Mourners crammed into a Birmingham crematorium to bid a sad farewell to Aston Villa legend Vic Crowe.
The former player and manager died on January 21 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. The 76-year-old married dad of two and grandad of four was laid to rest at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium.
It was standing room only as family, friends and former players turned out in force for Vic, who devoted 17 years of his career to Villa.
The Welsh international played for the club from 1952 to 1964, was reserve team coach for five months and was manager between 1970 and 1974.
He passed away 24 hours after former teammate and 1957 FA Cup winning captain Johnny Dixon, whose funeral is today.
In a eulogy, son Mark, described his dad as a generous, caring, funny and sharp-witted man. He said: “On behalf of the family, I would like to thank everybody for the messages of support. We have been moved and overwhelmed by the response. As a player he was known for the ferocity of his tackles, but he always reminded us that he could play a bit.”
“The teams he managed had a fair amount of success and I expect he demanded honesty, commitment and loyalty, which he returned. I had a brief experience of his management skills in 1992 when he took on the Veseyans FC in the heady heights of the Festival Sunday league, Division Two.
"It was a tough challenge as he had to manage his sons, but I think he enjoyed his season with the amateurs. As a father he was generous, caring, funny and sharp-witted.”