Aston Villa announce plans to remember Dalian Atkinson
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have announced there will be a minute’s applause in the 10th minute of their match against Huddersfield on Tuesday as a tribute to Dalian Atkinson following his death on Monday.
The club announced on their official website that they will pay their respects to the former Villa striker in the 10th minute, which coincides with the shirt number he wore for the club.
Police revealed a man had died in the early hours of Monday morning after they were called to an address in Telford, Shropshire.
Sky News confirmed on Twitter that the man was Atkinson, 48, who played for Villa between 1991 and 1995.
Update – 48-year-old man who died after he was tasered by police in Telford has been named as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson
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Here is the club announcing their planned tribute for Atkinson on their official Twitter account.
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Holte-End hero Atkinson played 106 games for the club scoring 38 goals in all competitions, including his famous solo effort against Wimbledon in the 1992-93 Premier League season.
Atkinson celebrated the memorable goal with an umbrella, with Villa revealing that several players will hold up an umbrella in various parts of the ground as a tribute.
He is fondly remembered by Villa fans for his performance and crucial goal he scored in the 1994 League Cup final as the Midlands club beat Manchester United at Wembley.
Atkinson was also a key figure in the side under Ron Atkinson that came runners-up to United in the 1992-93 season, when he formed a lethal strike partnership with Dean Saunders.
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