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Dennis Mortimer
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Full name Dennis Mortimer
Date of birth 5 April 1952 (1952-04-05) (age 57)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1975 Coventry City 193 (10)
1975–1985 Aston Villa 317 (31)
1985 Sheffield United (loan) 7 (0)
1985–1986 Brighton & Hove Albion 40 (2)
1986–1987 Birmingham City 33 (4)
Total 590 (47)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dennis Mortimer (born 5 April 1952 in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer and distinguished captain of Aston Villa.

Mortimer began his career with Coventry City, where he came through the ranks and made over 200 appearances as a promising midfielder. It was his accomplished displays for Coventry which attracted the attention of several top clubs, and he joined Villa in 1975. Mortimer captained Villa to the European Cup in 1982. A 1-0 victory against Bayern Munich in the De Kuip Stadium was courtesy of a Peter Withe goal. From 1975 to 1985 he made 403 appearances for Villa scoring 36 goals.

Mortimer was capped by England under-23 and England B but was never capped for the full England team, often described as 'the best player never to get an England cap'.

After leaving Villa, Mortimer moved to Brighton but was only there a year before returning to the Midlands with Birmingham City, thereby breaking the second-city taboo by playing for City and Villa. During the 1988-89 season, Mortimer was player manager of non-league outfit Redditch United before moving into coaching, becoming assistant manager to Ossie Ardiles at West Bromwich Albion.

He worked for The Professional Football Associations as regional director of coaching in the Midlands area and has help to develop many of Englands top young players and coaches. Mortimer has been responsible for the progression of top young English coach Alex Penny. Mortimer is also a director at Wolverhampton Wanderers Women FC. Mortimer regularly attends Aston Villa games to this day and sometimes provides commentary on the club's games with the club's radio station, The Villan. He is regarded as one of Aston Villa's greatest ever players.


Career honours


As a player

Aston Villa


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Nicholl
Aston Villa F.C. Captain
1977 – 1984
Succeeded by
Allan Evans


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