The Villans head to Manchester to take on Manuel Pellegrini’s City side this weekend and to say I am dreading it would be an understatement. If you haven’t got tickets already and would like to go to this game, check out how to get tickets to see Manchester City vs Aston Villa. Visit

Let’s not look at the negatives and look instead at some of the most recent players to represent both sides.

Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry is possibly my favourite player of my lifetime to play in a claret and blue shirt. The hard-working midfielder first broke into the Villa set-up as a defender way back in 1998 – almost twenty years ago!

He went on to represent our club proudly and always gave 100%, which is more than you can say about any of the current squad, in more than 360 appearances for Villa, scoring 41 goals.

Barry eventually made his move to Manchester City for a fee of £12 million in 2009. He went on to make 132 appearances for City in a five-year spell at the club. During his spell with the Citizens he managed to win both the FA Cup and the Premiership title.

Joleon Lescott

Joleon Lescott signed for Aston Villa in the summer of 2015, for a fee of around £1million, from local rivals West Bromwich Albion. Upon signing, the defender revealed what most of us had already known: he has been a Villa supporter since a young boy.

Lescott hasn’t exactly set the world alight since his move to Villa Park, where he has been part of the worst Villa side in Premier League history.

The Birmingham-born defender also spent five years at Manchester City, where he was to make 107 appearances. He was part of one of the strongest defensive partnerships in Premiership history, alongside Vicent Kompany, when he helped the Citizens to their first ever Premiership title in 2012. He helped them win another title in 2014, as well as the FA Cup in 2011.

Shay Given

Aston Villa signed Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given for around £5 million from Manchester City in 2011.

Given spent just two years at City, making 50 appearances during that spell. He helped City to FA Cup success in 2011.

Following his move to Aston Villa, he made just 37 appearances during a five-year spell. He helped Villa to reach the FA Cup final in 2015, only to lose to Arsenal in the final.

Darius Vassell

Darius Vassell broke into the Villa side in 1998, the same year as Gareth Barry, having come through the Villa youth set-up.

The Villa-supporting striker was best known for his speed and agility but always lacked something in front of goal. He scored just 35 goals in 162 games during a seven-year spell in the first team.

He then transferred to City in 2005 for £2 million. The striker scored just 17 goals during a four-year spell in Manchester and was released at the end of his contract.

James Milner

Fans’ favourite James Milner had two spells at Aston Villa. His first spell came in the 2005-6 season when he joined on loan from Newcastle United.

Milner was then signed in 2008 for a fee believed to be in the region of £12 million. He spent two fairly successful years at Aston Villa before securing a £26 million move to Manchester City in 2010.

The midfielder helped Manchester City to two Premiership titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and the FA Community shield.


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