Friday, 20 July, 2018

Ex-Prem star Jlloyd Samuel, 37, dies in auto crash

GETTYJlloyd Samuel takes on Cristiano Ronaldo back in his Bolton days GETTYJlloyd Samuel takes on Cristiano Ronaldo back in his Bolton days
Shannon Reynolds | 16 May, 2018, 07:41

And following his tragic death, tributes have poured in for the popular footballer.

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

Samuel was born in San Fernando and migrated to England with his family at the age of 10.

A statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association said: "We've received some bad news that former national defender and Ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a auto crash this morning in England".

Samuel represented England at U21 level before winning two caps at senior level for Trinidad and Tobago.

According to reports, Jlloyd was returning home after dropping his kids off to school and collided with an oncoming vehicle in High Legh in Cheshire this morning.

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He also spent three years with Iranian club Esteghlal, making 60 appearances and scoring four goals.

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

After spending his youth career at West Ham United and Charlton Athletic, Samuel moved to Villa in 1998.

RT's Stan Collymore, a teammate of Samuel's at Aston Villa, described him as a "fantastic pro" and added that the Villa family will be "distraught". RIHP, Rest In Heavenly Peace.

Villa announced black armbands would be worn in respect of Samuel at their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. He was capped by England from Under-18 to Under-21 level and was an unused substitute for the senior global against Sweden in 2004 before switching allegiances to the country of his birth.

The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends at this hard time. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all who knew him'.

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