2009–10 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2009–10 season
Chairman Randy Lerner
Manager Martin O'Neill
Premier League 6th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Runners-up
UEFA Europa League Play-off round
Top goalscorer League:
Gabriel Agbonlahor (13)
All:
John Carew (17)
Highest home attendance 42,788 vs Liverpool (29 December 2009), Manchester United (10 February 2010), Birmingham City (25 April 2010)
Lowest home attendance 22,527 vs Cardiff City (23 September 2009)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Villa on 20 August 2009 in Vienna.

The 2009–10 season was Aston Villa's 135th professional season; their 99th season in the top-flight and their 22nd consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. They were managed by Martin O'Neill – in his fourth season since replacing David O'Leary. The 2009–10 season was Villa's second consecutive spell in European competition for the club, and the first in the newly formatted UEFA Europa League.

This term marked the first for the club without long-term player and former captain Gareth Barry following his £12million move to Manchester City on 2 June 2009. Barry had been at the club since 1997.

The Birmingham Derby made a return to the Premier League after local rivals Birmingham City were promoted to the top tier. Villa won the first of two fixtures 1–0 at St Andrew's on 13 September 2009 with Gabriel Agbonlahor scoring the winning goal. Villa also won the return fixture at Villa Park 1–0 on 25 April 2010, thanks to a James Milner penalty. Villa also played games against newly promoted Wolves from nearby Wolverhampton, resulting in a 1–1 draw at Molineux and a 2–2 draw at Villa Park.

The club progressed to the final of the League Cup during this season, eliminating Cardiff City, Sunderland, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers along the way. However, Aston Villa were beaten 2–1 by Manchester United in the final at Wembley Stadium on 28 February 2010. Villa's other domestic cup venture also took the club to Wembley in the FA Cup, where they were defeated 3–0 by Chelsea in the semi-final. Aston Villa finished 6th in the Premier League for the 3rd year in a row, with 2 points more than previous season, they also qualified for the Europa League for the 3rd year running.

First team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 England DF Luke Young
3 Netherlands DF Wilfred Bouma
4 England MF Steve Sidwell
5 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
6 England MF Stewart Downing
7 England MF Ashley Young
8 England MF James Milner
10 Norway FW John Carew
11 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor
12 England MF Marc Albrighton
14 England FW Nathan Delfouneso
15 England DF Curtis Davies
16 England MF Fabian Delph
No. Position Player
18 England FW Emile Heskey
19 Bulgaria MF Stiliyan Petrov (captain)
20 England MF Nigel Reo-Coker
21 England DF Nicky Shorey
22 United States GK Brad Guzan
23 Senegal DF Habib Beye
24 Spain DF Carlos Cuéllar
25 England DF Stephen Warnock
26 England MF Craig Gardner
29 Wales DF James Collins
33 England GK Andy Marshall
45 Australia MF Shane Lowry
47 England DF Ciaran Clark


Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
9 England FW Marlon Harewood (on loan to Newcastle United during the playing season)
21 England DF Nicky Shorey (on loan to Nottingham Forest and Fulham during the playing season)
26 England MF Craig Gardner (transferred to Birmingham City during the playing season)
27 England MF Isaiah Osbourne (on loan to Middlesbrough during the playing season)
44 United States DF Eric Lichaj (on loan to Lincoln City and Leyton Orient during the playing season)
No. Position Player
45 Australia MF Shane Lowry (on loan to Plymouth and Leeds United during the playing season)
46 Scotland MF Barry Bannan (on loan to Blackpool during the playing season)
48 England DF Nathan Baker (on loan to Lincoln City during the playing season)
49 Australia MF Chris Herd (on loan to Lincoln City during the playing season)
50 England MF Jonathan Hogg (on loan to Darlington during the playing season)

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
9 England FW Marlon Harewood
17 Togo MF Moustapha Salifou
27 England MF Isaiah Osbourne
42 Austria FW Andreas Weimann
43 England GK Elliott Parish
No. Position Player
44 United States DF Eric Lichaj
46 Scotland MF Barry Bannan
48 England DF Nathan Baker
49 Australia MF Chris Herd
50 England MF Jonathan Hogg

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date Position Player Name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes
18 June 2009 MF England Courtney Cameron England Northampton Town League Two Undisclosed Youth player
20 June 2009 MF England Samir Carruthers England Arsenal Premier League Free Youth player
16 July 2009 MF England Stewart Downing England Middlesbrough Championship £10,000,000 Initial £10,000,000 with potential further £2,000,000 based on appearances.
4 August 2009 MF England Fabian Delph England Leeds United League One Undisclosed
7 August 2009 DF Senegal Habib Beye England Newcastle United Championship Undisclosed
12 August 2009 GK England Andy Marshall England Coventry City Championship free Free transfer following release from Coventry City
27 August 2009 DF England Stephen Warnock England Blackburn Rovers Premier League Undisclosed
1 September 2009 DF Wales James Collins England West Ham United Premier League £5,000,000
2 September 2009 DF Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne England Manchester City Premier League £6,000,000

Transfers out[edit]

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes
2 June 2009 MF England Gareth Barry England Manchester City Premier League £12 million Captaincy succeeded by Stiliyan Petrov
23 June 2009 GK England Stuart Taylor England Manchester City Premier League Free Player officially joined on 1 July 2009
1 July 2009 FW Sweden Tobias Mikaelsson Sweden FC Trollhättan Superettan Free Youth player
21 July 2009 FW England Sam Williams England Yeovil Town Football League One Free Youth player
25 July 2009 DF England Zat Knight England Bolton Wanderers Premier League Undisclosed Fee
26 January 2010 MF England Craig Gardner England Birmingham City Premier League £3 million

Loan out[edit]

Date Position Player Name New Club League Date Returned Notes
5 August 2009 GK Republic of Ireland David Bevan England Ilkeston Town Conference North 5 September 2009 Youth player
17 September 2009 DF Australia Shane Lowry England Plymouth Argyle Football League Championship 17 December 2009
24 September 2009 FW England Marlon Harewood England Newcastle United Football League Championship 25 December 2009
October 2009 GK Republic of Ireland David Bevan England Bedworth United Southern Division One Central Unknown Youth player
26 October 2009 DF United States Eric Lichaj England Lincoln City Football League Two 1 January 2010 Loan extended to January 2010 after initial month
26 October 2009 DF England Nathan Baker England Lincoln City Football League Two 1 January 2010 Loan extended to January 2010 after initial month
26 October 2009 FW Republic of Ireland James Collins England Darlington Football League Two 22 January 2010 Youth player
7 November 2009 MF England Isaiah Osbourne England Middlesbrough Football League Championship 5 January 2010
19 November 2009 MF England Jonathan Hogg England Darlington Football League Two 2 January 2010
24 November 2009 DF England Nicky Shorey England Nottingham Forest Football League Championship 24 December 2009
26 November 2009 DF Australia Chris Herd England Lincoln City Football League Two 26 December 2009
26 November 2009 MF Scotland Barry Bannan England Blackpool Football League Championship 26 January 2010
5 December 2009[1] GK Republic of Ireland David Bevan England Solihull Moors Conference North 5 January 2010 Youth player
30 January 2010 DF Australia Shane Lowry England Leeds United Football League One 9 May 2010
1 February 2010 DF England Nicky Shorey England Fulham Premier League 10 May 2010
26 March 2010 DF United States Eric Lichaj England Leyton Orient Football League One 9 May 2010 Loan extended until the end of the season

Kit Changes[edit]

The club once again dismissed sponsorship payments to allow Acorns as a charitable sponsor. A new away kit was unveiled on 24 May 2009 and inspired by the England national football team. It features a white and gray halved style with pinstripes and a navy accent, intended to pay tribute to the 67 Villa players that have appeared for the country while at the club.[2] The blue and black away kit of 2008–09 also became this season's third kit.[3] The new home kit was unveiled the day before the first clash of the Peace Cup 2009, which was against Málaga on Saturday 25 July.[4]

Premier League[edit]

Final League Position[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 7 10 67 41 +26 70 Play-off round
5 Manchester City 38 18 13 7 73 45 +28 67 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Aston Villa 38 17 13 8 52 39 +13 64
7 Liverpool 38 18 9 11 61 35 +26 63 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
8 Everton 38 16 13 9 60 49 +11 61
9 Birmingham City 38 13 11 14 38 47 −9 50

Updated to games played on 09 May 2010.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Cup Matches[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 FA Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
02/01/2010 R3 Blackburn Rovers H 3–1 25,453 Delfouneso, Cuéllar, Carew (pen.)
23/01/2010 R4 Brighton and Hove Albion H 3–2 39,725 Delfouneso, A. Young, Delph
14/02/2010 R5 Crystal Palace A 2–2 20,486 Collins, Petrov
24/02/2010 R5 (R) Crystal Palace H 3–1 31,874 Agbonlahor, Carew (2 pen.)
07/03/2010 R6 Reading A 4–2 23,175 A. Young, Carew (3, 1 pen.)
10/04/2010 SF Chelsea N 0–3 85,472

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
23/09/2009 R3 Cardiff City H 1–0 22,527 Agbonlahor
27/10/2009 R4 Sunderland A 0–0 27,666 (Pens: Carew, Collins, A. Young)
0 – 0 after extra time – Aston Villa won 3–1 on penalties
01/12/2009 QF Portsmouth A 4–2 17,034 Milner, Heskey, Downing, A. Young
14/01/2010[5] SF (1) Blackburn Rovers A 1–0 18,595 Milner
20/01/2010 SF (2) Blackburn Rovers H 6–4 40,406 Warnock, Milner (pen.), N'Zonzi (o.g.), Agbonlahor, Heskey, A. Young
Aston Villa won 7–4 on aggregate
28/02/2010 F Manchester United N 1–2 88,596 Milner (pen.)

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20/08/2009 Play-off Round (1) Austria Rapid Vienna A 0–1 17,600
27/08/2009 Play-off Round (2) Austria Rapid Vienna H 2–1 22,563 Milner (pen.), Carew
2–2 on aggregate; Rapid Vienna won on away goals

Friendly Matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18/07/2009 Peterborough United A 3–0 Weimann, Davies, Sidwell
21/07/2009 Colchester United A 2–2 Sidwell, McGurk
04/08/2009 Oxford United A 0–2
08/08/2009 Italy Fiorentina H 1–0 Heskey

Peace Cup[edit]

Main article: 2009 Peace Cup
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25/07/2009 Group C Spain Málaga A 0–1
29/07/2009 Group C Mexico Atlante N 3–1 Albrighton, Carew, A. Young
31/07/2009 Semi-Final Portugal Porto N 2–1 Heskey, Sidwell
02/08/2009 Final Italy Juventus N 0–0 (Pens: Bannan, Lowry, A. Young, Cuéllar)
0–0 after extra time – Aston Villa won 4–3 on penalties

Goalscorers[edit]

Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europa League Total
Norway John Carew
10
6
1
17
England Gabriel Agbonlahor
13
1
2
16
England James Milner
7
4
1
12
England Ashley Young
5
2
2
9
England Emile Heskey
3
2
5
Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne
3
3
Spain Carlos Cuéllar
2
1
3
England Stewart Downing
2
1
3
England Nathan Delfouneso
1
2
3
Wales James Collins
1
1
2
England Curtis Davies
1
1
England Fabian Delph
1
1
Bulgaria Stiliyan Petrov
1
1
England Stephen Warnock
1
1
Opposition own goals
4
1
5
Total Goals
52
15
13
2
82

Appearances[edit]

Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Start Sub. Total
England Ashley Young
37
6
5
2
50
0
50
England James Milner
36
5
6
2
48
1
49
Spain Carlos Cuéllar
38
4
6
2
48
0
48
Bulgaria Stilyan Petrov
38
3
6
1
47
0
48
England Gabriel Agbonlahor
36
2
6
2
43
3
46
Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne
35
4
5
0
44
0
44
United States Brad Friedel
38
3
1
0
42
0
42
Norway John Carew
33
5
3
1
27
15
42
England Emile Heskey
31
4
5
2
26
16
42
England Stephen Warnock
31
6
5
0
42
0
42
Wales James Collins
30
5
5
0
39
1
40
England Stuart Downing
23
6
4
0
33
2
35
England Steve Sidwell
25
4
3
1
14
19
33
England Luke Young
16
3
1
0
18
2
20
England Fabian Delph
8
4
2
1
10
5
15
England Nigel Reo-Coker
10
1
1
1
9
4
13
England Nathan Delfouneso
9
3
1
0
2
11
13
Senegal Habib Beye
6
2
1
2
10
1
11
United States Brad Guzan
0
3
5
2
10
0
10
England Marc Albrighton
3
1
1
1
1
5
6
England Nicky Shorey
3
0
1
2
6
0
6
England Curtis Davies
2
1
0
2
4
1
5
England Craig Gardner
1
0
1
1
2
1
3
Australia Shane Lowry
0
1
0
2
0
3
3
England Ciaran Clark
1
0
0
0
1
0
1

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