TRIBUTES have poured in for an Aston Villa fan who died while driving home from a match watching his beloved team .
Gordon Beattie, a Villa season ticket holder of more than 40 years, died following a collision on Walsall Road in Perry Barr at around 8pm on Boxing Day.
West Midlands Police say that although investigations are ongoing, it is believed that 69-year-old Gordon had a “medical episode” and that no other vehicles were involved.
Gordon was on his way home from Villa Park, where the home side had been playing Chelsea, losing 3-1.
Gordon had spent the last 12 years of his life living in Droitwich, enjoying retirement after a career working for West Midlands Travel.
A tribute from Gordon’s family was released via the police.
The statement said: “Gordon Beattie sadly passed away on Boxing Day after being involved in an accident driving home from the Aston Villa versus Chelsea game. 
“Gordon was a season ticket holder since the mid 70s and was doing something he enjoyed.
“Retired for some years after a career with West Midlands Travel, he had lived the last 12 years peacefully in Droitwich where he made a lot of new friends but remembered his roots and friends in Birmingham too.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman added: “Our thoughts remain with Gordon’s friends and loved ones at this sad time.”
Hundreds of friends and well-wishers took to Facebook shared their condolences.
John Gillett, chairman of the Kingswinford Lions, an Aston Villa fan club, said: Our thoughts are with Gordon's family at this very sad time. Holte Enders in the Sky. Kingswinford Lions send our condolences. Rest in peace.”
Former colleague Glenys Wane wrote: “Gordon, we were supposed to be planning your 70th birthday party. 
“All your bus colleagues from Congreave Street, sixth Floor at Summer Lane, and garage staff from the various garages where you worked, will miss you so much.
“Fly high Gord and don't get caught running late...”
Another well-wisher, Kath Edwards, wrote: “Take comfort in the knowledge that he was doing the thing he loved. Condolences to family and friends.”