'Ugo, Ugo, Ugo': Aston Villa hold minute's applause with Birmingham City in tribute to former player

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Aston Villa and Birmingham City fans united to observe an emotional minute's applause in tribute to Ugo Ehiogu, the former Villans player who passed away this week.

The Tottenham coach died at the age of 44 on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest at the club's training base, prompting tributes to be held across the country.

Chants of "Ugo, Ugo, Ugo" rang around Villa Park as the former defender's nine years, and his impact beyond, was marked.

Fans also laid flowers outside Villa Park immediately following the news on Friday morning and up to kick-off on Sunday.

In almost a decade as an Aston Villa player, Ehiogu won the League Cup in 1995-95 and reaching the FA Cup final in 2000, and made over 200 appearances.

Ehiogu commanded a then club-record fee by Middlesbrough to leave Villa Park in 2000, where we went on to win the League Cup once again.

Boro fans applauded in the 44th minute of their Premier League clash against Bournemouth, which also saw Cherries striker Benik Afobe kiss his black armband, worn in memory of Ehiogu, when celebrating his goal.

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Also on Sunday, Rangers fans - another of Ehiogu's former clubs - held up a banner reading "R.I.P. Ugo Ehiogu - Once A Ranger, Always A Ranger" ahead of the Old Firm derby against Celtic.

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