Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has passed away at the age of 94.

A report from the Birmingham Mail has revealed that the former Villa chairman passed away overnight, according to a close relative of Sir Doug.

Sir Doug Ellis was Aston Villa’s chairman from 1968-1975, before rejoining the club after the 1982 European Cup win and staying on until 2006.

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During his tenure at the club, Villa secured the League Cup twice, finished second in the first season of the Premier League and played in the final FA Cup final at the old Wembley, losing 1-0 to Chelsea.

When Sir Doug left the club in 2006, Villa were in a strong position, regularly qualifying for European competition, and close to the Champions League spots.

Sir Doug’s contribution to Villa also saw him rebuild most of Villa Park, including the Doug Ellis Stand on Witton Lane, which was named after the legendary chairman.