Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nottingham Forest All-Time Team


Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Founded in 1865, Forest were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889 and joined the Football League in 1892. Since then they mostly competed in the top two League tiers, excepting five seasons in the third tier. Forest won the FA Cup in 1898 and 1959. Their most successful period was under the management of Brian Clough between 1975 and 1993, winning the League in 1978, back to back European Cups in the two years thereafter, four League Cups and two Full Members Cups.

GK: Peter Shilton (England)
Peter Shilton is considered one of the greatest keepers ever.  He is England's all-time cap record-holder with 125.  He earned his first cap in 1970 and his last 20 years later in 1990.  He took England to 4th place in WC 1986.  He also won two straight European Cups in 1979 and 1980 with Nottingham Forrest.
Peter Shilton


GK: Harry Linacre (England)
Linacre joined Forest in 1899. Linacre was chosen to go on the first foreign tour with his Nottingham club in 1905. In the same year as he appeared for England, he toured Uruguay and Argentina. 

GK: Mark Crossley (Wales)
As a player he was a goalkeeper from 1988 until 2011 and he has previously played for numerous clubs in England's top flight, notably for Nottingham Forest, where he became the only goalkeeper to stop a Matthew Le Tissier penalty kick. He has also played for Manchester United, Milwall, Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield. He earned 8 international caps playing for Wales between 1997 and 2004.

RB: Viv Anderson (England)
In 1978, Anderson became the first Black player to play for the senior national team. He was a part of the Nottingham Forrest team that they won the European Cup.  He also played for Arsenal and Manchester United.
Viv Anderson

CB/ST: Kenny Burns (Scotland)

He arrived at the Birmingham as a defender in 1971, but was converted to striker and earned the first of his 20 international caps in that role soon afterwards. However, after joining Nottingham in 1977, he was converted back into a central defender. Burns proved a great success in his new role and was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 1977–78, as Forest won the First Division title. He was an influential figure to Forest's victory in the 1979 and 1980 European Cup tournaments.

CB: Des Walker (England)
Walker played 59 times for England.  He started in all of England;'s games at the WC Finals in 1990. He was rated as one of the best defender at that Finals.  For club football, he mainly played for Nottingham Forrest and Sheffield Wednesday.  He played one season at Sampdoria.
Des Walker


CB: Bob McKinlay (Scotland)
He was once club player for Nottingham Forest.  He is the club's record appearance holder and won the 1959 FA Cup Final with the club.

CB: Larry Lloyd  (England)
Lloyd was remembered for his stints with Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. He helped Liverpool winning the First Division in 1972-1973, the FA Cup 1973-1974 and the UEFA 1972-1973. He was also a part of Brian Clough's team that won back-to-back European Cup.
Larry Lloyd

CB: Colin Cooper (England)
After playing in the lower division, he moved to Nottingham Forest in 1993. It was at Forest where Colin arguably played the best football of his career, his form earning him two England caps in 1995.


LB: Stuart Pearce (England)
Pearce was a club legend with Nottingham Forrest.  He was the club's most capped international player.  He played at the WC Finals in 1990 and the European championship min 1996, where England had the best two results since the WC win in 1966.
Stuart Pearce

LB: Frank Clark (England)
He started his career at Crook Town.  He started his professional career at Newcastle United, and played a total of 464 games for them between 1962 and 1975.  He then joined Nottingham Forest, and helped them win promotion in 1977, and he played for them in the 1979 European Cup Final, where they beat Malmö FF

CM/DM: Roy Keane (Ireland)
Captain of Manchester United from 1997 to 2005, where he won one Champions' League, 7 Preimer League titles and 4 FA Cups.  He was the PWA Player of the Year in 2000.  He palyed for Ireland at USA 1994, but was sent home 4 years later before the start of the WC in 2002.

CM: John McGovern (Scotland)
McGovern is most famous for captaining the Nottingham Forest side that won the European Cup twice.  At the age of 19 he became the youngest player to play in all four divisions of the Football League. During his playing career he won promotion with Hartlepools United, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. 
John McGovern

CM: Neil Webb (England)
He played as a midfielder but could also play as a defender between 1980 and 1997 notably for Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. Webb also played for Reading, Swindon Town, Grimsby Town, Aldershot Town and Hong Kong side Instant-Dict.
Capped 26 times in five years for the England team, and was also the 1,000th player to be capped by England.

CM: Steve Hodge (England)
Joined his boyhood club Nottingham Forest as an apprentice in 1980 and helped the club to reach the semifinal of the UEFA Cup.  He also played for Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspurs and Leeds United. Capped 24 times.  He went to Mexico 1986 and Italia 1990.

RW: Martin O'Neill (Northern Ireland)
Starting his career in his native Northern Ireland, O'Neill moved to England where he spent most of his playing career with Nottingham Forest, with whom he won the European Cup twice, in 1979 and 1980. He was capped 64 times for the Northern Ireland national football team, also captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup.

RW: Steve Stone (England)
Stone began his career at Nottingham Forest, where, despite suffering three broken legs, he managed to establish himself as a vital team player, and also earned a call up to the England squad, making his international debut in 1995 against Norway. He went on to earn nine caps, scoring twice, and was part of Terry Venables' squad for Euro 96.

LW: John Robertson (Scotland)
He played for Nottingham Forest when they were at the peak of their success under manager Brian Clough, notably scoring the only goal in a 1–0 victory in the 1980 European Cup Final against Hamburger SV. He also played for the full Scotland national football team, scoring the winning goal against England in 1981 and against New Zealand in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
John Robertson

LW: Stewart Imlach (Scotland)
He started his professional football career with Lossiemouth FC and then, Bury paid £150 for his services in May 1952. In 1954,  he joined Derby County. However the "Rams" were relegated out of the Second Division at the end of the 1954–55 season. He joined Nottingham Forest in 1955. He was part of the City Ground club's 1959 FA Cup winning team, providing the cross for the first goal in the final by Roy Dwight. Capped 4 times.

FW: Stan Collymore  (England)
He held the English transfer record when he moved from Nottingham Forest to Liverpool for £8.5 million in 1995.
 and was capped three times at senior level by the England national football team. He formed a great partnership with Robbie Fowler.  Unfortunately, he never lived up to expectation after his first few seasons.  Capped 3 times.
Stan Collymore

FW: Grenville Morris (Wales)
He was one of the greatest players of his generation and was known as "The Prince of the Inside-Lefts".  He still holds Forest's all-time goal scoring record with 217 in all competitions.  He won his first full international Welsh cap at the age of 18 in 1896 against England, and went on to play 21 times for his country,

ST: Wally Ardron (England)
He joined Rotherham United from Denaby United, and went on to score 98 Football League goals for Rotherham, either side of World War II. He joined Nottingham Forest after his time at Rotherham, and holds the record for scoring most Forest league goals in one season (36 in 1950–51).

ST: Nigel Clough  (England)
Clough is most notable for his time as a player at Nottingham Forest, where he played over 400 times in league, cup and European matches in two separate spells, mostly under the managership of his father Brian and scored 131 goals throughout his career making him the second highest scorer in the club's history.  He subsequently had spells with Liverpool, Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday.  Capped 14 times.
Nigel Clough

ST: Tony Woodcock (England)

Woodcock broke into the Forest first team in 1976–77, helping the team to promotion to the First Division. Under Brian Clough, Forest went on to win the First Division title and Football League Cup in 1978 (Woodcock winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award that year as well), and the European Cup in 1979. In 1986, he joined FC Köln in 1979 and later played for Arsenal.  Capped 42 times and went to Spain 1982.

ST: Trevor Francis (England)
Francis won the European Cup with Nottingham Forest and played for England 52 times. He went to Spain 1982. He was England's first £1 million player.  His career also took him to Manchester City, Birmingham, Detroit Express, Sampdoria, Atlanta, etc.
Trevor Francis


Honorable mention Brian Laws, Des Lyttle, Johnny Metgod, Michael Dawson, Steve Chettle, Wes Morgan, Archie Gemmill, Joe McDonald, Julian Bennett, Pierre Van Hooijdonk, Ian Woan, Ian Bowyer, Jermaine Jenas, Jeff Whitefoot, Jack Burkitt, Gary Crosby, Barry Lyons, David Phillips, Garry Birtles, Ian Storey-Moore. 

Squad Explanation -- Andy Reid only played in the lower division for Nottingham Forest.
-- Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas were famous elsewhere.


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Newcastle United All-Time Team

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1969

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

The club was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has played at its current home ground, St James' Park, ever since.  They have won four League Championship titles, six FA Cups and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Newcastle United has the ninth highest total of trophies won by an English club.

GK: Shay Given (Ireland)
Given started his career with Celtic, but made his professional debut with Blackburn Rovers.  He was remembered for playing with Newcastle United from 1997 to 2009.  He was voted into PFA Team of the Year twice, 2001-2002 and 2005-2006.  He earned 126 caps for Ireland. He played in the 2002 WC Finals and Euro 2010.
Shay Given

GK:  Ronnie Simpson (Scotland)
One of the "Lisbon Lions".  He represented Great Britain at the 1948 Olympics, but he did not play for Scotland until 1966.  He was Celtics' best ever keeper.

GK: Jimmy Lawrence (Scotland)
Born in Glasgow, Lawrence's first club was Partick Athletic, from where he moved to Glasgow Perthshire. Although still connected to Glasgow Perthshire, he sporadically played for Edinburgh side Hibernian. He played with Newcastle for eighteen years after joining the Tyneside club in 1904 and still holds the record for making the most appearances for them, 496 matches in total.  Capped once.

RB: Billy McCracken (Northern Ireland)
He was one of the most successful defender of his time.  He was known for setting the offside trap for the attackers.  The offside rule was changed because of him.  

RB: David Graig (Northern Ireland)
He joined Newcastle United in 1962 and went on to make 412 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals. He left the club in 1978 after retiring from the game, and remains seventh-highest appearance-maker for the club.

CB/RB: Warren Barton (England)
Barton began his league career with Maidstone United.  He was transferred to First Division side Wimbledon on 7 June 1990.  In 1995, he became the most expensive defender in English football when he moved to Newcastle United for £4 million.  He later played QPR and Derby.  Capped 3 times.

CB: Bobby Moncur(Scotland)
Bobby Moncur played a total of 296 times for Newcastle United, scoring three goals – all in the two-legged final of the 1969 Fairs Cup. He also played 16 times for Scotland between 1968 and 1972. In 1974 after Captaining Newcastle in the FA Cup final, he was transferred to Sunderland, moving again to Carlisle United in 1976, where he ended his playing career.

CB: Philippe Albert (Belgium)
He made 41 appearances for the Belgium  from 1987 to 1997, and represented his country at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups.  His best club career was perhaps with Newcastle United.
Philippe Albert

CB: Frank Brennan (Scotland)
Brennan was a tough centre half who moved to Newcastle United from Airdrieonians for £7,500 in 1946.  He appeared on 351 occasions for the Magpies between 1946 and 1956.  Capped 8 times.

LB: Frank Hudspeth (England) 
Hudspeth spent nineteen seasons at Newcastle, from 1910 to 1929. This makes him the joint longest servant for the club along with Billy McCracken. During his time at the club he became a popular figure amongst the fans and gained the nickname 'Old Surefoot' for his reliability. He captained the team from 1923 to 1926.

LB: Alf McMichael (Northern Ireland)
He played over 400 times for Newcastle United.  He won the 1952 FA Cup. At one point he was considered the best left-back in Britain and was a popular player amongst Newcastle United supporters. He represented Northern Ireland 40 times.

DM: Joe Harvey (England)
Played briefly for different clubs and then, joined Newcastle in 1945. He spent much of his career at Newcastle United; he was the club's longest serving captain.  Later, he became Newcastle's most successful  manager, and as of the 2014–15 season, the last to win a major trophy.
Joe Harvey with the 1951 FA Cup

CM: Rob Lee (England)
Lee came through the academy of Charlton Athletic and established himself in the first team by the 1984–85 season.  He was sold after the start of 1992–93 season to Newcastle United.  He played for England between 1994 and 1998, scoring twice in 21 appearances. He was in the squad for the 1998 World Cup under Glenn Hoddle. 

RW: Jock Rutherford  (England)
Rutherford was known for his longevity; he played nearly six hundred Football League and FA Cup matches, despite four seasons of football being cancelled due to World War I. He started his career at Newcastle United. Nicknamed "the Newcastle flyer", he spent ten seasons at the "Magpies", picked up three First Division medals, and played in five FA Cup finals (1905, 1906, 1908, 1910 and 1911). Won 11 caps.

AM/LW: Gary Speed (England)
Speed played professionally for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United.  He held the record for the most appearances in the Premier League at 535, until it was surpassed by David James.  He was best remembered for winning the English league title in 1992 with Leeds United..  He made the PFA Team of the year in 1993. He was capped 85 times for Wales and served as the captain.
Gary Speed

LW: David Ginola (France)
For the national team, he was blamed for the goal against Bulgaria that eliminated France for the 1994 WC qualification.  He moved to England shortly afterward.  Ginola became a big star at the English Preimer League in the late 1990's.  In England, he played for Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspurs, Aston Villa and Everton.  he won both PFA and FWA Player of the Year in 1998-1999.
David Ginola

AM: Nolberto Solano (Peru)
In 1998, he is the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League when he joined Newcastle United from Boca Juniors. He played 15 seasons in England.  He earned 95 caps for Peru.

AM: Paul Gascoigne(England)
Gazza was the most gifted player of his generation, but his career was marked controversy and injuries.  He made his debut with Newcastle United before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.  After impressing at Italia 1990, he moved to Lazio.  However, his career there was marked with injuries and incidents off the field.  In 1995, he joined Rangers with a club record fee. He had a successful career at Rangers, but he left in 1998 and went to play for many clubs all over the WC Finals.  For the national team, he earned 57 times.  He was remembered for the tears in his eyes as he received his yellow card against West Germany in the semi-final.
Paul Gazza

FW: Jorge Robledo (Chile)
Robledo was born in Iquique, Chile to a Chilean father and an English mother.  He plated for Barnsley after the War.  He joined Newcastle United in 1949.  In the 1950–51 season , he became the first South American to play in the FA Cup final, also winning it. He finished as Division One's top scorer in the 1951–52 season with 33 goals, becoming the first non-British to win the title.  Chile recruited Robledo for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, even though he spoke no Spanish. He made his debut in the opening group game against England.  He would be capped 31 times.  He would also play for Colo Colo.

FW: Peter Beardsley (England)
Beardsley was one of the few players i history to have played for Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City. His first successes came in the early 1980's while playing for Newcastle United.  In 1987, he joined Liverpool as the most expensive player in England's history.  Together with John Barnes, they formed one of the best English sides of the later 1980's.

CF: Jackie Milburn (England)
Milburn was best remembered for his career with Newcastle United and was considered .  He won three FA Cup titles in 5 years in the 1950's. He was a second cousin to Jack and Bobby Charlton.  He went to the WC finals in 1950, which was England's first ever appearance at the WC Finals.
Jackie Milburn
ST: Les Ferdinand (England)
His playing career included spells at Queens Park Rangers, Beşiktaş, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers, Reading and Watford during which period he earned 17 caps for England. Ferdinand is the eighth highest scorer in the Premier League with 149 goals

ST: Hughie Gallacher (Scotland)
He was also a member of "Wembley Wizards".  He scored over 450 goals while playing in England during the 1920's and 1930's.  he scored 23 goals in 20 games for Scotland.  
Hughie Gallacher

ST/SS: Kevin Keegan (England)
Two-time European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979. He won the European Cup in 1977 with Liverpool. He also found successes in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV.  However, his WC appearance was limited to 20 minutes against Spain at the WC Finals in 1982.

ST: Alan Shearer (England)
Shearer is the all-time leading top-scorer for the Premiership.  In 1992, he joined Blackburn Rovers from Southampton in a record transfer. He won the Premiership for 1994-1995 season.  In 1996, he joined his home town club, Newcastle United for a world record transfer fees. He was FWA Player of the Year in 1994, and PFA Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997.  For England, he earned 63 caps. IN 1996, he led England to the semi-final of Euro 1996 at home, winning the Golden boot award. He also played the 1998 WC Finals and Euro 2000.
Alan Sheaer

Honorable Mention
Malcolm McDonald, Andy Cole, Steve Watson, Faustino Asprilla, Chris Waddle, Jimmy Scoular, Bobby Mitchell, Jonathan Woodgate

Squad Explanation
-- Jorge "George" Robledo was selected because he broke a historical milestone.  He was the first non-British to be the top scorer in England.
-- I took Jock Rutherford over Jimmy Scoular at right wing because he won more trophies and at a time when Newcastle dominated.
-- Chris Waddle and Bobby Mitchell were left wings.  I already have Speed and Ginola.  Both players were more associated with the club than Waddle.  I prefer the younger players than Mitchell.
 -- Jonathan Woodgate only played a handful of games for Newcastle.
-- Newcastle has a lot of great left backs: 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Aston Villa All-Time Team

European Cup 1982
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Aston Villa are one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in the history of English football. Villa won the 1981–82 European Cup, and are thus one of five English clubs to win what is now the UEFA Champions League. They have the fifth highest total of major honours won by an English club,  having won the First Division Championship seven times, the FA Cup seven times, the Football League Cup five times, and the European Cup and UEFA Super Cup double in 1982.

Team GK: Nigel Spink (England)
He made his name at Aston Villa and also made one appearance for England at international level on the tour of Australia in 1983. He also played in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion and Millwall, as well as playing in Non-league for both Chelmsford City and Forest Green Rovers.

GK: Sam Hardy (England)
Discovered by Liverpool FC after playing against them with Chesterfield.  He joined Liverpool in 1905.  Later, he played for Aston Villa. He was capped 21 times, which was then an astonishing number and was widely considered to be England's first ever star keeper. 

GK: Mark Bosnich (Australia)
Voted as Oceania Goalkeeper of the Century.  He was known for his career with Aston Villa.   He earned himself a transfer back to Manchester United in 1999, but his career there started to fall apart.

RB: John Gidman  (England)
Gidman played for the Liverpool youth team without ever playing for their first team, before he joined Aston Villa in 1971. He was a member of the 1977 League Cup winning side. He was subsequently signed by Everton in 1979. Capped once.

CB: Gareth Southgate (England)
He won the League Cup with both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough (in 1995–96 and 2003–04 respectively, and as captain), and captaining Crystal Palace to win the First Division championship in 1993–94. He also reached an FA Cup and UEFA Cup final as a player, and made 57 appearances for the England national team, featuring in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and both the 1996 and 2000 European Championships. 
Gareth Southgate

CB: Martin Laursen (Denmark)
He played three seasons for Italian club AC Milan, with whom he won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and the 2004 Serie A championship. He also played for Italian clubs Hellas Verona and Parma FC, and Aston Villa. Capped 53 times from 2000 to 2008, and he was named 2008 Danish Football Player of the Year. He represented Denmark at the 2000 European Championship, 2002 World Cup, and 2004 European Championship tournaments.

CB: Allan Evans (Scotland)
Evans played for Dunfermline Athletic (1973–77), Aston Villa (1977–89), Leicester City (1989–90) and Darlington (1990–91).  He won the league title in 1980/1 and was part of Villa's 1982 European Cup winning team. Evans was later club captain and helped Villa win promotion back to the First Division in 1988. 

CB: Chris Nicholl (Northern Ireland)
He played for Burnley, Witton Albion, Halifax Town and Luton Town, before establishing himself as a centre-half with Aston Villa. He won the 1976/1977 League Cup after two final replays. The second replay is remembered for Nicholl scoring one of the greatest goals in any Aston Villa match, a forty-yard left footer which helped take the match to extra time. Capped 51 times.

CB/DM: Paul McGrath (Ireland)
One of Ireland's greatest players.  He appeared at the 1990 and 1994 World Cup Finals, as well as Euro 1988.  He had a run-in with Sir Alex at Manchester United and moved to Aston Villa where he won the PFA Player of the Year in 1993. 
Paul McGrath

LB/CB: Steve Staunton (Ireland)
He was capped 102 times for Ireland.  He captained Ireland at the WC Finals in 2002 after the depature of Roy Keane. For his club career, he played mainly for Aston Villa and Liverpool. 

LB:  Charlie Aitken (Scotland)
Aitken is the all-time record appearance holder at English club Aston Villa. He played for Villa from August 1959 until May 1976, a period of 17 seasons. Aitken was a member of the 1975 League Cup winning team, having been a runner-up in 1971. He spent the last two seasons of his professional career in the NASL with the New York Cosmos.

DM: Gareth Barry (England)
He has made 597 appearances in the Premier League, including 365 for Aston Villa, putting him third on the all-time appearances list, and top amongst current players. In 2009, he joined Manchester City, where he won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title the following season. After a season on loan, he joined Everton on a three-year contract in July 2014.
Gareth Barry

CM: Dennis Mortimer (England)
Started with Convetry, Mortimer captained Villa to the 1982 European Cup Final. A 1–0 victory against Bayern Munich in the De Kuip Stadium was courtesy of a Peter Withe goal. From 1975 to 1985 he made 403 appearances for Villa scoring 36 goals.

CM: Gordon Cowans (England)
Cowans started his career at Aston Villa as an apprentice in 1974, and signed as a professional in 1976. During his time at Aston Villa, he won the League Cup, the League Championship, the European Cup and the European Super Cup.  He also played for Bari in Italy.  Capped 10 times.

CM: David Platt (England)
Platt began his career as an apprentice at Manchester United but later moved to Crewe Alexandra where he began building a reputation as a goal scoring midfield player. In 1988, he signed for Aston Villa and made his debut for England a year later. At the 1990 World Cup, his performances in Italy earned him a move to Bari in 1991. In 1992, Platt moved to Juventus, where he spent one season. In 1993, he moved to Sampdoria where he stayed for two seasons before returning to England with Arsenal.  Capped 75 times.
David Platt

LW: Ashley Young (England)
Young started his career at Watford, making his first senior appearances in 2003 under the management of Ray Lewington. He became a first-team regular in 2004–05, and was one of Watford's key players in their promotion winning 2005–06 season. Young continued to play well for Watford in the Premier League, and in January 2007 he transferred to Aston Villa for an £8 million fee, rising to £9.65 million with add-ons. He established himself in the first team at Villa Park, and has since earned 30 caps for England, scoring 7 goals. On 23 June 2011, Young signed for Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

RW: Tony Daley (England)
Daley joined hometown club Aston Villa as an apprentice and soon made his senior debut aged 17 in1985. He played there for ten seasons.  His team finished a runner-up in both the 1989–90 and 1992–93 league championships. He also played in their 1994 League Cup final triumph where they defeated Manchester United at Wembley.  Capped seven times for England between 1991 and 1992 under former club manager Graham Taylor.


LW Tony Morley (England)
Morley played for Preston North End, Burnley, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City, as well as playing for other teams in Hong Kong and the USA. His goal against Everton at Goodison Park won him the 'Goal of the Season' award for 1980–81. He was a vital part of the Villa side that won the League Championship in 1980–81 and the European Cup the year after. His brilliant dribble and cross set up Peter Withe for the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the final. Capped 6 times for England.
Tony Morley

FW: Pongo Waring (England)
Waring is one of Aston Villa's all-time great centre forwards. He signed for Tranmere Rovers in 1926, scored 6 of the 11 goals scored against Durham City. He moved to Aston Villa for £4,700 in 1928. As well as playing football, Waring also worked for The Hercules Motor and Cycle Company in Aston.

ST: Gabriel Agbonlahor (England)
He is a product of Aston Villa's Academy, and made his first-team debut in 2006 following loans to Watford and Sheffield Wednesday. Since then, he has made over 300 Premier League appearances for the club. With 73 goals, he is Aston Villa's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer. Agbonlahor made his senior international debut for England in 2008 and has earned three caps.

ST: Peter McParland (England)
McParland won the FA Cup in 1957, scoring twice in the final against Manchester United but also becoming involved in a controversial incident in which he shoulder-charged (at the time a legitimate form of challenge) the Manchester United keeper Ray Wood, unconscious with a broken cheekbone. Represented Northern Ireland 34 times and starred for Northern Ireland in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in which he scored five goals and helped his team to the quarter-finals. McParland also won the Second Division title in 1960 and the League Cup in 1961 while with Aston Villa. 
Peter McParland
ST: Gary Shaw (England)
His goals helped Aston Villa win the English First Division championship in 1980–81 and the European Cup the following year - the only Birmingham-born player in the team. In 1981 he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year. He later played for Kjøbenhavns Boldklub in Denmark, moving to Klagenfurt in Austria in 1989. He finished his career off at Kilmarnock, Shrewsbury, Walsall and the Hong Kong-based Ernest Borel FC.

ST: Dwight Yorke (T&T) 
Best  remembered for his stint with Manchester United.  In 1998-199 season,  Manchester United won the triple(the Premier League, the FA Cup and the  Champions' League), where he was both the top scorer in the Preimership  and the Champions' League.
Dwight Yorke

ST: Peter Withe (England)
He was a much-travelled English footballer who played as a striker between 1971 and 1990.  The highlights of his career came at Aston Villa, where he was a key player in the Football League title triumph of 1980–81 and scored his side's only goal in their 1982 European Cup Final victory.

ST: Billy Walker (England)
He is considered by many to be the greatest footballer to ever play for Aston Villa Football Club. He made 531 appearances for Villa between 1914 and 1934, scoring 244 goals, of which 214 came in 478 league matches.  He remains Aston Villa's all-time top goalscorer to this day. He was an FA Cup Winner with Villa in 1920. Walker is the only-player to have scored a hat-trick of penalty kicks in a Football League game, doing so against Bradford City in November 1921.
Billy Walker



Honorable mention
Ashley Young, Johnny Dixon, Brian Little, Darius Vassell, Ken McNaught, Olof Mellberg, Richard Dunne, James Collins, Kent Neilson, Stan Lynn, Kenny Swain.

Squad Explanation
-- Jack Rimmer was the 4th keeper.
-- I need a right winger.  I chose Tony Daley.