. Strange every time I see a defender struggling to shield a ball out of play I'm still reminded how easy Ugo made that look where he'd go to slam it out play and then just let it roll nonchalantly through his legs. Loved him, really did. Must have told everyone I met for a year his full name when I first found out. 

Such a crapper life can be. Feel so bad for his family. 

RIP big man.

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