Billy McNeill – Aston Villa players to wear black armbands on Sunday

ASTON VILLA have this afternoon confirmed that their players will wear black armbands on Sunday in their match against Leeds United in memory of their former manager Billy McNeill.

Billy moved to Villa Park in 1986 from Maine Road, he had been the Manchester City manager since 1983 when he left Celtic after a disagreement with the old board, who wanted him to sack his Assistant Manager and fellow Lisbon Lion John Clark in order to get a pay-rise.

Manchester City played last night at Old Trafford but disappointingly failed to wear black armbands. The mega-rich English league leaders have been coming in for some criticism today for this omission.

The current Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill took time out to pay his own tribute to Billy McNeill. Martin of course followed in Billy’s footsteps by winning the European Cup as a player with Forest in 1979 and again in 1980 and later as the Celtic manager.

Forest’s near neighbours, Leicester City also have a former Celtic manager coaching their team at the moment but he has not made any public comment about the passing of the Celtic legend Billy McNeill.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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