Date of birth: 10th June, 1966
Place of birth: Oldham, England
Position: Attacking midfielder
Aston Villa career: 1988-1991
Signed from: Crewe Alexandra
Platt joined a promotion-chasing Aston Villa in 1988 from Crewe and found the back of the net on his debut, away to Blackburn Rovers, in a 3-2 defeat. His five goals that season helped Villa secure the second automatic promotion slot.
The following season, Platt established himself as a midfield maestro, scoring 15 goals that helped Villa cling on to their top flight status and earned him the PFA Player of the Year award.
In the 1989-90 season, Villa improved dramatically on their 17th place finish and spent most of the season chasing the title, thanks in no small part to Platt’s 21 league goals. The Villans eventually found themselves runners-up to Liverpool.
Platt’s passionate performances, as well as his 24 goals, that season earned him the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
He then headed off with the England Squad for Italia 90 – scoring that memorable goal against Belgium.
The next season was to be Platt’s final one in claret and blue but he ended his time at Villa Park on a high, replicating his 24 goals of the previous season, before being sold to Bari for what was then a club record of £5.5 million.
Matthew Somerville: David was a great goalscoring midfielder. The runs he used to make in the box was superb.