Despite currently toiling near the bottom of the Championship, Aston Villa has a long and storied history full of memorable moments, prestigious hardware, and many big wins.
Given their rarity in football, those types of big wins are always some of the most memorable (particularly if you bet on the spread at an online sportsbook or bet shop) for a club’s supporters.
In a number of different competitions, here are some of the biggest Aston Villa wins ever.
Biggest European win: 5-0 vs. Vitória Guimarães SC (28 September 1983)
The Villans have posted a 5-0 win over European opponents on two separate occasions, but the one over Portugal’s Vitória S.C. in the 1983 UEFA Cup was the most recent (the other was against Valur Reykjavik in the 1981 European Champions’ Club Cup).
The match was the second leg in the first round of the competition, played at Villa Park after the Villans lost the first leg 1-0. The Lions evened the aggregate quickly thanks to a Peter Withe goal in the second minute. Withe would go on to add two more on the day and when the final whistle blew he and his team-mates were 5-0 victors.
Biggest League Cup win: 8-1 vs. Exeter City 1 (9 October 1985)
With five actual League Cup victories to reminisce about, most Villa supporters today probably feel indifferent (at most) about their club’s run to the semi-finals of the 1985-86 competition. Although a 2-1 replay victory in the quarter-finals against Arsenal at Highbury is more than worth remembering, what the Villa record books highlight is the record win in the second round of the competition.
After winning the first leg 4-1, the Lions punished fourth division Exeter City even more in the return leg at Villa Park. Andy Gray, Brendan Ormsby and Gary Williams all scored braces in Villa’s 8-1 win (12-2 on aggregate), their biggest League Cup victory ever.
Biggest FA Cup win: 13-0 vs. Wednesbury Old Athletic (30 October 1886)
Villa’s first major trophy came way back in 1887. The club’s magical run to lift the FA Cup that year was made possible in part by a fantastic goal-scoring streak from Archie Hunter, who became the first player ever to score in every round of the competition.
Villa drew Wednesbury Old Athletic in the first round and it was a more lopsided affair than many of the matches between Premier League and League One/Two teams in modern times. By the time the match at Wellington Road had ended, three different Villans (Albert Brown, Archie Hunter and Dennis Hodgetts) had recorded hat tricks and the final score read 13-0, Villa’s biggest ever win in any competition.
Biggest home Premier League win: 7-1 vs. Wimbledon (11 February 1995)
The first time Villa played Wimbledon in the 1994-95 season, manager Ron Atkinson was fired shortly after a 4-3 away defeat. But by the time the two clubs met again, the Villa boys (under new boss Brian Little) were on the upswing, with Little having gone undefeated in January to raise his new club from twentieth to fourteenth in the table. Spirits were high and a win against the visiting Wombles wasn’t out of the question, yet few probably expected it to occur in the way it did, especially not after Warren Barton scored for Wimbledon in just the eleventh minute.
But all was equal a minute later thanks to an own goal which triggered a scoring onslaught that made it 4-1 at the break thanks to a first-half Tommy Johnson hat-trick. The Villans wouldn’t let up on the gas from there and three more goals made the final score 7-1, the club’s biggest home win in the Premier League.
Biggest away Premier League win: 0-6 vs. Derby (12 April 2008)
Derby County of 2007-08 set plenty of Premier League records, including fewest wins in a season (1), fewest goals scored (20) and most goals conceded (89). When the Rams played Aston Villa for the second time that campaign, Aston Villa made sure they got in on the fun by setting a club record of their own.
Already relegated a few weeks earlier, it took a surprising twenty-five minutes for Derby to concede their first goal on the day (to Ashley Young). That would open the floodgates for two more goals to be added in the next ten minutes (Carew, Petrov). By the time the bludgeoning was over, six goals had been scored for Villa in total, marking their biggest away victory in the Premier League.