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Game #4420

Aston Villa

Sunday, 24 March 1996



Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

League Cup

Attendance: 77,056

Leeds United

Wembley Stadium

Villa deliver one of the great Cup final performance as Leeds are swept aside at Wembley as Brian Little walks on water.

Aston Villa


Leeds United

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡, Savo's final




Sunday, 24 March 1996

โšฝ | 20โ€™ Goal, Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Leeds United
โšฝ | 55โ€™ Goal, Ian Taylor
โšฝ | 88โ€™ Goal, Dwight Yorke
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-0 Leeds United

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Gareth Southgate
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Paul McGrath


In one of the most complete cup final performances all time, Villa secured their fifth League Cup win in this Wembley demolition of Leeds United where Brian Little walked on water.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Leeds United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1991โ€“92


Leeds United

Previous 5 vs. Leeds: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 1995-96 |
Matchday | #44 |
Manager Game | #74 |
Sunday, 24 March 1996


Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Robbie Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darlington, 1986-1996
Kick off: 5.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ•’ 74 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 34 ๐ŸŸจ | 22 ๐ŸŸฅ 18 | 1.68

Career Form:

Top 6

Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Referee: Robbie Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darlington, 1986-1996
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 3 February 1996, Villa 3-0 Leeds, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Leeds United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Robbie Hart


Villa return to the line up that beat Manchester United on the opening day of the season for the League Cup final - arguably Villa's strongest available XI which had been used 10 times this season already.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.62 |

Oldest Player |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 36.33 |

Youngest Player |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | 22.57 |



Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Howard Wilkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ |

Leeds United

GK John Lukic | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB David Wetherall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB John Pemberton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Lucas Radebe | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Gary Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Carlton Palmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gary McAllister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Mark Ford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gary Speed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Yeboah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |


No Substitutions Made


๐Ÿ” | CB Lucas Radebe | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | (CF Tomas Brolin | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M Mark Ford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Brian Deane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Tommy Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


LB Nigel Worthington | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/14



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/14



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward


Match Symbols:


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game




Not recorded


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"Brian Little's disciplined adventurers, their youthful exuberance directed by the canny minds of Andy Townsend and Paul McGrath, were, to a man, superior to Leeds United, a team seemingly palsied by caution and confusion."

*The Irish Independentโ€
Monday, 25 March 1996

RARELY have Wembley winners deserved victory more than Aston Villa in the Coca-Cola Cup final.

Brian Little's disciplined adventurers, their youthful exuberance directed by the canny minds of Andy Townsend and Paul McGrath, were, to a man, superior to Leeds United, a team seemingly palsied by caution and confusion.

Where Villa ran and worked and created, Leeds faltered, their inexplicable inability to rise to their first cup final appearance in 23 years completely frustrating their legion of long-suffering loyalists.

It was an indictment of Howard Wilkinson's collection of internationals that Leeds' best player was a teenager, Andy Gray, on his fourth start. Gray, from a distinguished footballing family, was the only man in white to show an appreciation that special occasions demand something special.

With a side swing to the promise of youth, as embodied by Gray, the real toast was to Villa, playing with passion and all in accord with Little's master-plan of mixing attacks with pace and patience.

Little had had an inkling that Savo Milosevic, hitherto erratic, would score a really important goal for Villa this season. So it proved, the tall striker putting Villa into a lead that was embellished by lan Taylor and Dwight Yorke.

Milosevic's strike enlivened a poor, getting-to-know-you opening, in which Leeds, in particular appeared bereft of ideas.

Gary McAllister found Townsend, the man of the match, and Mark Draper snapping legitimately at his every elegant stride.

Tony Yeboah, too, was often stranded and frustrated. The force was with Villa, their midfielders having secured a slight supremacy.

Leeds played a part in their own downfall. Gary Speed's crossfield pass carried too little weight to reach McAllister, allowing the inspirational Townsend to hook the ball through out of the centre circle towards Milosevic.

On he ran, angling his passage from right to an area where his favoured left foot could swing into punitive action. Leeds needed someone to drive this Villa insurgent wide to less dangerous areas but John Pemberton reacted too late.

As he finally dived in, the ball was arching up and over John Lukic, a quite wonderful goal. Leeds had little answer. The only one of Wilkinson's players to trouble Townsend's party was Gray, son of Frank with real echoes of uncle Eddie.

When Gary Kelly at last eluded Gareth Southgate down the right, Gray and Speed were queuing up at the far-post to exploit Yeboah's flick-on. Again the chance passed them by.

The humour of Leeds' fans was not improved during the interval when news was relayed that Manchester United had won. It could have been worse. The announcer could have told them that the scorer was Eric Cantona. Leeds' fans had already expressed their feelings with a banner bearing the words 'Does Eric Eat Beef?' Clearly a case of mad crowd disease.

Their mood deteriorated in the second half. Wilkinson swapped Ford for Brian Deane, tug for lighthouse, but the script did not alter.

McGrath. Southgate and Ugo Ehiogu blunted or diverted every attack that came their way.

Gary Charles and Alan Wright scuttled down the flanks.

Townsend, Draper and Taylor threw a blanket over midfield while the forwards chased every cause, lost or hopeful.

Further evidence of Villa's superiority arrived after 54 minutes. Wright's awkward cross placed great pressure on Lucas Radebe. With Milosevic lurking, hungry for any scraps, Radebe cleared hurriedly, his scissors' kick flying straight to Taylor, whose first-time volley disappeared into the net.

Then came a familiar chorus from the Yorkshire quarter: "Why is Brolin on the bench?" Wilkinson, such an inadequate user of special talents. relented and the stylish Swede emerged to cacophonous applause.

Another chant also reflected the growing dissent amongst Leeds followers with an ironic rendition of "Wilko for England". Many clearly believe that the time has come for a new man with new ideas at Elland Road. Brolin looks like he has just climbed out of bed, occasionally plays as if in a dream, but possesses the little passes and clever thoughts that could have woken up Leeds if brought on earlier: 2-0 down against a young side, brimming with vim and vigour, was hardly the ideal situation.

The game was beyond Leeds. As if to emphasise their dominance, Villa added a third just before full time.

Draper's pass was carried on by Milosevic deep into Lukic's box. His delightfully weighted flick was driven in by Yorke.