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Aston Villa - Greatest Ever Xi?


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This topic is really a matter of opinion, but what do you think is the greatest Aston Villa XI of all time?

Here's my team...

GK - Nigel Spink


Spink: The hero of the 1982 European Cup winning side went on to make 460 appearances for the club which spanned during an incredible 17 season stay at Villa Park.

RB - Earl Barrett


Barrett: The talented right-back signed from Oldham Athletic for a then club record £1.7m in 1992 made 150 appearances for Villa, scoring two goals in the process.

CB - Allan Evans


Evans: The Scottish centre-back

made 475 appearances during his 12 seasons at Villa Park and scored an incredible 62 goals during that time.

CB - Paul McGrath


McGrath: The legendary Irish defender, nicknamed 'God', made 323 appearances for the Villa, scoring nine goals and was also named PFA Player of the Year in 1993.

LB - Steve Staunton


Staunton: The talented Irishman had two spells at Villa Park and made 350 appearances in total and also scored 20 goals for the club.

RM - Tony Daley


Daley: The dazzling winger spent 10 seasons at Villa, making 290 appearances and scoring 38 goals, many of them spectacular efforts.

CM - Dennis Mortimer


Mortimer: The captain of Villa's title winning side in 1981 and European Cup winning side in 1982 made 406 appearances and scored 36 goals over the course of 10 seasons.

CM - Gordon Cowans


Cowans: Villa's legendary playmaker had three separate spells at Villa Park and over those three spells 'Sid' made 527 appearances for Villa, scoring 59 goals.

LM - Tony Morley


Morley: The amazing wingers goals against Everton and Dynamo Berlin in 1981 are the most memorable of Tony Morley's 34 goals for Aston Villa during his 180 matches for the club.

ST - Peter McParland


McParland: The Northern Irish forward lies on the floor after a collision with Manchester United goalkeeper Ray Wood during the 1957 FA Cup final in which McParland scored both goals as Villa won 2-1 at Wembley and the lethal finisher scored 121 goals in total in his 341 appearances for Villa.

ST - Peter Withe


Withe: "Oh it must be, it is, Peter Withe!" - The muscular striker who scored the winning goal in the 1982 European Cup final made 233 appearances for Villa, scoring 92 goals.

Manager - Ron Saunders


Saunders: Won promotion from the Second Division in 1975, won two League Cup's in 1975 and 1977, won the league title in 1981 and it was his side that won the European Cup in 1982. Enough said.

My team is made up entirely of 'post-war' players as you can probably tell but that's only because I never had the privelage of seeing the likes of Tom 'Pongo' Waring, Harry Hampton, Billy Walker and many more play, not even on old tapes or anything but those players do deserve a mention as do many others.

Time to pick your greatest ever Villa side folks...

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