Jlloyd Tafari Samuel ( JAY-loyd, 29 March 1981 – 15 May 2018) was a professional footballer who played as a defender and midfielder. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he was raised in England and played for England up to under-21 level. He played two full international matches for Trinidad and Tobago in 2009.
Samuel played as a youth for the London-based junior team Senrab and was in the academies of West Ham United and Charlton Athletic before joining Aston Villa in 1998. He made a total of 198 appearances for Villa before moving to fellow Premier League club Bolton Wanderers in 2007, where he spent a further four years including a brief spell on loan at Cardiff City in the Championship. Samuel spent the last four years of his professional career in the Iran Pro League, representing Esteghlal and Paykan. He won a Hazfi Cup and a league title with Esteghlal.
After returning to England he became player-manager of Cheshire-based amateur team Egerton. He died on 15 May 2018 in a collision between two vehicles, at the age of 37.
He is also known as Jlloyd Tafari Samuel.
Samuel was travelling home after taking his children to school on the morning of 15 May 2018 when his Range Rover collided with a van in High Legh, Cheshire. He died at the scene and the driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured.
Aston Villa wore black armbands for their Championship play-off match against Middlesbrough that night. His club at the time of his death, Egerton FC, cancelled all the remaining games that week as a mark of respect.