1981–82 Aston Villa F.C. season

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The 1981-82 season was Aston Villa's 82nd season in the Football League.

As defending First Division champions for the first time in 71 years, they qualified for the European Cup for the first time in their history. Their first game in the competition was against Valur of Iceland, following by a second round clash with Dynamo Berlin of East Germany, Dynamo Kiev of the Soviet Union in the quarter-finals and then Anderlecht of Belgium in the semi-finals before beating Bayern Munich of West Germany 1–0 in the Final in Rotterdam, with Peter Withe scoring the winning goal.

The season began with Ron Saunders, who had been the club's manager since 1974, still in charge, but he resigned on 9 February 1982 following a disagreement with the board over his contract. He had been in charge for nearly eight years, winning a league title and two League Cups in the process. His successor was his assistant manager Tony Barton, who had been in charge for three months by the time Villa won the European Cup.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Jimmy Rimmer
England GK Nigel Spink
England DF Kenny Swain
England DF Colin Gibson
England DF Brendan Ormsby
England DF Mark Jones
England DF Pat Heard
England DF Gary Williams
Scotland DF Ken McNaught
Scotland DF Allan Evans
Republic of Ireland DF Eamon Deacy
No. Position Player
England MF Tony Morley
England MF Dennis Mortimer
England MF Mark Walters
England MF Gordon Cowans
England MF Paul Birch
England MF Andy Blair
Scotland MF Des Bremner
England FW Peter Withe
England FW Gary Shaw
England FW David Geddis
Republic of Ireland FW Terry Donovan[1]

First round[edit]

First leg[edit]

1981-09-16
Aston Villa England 5–0 Iceland Valur
Morley Goal 6'
Withe Goal 37'68'
Donovan Goal 40'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 20,481
Referee:
ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Kenny Swain
3 England Colin Gibson
4 Scotland Allan Evans
5 England Brendan Ormsby
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Des Bremner
8 Republic of Ireland Terry Donovan
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 England Tony Morley
Manager:
England Ron Saunders
VALUR:
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10
11
Manager:

Second leg[edit]

1981-09-30
Valur Iceland 0–2 England Aston Villa
Shaw Goal 25'70'
Reykjavík
Attendance: 3,500
Referee:
VALUR:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Manager:
ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Kenny Swain
3 England Colin Gibson
4 Scotland Allan Evans
5 England Brendan Ormsby
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Des Bremner
8 England Gary Shaw
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 Scotland Andy Blair
Manager:
England Ron Saunders

Villa won 7–0 on aggregate.

Second round[edit]

First leg[edit]

1981-10-21
Dynamo Berlin East Germany 1–2 England Aston Villa
Riediger Goal 50' Morley Goal 5'85'
Berlin
Attendance: 25,000
Referee:
DYNAMO BERLIN:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Manager:
East Germany Jürgen Bogs
ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Gary Williams
3 England Colin Gibson
4 Scotland Allan Evans
5 England Brendan Ormsby
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Des Bremner
8 England Gary Shaw
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 England Tony Morley
Manager:
England Ron Saunders

Second leg[edit]

1981-11-04
Aston Villa England 0–1 East Germany Dynamo Berlin
Terletzki Goal 15'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 28,175
Referee:
ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Kenny Swain
3 England Colin Gibson
4 Scotland Allan Evans
5 England Gary Williams
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Des Bremner
8 England Gary Shaw
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 England Tony Morley
Manager:
England Ron Saunders
DYNAMO BERLIN:
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2
3
4
5
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7
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9
10
11
Manager:
East Germany Jürgen Bogs

2–2 on aggregate. Villa won on away goals rule.

Quarter final[edit]

First leg[edit]

1982-03-03
Dynamo Kiev Soviet Union 0–0 England Aston Villa
Kiev
Attendance: 20,000
Referee:
DYNAMO KIEV:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Manager:
Soviet Union Valeri Lobanovsky
ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Kenny Swain
3 England Gary Williams
4 Scotland Des Bremner
5 Scotland Ken McNaught
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Andy Blair
8 England Gary Shaw
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 England Tony Morley
Manager:
England Tony Barton

Second leg[edit]

1982-03-17
Aston Villa England 2–0 Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev
Shaw Goal 4'
McNaught Goal 44'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 38,579
Referee:
ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Kenny Swain
3 England Gary Williams
4 Scotland Allan Evans
5 Scotland Ken McNaught
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Des Bremner
8 England Gary Shaw
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 England Tony Morley
Manager:
England Tony Barton
DYNAMO KIEV:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Manager:
Soviet Union Valeri Lobanovsky

Villa won 2–0 on aggregate.

Semi-final[edit]

First leg[edit]

ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Kenny Swain
3 England Gary Williams
4 Scotland Allan Evans
5 Scotland Ken McNaught
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Des Bremner
8 England Gary Shaw
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 England Tony Morley
Manager:
England Tony Barton
ANDERLECHT:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Manager:
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Tomislav Ivić

Second leg[edit]

1982-04-21
Anderlecht Belgium 0–0 England Aston Villa
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Referee:
ANDERLECHT:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Manager:
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Tomislav Ivić
ASTON VILLA:
1 England Jimmy Rimmer
2 England Kenny Swain
3 England Gary Williams
4 Scotland Allan Evans
5 Scotland Ken McNaught
6 England Dennis Mortimer
7 Scotland Des Bremner
8 England Gary Shaw
9 England Peter Withe
10 England Gordon Cowans
11 England Tony Morley
Manager:
England Tony Barton

Villa won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donovan was born in Liverpool, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 1979.