1982 European Cup Final

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1982 European Cup Final
1982 European Cup Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1981–82 European Cup
Date26 May 1982
VenueFeijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam
Man of the MatchPeter Withe (Aston Villa)
RefereeGeorges Konrath (France)

The 1982 European Cup Final was played on 26 May 1982. English champions Aston Villa defeated West German league winners Bayern Munich 1–0 at De Kuip in Rotterdam, Netherlands to win the European Cup for the first, and so far, only time, and continue the streak of English teams winning the competition, being the sixth consecutive victory by an English side.

Route to the final[edit]

England Aston Villa Round West Germany Bayern Munich
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Iceland Valur 7–0 5–0 (H) 2–0 (A) First round Sweden Östers IF 6–0 1–0 (A) 5–0 (H)
East Germany Dynamo Berlin 2–2 (a) 2–1 (A) 0–1 (H) Second round Portugal Benfica 4–1 0–0 (A) 4–1 (H)
Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H) Quarter-finals Romania Universitatea Craiova 3–1 2–0 (A) 1–1 (H)
Belgium Anderlecht 1–0 1–0 (H) 0–0 (A) Semi-finals Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 7–4 3–4 (A) 4–0 (H)



It represented a huge success in his first season as manager for Tony Barton. He had only taken over as Villa boss before the quarter-finals after the shock resignation of Villa boss Ron Saunders.

One of the most memorable incidents of the final occurred after 10 minutes when veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer suffered a repeat of a recurring shoulder injury. His replacement, Nigel Spink, subsequently made only his second first team appearance for the club. His performance in helping prevent Bayern from scoring throughout the match was subsequently highly praised, and is seen by many as the making of a player who would be Villa's first choice goalkeeper for the following 10 seasons.[1]

Also memorably Bayern Munich did find the net with three minutes of play remaining, although the goal was ruled offside. Villa also got the ball in the net for a second time a few seconds before the end of the match but this goal was also disallowed.

Brian Moore's commentary of the winning goal is displayed on a giant banner across the North Stand of Villa Park:

Shaw, Williams, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball in for Tony Morley. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Peter Withe.

As defending European champions Villa were invited into the European Cup, European Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup for the following season. Their defence of the European Cup ended in a quarter-final defeat to a Michel Platini-inspired Juventus. They beat Barcelona 3–1 on aggregate to win the Super Cup, but lost 2–0 to Uruguayan club Peñarol for the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, Japan.


England Aston Villa1–0West Germany Bayern Munich
Withe Goal 67' Report
Attendance: 46,000
Aston Villa
Bayern Munich
GK 1 England Jimmy Rimmer Substituted off 9'
RB 2 England Kenny Swain
CB 5 Scotland Ken McNaught
CB 4 Scotland Allan Evans
LB 3 England Gary Williams Yellow card 38'
CM 6 England Dennis Mortimer (c)
CM 10 England Gordon Cowans
CM 7 Scotland Des Bremner
RW 9 England Peter Withe
CF 8 England Gary Shaw
LW 11 England Tony Morley
GK 16 England Nigel Spink Substituted in 9'
DF England Colin Gibson
MF Scotland Andy Blair
MF England Pat Heard
FW England David Geddis
England Tony Barton
Aston Villa vs Bayern Munich 1982-05-26.svg
GK 1 West Germany Manfred Müller
RB 2 West Germany Wolfgang Dremmler
CB 4 West Germany Hans Weiner
CB 5 West Germany Klaus Augenthaler
LB 3 West Germany Udo Horsmann
RM 10 West Germany Reinhold Mathy Substituted off 51'
CM 6 West Germany Wolfgang Kraus Substituted off 78'
CM 8 West Germany Paul Breitner (c)
LM 7 West Germany Bernd Dürnberger
CF 9 West Germany Dieter Hoeneß
CF 11 West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
MF 16 West Germany Günter Güttler Substituted in 51'
MF 13 West Germany Kurt Niedermayer Substituted in 78'
GK West Germany Walter Junghans
Hungary Pál Csernai

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How Aston Villa won the European Cup (and were then relegated five years later)". Guardian. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.

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