Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Aston Villa pay tribute to Jlloyd Samuel ahead of play-off clash

Aston Villa pay tribute to Jlloyd Samuel ahead of play-off clash

"We've received some awful news that former national defender and ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a vehicle crash this morning in England", the Trinidad and Tobago FA said on its official Facebook page.

The news has been confirmed by a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association. "The TTFA and all his former teammates extends deepest condolences to his family in this most hard time". An athletic and composed left-footed player, he was earmarked as one of the country's most promising left backs and represented England at Under-18, Under-20 and Under-21 level.

Jlloyd Samuel played for Iranian football team Esteghlal for three years and helped the Blues win title in Iran's Hazfi Cup in 2012 and Iranian league in 2013.

Samuel was born in Trinidad and Tobago but grew in London.

Cheshire Police said they were called to a serious collision involving a van and a Range Rover in High Legh, Cheshire at 07:55 BST.

"Our honest condolences go out to the family and friends of Jlloyd Samuel who has died aged 37", the PFA tweeted.

The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, has also sustained serious injuries and is now being treated in hospital.

Road closures remain in place at either end of West Lane, near to the junctions of the A56 and the A50.

Tributes flooded in after Samuel's death was announced with Manchester United's Ashley Young, a former Villa team-mate, tweeting: "Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel". Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend.

Samuel played 71 times in the PL for Bolton before moving to Cardiff City.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 64540.

"Our players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect tonight [in their play-off semi-final]".

Rest in peace, Jlloyd.

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