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Ugo Ehiogu

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Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training centre on Thursday.

A Spurs statement said Ehiogu died in hospital in the early hours of Friday.

Ehiogu, who was Spurs' Under-23s coach, was capped four times by England.

"Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club," said Tottenham's head of coaching and development John McDermott.

"Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable."

Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 and then spent seven years at Middlesbrough.

He won the League Cup with Villa in 1994 and 1996, and also with Boro in 2004.

The centre-back also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, before retiring in 2009. He began coaching at Tottenham in 2014.
 
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There are many tribute threads on BBC Sport and Twitter. Sad day.
 
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Jeez! Just saw this. RIP Ugo. Sad day, seemed well respected at the club!
 
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Such a sad day, he was a true professional and seemed to be a real family man and at the age of 44!!.
Is it wrong to say lets win the league and cup for Ugo ?
 
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Just read that there will be a minutes applause on 44 mins at Wembley tomorrow. RIP Ugo
 
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Saw he had collapsed yesterday but didn't take in the full seriousness of the situation, my jaw dropped when I saw the headline today. RIP Ugo.
 
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Just got home,opened twitter and saw the news.
Life is so fragile,thoughts go out to his family and friends,including many at our club.Sad news indeed.
 
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Obituary from THFC
http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/obituary-ugo-ehiogu-210417/
Obituary - Ugo Ehiogu
Posted on 21 April 2017 - 13:45

Ugo Ehiogu is someone who will be remembered with a smile throughout the football landscape. A 20-year playing career saw him make over 500 appearances for some of the biggest clubs in England and Scotland and he was a full international with England.


After calling time on his playing days, he turned his hand to coaching and joined our Academy set-up full-time in July, 2014.

Born in Hackney on November 3, 1972, Ugochuku ‘Ugo’ Ehiogu spent time at the well-known youth football team Senrab FC in east London though it was with West Bromwich Albion that he eventually turned professional having come through their youth ranks as a trainee.

A central defender, he made two substitute appearances for Albion before being signed by Aston Villa in July, 1991, and over the course of the next nine years, he became a lynchpin of their defence. Ugo played 237 times in the league for Villa, scoring 12 goals including a winner against Spurs at White Hart Lane in August, 1995.

In total, he made over 300 appearances in all competitions for them and was part of the Villa team which won the League Cup in 1996, playing in their 3-0 defeat of Leeds United at Wembley Stadium.

Ugo moved to Middlesbrough in November, 2000, his calm, composed nature coupled with his excellent defensive qualities ensuring he once again became a mainstay of their side, re-establishing a partnership at the back with Gareth Southgate, whom he had spent many years playing alongside at Aston Villa.

More League Cup success followed for Ugo at Boro as he played in their 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in the final of 2004, staged at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and during his seven-year stay on Teesside, he made 126 league appearances and scored seven goals.

After a two-month loan spell with Leeds United in November, 2006, Ugo left Middlesbrough and joined Scottish side Rangers in January, 2007. He only spent a year at Ibrox, though it was during that time that he produced one of the most iconic moments of his career. His first goal for the club was an overhead kick which helped them beat rivals Celtic and was voted by Rangers fans as their ‘goal of the season’.

His playing career drew to a close at Sheffield United, where he spent 18 months and featured 26 times after joining in January, 2008, calling time on his playing days in August, 2009.

Ugo also won four caps for England during his career, making his debut under Terry Venables in a 3-0 friendly win against China in Beijing in May, 1996. He scored his one and only goal for his country in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first game in charge as England beat Spain 3-0 – ironically at Villa Park – while he also featured as a second-half substitute for the Three Lions at White Hart Lane, in a 2-0 friendly defeat to the Netherlands. His final cap was against Italy in March, 2002.

While completing his coaching badges, Ugo spent time working with our youth teams during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons and he was also added to England’s Under-20s backroom staff for their World Cup campaign in the summer of 2013.

He became the full-time coach of our Under-21s - later reclassified as Under-23s - in July, 2014, and for the last three years has selflessly, diligently and enthusiastically played a key role in the development of our young players.

Not once did he boast of his glittering playing career. Working at a level very different to that at which he'd played and excelled, he carried himself with the utmost humility, was a good and willing listener to those inside and outside of our coaching and playing staff and took personal pride in helping each individual player to improve, no detail overlooked during countless hours of training and guidance.

He stuck by his players week in, week out, no matter the results on the field and when it was time to go home, he'd turn away from the exit door and instead go and lend his experience to coaching sessions for our younger age groups.

His passion for the beautiful game shone through every day, reflected in his beaming, unwavering smile.

Away from football, Ugo was passionate about music and following his playing days he helped set up the record label Dirty Hit, whose roster boasts a number of exciting bands and artists.

Ugo passed away on April 21 at the age of 44. The thoughts of everyone at Tottenham Hotspur are with his family and friends at this sad time.



Cant lie,last 2 weeks I have been so stressed,so much to do before returning home,up to eyeballs in work,even had a few panic attack feelings when the mind starts churning with all I have to do,waking up at 4am mind going do lally,puts it all into perspective.Bollox its only work/money,time to relax,unwind cos news like this makes you realise how short and sweet life is.
 
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So many messages on twitter from the kids,loft,walkes,sterling,harrison,onomah,coulthirst,walter-peters,mcgee,tragic.

Just one for you
Joshua Onomah‏Verified account @Joshuaonomah10 4h4 hours ago



Joshua Onomah Retweeted Ugo Ehiogu

Going to make you proud big man


Joshua Onomah added,



Ugo EhioguVerified account @UgoEhiogu
Tonight at White Hart Lane, finally I get to see @Joshuaonomah10 score his 1st goal
40 replies . 2,208 retweets 7,557 likes
 
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What absolutely tragic news. My heart goes out to his family, friends and of course our own THFC. I can only imagine the atmosphere at the training ground today.

Deep breath lads and play for the badge tomorrow.....
 
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Horrible news, seemed a real class act, and well-respected within a club where youth is such a part of what we're trying to do. Only 44 as well. So tragic.
 
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Massive recognition today throughout the whole football community, clearly much loved.
 
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Just got to the hotel room and logged on to find this out. I'm gutted to say the least...
 
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Awful, sad news. Seems to be one of life's nice guys, thoughts to friends, family and THFC.
 
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Sad news indeed. Can only echo what has already been said on here. RIP
 
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Bit weird...I would have thought black armbands and a minute before Kick off?
Agreed. This is often done and it doesn't make sense to me. You never know what will be happening at that particular minute, there could be a goal or an intense moment which will deflect from his applause.
Anyway, RIP
 
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Agreed. This is often done and it doesn't make sense to me. You never know what will be happening at that particular minute, there could be a goal or an intense moment which will deflect from his applause.
Anyway, RIP
The right thing is being done
 
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It's tragic news for Ugo's family, and I can't stop thinking about our youngsters either who, potentially, had to witness someone for whom they clearly cared a lot collapse in front of them and never come back.

When I first read the news the other day I sent a "get well soon" message saying "fingers crossed it's nothing serious". Barely 10hrs later and I discover Ugo had passed away. It's incredibly shocking and, having been through a tragedy of this sort myself, I think we ought to be very careful and keep an eye on some of our Spurs kids, especially if they were present at the time. They may well be suffering some form of shock and may not even realise it themselves.

I have to say, I've been reading thru their messages and they're very touching and the boys seem to be handling it ok, as much as you can tell from a 2 line tweet. However, it's not always easy to spot when someone is struggling with something like this.

It's easy at times like these to focus on the person who has sadly lost their life, and that is obviously right, but it is those who are left behind who have to live and deal with the loss and I am sure Ugo's thoughts would be first for his family, and second for his Spurs trainees. I am sure that the club will do all it can to ensure everyone gets the necessary support, but I think it would be especially nice if, when the Academy play next, as many of us can show up as possible and give the lads our support also.

Losing Ugo is an utter tragedy, and it will be the worst possible outcome if ANY of the youngsters he invested so much in and had so much faith in get lost by the wayside as a result of their inability to cope. Let's do all we can to make sure that does not happen.
 
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I have been known in the past to question how Ugo had kept his job with the talent at his disposal and some of the results achieved. Well I'm big enough and ugly enough to say how trivial and silly of me that all seems now , when in the context of his sudden and absolute tragic death. I hope those people who he loved and undoubtedly inspired go on to achieve great things in his name.
 
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RIP. Always particularly sad when someone goes at a young age. Feel for his family.
 
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It's tragic news for Ugo's family, and I can't stop thinking about our youngsters either who, potentially, had to witness someone for whom they clearly cared a lot collapse in front of them and never come back.

When I first read the news the other day I sent a "get well soon" message saying "fingers crossed it's nothing serious". Barely 10hrs later and I discover Ugo had passed away. It's incredibly shocking and, having been through a tragedy of this sort myself, I think we ought to be very careful and keep an eye on some of our Spurs kids, especially if they were present at the time. They may well be suffering some form of shock and may not even realise it themselves.

I have to say, I've been reading thru their messages and they're very touching and the boys seem to be handling it ok, as much as you can tell from a 2 line tweet. However, it's not always easy to spot when someone is struggling with something like this.

It's easy at times like these to focus on the person who has sadly lost their life, and that is obviously right, but it is those who are left behind who have to live and deal with the loss and I am sure Ugo's thoughts would be first for his family, and second for his Spurs trainees. I am sure that the club will do all it can to ensure everyone gets the necessary support, but I think it would be especially nice if, when the Academy play next, as many of us can show up as possible and give the lads our support also.

Losing Ugo is an utter tragedy, and it will be the worst possible outcome if ANY of the youngsters he invested so much in and had so much faith in get lost by the wayside as a result of their inability to cope. Let's do all we can to make sure that does not happen.
I too read too many messages yesterday,found it quite upsetting reading the lads thoughts and as you say what they have gone through,experienced.I am sure we will take good care of everybody as much as possible,we are that kind of club.


About Ugo`s job performance,managing a U21/23 side has nothing to do about winning matches,leagues,trophies.Yes a winning mentality is needed,but its more about the preparation of these young lads in what is a career.Continuaty from academy to 1st team ethos,playing style,set up,that is the aim not merely results.And if anyone judges his career at spurs on win %,trophies they are looking at the wrong criteria to be hailed a success.And looking at players that have/are progressing from academy to first team football,whether that be at spurs or elsewhere like Pritchard,McGee,mason,the success Ehiogu achieved is beyond comparison in the league maybe bar southampton.No point at all for a club to win the fa youth cup every year,win PL2 if like many clubs I could reel off,none of your youth players ever play for your club at top level.To work as a development coach is probably a mentality few can master,the win at all costs expectation most have,which is secondary to advancing players through coaching,allowing them to make mistakes,finding positions not planned for,sticking to a playing style which may not suit that group,but if they play for Poch,they have to.Thats the aim.
There are many names we all know,kane,mason,CCV,winks,pritchard,onomah,edwards,and in the next 3 years more like Roles,Walkes,walker-peters,amos,who knows,this will be the continuation of Ugo`s legacy,which is already pretty unparralled in the PL era.



For all your,work,success,teaching,caring about THFC,Ugo I thank you,I salute you and truly hope you rest in peace.
 
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Not sure why you said it was weird then. Do you prefer this way over the black arm bands and minutes silence before?
The weird thing I thought was the minutes applause in 44th minute, for something so significant before a huge match the right thing was for both teams to wear armbands and a minutes applause prior to the game

To be fair the Chelsea fans observed it very well and contributed equally.
 
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I know its early doors but do we have any idea why this happened?
 

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