It’s been far too quiet on the Villa front just recently, with journalists seemingly clutching at straws when it comes to takeover rumours and new players. In addition, most of the footballing world is, understandably, glued to the World Cup so we just seem to be beating the same old rumours to death.
Given the lack of Villa news, I found the article by Steve Wollaston of ‘The Birmingham Mail’ below more interesting than I normally would have done, although it did get me thinking. Here’s the article:
“There have been some true Aston Villa greats to have pulled on the claret and blue shirts in recent years, but who are the best?
We have pulled together an elite team of former players who have pulled on the claret and blue jerseys since the Second World War.
We will be the first to admit that there are some top names missing from that list, try picking eleven though and see how you get on. It is tougher than you think!
What do you think?”
Here’s the team Steve picked: Nigel Spink; Stan Lynn; Allan Evans; Paul McGrath; Steven Staunton; Tony Morley; Dennis Mortimer; Gordon Cowans; Gareth Barry; Dwight Yorke; Gary Shaw.
I have been asked what my best Premier League XI, World Cup XI, best ever XI and best England XI would look like but never, maybe because a lot of my friends are not Villa fans, have I thought about who would make it into my best ever Aston Villa XI since World War II. Steve Wollaston’s article got me thinking about who would be in mine. Being only twenty-four, unfortunately, I haven’t seen some of the Villa all-time greats but I have read about them and have been told endless stories about the ‘greats’ by my father and grandfather.
A lot of you may not agree with this selection but it’s all just a bit of fun.
Here’s the team I have chosen: Nigel Spink; Stan Lynn; Martin Laursen; Paul McGrath; Charlie Aitken; Tony Morley; Dennis Mortimer; Ian Taylor; Gary Shaw; Dwight Yorke; Peter Withe.
I haven’t seen half of those players in action so I look forward to seeing who other Villa fans pick in their Aston Villa best XI teams. Please feel free to share your chosen side in the comments section below.