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Taylor praises opening of new facilities

Former England and Aston Villa manager, Graham Taylor OBE, has praised the opening of new sports facilities in his local area of Sutton Coldfield.

The newly-refurbished Rectory Park Pavilion and football pitches will be opened later today by Dion Dublin.

It is smashing to see the changing rooms at the Rectory Park Pavilion get a much-needed makeover.

It is a popular local sports venue so the upgraded pavilion, and the improved grass pitches, will make a major difference to the teams that play there.

– Graham Taylor, former England manager

Dublin 'delighted' to be opening new Birmingham facilities

Former England and Aston Villa striker, Dion Dublin, is 'delighted' to be opening a revamped Rectory Park Pavilion and football pitches in Birmingham today.

Football is our national game so it is only right that the players and volunteers at the grassroots should have somewhere comfortable to get changed and shower before and after matches.

I am delighted to see this facility has benefited from investment from the Football Foundation's funding partners - the Premier League, The FA and the Government. When I played for Villa it was not too far from here, so it's particularly nice to see this site receiving this major boost.

– Dion Dublin, former Aston Villa striker

Dion Dublin opening new park facilities today

Dion Dublin will open new facilities in Birmingham today Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former Aston Villa and Coventry striker, Dion Dublin, will open the newly-renovated Rectory Park Pavilion and football pitches in Sutton Coldfield today.

The new facilities were funded by a grant of more than £300,000 from the country's largest sports charity, the Football Foundation. Birmingham City Council will also provide more funding for pitch improvements.

Leicester footballer pays tribute to Alex Ferguson

The footballer Dion Dublin from Leicestershire has paid tribute to his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of the season today.

Dublin played with Aston Villa, Coventry City and Leicester City as well as with Manchester United.

He said:

"Thanks Gaffa for the chance you gave me back in 1992 to play for the BIGGEST club in the world & grace OT as a Man United player #indebted"

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