Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel was involved in a fatal car crash on Tuesday morning after dropping his kids off at school. His Range Rover collided with an oncoming van while returning home after the school run.
Jlloyd Samuel, 37, from Lymm, died at the scene and the driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.
Aston Villa said via twitter “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former player Jlloyd Samuel at the age of just 37 in a car accident, Our players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect tonight [in the Championship play-off semi-final against Middlesbrough] and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time.”
Samuel played 169 league games during his nine years stay at Aston Villa before moving to Bolton Wanderers in 2007, making 71 league appearances over four years. He also had loan spells at Gillingham and Cardiff. Most recently he has been the player-manager of the non-league club Egerton.
Samuel was an England international at under-18 to under-21 level and was an unused substitute for a senior international against Sweden in 2004. He then represented Trinidad and Tobago, winning two caps. He also played club football in Iran between 2011 and 2015.
The Trinidad and Tobago FA said in a statement: “We’ve received some terrible news that former national defender and ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning in England.
“The Trinidad and Tobago FA and his former national team-mates at this time extends deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK and here in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, Samuel moved to the UK as a youngster and attended school in Blackheath. He played for London Schoolboys and Charlton youth sides before signing for Villa.