And it’s even stranger to contemplate that come next season some of their older fans will now be able to say that they have been through it all: from Rotterdam to Rotherham. Fighting on the terraces before the kick-off continued into the match and, when one fan invaded the pitch as Kenneth Larsen was moving towards Rimmer, the referee ordered the players back to the dressing rooms for seven minutes. Another born-and bred-Villan. The cup would later be filled with Champagne, paraded through Birmingham city centre, and also accompany Spink to his home town of Chelmsford. Just over a fortnight later, Barton was rewarded with a three-year contract, and as Villa’s new manager visited Belgium to watch semi-final opponents Anderlecht, the club’s season, which had threatened to be very much an “after the Lord Mayor’s show” affair, was moving towards an exciting conclusion. These football-mad young men had already formed their own team from the members of their shift. Villa's winning goal came from Peter Withe who converted Tony Morley's cross in off the post. With the first leg to be played in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, the Times’ Norman Fox was quite right in his assessment that “Villa will do well to return with a draw or a manageable defeat”. All these years the story has been met with disbelieved and treated as folklore at the Fox Inn near Tamworth, from where the cup vanished that night. Peter Withe celebrates after scoring one of his two goals against FC Valur of Reykjavik.
But at least they have those memories of a time when Villa conquered Europe. You can unsubscribe at any time. Tony Barton, only in charge for 56 days, could now put a European Cup triumph over Bayern Munich on his CV, very much like Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea 30 years later. Barton had plenty to worry about before then, though.
The tie was three months away, but in the meantime Villa’s season appeared to lurch from one drama to another. It sounds fanciful, but 34 years ago today they became European champions, Last modified on Thu 30 May 2019 10.49 BST. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. On the night of Liverpool’s shock exit to CSKA Sofia, Villa kept the England flag flying with a comfortable 2-0 win over a lacklustre Kyiv. The boyhood Villa fan from Wolverhampton was the European Cup-winning left-back. Another fine save to thwart Durnberger added to his growing confidence and, even when he was beaten, Evans cleared off the line to frustrate the Germans. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. Morley would play his part, but Villa’s main hero on the night was an unknown 23-year-old goalkeeper with only one previous appearance in the first team (on Boxing Day 1979). It has only come to light now because the photographs were discovered at the station, which is being cleared out and closed down. We also have a free app which you can download. "; Copyright © 2020 BBC. Bremner, Mortimer, Shaw, Cowans, McNaught and Evans all had knocks, leaving the manager to joke that Villa were running out of ice to treat the numerous injuries. Riding high on their title win achieved under Ron Saunders, the club cleared a number of imposing obstacles along their way to the ultimate European glory. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge goes close with an overhead kick. A secret kept for the last 28 years. PREMIER LEAGUE - Carton plein pour Aston Villa. Who actually stole the cup? The Times described Valur’s efforts as a “frail challenge”, and that was probably being kind. McNaught was Villa's other Scottish defensive lynchpin. The chaos sadly overshadowed Villa’s fine achievement in reaching the European Cup final – McNaught and Evans superb during the 0-0 draw – and for a time it looked as if Villa’s participation in the competition was in doubt. To lose one cup might be seen as misfortune, to lose two sounds like sheer carelessness! Now I know it's true. It's great to hear the Sheffield policemen played each other for the European Cup. Ross Barkley of Aston Villa celebrates with teammates Bertrand Traore and Matty Cash after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at The King Power Stadium. Mais c’est bien Villa qui avait eu la meilleure occasion de la première période, Trezeguet loupant le cadre de peu (26e). At one point, the second leg looked in danger, but with the help of 150 volunteers, the pitch was made playable mainly due to vast amounts of sand being dumped on the playing surface. Read more.
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