Villa captain retires

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has announced his retirement from football after a battle with leukaemia. 3,000 fans will today wear masks of Petrov to mark his retirement.

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Stiliyan Petrov to take up coaching role at Aston Villa

Stiliyan Petrov Credit: PA

Stiliyan Petrov will take up a new role as assistant development coach, the Club has confirmed.

Aston Villa’s 33-year-old former captain announced his retirement on May 9, 2013 having successfully battled acute leukaemia.

“I’m very excited by this new challenge and I wish to thank the Club and the manager, Paul Lambert, for giving me the opportunity to continue my association with Villa, which I have always regarded as a privilege,” Petrov said.

3,000 Stilliyan Petrov's attending Villa v Wigan match

Stilliyan Petrov masks ready to be worn by Villa fans Credit: @HeartOfTheHolte

A company near Leamington Spa has donated 3,000 Stilliyan Petrov masks to Aston Villa fans heading to Wigan this Sunday, in honour of their retiring Captain following his battle with acute leukaemia.

Mask-arade from Southam, have sent the masks free of charge. Masks are also being sold online, with profits being donated to Cure Leukaemia.

Villa fans have dubbed this weekend's fixture 'Stiliyan Petrov Day'.

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Villa boss: Atmosphere will be electric

Villa boss Paul Lambert says Villa Park will be "rocking" today as Villa face Chelsea in their last home game of the season.

Former Captain Stiliyan Petrov will do a lap of the pitch with his team mates after the game as he retires from football, following his leukaemia battle.

The manager says the event will be "emotional" for Stiliyan as he bows out of the game but hinted there would be a job for him elsewhere at Villa Park.

Supporters are also expected to stand and clap on the 19th minute to coincide with the skipper's squad number.

Petrov leads Villa one last time

Stiliyan Petrov is retiring from football after being treated for leukaemia Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Stiliyan Petrov will lead out Aston Villa on to the Villa Park pitch one last time as they face Chelsea.

The 33-year-old Club captain will be joined by his team-mates for the traditional lap of appreciation at the end of the final home game of the season.

He announced his retirement from football this week after a battle with leukaemia.

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Petrov to be added to Villa's Hall of Fame

Petrov added to Villa Hall of Fame Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced that Stan Petrov will be added to their Hall of Fame.

The list of twelve top stars was created in 2006.

They include Gordon Cowans, Eric Houghton, Brian Little, Dennis Mortimer, Ron Saunders, Peter Withe, Paul McGrath, Peter McParland, Charlie Aitken, William McGregor, George Ramsay and Billy Walker.

Petrov announced his retirement today.

Petrov will lead out team-mates during Chelsea game

Aston Villa Club captain Stiliyan Petrov will lead out his team-mates and their families for the traditional lap of appreciation at the end of the club's final home game of the season against Chelsea on Saturday.

Petrov announced today that he is retiring from football. He said:

"I wish to thank the fans of Aston Villa and the Villa Chairman, Randy Lerner, Chief Executive Paul Faulkner and manager Paul Lambert. Also...those all over the world who have helped me through the past year with their incredible displays of support and with their personal, moving messages.

I am moving on and I am excited by this. There is a deep joy in my heart because of what you have shared with me, not only in this past year but over the years I have been in football. I felt privileged. I still do. I always will."

Leukaemia battle: Petrov thanks staff at Birmingham hospital

Villa fans hold up a sign in support of Petrov Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

"My leukaemia is now in remission and I have finished my high intensity treatment. From now on I’ll be on the softer treatment, which is two years on tablets. I feel lucky. Not everyone is as lucky as I have been.

For this I need to thank...Professor Charlie Craddock, Sandeep Nagra and all of the nurses who have looked after me at University Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

For the life I’ve lived in football, I will always be incredibly grateful. For the opportunity this crazy thing that happened in my life has given me, I also feel grateful in a strange kind of way.

This crazy thing, somehow, has touched people and I want to try to channel this in a positive way. This will be the greatest challenge of my life."

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