Aston Villa icon Stiliyan Petrov scores in cup final win, two years after retirement due to cancer treatment

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The Bulgarian was playing for his local senior side.

There is little doubt that Stiliyan Petrov is something of an Aston Villa hero. The Bulgarian signed for the club in 2006 from Scottish side Celtic and went on to become a cult icon among the Villa faithful.

Unfortunately his career was cut short in 2013. He was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March of 2012 and swiftly underwent intense treatment. In August 2012 his cancer went into remission and he has now recovered from the disease.

But he retired from the game in May 2013 and went in to coaching at the club before taking time off to be with his family. Now he is back as part of Tim Sherwood's coaching staff, but Villa fans would love to see him playing again.

Well he has not stopped. He is still getting out on the pitch for his local side Wychall Wanderers, managed by former Coventry City defender David Busst.

And last night he lifted silverware again. His team won their local cup yesterday, with Twitter telling the story of Petrov's first silverware since the SPL title with Celtic in 2006. He even scored in the tie.

Villa fans will hope he can pose with silverware one more time this season, as the club look to make the FA Cup final in the coming weeks.

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