Aston Villa is one of the biggest clubs in England. They have a very rich and successful history. They have 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 over the years. In this article, we will have a look at the greatest Aston Villa XI of all time.
Players having played at least two seasons were considered eligible for selection. Here’s the greatest Aston Villa XI of all time.
RM – 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.
CM- Gordan Cowans
Considered the greatest player to have played for the club by the majority of those who witnessed the man’s brilliance. ‘Sid’ was a midfield maestro who had everything in his locker. One of those natural ballers who just made things looks so simple. Finding space and nurturing the ball before pinging it left or right. You could rarely fault his positioning. And yet despite being pretty on the eye, he wasn’t afraid to get stuck in neither.
Cowans had three stints at the club (1979-83, 1988-91 and 1993-94) and played a total of 453 games scoring 49 goals.
CM – Dennis Mortimer
Dennis Mortimer will forever be known as the captain during Aston Villa’s greatest hour. He was the captain of the team when they won the European Cup Final against Bayern Munich by 1-0 in 1982.
The talented midfielder played a crucial part in Villa conquering the continent, having led the claret and blues to the First Division title the year before.
Mortimer played more than 400 games for Villa, scoring more than 40 goals. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest Aston Villa XI of all time.
LM – Tony Morley
The winger sure knew how to entertain. He had pace and panache and could bring the Villa faithful to their feet in an instant. His brilliance on the flank created Peter Withe’s winning goal in the 1982 European Cup final and there were countless others that he created. Morely could also score himself. He bagged 34 goals in 180 appearances between 1979 and 1983.
His goal away at Everton won the ‘Goal of the Season’ award in 1980-81 as Villa were crowned champions of England. He deserves a place among the greatest Aston Villa XI of all time.