Dalian Atkinson: Aston Villa fans are planning to get their umbrellas out in tribute


It was one of the iconic moments of the first year of Premier League football: Dalian Atkinson waltzed through the Wimbledon defence and produced a delightful chip which eventually earned him the goal-of-the-season award.

But what's just about as famous is the fan who ran on to the pitch to celebrate with his umbrella raised.

Now Aston Villa fans are planning to pay tribute to their former striker in the most fitting way imaginable - by putting their umbrellas up.

Fans are being encouraged to bring along their brollies to tomorrow's home game against Huddersfield after Atkinson, 48, died having been Tasered by police.

The 1992 goal against Wimbledon was undoubtedly Atkinson's most famous moment, but he also scored at Wembley as Villa beat Manchester United to lift the 1994 League Cup.

Atkinson died around 90 minutes after he was hit by a stun gun while visiting his father's home in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, at around 1.30am today.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating his death.