On This Day - Aston Villa FC

January

4th January
Birthday of James Milner, didn't play for us long before leaving for Man City in 2010, only wore the colours of Aston Villa 73 times after the big money move from Newcastle.

13th January
Birthday of Australian keeper Mark Bosnich, born 1972, a goalkeeper with lots of flair, wore the colours of Aston Villa 179 times.

19th January
Birthday of Steve Staunton, born 1969, represented Republic of Ireland 102 times, played for Aston Villa, on 208 occasions.

21 January
Birthday of former manager Alex McLeish, born 1959, never accepted by the Villa fans after coming from Birmingham City.

February


6th February
Birthday of Carlos Sánchez Morenz, nicknamed La Roca, Carlos is a defensive midfielder from Colombia.

Birthday of Manager Tim Sherwood, born in 1969, won the premier league with Blackburn Rovers as a player, managed Tottenham Hotspurs.

9th February
Birthday of José Ángel Crespo, born in 1987 the Spanish defender signed by Tim Sherwood in 2015

11th February
In 1995 we notched up our record win in the premier league, beating Wimbledon 7-1

14th February
In 2015 Tim Sherwood was appointed manager of Aston Villa

18th February
Birthday of Jozef Venglos former Villa manager, first manager not from the UK or Ireland appointed to a top flight club

23rd February
Birthday of Gareth Barry, born in 1981, represented Aston Villa on 365 occasions, left for money and trophies, moving to Man City in 2009

March

1st March
- Birthday of Jordan Veretout, born in 1993 the French midfielder signed by Tim Sherwood in 2015

9th March
- Birthday of Jordan Amavi, born in 1994 the French defender signed by in 2015 from Nice

18th March
- Birthday of former Villa manager Big Ron Atkinson, won the league cup in 1994 with Villa.

20th March
- Birthday of Paul Merson, born in 1968, known for his time at Arsenal, people forget he played 101 games for Aston Villa

25th March
- Birthday of Scott Sinclair, born in 1989, signed for Aston Villa in 2015.

April

17th April
- AVFC played there first game at Villa park, beating Blackburn 3-0

20th April
- Villa beat Birmingham City 5-1 in the local derby, goals for Villa came from Ashley Young (2), John Jarew (2) and Gabriel Agbonlahor

22nd April
- Birthday of Dion Dublin, born 1969, scored 48 goals for Aston Villa in 155 games

May

14th May
- Birthday of Nigel Reo-Coker, born in 1984, played for Aston Villa 102 times.

18th May
- Birthday of Lee Hendrie, born in 1977, played for Aston Villa for 14 years playing 251 games for the club, represented England once.

- Birthday of American goal keeper Brad Freidel, born in 1971, represented USA 82 games, played for Aston Villa in 114 games

26th May
- Aston Villa beat Bayern Munich in the European cup final to claim the European club crown. The match was played in Holland at Feijenoord Stadium, and a goal from Peter Withe separated the two sides, as Villa won 1-0.

30th May
- Birthday of Libor Kozak, born in 1989, Czech international who plays up front

June

4th June
- Birthday of Ian Taylor, born in 1968, a Birmingham boy played 235 times for his boyhood club.

10th June
- Birthday of England and Villa legend David Platt, born in 1966, left AVFC for Italy after playing 121 games and scoring 50 goals.

13th June
- Birthday of England and Villa striker Darius Vassell, born in 1980, a loyal villa player who scored 35 goals, known for his turn of foot and pace.

17th June
- In 2011 Aston Villa appointed Alex McLeish, the former manager of Birmingham City strugled to win the fans over and left the club in 2012.

21 June
- Birthday of Welsh striker Dean Saunders, born in 1964, Brought to Aston Villa from Liverpool, Saunders scored 37 goals in 112 games before moving to Turkish club Galatasaray for £2.35 million a high transfer at the time for a 31 year old forward..

25th June
- Birthday of Micah Richards, part of Premier league championship side Man City and capped for England.

July

23rd July
- Birthday of Andy Townsend, played in two world cups with Republic of Ireland, spent 4 seasons at Villa park, playing 134 times, part of the 1994 & 1996 league cup winning sides.

August

5th August
- Birthday of German forward player Andreas Weimann, born in 1991, played 113 games for Aston Villa.

8th August
- Birthday of legendry Villa shot stopper Nigel Spink, born in 1958, spent 17 years at Aston Villa playing 361 games, was in goal when we won the European cup in 1982

20th August
- Birthday of Steve Stone, born in 1971, played 90 games for Aston Villa

30th August
- Birthday of Peter Withe, born in 1951, scorer of the winner in the 1982 European cup final, a key player for Aston Villa with 74 goals while at the club

September

1st September
- Aston Villa buy Steve Staunton from Liverpool for a club record of £2.5 million pounds

2nd September
- Birthday of Serbian striker Savo Milosevic, born in 1973, played 90 games for Villa scoring 29 goals.

3rd September
- Birthday of Gareth Southgate, born in 1970, played 192 games for Villa scoring, best known for his semi final penalty miss at the 1996 European championships.

- Birthday of Swedish defender Olof Mellberg, played as right back and central defender for Aston Villa, played for Villa 232 times a firm fan favourite.

5th September
- Birthday of Dutch footballer George Boateng, born in 1975, played 103 games.

9th September
- Birthday of American shot stopper Brad Guzzan, born in 1984

10th September
- Birthday of Villa boy Jack Grealish, born in 1995

11th September
- Birthday of Jordan Ayew, born in 1991 the Ghanian international striker signed in 2015

15th September
- Birthday of Graham Taylor, born in 1944 managed Villa from 1987 - 1990, left to manage England. Came back to manage Aston Villa in 2002 for a second spell in charge.

17th September
- Villa competed in there first European match, winning 4-1 in the UEFA cup against Belgium side Royal Antwerp

20th September
- Birthday of Julian Joachim, born 1974, played 141 games for Aston Villa scoring 39 games

26th September
- Birthday of Idrissa Gana Gueye, born in 1989 the Senegalese international defensive midfielder signed in 2015

October

10th October
- Birthday of Rudy Gesterde, born 1988 bought to Villa from Blackburn in 2015

13th October
- Birthday of Gabriel "Gabby" Agbonlahor, born in 1986, Birmingham boy with lots of loyalty to the club.

16th October
- On this day in 2005 we beat Birmingham City FC (small heath) 1-0 in the premier league, with a goal from Kevin Phillips

17th October
- In 2009 Aston Villa beat Chelsea 2-1 with goals from Dunne and Collins

18th October
- Birthday of Birmingham boy Tony Daley, born in 1967, played for Aston Villa 233 times, capped for England 7 times.

19th October
- In 1957 Aston Villa beat Newcastle 4-3 in thriller.

20th October
- On this day in 2001, Peter Schmeichel became the first keeper to score for Villa. Peter produced a smart finish at the back post in the away game at Everton..

21st October
- Birthday of Kieran Richardson, born in 1984, signed for Aston Villa in 2014.

22nd October
- In 1988 Aston Villa beat Everton 2-0 in the old first division.

23rd October
- On this day in 2008 Villa beat Ajax 2-1 in the Europa league.

24th October
- Birthday of Colombian striker Juan Pablo Ángel, born in 1975, played for Aston Villa 175 times, scoring 44 goals.

27th October
- Birthday of Gordon Cowans, born 1958 a product of the Aston Villa youth system, Gordon Cowans played 297 games for Aston Villa and won the league cup and the old first division with Villa. Was also a member of the 1982 European cup winning side, was capped 10 times by England

31st October
- Birthday of Ian "Chico" Hamilton, born 1950 who played 208 times for Aston Villa, scoring 44 goals

November


3rd November
- Birthday of Dwight Yorke, born 1971, the smiling assassin, scorer of 73 goals for Aston Villa before moving to Man United, was part of Aston Villa`s 1996 league cup winning team, scoring in the final against Leeds.

- Birthday of defender Ugochuku "Ugo" Ehiogu, born in 1972 controversial move from Aston Villa to Middlesbrough, played 237 times for Aston Villa.

22nd November
- Birthday of Carles Gil, born in 1992, Spanish attacking midfielder signed from Valencia.

25th November
- Birthday of Brian Little, born in 19532, played for Aston Villa during the 70`s winning the league cup on two occasions, came back to manage Aston Villa again winning the league cup as a manager.

30th November
- Birthday of Villa legend Andy Gray, born in 1955, Scottish international forward, played 167 games for Aston Villa, scoring 59 goals.

December
3rd December - Birthday of Belgian Christian Benteke, scored 49 goals in 100 games before being sold to Liverpool for £32.5 million pounds, saviour of Aston Villa with his goals keeping them in the premier division.

13th December
- In 1879 Aston Villa played in there first FA Cup, drawing 1-1 with Stafford Road Works, Villa later won the replay.




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Tony Daley

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Posted - 10/07/2015 :  21:37:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Who would be in your Aston Villa top 11, who are the best players who have worn the Aston Villa colours.

Chris Price

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Posted - 10/16/2015 :  22:30:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gk Mark Bosnich - Great shot stopper, always fun to watch

RB Kenny Swain - A defender with a huge work rate

CB Olaf Mellberg - One of the most passionate players ever to wear the colours of Aston Villa

CB Paul McGrath - One of the best Centre backs, not only for Villa but any club.

LB Alan Wright - He may be small but had a huge heart

RM Ashley Young - Great flair player, made and scored goals

CM David Platt - England and Villa legend

CM Paul Merson - Was a bit past it when came to Villa, but still had it.

LM Gareth Barry - Not in the middle, but he did play on the left as well.

FRW Dwight Yorke - Clinical Finish

Frw Brian Little - Great flair player, could play off the forward, a defenders nightmare.
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Ken McNaught

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Posted - 10/16/2015 :  22:20:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Aston Villa top 11 depends a lot on your era.

Also the game has changed so much, many of the older players would struggle today with the speed and fitness required. While newer players would have trouble with the heavier ball and the physicality of the game.
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Joseph Beresford

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Posted - 10/16/2015 :  22:14:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Benteke left us, but was ultra important for the club saved us from relegation the last two years.
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John Gidman

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Posted - 10/16/2015 :  22:12:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dont know Thomas ‘Pongo’ Waring, well before my time lol.

Think I would have Dwight Yorke up front, loved seeing him play.
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