Tag: Aston Villa

Dalian Atkinson

Perhaps more than any other individual moment of that first season of the Premier League, it was this ten seconds of brilliance that drew the line in the sand between Old Football and New Football. Winning the ball from deep inside his own half, he ran a full sixty yards with the ball at his feet, largely untroubled by Wimbledon attempts to win it back, before lifting the ball over the goalkeeper and into the corner of the goal. In the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, we can see the travelling supporters tumbling down the vast open terrace...

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Aston Villa: The Shambles Continues

The full time whistle, when it blew at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, only really confirmed what was already essentially known. Aston Villa, founder members of the Football League and former champions of the whole of Europe, were relegated from the Premier League. Villa’s final surrender came very much in the style of the rest of the club’s season – lethargic and sickly. Anybody hoping for this team to show much semblance of a willingness to put up a fight had either not been paying much attention to this shower of shadows over the previous eight months or was...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Aston Villa, January 1983

Aston Villa will be relegated from the Premier League this weekend, and it is perhaps appropriate that their match over the course of this two days sees the club travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United, fellow founder members of the Premier League but also club that has often seemed to have some sort of hold over Villa. What a different world it was on New Year’s Day 1983. Liverpool were six points clear of Nottingham Forest at the top of the Premier League, with Manchester United, under the guidance of Ron Atkinson, in fourth place, eight points...

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Video of the Day: Millwall vs Aston Villa, March 1989

Aston Villa, then, are almost certainly heading down from the Premier League at the end of this season. A home thrashing against Chelsea earlier this afternoon means that they the thin likelihood of new caretaker-manager Eric Black is starting to vanish on the horizon. This afternoon, we’re going back a little over a quarter of a century to the second half of the 1988/89 season, and Villa had just been promoted back to the top flight after a year away. Indeed, they’d kicked off their return to the First Division with a comfortable three-one win against Millwall. By the...

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Off Garde: Villa & Remi Go Their Separate Ways

During the first half of last night’s international friendly between England and the Netherlands, the news emerged that Aston Villa and Remi Garde had parted company after just five months together. The cynics amongst us might have noted that, if there is any such thing as a good time to bury bad news, hoping that an England international match would be it might only have been betraying the extent to which those running Aston Villa Football Club do not understand much about the nature of the game in this country. Opinion amongst the Villa support itself seems to still...

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