Villa Deja Vu
November 5th 1989. In front of ITV’s television cameras at Villa Park, Graham Taylor’s Aston Villa team, that had narrowly escaped relegation the previous season in their first season back in the top tier, stuck six goals past Neville Southall, as they beat Everton 6-2. The Merseysiders had made a decent start to the season, but were soon left shell shocked, as Villa made a big statement that this season would be different.
With the imperious Paul McGrath marshalling the backline, the majestic Gordon Cowans pulling the midfield strings, and a free-scoring David Platt inspiring them, Villa suddenly had a team full of possibilities. An unlikely title race ensued with Liverpool, with Villa eventually finishing runner’s-up, but after years of decay since they lifted the European Cup, Villa supporters were going into the next decade with their team well and truly back.
MOMS couldn’t help feel that Villa’s recent 7-2 drubbing of the red half of Merseyside provided a similiar watershed moment, after recent troubled times. Days before the Liverpool game, MOMS had written that it felt Villa were on the cusp of something and Villans just needed some on-the-pitch evidence of it.
Well, it didn’t take long, and it was delivered first class with a bow on it. Seven f**king two!
In the latest My Old Man Said podcast we give our first impressions on the game, after a unmissable intro to the show from a Liverpool point of view.
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Episode 7-2 Notes
7-2. Aston Villa dismantled Liverpool in spectacular fashion at Villa Park on Sunday night. This is MOMS podcast’s first impressions of a result that shocked the football world.
This was a Liverpool team that have been crowned League Champions, European Champions and World Club Champions in the last couple of seasons. While the result is unlikely to have much affect on Liverpool’s fortunes this season, it’s a huge clue to how Villa could progress this term.
With the team’s attacking threat newly charged by the arrival of Ollie Watkins and Ross Barkley, who both have helped Jack Grealish to finally go through the gears at Villa, anything is possible. With Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash strengthening further a better organised defence, the signs are positive for Dean Smith’s men, who are now seven games unbeaten in the Premier League and 100% this season.
Before we get ahead of ourselves though, let’s reflect on an incredible game of football.
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Produced by David Michael
Music by Philip Marten