Tributes paid to former Villa player killed in crash

GETTYJlloyd Samuel takes on Cristiano Ronaldo back in his Bolton days

Villa, for whom Samuel played 199 times, primarily at full back, said its players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect in tonight's second leg of their play-off semi-final against Middlesbrough.

The news was confirmed by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association on their official Facebook page just hours later.

Samuel was born in the city of San Fernando in the south-west of Trinidad but moved to England as a youngster and represented London Schoolboys teams.

The 37-year-old player was understood to be on the way home after dropping his kids off at school when he collided with a truck on a country lane near Warrington.

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Senrab tweeted earlier: "Thoughts go out to the family of Jlloyd Samuel, killed today in a auto crash".

He collided with an oncoming vehicle, the association added.

Cheshire Police say he died at the scene of a crash in High Legh at around 8am this morning.

Samuel spent nine years at Villa Park, winning the Intertoto Cup in 2001, before enjoying a further four years with Bolton Wanderers. May he rest in peace.

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"Sadly the driver of the vehicle, Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene".

Another former club Cardiff tweeted: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #CardiffCity defender, Jlloyd Samuel".

The statement detailed that Samuel's body was "discovered burnt" after the crash, and extended the "deepest condolences" to the player's family.

Samuel made 199 appearances for Villa after signing with the club in 1998, and played 83 times for Bolton between 2007 and 2011.

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