Ugo Ehiogu Has Died Aged 44

Former West Brom, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Rangers and Sheffield United defender, Ugo Ehiogu has sadly passed away aged just 44.

Ehiogu who was the coach of the Tottenham under-23 side, suffered a cardiac arrest at the training centre yesterday before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Ehiogu won the League Cup three times during his playing career, twice with Aston Villa (1993/1994 & 1995/1996) and once with Middlesbrough in 2003/2004. The defender started his career with West Bromwich Albion as a trainee, turning professional in 1989. After only a handful of games for West Brom in the second division, Ron Atkinson brought him to Aston Villa in 1991. By 1994, Ehiogu had replaced Shaun Teale as the main central defensive partner to Paul McGrath. Ehiogu was with Aston Villa for nine years, during his time with the club he made over 300 appearances.

Ehiogu joined Middlesbrough for a then club record fee of £8 million, in 2000. Whilst at Middlesbrough, Ehiogu quickly became a mainstay in the central defence since joining the club and rejoining his former team mate Gareth Southgate in central defence. Ehiogu would go on to make 237 league appearances for the club.

He made his senior England debut as a substitute against China in 1996. He went on to win another three caps and scored once for his country, in a 3–0 victory over Spain.

I send my deepest condolences to Ugo’s family at this difficult time.