The England international, who was at Villa Park between 2002 and 2004, announced his retirement aged 38.
Aston Villa have paid tribute to Peter Crouch on Twitter following his retirement from professional football and a number of fans gave their thoughts on the player's time at Villa Park and overall career.
The 6ft 7in striker announced his retirement on Friday, hanging up his boots at the age of 38 following a fruitful career in which he played for 11 clubs, earned 42 England caps and competed in World Cups and a Champions League final (Daily Mail).
However, he failed to hold down a regular place next season and, even though he did impress in the latter stages of 2003-04 following his Norwich loan - a brace against Leicester City, a late winner at Middlesbrough and the opener at Bolton Wanderers - he was sold to Southampton for £2.5million the following summer (BBC Sport).
Villa congratulated Crouch on his career and he took the time to reply, a little tongue in cheek perhaps given his mixed spell at Villa Park:
Thanks for having me— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) 12 July 2019
Some claret and blue faithful also wished Crouch all the best and several thought it was a shame he was not given more time at the club:
Wish you could have stayed longer. Once a Villan, always a Villan. Love you, Crouchy.— Dani on Villa (@beds_villafan) 12 July 2019
Limbs in that away end when Crouchy scored the last minute goal at Boro after De La Cruz’s mazy run and shot. Everyone genuinely believed we was getting 4th that year after being in relegation zone at Xmas.— Simon Lines (@simonlines) 12 July 2019
ONE RODNEY TROTTER— (@jonesy73) 12 July 2019
THERE’S ONLY ONE RODNEY TROTTER#OnceAVillanAlwaysAVillan
I had that Yellow shirt. Used to attract every bug in the world.— Bradley. (@ItsbradleyC) 12 July 2019
Love Crouchy, all the best big man— MrVilla (@MrAstonVillan) 12 July 2019
We should have kept him longer gave him away, good bloke always gave his all and understood how lucky he was and had time for fans and loved the game good luck Mr C..— John Blewitt (@JohnBlewitt2) 12 July 2019
Did well for us then O'Dreary went & sold him. Good luck Rodders— Andy Turnstile (@AndrewUllah) 12 July 2019
Shame he was never really given a chance at AVFC— Paul Fahy (@UkFahy) 12 July 2019
All the Best Crouchie UTV now Announce Luiz— C. i. D (@coliniand) 12 July 2019
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