Sports :: Aston Villa Legends – Profiles of the Greatest Players and Managers of Aston Villa Football Club (Page 1 of 4)

With apologies the great players we’ve excluded, here is our list of Aston Villa Legends. He would never play again, and died four years later at the age of just 35. George Ramsay

Position: Forward (later secretary of the club)

Aston Villa Career: (as a player) 1976-1884 (as secretary) 1884 -1926

He was responsible for transforming the team from a disorganized group playing ‘kick and rush’, to an effective unit playing the passing game.

Ensured his status as an Aston Villa legend by being the first Villa captain to lift the FA Cup, and also the first player to score in every round of the cup during Villa’s victorious 1887 campaign.

He also stands second on the list of highest appearances and was a member of the 1920 FA Cup winning side.

Archie Hunter

Position: Forward

Aston Villa Career: 1878-1890

Appearances: 367

Goals: 150

Billy Walker

Position: Forward

Aston Villa Career: 1920-1933

Appearances: 531

Goals: 244 Aston Villa legend, Billy Walker joined the club in 1914 and spent his entire playing career at Villa Park.

After finishing his playing career at Notts County he went on to become Aston Villa manager and led them to an FA Cup win in 1957. Houghton played for the club for two decades and scored 170 goals in 392 games.

An Aston Villa legend who is often referred to as “Mr Aston Villa”.

A skillful centre forward, he made 531 appearances, scoring 244 goals, and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.

The earliest of Aston Villa legends, Ramsay served the club both as player and secretary (a role that effectively made him manager of the team).

After retirement Walker had a successful management career, leading both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest to FA Cup success.

Ramsay retired from playing in June 1882 but took up the role of Secretary which he held from 1884-1926. And he was a skillful player himself with people coming to Villa matches just see him play.

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Villa’s first great captain, Hunter joined the club in 1878, ten years before the commencement of League football, and remained until the premature end of his career in 1890.. He was something of a deadball specialist with a powerful shot that yielded 58 goals from the penalty spot and 30 from direct free kicks.

Tragically, during a League match against Everton in 1890, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed. During this time Villa won the League and FA Cup 6 times each, and establishing themselves as the premier club in England.

Eric Houghton

Position: Forward / Manager

Aston Villa Career: 1927-1946

Appearances: 392

Goals: 170

So many great players have represented Aston Villa in their illustrious history that putting together a list of twelve or so greats is close to impossible. (Current Aston Villa players are not included). Nevertheless, we’ve given it a go

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