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Villa Cup hero Dixon dies at 85

Johnny Dixon (Aston Villa FC)
Johnny Dixon captained Villa to their last FA Cup win - back in 1957

Aston Villa's FA Cup-winning captain Johnny Dixon has died at the age of 85.

The inside forward, who could also play on the wing, spent 17 years as a player at Villa Park after joining from Spennymoor United in 1944.

The highlight of Dixon's career was captaining Villa to their last FA Cup victory, when they beat Manchester United 2-1 at Wembley in 1957.

Having scored in his last league game, against Sheffield Wednesday, he spent six years as a youth coach at the club.

The other highlight of Dixon's career was helping Villa get promoted to the old Division One in 1960.

Dixon, born and bred on Tyneside, spent the rest of his working life still in the West Midlands as an ironmonger before retiring in 1985.

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