Tag: Aston Villa

Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion, August 1983

The decline of Midlands football throughout the 1980s really was something to behold. In 1981, Aston Villa ended the season as the champions of England, whilst West Bromwich Albion finished in fourth place in the First Division and Wolverhampton Wanderers came within a whisker of the FA Cup final, only losing their semi-final after a replay against Tottenham Hotspur. By 1987, however, there would be no West Midlands clubs left in the top flight of English football at all (though Nottingham Forest and Derby County were both there, representing the East Midlands), with Wolves having what would turn out...

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Video of the Day: Portsmouth vs Aston Villa, January 1986

This year’s FA Cup Third Round replays kick off this evening and it’s unlikely that the results of this week’s matches can be as moribund as they were the first time around. One of the teams replaying this week is Aston Villa, who have now taken four points from their last two Premier League matches and are starting to show signs of being a football team again. Thirty years ago this month Villa were also away in the Third Round of the FA Cup, this time against Portsmouth of the Second Division, Pompey were¬† undergoing something of a revival,...

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Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs Leicester City, November 1980

Bottom play (almost) top in the Premier League in this evening’s match, when Leicester City travel to Villa Park to play Aston Villa. Three and a half decades ago, however, the surprising roles assumed by these two clubs this season were reversed. Leicester City travelled to Aston Villa in second from bottom place in the First Division of the Football League, while Villa were at the top of the table, three points clear of second placed Ipswich Town (in the last season of two points for a win), although Ipswich had two games in hand. Commentary comes from Hugh...

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Light at the End of the Villa Park Tunnel?

As Aston Villa sneaked past Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday night, a couple of fleeting thoughts may have passed through the minds of the club’s supporters, thoughts that they haven’t allowed themselves to think very often over the last few months or so. Are the plans of new manger Remi Garde finally starting to bear some fruit? Whisper it quietly, but might Aston Villa be able to upset all odds and somehow clamber their way to another season of Premier League football after all? Going into Tuesday night’s match, there were few signs that something as...

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