21st April 2017

Like most Football fans I was shocked to learn of the passing of former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England defender Ugo Ehiogu aged 44. By all accounts his stock as an up-and-coming coach was rising season upon season. Ehiogu leaves behind and wife and two children. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Readers old enough to remember football in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s will remember Ehiogu as a solid Premier League centre back who earned four England caps, scoring one goal.

When you had the likes of Gareth Southgate, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell and a young Rio Ferdinand competing for the starting spots at the heart of England’s defence, you know he was good to even to be spoken of as a possible starter. And he was good.

But that really doesn’t matter. All deaths from what appears to be natural causes are a tragedy when the person involved seems to have decades ahead of them, whatever the cause. In some ways natural causes is worse because it was just the body coming to a stop.

Enjoy everyday. No matter how fit or unfit you are we are all designed to fail in the end. The middle bit is called life and we should be choosing how to make it more amazing everyday. Keep the good stuff and get rid of the bad. Constantly review and adjust and then what’s left should be worth doing. That should really be our only goal.

In Ugo Ehiogu’s life, short as it was, I hope he enjoyed it all. Many people enjoyed watching him live it.

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