Aston Villa is one of the most followed clubs in England. The club was founded in 1874. Villa Park has been their home ground since 1897. They won the FA Cup 7 times, the League Cup 5 times and the Football League First Division 7 times.
Many great players have played for the club in their rich history. Let us have a look at some of the greatest Aston Villa players ever.
Considering important factors like consistency, longevity, impact on the club, success etc, here are the 10 greatest Aston Villa players ever –
10. Billy Walker
Walker spent 19 years with the club. With 244 goals to his name, the striker still remains Villa’s all-time leading goalscorer despite almost half a decade passing since his death in 1964.
He captained Villa and England during the 1920s, scoring 12 League and FA Cup hat-tricks. He became the first player to convert three penalties in a game.
If that wasn’t impressive enough he also deputised in goal for club and country.
9. Peter McParland
Peter McParland was the first player to score in both the FA Cup and League Cup finals.
The fact that his goals in both showpiece matches were winners has catapulted into claret and blue folklore. Villa fans knew him as one of the best strikers and headers of the ball.
The North-Irishman made 293 League appearances for Aston Villa and scored 98 goals. He will always be regarded as one of the greatest Aston Villa players ever.
8. Allan Evans
Allan Evans is regarded as one of Villa’s all-time greatest defenders. He was signed from Dunfermline in 1977 as a centre-forward but was soon converted to centre-half where he enjoyed a long and successful career for Villa, making 475 appearances.
Evans played an important role in Villa’s 1980-81 league winning season. He contributed to a splendid defensive record that saw the side concede just 40 goals in 42 games.
Consistent at the back and a fine header of the ball, Evans claimed a number of trophies in his time at the club, including the European Cup.
7. Peter Withe
Peter is the man who got that famous winning goal against Bayern Munich in the European Cup final in 1982. He spent five years at Villa, scoring 92 goals in 233 appearances. 20 of those came in the title winning season.
One of the greatest Aston Villa players ever, Peter Withe will always be remembered by the Villa fans.
6. Johnny Dixon
Johnny Dixon spent his entire professional career as a footballer at Aston Villa after writing to the club asking for a trial simply because he liked their name.
Dixon went on to score 144 goals in 430 games and, on top of the 1957 Wembley triumph, he helped Villa back into the top flight by winning the Second Division title in 1959-60.