List of Aston Villa F.C. players

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Aston Villa F.C. is an English professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham, who currently play in the Premier League. The club was founded in 1874 and have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa were founding members of The Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992.[1]

They are one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in England, having won the First Division Championship seven times and the FA Cup seven times.[2] Villa are also one of only five English clubs to win the European Cup, which they did in 1982.[3] Aston Villa is the fourth most successful club in English football history, having won 20 major honours.[4]

This is a list of its notable players, generally this means players that have played 100 or more first-class matches for the club. However, some players who have played fewer matches are also included; players from the club's pre-Football League days, when they played fewer matches in a season than the present day, and club captains are included. Players who hold club records have footnotes describing the record. Players are listed according to the date of their first-team debut for the club. Appearances are for first-team competitive matches only including those as a substitute; wartime matches are excluded.

Notable players[edit]

  • Statistics correct as of 26 January 2014.

      This and the † indicate that they are a club record holder
      This and the * indicate that they played their full career at Aston Villa.
(n/a) = Information not available

19th Century[edit]

Name Nationality Position[5] Aston Villa career Captaincy Appearances Goals Notes
Price, Walter H.Walter H. Price England  England Defender 1874 1874–1876 n/a n/a [6][7]
Ramsay, GeorgeGeorge Ramsay Scotland  Scotland Forward 1876–1882 1876–1884 n/a n/a [8]
Hunter, ArchieArchie Hunter Scotland  Scotland Forward 1878–1890 1884–1891 73 42 [9]
Cox, GershomGershom Cox England  England Defender 1878–1893 101 0
Vaughton, HowardHoward Vaughton England  England Forward 1880–1888 26 15
Brown, ArthurArthur Brown England  England Forward 1884–1894 114 58 [10]
Hodgetts, DennisDennis Hodgetts England  England Midfielder 1886–1896 215 91
Warner, JimmyJimmy Warner England England Goalkeeper 1886–1892 101 0
Cowan, JamesJames Cowan Scotland  Scotland Midfielder 1889–1902 354 27
Athersmith, CharlieCharlie Athersmith England  England Winger 1891–1901 307 85
Devey, JohnJohn Devey England  England Forward 1891–1902 1891–1898 304 187 [11]
Spencer, HowardHoward Spencer England  England Defender 1892–1907 1902–1906 292 2
Reynolds, JackJack Reynolds England  England Midfielder 1893–1897 110 17
Smith, StephenStephen Smith England  England Forward 1893–1901 184 42
Crabtree, JimmyJimmy Crabtree England  England Defender 1895–1904 1898–1902 200 7
Evans, AlbertAlbert Evans England England Defender 1896–1906 206 0
Wheldon, FredFred Wheldon England  England Forward 1896–1900 137 74
George, BillyBilly George England  England Goalkeeper 1897–1911* 401 0
Garraty, BillyBilly Garraty England  England Forward 1897–1908 255 112
Bowman, TommyTommy Bowman Scotland  Scotland Midfielder 1897–1901 113 2
Johnson, GeorgeGeorge Johnson England England Forward 1897–1905 110 47
Wilkes, AlbertAlbert Wilkes England  England Midfielder 1898–1907 157 8

Pre-war Era (1900-1945)[edit]

Name Nationality Position[12] Aston Villa career Captaincy Appearances Goals Notes
Pearson, JoeJoe Pearson England  England Midfielder 1900–1908 118 7
Bache, JoeJoe Bache England  England Forward 1900–1914 1906–1914 474 185
Wood, AlfAlf Wood England England Defender 1900–1905 111 7
Brawn, WilliamWilliam Brawn England England Forward 1901–1906 107 20
Miles, AlfAlf Miles England England Defender 1902–1914 269 0
Leake, AlexAlex Leake England England Midfielder 1902–1907 140 9
Hall, AlbertAlbert Hall England England Forward 1903–1913 214 62
Hampton, HarryHarry Hampton England  England Forward 1904–1920 376 242 [13]
Logan, JamesJames Logan Scotland Scotland Defender 1905–1912 157 4
Tranter, GeorgeGeorge Tranter England England Midfielder 1905–1915 174 1
Walters, JosephJoseph Walters England England Forward 1905–1912 121 41
Buckley, ChrisChris Buckley England England Forward 1906–1914 143 3
Lyons, TomTom Lyons England England Defender 1907–1915 238 0
Wallace, CharlieCharlie Wallace England  England Forward 1907–1921 349 57
Stephenson, ClemClem Stephenson England  England Forward 1910–1921 216 96 [9]
Weston, TommyTommy Weston England England Defender 1911–1922 179 0
Harrop, JimmyJimmy Harrop England England Defender 1912–1921 171 4
Ducat, AndyAndy Ducat England  England Midfield 1912–1921 1919–1921 87 4
Hardy, SamSam Hardy England  England Goalkeeper 1912–1921 183 0 [9]
Moss, FrankFrank Moss England  England Defender
Midfielder
1914–1929 1921–1927 283 9
York, RichardRichard York England  England Forward 1915–1931 390 86
Gibson, JimmyJimmy Gibson England England Defender 1927–1936 197 9
Blair, DannyDanny Blair Scotland Scotland Defender 1931–1936 138 0
Dorrell, ArthurArthur Dorrell England England Forward 1919–1931 390 65
Barson, FrankFrank Barson England  England Midfielder 1919–1922 108 10
Jackson, TommyTommy Jackson England England Goalkeeper 1919–1930 186 0
Kirton, BillyBilly Kirton England England Forward 1919–1928 261 59
Walker, BillyBilly Walker England  England Forward 1919–1933* 1927–1933 531 244 [14][15]
Ball, TommyTommy Ball England England Defender 1920–1923 77 0 [16][17]
Blackburn, GeorgeGeorge Blackburn England  England Midfielder 1920–1926 145 2
Smart, TommyTommy Smart England  England Defender 1920–1934 452 8
Spiers, CyrilCyril Spiers England England Goalkeeper 1920–1927 112 0
Capewell, LenLen Capewell England England Forward 1921–1930 156 100
Johnstone, JohnJohn Johnstone Scotland Scotland Defender 1921–1927 115 1
Mort, ThomasThomas Mort England England Defender 1921–1935 368 2
Milne, VicVic Milne Scotland Scotland Defender 1923–1929 175 1
Talbot, AlecAlec Talbot England  England Defender 1923–1936 1933–1934 263 7
Bowen, TeddyTeddy Bowen England England Defender 1923–1934 199 0
Tate, JoeJoe Tate England England Midfielder 1925–1935 193 4
Kingdon, BillyBilly Kingdon England England Midfielder 1926–1936 241 5
Beresford, JosephJoseph Beresford England  England Forward 1927–1935 251 73
Houghton, EricEric Houghton England  England Forward 1927–1946 1934–1936 392 170 [8]
Waring, TomTom Waring England  England Forward 1928–1935 226 167 [18]
Brown, GeorgeGeorge Brown England England Forward 1929–1934 126 89
Mandley, JackJack Mandley England England Forward 1929–1934 112 26
Callaghan, ErnieErnie Callaghan England  England Defender 1930–1947* 142 0 [19]
Morton, HarryHarry Morton England England Goalkeeper 1930–1937 207 0
Biddlestone, FredFred Biddlestone England England Goalkeeper 1930–1939 160 0
Astley, DaiDai Astley Wales  Wales Forward 1931–1936 173 100
Dix, RonnieRonnie Dix England England Striker 1932–1937 104 30
Allen, JimmyJimmy Allen England England Midfielder 1934–(n/a) 160 3
Broome, FrankFrank Broome England  England Forward 1934–1946 151 90
Haycock, FrederickFrederick Haycock Ireland Ireland Forward 1936–1939 110 33
Cummings, GeorgeGeorge Cummings Scotland  Scotland Defender 1935–1949 1938–1939 232 0
Griffiths, TomTom Griffiths Wales  Wales Midfielder 1935–1939 1936–1937 67 1
Massie, AlexAlex Massie Scotland  Scotland Midfielder 1935–1945 1937–1938 152 5
Iverson, BobBob Iverson England England Defender 1936–1948 153 12
Goffin, BillyBilly Goffin England England Forward 1937–1954 173 42
Edwards, GeorgeGeorge Edwards England England Forward 1938–1956 152 41
Moss, FrankFrank Moss England England Midfielder 1938–1951 313 3
Parkes, HarryHarry Parkes England  England Defender
Utility
1939–1955* 345 4
Rutherford, JoeJoe Rutherford England England Goalkeeper 1939–1951 156 0

Post-war Era (1945-2000)[edit]

Name Nationality Position[20] Aston Villa career Captaincy Appearances Goals Notes
Dixon, JohnnyJohnny Dixon England  England Forward 1945–1961* 1955–1959 430 144
Lowe, EddieEddie Lowe England England Midfielder 1945–1950 117 3
Moss, AmosAmos Moss England England Defender 1945–1956 109 5
Smith, LeslieLeslie Smith England England Forward 1945–1952 197 37
Dorsett, DickyDicky Dorsett England  England Defender 1946–1953 1949–1951 271 36
Jones, KeithKeith Jones Welsh Wales Goalkeeper 1946–1957 199 0
Ford, TrevorTrevor Ford Wales  Wales Forward 1947–1950 128 61 [8][9]
Aldis, PeterPeter Aldis England  England Defender 1948–1960 294 1
Martin, ConCon Martin Ireland  Ireland Goalkeeper
Utility
1948–1956 213 1
Gibson, ColinColin Gibson England England Forward 1949–1956 167 26
Lynn, StanStan Lynn England  England Defender 1950–1961 323 38
Pace, DerekDerek Pace England England Forward 1950–1958 107 42
Thompson, TommyTommy Thompson England England Forward 1950–1955 165 75
Walsh, DavyDavy Walsh Ireland Ireland Striker 1950–1955 114 40
Crowe, VicVic Crowe Wales  Wales Midfielder 1951–1964 1959–1964 351 12
Blanchflower, DannyDanny Blanchflower Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland Midfielder 1951–1954 1951–1955 155 10 [9][21]
McParland, PeterPeter McParland Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland Forward 1952–1962 340 120 [8][22]
Baxter, BillyBilly Baxter England England Midfielder 1953–1957 108 6
Lee, GordonGordon Lee England England Defender 1955–1966 142 2
Saward, PatPat Saward Ireland Ireland Defender 1955–1961 168 2
Sewell, JackieJackie Sewell England England Forward 1955–1959 144 40
Burrows, HarryHarry Burrows England England Forward 1956–1965 181 73
Deakin, AlanAlan Deakin England  England Midfielder 1956–1969 1964–1969 270 9
Dugdale, JimmyJimmy Dugdale England England Defender 1956–1962 244 3
Sims, NigelNigel Sims England  England Goalkeeper 1956–1964 308 0
Smith, LeslieLeslie Smith England England Forward 1956–1960 129 25
Tindall, MikeMike Tindall England England Midfielder 1956–1961 134 4
Hitchens, GerryGerry Hitchens England  England Forward 1957–1961 160 96
Wylie, RonRon Wylie Scotland  Scotland Midfielder
Forward
1958–1965 244 28
Aitken, CharlieCharlie Aitken Scotland  Scotland Defender 1959–1976* 1966–1973 660 16 [8][23]
MacEwan, JimmyJimmy MacEwan Scotland Scotland Forward 1959–1966 181 31
Neal, JohnJohn Neal England England Defender 1959–1963 114 0
Thomson, BobbyBobby Thomson Scotland Scotland Forward 1959–1963 171 70
Baker, AlanAlan Baker England England Defender 1960–1966 109 17
Sleeuwenhoek, JohnJohn Sleeuwenhoek England England Defender 1961–1967 260 1
Chatterley, LewLew Chatterley England England Defender
Midfielder
1960–1971 160 27
Woosnam, PhilPhil Woosnam Wales  Wales Forward 1962–1966 125 30
Wright, MickMick Wright England England Defender 1962–1973 315 1
Bradley, KeithKeith Bradley England England Defender
Midfielder
1962–1972 135 9
Hateley, TonyTony Hateley England  England Forward 1963–1966 148 86
Pountney, DaveDave Pountney England England Midfielder 1963–1968 128 7
MacLeod, JohnnyJohnny MacLeod Scotland Scotland Right-winger 1964–1968 139 18
Withers, ColinColin Withers England England Goalkeeper 1964–1969 163 0
Anderson, WilliamWilliam Anderson England  England Forward 1967–1973 263 45
Dunn, JohnJohn Dunn England England Goalkeeper 1967–1971 118 0
Godfrey, BrianBrian Godfrey England England Midfielder
Forward
1967–1971 260 25
Turnbull, FredFred Turnbull England England Defender 1967–1975 183 3
Tiler, BrianBrian Tiler England England Defender 1968–1973 127 4
Hamilton, ChicoChico Hamilton England England Forward 1969–1976 234 48
McMahon, PatPat McMahon Scotland Scotland Midfielder 1969–1976 149 30
Rioch, BruceBruce Rioch Scotland Scotland Midfielder 1969–1974 175 37
Little, BrianBrian Little England  England Forward 1970–1979 301 82 [8]
Lochhead, AndyAndy Lochhead Scotland  Scotland Forward 1970–1973 153 47
Cumbes, JimmyJimmy Cumbes England England Goalkeeper 1971–1976 182 0
Graydon, RayRay Graydon England  England Forward 1971–1977 230 81
Vowden, GeoffGeoff Vowden England England Striker 1971–1974 114 25
Gidman, JohnJohn Gidman England England Defender 1972–1980 243 9
Nicholl, ChrisChris Nicholl England  England Defender 1972–1977 1976–1977 251 20
Robson, JohnJohn Robson England England Defender 1972–1978 176 1
Ross, IanIan Ross Scotland  Scotland Defender 1972–1976 1974–1976 204 3
Deehan, JohnJohn Deehan England  England Midfielder 1973–1979 139 51
Phillips, LeightonLeighton Phillips Wales Wales Defender 1974–1978 175 4
Carrodus, FrankFrank Carrodus England England Midfielder 1974–1979 196 10
Gray, AndyAndy Gray Scotland  Scotland Forward 1975–1979
1985–1987
209 78 [24][25]
Williams, GaryGary Williams England  England Defender 1975–1987 303 2
Mortimer, DennisDennis Mortimer England  England Midfielder 1975–1985 1977–1984 405 36 [8]
Cowans, GordonGordon Cowans England  England Midfielder 1976–1985
1988–1991
1993–1994
528 59 [8][26]
Gibson, ColinColin Gibson England  England Defender 1976–1985 238 17
Rimmer, JimmyJimmy Rimmer England  England Goalkeeper 1977–1983 287 0
Evans, AllanAllan Evans Scotland  Scotland Defender 1977–1989 1984–1989 469 62
McNaught, KenKen McNaught Scotland  Scotland Defender 1977–1983 259 14
Spink, NigelNigel Spink England  England Goalkeeper 1977–1996 454 0
Ormsby, BrendanBrendan Ormsby England England Defender 1978–1986 140 7
Shaw, GaryGary Shaw England  England Forward 1978–1988 165 78 [25]
Swain, KennyKenny Swain England  England Defender 1978–1983 178 2
Birch, PaulPaul Birch England  England Midfielder 1978–1991 188 25
Bremner, DesDes Bremner Scotland  Scotland Midfielder 1979–1984 226 10
Morley, TonyTony Morley England  England Midfielder 1979–1983 179 34
Withe, PeterPeter Withe England  England Forward 1980–1985 182 90 [8]
Walters, MarkMark Walters England  England Midfielder 1981–1987 224 48
Dorigo, TonyTony Dorigo England England Defender 1983–1987 135 1
Daley, TonyTony Daley England  England Midfielder 1985–1994 290 38
Gage, KevinKevin Gage England England Defender 1987–1992 145 12
Gray, StuartStuart Gray England  England Midfielder 1987–1991 1989–1992 132 15
Platt, DavidDavid Platt England  England Midfielder 1988–1991 145 68 [24]
Price, ChrisChris Price England England Defender 1988–1992 142 4
McGrath, PaulPaul McGrath Ireland  Ireland Defender 1989–1996 321 10 [8][9][24]
Yorke, DwightDwight Yorke Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Forward 1989–1998 288 97
Atkinson, DalianDalian Atkinson England  England Forward 1989–1995 121 38
Ehiogu, UgoUgo Ehiogu England England Defender 1991–2000 285 17
Parker, GarryGarry Parker England England Midfielder 1991–1995 119 14
Richardson, KevinKevin Richardson England  England Midfielder 1991–1995 1992–1995 188 16
Staunton, SteveSteve Staunton Ireland  Ireland Defender 1991–1998
2000–2003
2002–2003 350 19
Teale, ShaunShaun Teale England England Defender 1991–1995 185 5
Saunders, DeanDean Saunders Wales  Wales Forward 1992–1995 142 49
Barrett, EarlEarl Barrett England  England Defender 1992–1995 132 2
Bosnich, MarkMark Bosnich Australia  Australia Goalkeeper 1992–1999 227 0
Houghton, RayRay Houghton Ireland Ireland Midfielder 1992–1995 121 11
Townsend, AndyAndy Townsend Ireland  Ireland Midfielder 1993–1997 1995–1997 177 11
Hendrie, LeeLee Hendrie England  England Midfielder 1993–2007 308 32
Taylor, IanIan Taylor England  England Midfielder 1994–2003 293 43
Milošević, SavoSavo Milošević Serbia Serbia Serbia Forward 1995–1998 117 34
Draper, MarkMark Draper England England Midfielder 1995–2000 141 14
Southgate, GarethGareth Southgate England  England Defender 1995–2001 1997–2001 244 9
Wright, AlanAlan Wright England  England Defender 1995–2003 331 5
Joachim, JulianJulian Joachim England England Striker 1996–2001 173 46
Vassell, DariusDarius Vassell England  England Forward 1997–2005 162 35
Barry, GarethGareth Barry England  England Defender
Midfielder
1998–2009 2006–2008 441 52
Dublin, DionDion Dublin England  England Defender
Forward
1998–2004 190 59
Merson, PaulPaul Merson England  England Midfielder 1998–2002 2001–2002 145 19
Delaney, MarkMark Delaney Wales  Wales Defender 1999–2007 193 2
Boateng, GeorgeGeorge Boateng Netherlands Netherlands Midfielder 1999–2002 127 5
Samuel, JlloydJlloyd Samuel England England Defender 1999–2007 199 3

21st Century[edit]

Players in bold are still playing for the club.

Name Nationality Position[27] Aston Villa career Captaincy Appearances Goals Notes
Hitzlsperger, ThomasThomas Hitzlsperger Germany Germany Midfielder 2001–2005 110 13
Ángel, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Ángel Columbia  Colombia Forward 2001–2007 205 66
Mellberg, OlofOlof Mellberg Sweden  Sweden Defender 2001–2008 2003–2006 263 8 [28]
McCann, GavinGavin McCann England England Midfielder 2003–2007 129 5
Sørensen, ThomasThomas Sørensen Denmark Denmark Goalkeeper 2003–2008 158 0
Laursen, MartinMartin Laursen Denmark Denmark Defender 2004–2009 2008–2009 91 11
Davis, StevenSteven Davis Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland Midfielder 2004–2007 109 9
Agbonlahor, GabrielGabriel Agbonlahor England England Forward 2005– 315 79
Milner, JamesJames Milner England  England Midfielder 2005–2006
2008–2010
122 23
Petrov, StiliyanStiliyan Petrov Bulgaria Bulgaria Midfielder 2006–2013 2009–2012 187 8
Young, AshleyAshley Young England England Winger 2007–2011 187 38
Carew, JohnJohn Carew Norway Norway Forward 2007–2011 143 47
Reo-Coker, NigelNigel Reo-Coker England England Midfielder 2007–2011 122 3
Friedel, BradBrad Friedel England United States Goalkeeper 2008–2011 130 0
Guzan, BradBrad Guzan England United States Goalkeeper 2008– 105 0
Cuellar, CarlosCarlos Cuellar Spain Spain Defender 2008–2012 120 3
Heskey, EmileEmile Heskey England England Forward 2008–2012 110 14
Delph, FabianFabian Delph England England Midfielder 2009– 104 6
Clark, CiaranCiaran Clark Ireland Ireland Defender 2009– 103 8
Albrighton, MarcMarc Albrighton England England Midfielder 2009–2014 101 9
Warnock, StephenStephen Warnock England England Forward 2009–2012 101 3
Dunne, RichardRichard Dunne Ireland Ireland Defender 2009–2012 111 4
James CollinsJames Collins Wales Wales Defender 2009–2012 110 6
Vlaar, RonRon Vlaar Netherlands Netherlands Defender 2012– 2012– 65 2


Cup-winning Captains[edit]

Captain Nationality Honours as Captain
Archie Hunter  Scotland 1887 FA Cup
John Devey  England 1894 First Division
1895 FA Cup
1896 First Division
1897 First Division and 1897 FA Cup (Double)
Jimmy Crabtree  England 1899 First Division
1900 First Division
Howard Spencer  England 1905 FA Cup
Joseph Bache  England 1910 First Division
1913 FA Cup
Andy Ducat  England 1920 FA Cup
Alex Massie  Scotland 1938 Second Division
Johnny Dixon  England 1957 FA Cup
Vic Crowe  Wales 1960 Second Division
1961 League Cup
Charlie Aitken  Scotland 1972 Third Division
Ian Ross  Scotland 1975 League Cup
Chris Nicholl  Northern Ireland 1977 League Cup
Dennis Mortimer  England 1981 First Division
1982 European Cup
Kevin Richardson  England 1994 League Cup
Andy Townsend  Ireland 1996 League Cup

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ "Villa History 1874–1887". Aston Villa F.C. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  2. ^ "FA Cup history". Football Association (FA). Retrieved 2007-07-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ "European Cup Win". Aston Villa F.C. Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  4. ^ "All-time English League Table". Everton Supporters Website. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  5. ^ For a full description of positions see football positions.
  6. ^ One of the four founding members (founding fathers) of the club.
  7. ^ First official club captain of Aston Villa.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j One of 12 players to be inducted into the Aston Villa Hall of Fame in 2006.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Football League 100 Legends Hall of Fame entrant.
  10. ^ Aston Villa's first England player in 1882.
  11. ^ Third all time goalscorer.
  12. ^ For a full description of positions see football positions.
  13. ^ Second all time goalscorer.
  14. ^ Club record goalscorer.
  15. ^ Second all time appearances.
  16. ^ The only Football League player to have been murdered.
  17. ^ Cowan, Mark (6 May 2010). "The star Villa player shot dead by neighbour". From the archives. Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  18. ^ Club record for most league goals (49) and most goals in total (50) scored in a season, in 1930–31.
  19. ^ Club record holder for oldest first team player; 39 years 86 days old.
  20. ^ For a full description of positions see football positions.
  21. ^ English Football Hall of Fame inductee (2003).
  22. ^ First Aston Villa player to participate in a World Cup.
  23. ^ Charlie Aitken is the all time appearance record holder.
  24. ^ a b c Won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.
  25. ^ a b Won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
  26. ^ Third all time appearance record holder.
  27. ^ For a full description of positions see football positions.
  28. ^ First club captain not from Britain or Ireland.
General

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