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'Dalian Atkinson was a huge part of the Villa family' - Paul McGrath pays emotional tribute following tragic death


Dalian Atkinson

Dalian Atkinson

Dalian Atkinson

Paul McGrath has paid an emotional tribute to former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson, who died after he was Tasered by police.

The 48-year-old, who was named locally as Atkinson, died around 90 minutes after he was hit by a stun gun in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, at around 1.30am on Monday.

Ireland legend McGrath took to Twitter to express his sadeness.

"Don't feel to gud at the moment , Dalian Atkinson was a huge part of the Villa family I played with lovely kid and friend R.I.P pal Xx," said McGrath.

One of Atkinson's former clubs Ipswich tweeted from the club's official account: "Terribly sad news about our former striker. Our thoughts are with Dalian's family and friends at this tragic time."

Atkinson will always be remembered for this cracker he scored for Villa against Wimbledon in 1992.

Kevin Kilbane said: "Shocked to hear the news Dalian Atkinson has died. Always remember his classic goal v Wimbledon for #avfc #rip."

Atkinson was a top flight striker in the 1990s, with a goal for league runners-up Aston Villa against Wimbledon, which followed a mazy run from inside his own half, being voted 1992-1993 goal of the season.

He went on to score at Wembley in 1994 as Villa beat Manchester United to lift the League Cup.

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Starting his career at Ipswich he played for Sheffield Wednesday and Spanish side Real Sociedad before moving to Villa.

He scored more than 20 Premier League goals for the Birmingham side between 1991 and 1995 before going on to play less successfully for teams including Turkish side Fenerbahce and Manchester City.

He ended his playing career playing in South Korea in 2001.

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