Season #121 

| 2009-10 |

Games #5072 - #5123

2009-10 Club Summary

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President Emeritus | Herbert Douglas Ellis

Chairman | Randolph Lerner

Manager | Martin O'Neill

Secretary | Sharon Barnhurst

 

 2009-10 Season Summary 


Manager | Martin O’Neill | 
Games | #5072 - #5123 |
Top Scorer | 17 | #802 John Carew

Top League Scorer | 13 | #794 Gabby Agbonlahor |

Most Appearances | 50 | #801 Ashley Young
Final League Position | 6th Premier League | 
FA Cup Progress | Semi Final | 

League Cup Progress | Runners Up |     
UEFA Cup Progress | Qualifying Play Off | 
Biggest Win | 6-4 | Blackburn Rovers (h) | 
Highest Home Attendance | 42,788 | Liverpool | Manchester United | Birmingham City | 

 2009-10 Premier League Table 

| 4 | Tottenham Hotspur | P38 | W21 | D7 | L10 | F67 | A41 | GD26 | Pts 70 |
| 5 |
Manchester City | P38 | W18 | D13 | L7 | F73 | A45 | GD28 | Pts 67 |
| 6 | Aston Villa | P38 | W17 | D13 | L18 | F52 | A39 | GD13 | Pts 64 |
| 7 |
Liverpool | P38 | W18 | D9 | L11 | F61 | A35 | GD26 | Pts 63 |
| 8 |
Everton | P38 | W16 | D13 | L9 | F60 | A49 | GD11 | Pts 61 |

 2009-10 Results 

| 1 | 15 Aug | h | Wigan Athletic | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 2 | 20 Aug | a | SK Rapid Wien (UEFA QPO L1) | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 3 | 24 Aug | a | Liverpool | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 4 | 27 Aug | a | SK Rapid Wien (UEFA QPO L2) | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 5 | 30 Aug | h | Fulham | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 6 | 13 Sep | a | Birmingham City | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 7 | 19 Sep | h | Portsmouth | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 8 | 23 Sep | h | Cardiff City (LC R3) | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 9 | 26 Sep | a | Blackburn Rovers | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 10 | 5 Oct | h | Manchester City | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 11 | 17 Oct | h | Chelsea | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 12 | 24 Oct | a | Wolverhampton Wanderers | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 13 | 27 Oct | a | Sunderland (LC R4) | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 14 | 31 Oct | a | Everton | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 15 | 4 Nov | a | West Ham United | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 16 | 7 Nov | h | Bolton Wanderers | W | 5-1 | Match Report

| 17 | 21 Nov | a | Burnley | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 18 | 28 Nov | h | Tottenham Hotspur | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 19 | 1 Dec | a | Portsmouth (LC QF) | W | 4-2 | Match Report

| 20 | 5 Dec | h | Hull City | W | 3-0 | Match Report

| 21 | 12 Dec | a | Manchester United | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 22 | 15 Dec | a | Sunderland | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 23 | 19 Dec | h | Stoke City | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 24 | 27 Dec | a | Arsenal | L | 0-3 | Match Report

| 25 | 29 Dec | h | Liverpool | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 26 | 2 Jan | h | Blackburn Rovers (FAC R3) | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 27 | 14 Jan | a | Blackburn Rovers (LC SF L1) | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 28 | 17 Jan | h | West Ham United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 29 | 20 Jan | h | Blackburn Rovers (LC SF L2) | W | 6-4 | Match Report

| 30 | 23 Jan | h | Brighton & Hove Albion (FAC R4) | W | 3-2 | Match Report

| 31 | 27 Jan | h | Arsenal | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 32 | 30 Jan | a | Fulham | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 33 | 6 Feb | a | Tottenham Hotspur | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 34 | 10 Feb | h | Manchester United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 35 | 14 Feb | a | Crystal Palace (FAC R5) | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 36 | 21 Feb | h | Burnley | W | 5-2 | Match Report

| 37 | 24 Feb | h | Crystal Palace (FAC R5 Replay) | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 38 | 28 Feb | n | Manchester United (LC Final) | L | 1-2 | Match Report

 | 39 | 7 Mar | a | Reading (FAC QF) | W | 4-2 | Match Report

| 40 | 13 Mar | a | Stoke City | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 41 | 16 Mar | a | Wigan Athletic | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 42 | 20 Mar | h | Wolverhampton Wanderers | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 43 | 24 Mar | h | Sunderland | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 44 | 27 Mar | a | Chelsea | L | 1-7 | Match Report

| 45 | 3 Apr | a | Bolton Wanderers | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 46 | 10 Apr | n | Chelsea (FAC SF) | L | 0-3 | Match Report

| 47 | 14 Apr | h | Everton | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 48 | 18 Apr | a | Portsmouth | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 49 | 21 Apr | a | Hull City | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 50 | 25 Apr | h | Birmingham City | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 51 | 1 May | a | Manchester City | L | 1-3 | Match Report

| 52 | 9 May | h | Blackburn Rovers | L | 0-1 | Match Report

 

 2009-10 Season Review 

A third successive 6th place finish for Martin O’Neill’s Villa hid the fact that there was genuine progression on the pitch. Villa finished 6 points off 4th place having been 10 points adrift the previous season. Villa also fared better in the cup competitions and O’Neill learnt from his errors of the previous season and fielded strong sides to see Villa finish unlucky runners up in the League Cup and beaten semi-finalists in the FA Cup.

This was the first season in 12 years without Gareth Barry in the squad and the talismanic effect of having one of your own in the team was lost to the concern of many fans - especially as he had left for direct rivals.

That said O’Neill went about improving the squad bringing in both youth - the exciting midfielder Fabian Delph - and experience - defenders James Collins, Stephen Warnock and Richard Dunne as well as the creativity of winger Stewart Downing.

There were mis-steps once again however - the inexplicable signing of defender Habib Beye, the long term injury Downing was bought with and a failure to address the shortcomings of the wider squad.  

The positives however were a stronger first team defensive collective and the departure of less capable O’Neill signings. 

The nucleus of a strong first XI was there - Brad Friedel, Stephen Warnock, James Collins, Richard Dunne, Carlos Cuéllar, Luke Young, Stilyian Petrov, James Milner, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and John Carew. Add in the potential of Fabian Delph and the support of Gabby Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey, and Villa had the strongest 14 man core for many seasons. 

 

Beyond that however there was still a glaring lack of depth.

The only other experience in the squad was made up of second string players Habib Beye, Curtis Davies, Nicky Shorey, Steve Sidwell and Nigel Reo-Coker.

Villa were able to field youth team promotees such as Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso, Ciaran Clark, Shane Lowry and Gary Gardner but it remained a curiosity that 4 years into the O’Neill / Lerner regime Villa still had a wafer thin squad that would be seriously compromised by injury or suspension - inevitable consequences in a season of league football and cup runs.

As a result it is massive credit to O’Neill’s motivation and man-management skills that in direct contrast to his previous seasons in charge Villa did not suffer a dramatic loss of form and showed consistency and continuity throughout the season - albeit without the strength in depth to mount a serious challenge for Champions League football.

That it would prove to be O'Neill's last season in charge of Villa was a shock. The rumour suggested that O'Neill, realising the talent of the squad was to be sold off by the club at the end of the season, prompted his departure. That the club immediately embarked on a near decade long decline simply underlines the impact of the terrible summer of 2010.

 

The following years of rank poor leadership of the club and a string of terrible managerial appointments together with a woeful recruitment policy meant that the O'Neill era would be looked upon as a period of relative success. The reality was however that O'Neill had failed to build a coherent squad that could have achieved more. In the end the O'Neill era was a missed opportunity, an undoubtedly talented but tempestuous manager who needed greater support in player recruitment and more certainty behind the scenes if he was to have achieved the potential so many fans had expected on his appointment.

Both the manager and the club seemed to have the stuffing knocked out of them for the next decade with O'Neill drifting from job to job without any of the success he had seen at Villa whilst the club themselves drifted into the second tier.

 

 2009-10 Season Statistics 


Games | 52 |

Won | 26 | 50% |   
Drew |
 15 | 29% |  
Lost |
11 | 21% |

Unbeaten | 41 | 79% |


Goals Scored | 82 | 1.58 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 60 | 1.15 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 18 | 35% |

Average Home Attendance | 35,343 |

Longest winning run | 6 Games |

League winning run | 4 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 12 Games |
Longest losing run | 2 Games |

Games without a win | 4 Games |

 

 2009-10 Transfers

1 July 2009 - 30 June 2010


Incoming | 11 |

#820 Marc Albrighton | Youth Team | Promoted to First Team squad | Jul 09 | 19 |

#830 Jonathan Hogg | Youth Team | Promoted to First Team squad | Jul 09 | 20 |

#838 Nathan Baker | Youth Team | Promoted to First Team squad | Jul 09 | 18 |

Elliot Parish | Youth Team | Promoted to First Team squad | Jul 09 | 19 |

#828 Stewart Downing | Middlesbrough | £11,700,000 | Jul 09 | 25 | 

#821 Habib Beye | Newcastle United | £2,610,000 | Aug 09 | 32 |

#822 Fabian Delph | Leeds United | £8,550,000 | Aug 09 | 19 | 

#825 Stephen Warnock | Blackburn Rovers | £8,100,000 | Aug 09 | 27 | 

Andy Marshall | Coventry City | Free | Aug 09 | 34 | 

#826 James Collins | West Ham United | £5,130,000 | Sep 09 | 26 | 

#827 Richard Dunne | Manchester City | £6,120,000 | 1 Sep 09 | 29 | 

Outgoing | 4 |

#779 Martin Laursen | Retired | Released | Jul 09 | 32 |

#792 Stuart Taylor | Manchester City | Free | Jul 09 | 28 |

#807 Zat Knight | Bolton Wanderers | £4,230,000 | Jul 09 | 29 |

#793 Craig Gardner | Birmingham City | £3,150,000 | Jan 10 | 23 |

 2009-10 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 8 |

#821 Habib Beye | Saturday, 15 August 2009 | 32 |
#822 Fabian Delph | Saturday, 15 August 2009 | 19 | 

#823 Shane LowryThursday, 20 August 2009 | 20 |

#824 Ciaran Clark | Sunday, 30 August 2009 | 19 | 
#825 Stephen Warnock | Sunday, 13 September 2009 | 27 | 
#826 James Collins | Sunday, 13 September 2009 | 26 | 
#827 Richard Dunne | Sunday, 13 September 2009 | 29 | 
#828 Stewart Downing | Saturday, 21 November 2009 | 25 | 

Final Appearances | 3 |

#823 Shane Lowry | Thursday, 27 August 2009 | 20 |

#813 Nicky Shorey | Wednesday, 23 September 2009 | 28 | 
#793
 Craig Gardner | Saturday, 7 November 2009 | 22 | 

 2009-10 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 27 | (-7) |
Average Age | 25.7 | (+1.3) |

Average 1st XI Age | 28.08 | +0.90 |

Youngest 1st XI | 25.46 | Brighton & Hove Albion (h), FA Cup | +1.29 |

Oldest 1st XI | 29.30 | West Ham United (a) | +0.78 |

Youngest Player(s) | 18 | 

Nathan Delfouneso | 2-Feb-1991

Oldest Player(s) | 38 | 

Brad Friedel | 18-May-1971

 2009-10 Scorers 

Goals Scored | 82 | League Goals | 52 | FA Cup Goals | 15 | League Cup Goals | 13 | Europa League Goals | 2 | 

| 17 |

John Carew | Goals | 17 | League | 10 | FA Cup | 6 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 1 | 

| 16 |
Gabby Agbonlahor | Goals | 16 | League | 13 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 2 | Europa League | 0 | 

| 12 |
James Milner | Goals | 12 | League | 7 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 4 | Europa League | 1 | 
| 9 |

Ashley Young | Goals | 9 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 2 | Europa League | 0 |  

| 5 |

Emile Heskey | Goals | 5 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 2 | Europa League | 0 | 

Own Goal | Goals | 5 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | Europa League | 0 |

| 3 |
Carlos Cuéllar | Goals | 3 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 0 | 

Nathan Delfouneso | Goals | 3 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 3 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 0 | 
Stewart Downing | Goals | 3 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | Europa League | 0 | 

| 2 |
Richard Dunne | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 0 | 

| 1 |
James Collins | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 0 |  
Curtis Davies | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 0 | 
Stephen Warnock | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | Europa League | 0 |
Fabian Delph | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 0 |
Stiliyan Petrov | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Europa League | 0 |

 2009-10 First Team Squad 

#789 | 8 | James Milner | 23 |  
#793 | 26 | Craig Gardner | 22 | LEFT JANUARY 2010
#794 | 11 | Gabby Agbonlahor | 22 |
#795
 | 19 | Stiliyan Petrov | 30 |

#798 | - | Isaiah Osbourne | 21 | LOANED OUT 6 NOVEMBER 2009 - 6 FEBRUARY 2010

#801 | 7 | Ashley Young | 24 |
#802 | 10 | John Carew | 29 |
#804 | 20 | Nigel Reo-Coker | 25 |
#808
 | 15 | Curtis Davies | 24 | 

#809 | - | Moustapha Salifou | 26 | 
#811 | 4 | Steve Sidwell | 26 |
#812 | 1 | Brad Friedel | 38 | 
#813 | 21 | Nicky Shorey | 28 |
#814 | 14 | Nathan Delfouneso | 18 |
#815
 | 2 | Luke Young | 30 |

#816 | 24 | Carlos Cuéllar | 28 |
#817
 | 22 | Brad Guzan | 24 | 

#818 | - | Barry Bannan | 19 | LOANED OUT 1 NOVEMBER 2009 - 1 MAY 2010
#819 | 18 | Emile Heskey | 31 |
#820
 | 12 | Marc Albrighton | 19 |

#821 | 23 | Habib Beye | 32 |

#822 | 16 | Fabian Delph | 19 |

#823 | 45 | Shane Lowry | 20 |

#824 | 47 | Ciaran Clark | 19 |

#825 | 25 | Stephen Warnock | 27 |  

#826 | 29 | James Collins | 26 |  

#827 | 5 | Richard Dunne | 29 |

#828 | 6 | Stewart Downing | 25 |

#841 | - | Gary Gardner | 17 | 

 2009-10 Appearances 

 

| 50 |

#801 Ashley Young | Appearances | 50 | League | 37 (0) | FA Cup | 6 (0) | League Cup | 5 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 49 |
#789 James Milner | Appearances | 49 | League | 36 (0) | FA Cup | 4 (1) | League Cup | 6 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 48 |

#816 Carlos Cuéllar | Appearances | 48 | League | 36 (0) | FA Cup | 4 (0) | League Cup | 6 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 47 |

#795 Stiliyan Petrov | Appearances | 477 | League | 37 (0) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 6 (0) | Europe | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 46 |

#794 Gabby Agbonlahor | Appearances | 46 | League | 35 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 6 (0) | Europe | 0 (2) | . Player Profile

| 44 |

#827 Richard Dunne | Appearances | 44 | League | 35 (0) | FA Cup | 4 (0) | League Cup | 5 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 42 |

#812 Brad Friedel | Appearances | 42 | League | 38 (0) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#802 John Carew | Appearances | 42 | League | 22 (11) | FA Cup | 3 (2) | League Cup | 1 (2) | Europe | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

#819 Emile Heskey | Appearances | 42 | League | 16 (15) | FA Cup | 3 (1) | League Cup | 5 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 41 |

#825 Stephen Warnock | Appearances | 41 | League | 30 (0) | FA Cup | 6 (0) | League Cup | 5 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 37 |

#826 James Collins | Appearances | 37 | League | 26 (1) | FA Cup | 5 (0) | League Cup | 5 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 35 |

#828 Stewart Downing | Appearances | 35 | League | 23 (2) | FA Cup | 6 (0) | League Cup | 4 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 33 |

#811 Steve Sidwell | Appearances | 33 | League | 12 (13) | FA Cup | 1 (3) | League Cup | 0 (3) | Europe | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 20 |

#815 Luke Young | Appearances | 20 | League | 14 (2) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 15 |

#822 Fabian Delph | Appearances | 15 | League | 4 (4) | FA Cup | 4 (0) | League Cup | 1 (1) | Europe | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 13 |

#804 Nigel Reo-Coker | Appearances | 13 | League | 6 (4) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Europe | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

#814 Nathan Delfouneso | Appearances | 13 | League | 0 (9) | FA Cup | 2 (1) | League Cup | 0 (1) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 11 |

#821 Habib Beye | Appearances | 11 | League | 5 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 10 |

#817 Brad Guzan | Appearances | 10 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 5 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 6 |

#813 Nicky Shorey | Appearances | 6 | League | 3 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#820 Marc Albrighton | Appearances | 6 | League | 0 (3) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (1) | Europe | 0 (1) | . Player Profile

| 5 |

#808 Curtis Davies | Appearances | 5 | League | 2 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Europe | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 3 |

#793 Craig Gardner | Appearances | 3 | League | 0 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Europe | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 2 |

#824 Ciaran Clark | Appearances | 2 | League | 1 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#823 Shane Lowry | Appearances | 2 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Europe | 0 (2) | . Player Profile

| 0 |

#841 Gary Gardner | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#801 Moustapha Salifou | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Europe | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

 2009-10 'Keepers

Brad Guzan | Appearances | 10 | Conceded | 12 | Ratio | 1.20 | 

Brad Friedel | Appearances | 42 | Conceded | 48 | Ratio | 1.14 | 

 

 2009-10 Managerial Record 

Martin O’Neill’s fourth and final season as Villa boss saw a third successive 6th placed finish and strong runs in both the League Cup and FA Cup, ending as runners up in the former and losing semi-finalists in the latter. 

O’Neill’s Villa had achieved a win rate of 42%, losing 26% of their 190 League and Cup matches under his leadership. Those figures had been boosted by the significant improvement in performance during the season underlining what a loss to the club MON would prove just as he was beginning to deliver on his potential.

As a result O’Neill had returned 1.58 points per game* across his 190 games in charge of Villa. In doing so O’Neill was behind only Jimmy Hogan (1.59 in 124), Graham Taylor Mk 1 (1.61 in 150), Billy Smith’s 1.62 across 364 games, Vic Crowe (1.63 in 222), Ron Saunders (1.64 in 393) and George Ramsay’s performance of 1.69 across his 1,332 games.
 

O'Neill was ahead of the rest of his predecessors Billy McNeill (1.05 in 42), Tommy Cummings (1.06 in 67), Graham Taylor Mk 2 (1.17 in 60), Tommy Doherty (1.20 in 55), Graham Turner (1.23 in 107), Dick Taylor (1.23 in 146), Villa’s first professional manager Jimmy McMullan (1.24 in 99), Jozef Vengloš (1.29 in 49) and Eric Houghton (1.31 in 250), David O’Leary (1.35 in 131) and George Martin (1.42 in 119), Brian Little (1.51 in 154), Joe Mercer (1.51 in 282), Ron Atkinson (1.53 in 180), Tony Barton (1.56 in 137), Alex Massie (1.56 in 227) and John Gregory (1.57 in 190).

*Rankings based on 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw in all competitions. 

 2009-10 Kits 

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 2009-10 Season Results 

 Game #5072

Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #139 |
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Premier League | Home | Wigan Athletic | Villa Park | 35,578 |

Manager | Martin O’Neill |

Referee | Mark Clattenburg |

FT Result | Lost |

FT Score | 0-2 |

Last 5 Games | WLDWL |

League Position | 6th | - |

Line Up |

GK Brad Friedel |
RB Habib Beye |
DEBUT | SUB OFF | 68' |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
CB Curtis Davies |
LB Nicky Shorey |
M Fabian Delph |
DEBUT | BOOKED | 43' | SUB OFF | 61' |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
W James Milner |
W Ashley Young |
BOOKED | 85' |
F Gabby Agbonlahor | SUB OFF | 77' |
CF Emile Heskey |

Substitutes |

M Steve Sidwell for M Fabian Delph | 61’ | 
W Marc Albrighton for RB Habib Beye | 68’ | 
F Nathan Delfouneso for F Gabby Agbonlahor | 77’ |

Cards |

 Yellow | Fabian Delph | 43’ |

 Yellow | Ashley Young | 85’ |

Match Report

 On this day 15 August 2009 

Midfielder Fabian Delph made his Villa debut aged 19 after joining from Leeds United for a fee of £8,550,000 earlier this month.

Right back Habib Beye made his Villa debut aged 32 after joining from Newcastle United for an eye-brow raising £2,610,000 earlier this month. 

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 Game #5073

Matchday | #2 |
Manager Game | #140 |     
Thursday, 20 August 2009
UEFA Europa League | Qualifying Play Off 1st Leg | Away | SK Rapid Wien | Gerhard Hanappi Stadion, Vienna | 17,800 |

Manager | Martin O’Neill |

Referee | Alexandru Dan Tudor |
FT Result | Lost |

FT Score | 0-1 |

Last 5 Games | LDWLL |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
RB Habib Beye |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
CB Curtis Davies |
SUB OFF | 80' |
LB Nicky Shorey |
M Nigel Reo-Coker |
M Craig Gardner |
SUB OFF | 55' | 
M Steve Sidwell | BOOKED | 41' |
W James Milner |
W Ashley Young |
CF Emile Heskey |

Substitutes |

F Gabby Agbonlahor for M Craig Gardner | 55’ | 
D Shane Lowry
DEBUT | for CB Curtis Davies | 80’ |

Cards |

 Yellow | Steve Sidwell | 41’ |

Match Report 

On this day 20 August 2009

Defender Shane Lowry made his Villa debut aged 20 after joining from ECU Joondalup in Australia in February 2005 at the age of 15.

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 Game #5074

Matchday | #3 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #141 |
Monday, 24 August 2009
Premier League | Away | Liverpool | Anfield | 43,667 |

Manager | Martin O’Neill |

Referee | Martin Atkinson |
FT Result | Won |

FT Score | 3-1 |

Last 5 Games | DWLLW |

League Position | 12th | +4 |