Aston Villa in History

Events in Sport

  • 1982-05-26 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
  • 1999-02-27 Aston Villa are the last Premier League team to play a match with an all-English starting XI in a 4-1 defeat by Coventry
  • 2000-05-20 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (78,217): Chelsea beats Aston Villa, 1-0; Roberto Di Matteo scores 73' winner
  • 2005-04-02 Newcastle United teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer are sent off for fighting each other in a 3-0 home defeat to EPL rivals Aston Villa at St. James’ Park
  • 2013-04-22 Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/2013 English Premier League
  • 2015-05-30 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,283): Arsenal beats Aston Villa, 4-0; Gunners' 12th title
  • 2020-01-12 Argentine striker Sergio Agüero becomes top-scoring overseas player in English Premier League football history with a hat-trick in Manchester City's 6-1 rout of Aston Villa; total 177 takes him past Thierry Henry

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1914-08-09 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (d. 1990)
  • 1932-11-06 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 2019)
  • 1933-08-06 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1939-03-18 Ron Atkinson, English soccer wing half, manager (Oxford United, Manchester United, Sheffield Wed, Aston Villa), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1940-03-02 Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), born in Bellshill, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • 1952-03-01 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (64 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (Rep of Ireland; Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland), born in Kilrea, Northern Ireland
  • 1959-12-04 Paul McGrath, Irish soccer defender (83 caps Rep of Ireland; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in London, England
  • 1966-07-24 Martin Keown, English soccer defender (43 caps; Arsenal, Aston Villa), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • 1971-11-03 Dwight Yorke, Trinidad & Tobago soccer striker (74 caps; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1972-11-03 Ugo Ehiogu, English soccer defender (4 caps; Aston Villa, Middlesborough), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1975-08-28 Gareth Farrelly, Irish footballer (Aston Villa), born in Dublin
  • 1979-09-05 John Carew, Norwegian soccer forward (91 caps; Valencia, Aston Villa), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • 1979-09-21 Richard Dunne, Irish soccer defender (80 caps, Republic of Ireland; Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) and broadcaster (BT Sport ), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1990-10-12 Henri Lansbury, English footballer (Aston Villa), born in Enfield, London
  • 1990-12-03 Christian Benteke, Belgian soccer striker (93 caps; Genk, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Aston Villa), born in Kinshasa, Zaire

Deaths in Sport

  • 1990-08-09 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2011-08-28 Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (b. 1967)
  • 2017-04-21 Ugo Ehiogu, English soccer defender (4 caps; Aston Villa, Middlesborough), dies from cardiac arrest at 44
  • 2019-04-22 Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), dies from dementia at 79
  • 2019-12-07 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), dies at 87
  • 2020-04-14 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), dies at 86