Aston Villa: top 30 players - Number 6

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We continue our countdown of the greatest players in Aston Villa's history with the last man to lift the FA Cup aloft for the club.

6. Johnny Dixon

Born: Newcastle upon Tyne, 10 December 1923

Aston Villa career: 1944-1961

Appearances: 430 Goals: 144

The captain of Aston Villa’s last FA Cup-winning side, Dixon gave the club 17 years of loyal and dependable service, as well as close to 150 goals.

The County Durham native made his first appearance for the Midlands outfit as a wartime guest following a successful trial, but it was not until the resumption of league football that he signed his first professional contract.

He was already 22 by that stage but still went on to make an impressive 430 appearances before his retirement in 1961, while also captaining the team from 1955 until 1959.

A versatile forward, his finest moment in a claret and blue shirt came in 1957 when he led Eric Houghton’s side to a 2-1 win over hot favourites Manchester United in the FA Cup final, ending a 37-year wait for a trophy.

He netted five goals during the run to Wembley and was also Villa’s top scorer in four seasons, including during the 1951-52 campaign when he hit a career-best 28.

Following his retirement, he coached the club's youngsters for six years and continued to turn out for Aston Villa Old Stars until the remarkable age of 73.

Tragically, he suffered from Alzheimer's disease during the latter years of his life and had no memory of the famous Wembley win at the time of his death in January 2009.

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