2006–07 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2006–07 season
Chairman Randy Lerner
Manager Martin O'Neill
FA Premier League 11th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Agbonlahor (9)
All: Barry/Agbonlahor (10)
Highest home attendance 42,551 (vs. Tottenham, Man Utd, Liverpool, Sheff Utd)
Lowest home attendance 27,450 (vs. Bolton)
Average home league attendance 36,214
Home colours
Away colours

During the 2006–07 English football season, Aston Villa F.C. competed in the FA Premier League. It was Villa's first season under the management of Northern Irishman Martin O'Neill, who was appointed as manager following the sacking of David O'Leary at the end of the previous season.

Season summary[edit]

Villa started life under Martin O'Neill strongly and were the last team in the Premier League to be beaten, going nine matches without defeat and taking points against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea away before a 3-1 loss at Liverpool. A run of 11 games without victory during the middle of the season dragged Villa down to 14th place, putting paid to their early-season hopes of Champions League qualification, but Villa rallied and only lost 3 of their last 15 games to finish comfortably in 11th.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 5 5 83 27 +56 89 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 24 11 3 64 24 +40 83
3 Liverpool 38 20 8 10 57 27 +30 68 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 63 35 +28 68
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 9 12 57 54 +3 60 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round 1
6 Everton 38 15 13 10 52 36 +16 58
7 Bolton Wanderers 38 16 8 14 47 52 −5 56
8 Reading 38 16 7 15 52 47 +5 55
9 Portsmouth 38 14 12 12 45 42 +3 54
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 7 16 52 54 −2 52 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 2
11 Aston Villa 38 11 17 10 43 41 +2 50
12 Middlesbrough 38 12 10 16 44 49 −5 46
13 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39
17 Wigan Athletic 38 10 8 20 37 59 −22 38
18 Sheffield United (R) 38 10 8 20 32 55 −23 38 Relegation to League Championship
19 Charlton Athletic (R) 38 8 10 20 34 60 −26 34
20 Watford (R) 38 5 13 20 29 59 −30 28

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(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.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1. Since the finalists of the 2006–07 FA Cup (Manchester United and Chelsea) and the League Cup winners (Chelsea) had already qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League through their Premier League positions, their 2007–08 UEFA Cup places were given to the 6th- and 7th-placed Premier League teams.

2.The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded with a place in that competition. Blackburn Rovers occupied the Intertoto place, because Portsmouth and Reading did not apply.[1] A further place in the UEFA Cup was up for grabs via the Premiership Fair Play League. The winner is placed into a draw with the winners of Fair Play leagues in other countries. The representatives from the two countries that come out of the hat first are given a place in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round. Since the winners of the Premiership Fair Play League, Tottenham Hotspur, had already qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of their league position, their place in the Fair Play draw was given to Aston Villa. However, the places in the UEFA Cup were awarded to the representatives from Finland and Norway.

For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Competition.

Results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Opponents Home/
Away
Result
F–A
Scorers Competition
21 July 2006 Walsall A 5–0 Agbonlahor (2), Moore (2), Whittingham Friendly
25 July 2006 Hull City A 2–0 Davis, Gardner Friendly
26 July 2006 Chesterfield A 2–0 Bridges (2) Friendly
29 July 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–0 Ridgewell, Barry Friendly
5 August 2006 Hannover A 0–0 Friendly
8 August 2006 NEC Nijmegen A 1–2 Agbonlahor Friendly
11 August 2006 Groningen A 2–2 Moore, Ridgewell Friendly

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2][3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Thomas Sørensen
2 Wales DF Mark Delaney
3 England DF Jlloyd Samuel[4]
4 Sweden DF Olof Mellberg
5 Denmark DF Martin Laursen
6 England MF Gareth Barry
8 England MF Gavin McCann
10 Norway FW John Carew
11 Bulgaria MF Stiliyan Petrov
12 Northern Ireland MF Steven Davis
13 England GK Stuart Taylor
15 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor
No. Position Player
16 Netherlands DF Wilfred Bouma
17 England FW Ashley Young
18 Northern Ireland DF Aaron Hughes
19 England DF Liam Ridgewell
20 England FW Chris Sutton
21 England DF Gary Cahill
22 England FW Luke Moore
23 Czech Republic MF Patrik Berger
24 England DF Phil Bardsley[5] (on loan from Manchester United)
26 England MF Craig Gardner
27 England MF Isaiah Osbourne
28 Scotland MF Shaun Maloney[6]

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
7 England MF Lee Hendrie (on loan to Stoke City)
9 Colombia FW Juan Pablo Angel (to New York Red Bulls)
10 Czech Republic FW Milan Baroš (to Lyon)
14 Cameroon MF Eric Djemba-Djemba (on loan to Burnley)
17 England MF Peter Whittingham (to Cardiff City)
No. Position Player
20 England FW Kevin Phillips (to West Bromwich Albion)
24 France MF Mathieu Berson (to Levante)
28 Hungary GK Gabor Király (on loan from Crystal Palace)
31 France DF Didier Agathe (released)

Reserve squad[edit]

The following players spent most of the season playing for the reserve team, and did not appear for the first team.

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

No. Position Player
25 Austria GK Bobby Olejnik
29 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen O'Halloran
England DF Paul Green
No. Position Player
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Christian Tshimanga Kabeya (sacked)
England FW Scott Bridges
England FW Sam Williams

Youth squad[edit]

The following players spent most of the season playing for the youth team, and did not appear for the first team, but may have appeared for the reserve team.

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 Elliot Parish
Republic of Ireland GK David Bevan (on loan to Hull City)
Republic of Ireland GK Lee Boyle (on loan to Bohemians)
Republic of Ireland GK Stephen Henderson
England DF Daniel Bradley
England DF Ciaran Clark
England DF Jordan Collins
England DF Ben Love
England DF Will Ricketts
England DF Matthew Roome
England DF Sam Simmonds
Republic of Ireland DF Danny Earls
Republic of Ireland DF Shane Lowry
Sweden DF Erik Lund
No. Position Player
Australia DF Chris Herd
England MF Marc Albrighton
England MF Jonathan Hogg
Scotland MF Barry Bannan
Switzerland MF Damian Bellón
Switzerland MF Yagó Bellón
Hungary MF Zoltán Stieber
England FW Nathan Delfouneso
Northern Ireland FW Adam McGurk
Sweden FW Tobias Mikaelsson (on loan to Ljungskile SK)
England MF Josh Burge (on trial from Grimsby Town)
DF Steven Clancy
MF Aaron Griffiths
MF Danny MacDonald (contract terminated by mutual consent)

Other players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Norway GK Lasse Staw (on trial from Fredrikstad)
Cyprus MF Stefanos Georgiou (on trial from Olympiakos Nicosia)
Cyprus MF Feidos Panagiotiu (on trial from Olympiakos Nicosia)
Sweden FW Jacob Flingmark (on trial from Ljungskile SK)
Sweden FW Robin Söder (on trial from Stenungsunds IF)
No. Position Player
England MF Phil Green
Republic of Ireland DF Mark Power
DF Seyi Morgan (contracted cancelled)
MF Morgan Evans

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Sorensen 29 0 0 0 2 0 31 0
3 DF Samuel 2+2 0 0+1 0 0 0 2+3 0
4 DF Mellberg 38 1 0 0 3 0 41 1
5 DF Laursen 12+2 0 0 0 1 0 13+2 0
6 MD Barry 35 8 1 0 3 1 39 9
8 MF McCann 28+2 1 1 0 2 0 31+2 1
9 FW Angel 18+5 4 1 0 3 3 22+5 7
10 FW Baroš 10+7 1 0+1 1 1+2 0 11+10 2
10 FW Carew 11 3 0 0 0 0 11 3
11 MF Petrov 30 2 1 0 3 0 34 2
12 MF Davis 17+11 0 0 0 3 0 20+11 0
13 GK Taylor 4+2 0 0 0 1 0 5+2 0
14 MF Djemba-Djemba 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
15 FW Agbonlahor 37+1 9 1 0 0 0 41+1 10
16 DF Bouma 23+2 0 1 0 1+1 0 25+3 0
17 FW Young 11+2 2 0 0 0+1 0 11+2 2
17 MF Whittingham 2+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 2+2 0
18 DF Hughes 15+4 0 1 0 3 0 19+4 0
19 DF Ridgewell 19+2 1 1 0 2+1 0 22+3 1
20 FW Sutton 6+2 1 0 0 0+1 0 6+3 1
21 DF Cahill 19+1 1 1 0 0 0 20+1 0
22 FW Moore 7+6 4 0 0 1 0 8+6 4
23 MF Berger 5+8 2 0 0 0+1 0 5+9 2
24 DF Bardsley 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
26 MF Gardner 11+2 2 0 0 0 0 11+2 2
27 MF Osbourne 6+5 0 1 0 1 0 8+5 0
28 GK Kiraly 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
28 MF Maloney 5+3 1 0 0 0 0 5+3 1
31 DF Agathe 0+5 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+6 0

[7]

Transfers[edit]

The season saw Villa break its transfer record when they signed Ashley Young for £8 million from Watford, heralding a new era and a strategy of signing young players with experience from the British game. The signing of Bulgarian international Stiliyan Petrov was another important manoeuvre from Martin O'Neill, who was given larger resource in comparison to his predecessors by new American owner Randy Lerner.

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee Source
30 August 2006 MF Bulgaria Stiliyan Petrov Scotland Celtic £6.5m [8]
12 September 2006 MF France Didier Agathe Unattached Free [9]
3 October 2006 FW England Chris Sutton Unattached Free [10]
22 January 2007 FW Norway John Carew France Lyon P/Ex [11]
23 January 2007 MF England Ashley Young England Watford £8m→£9.65m [12]
31 January 2007 MF Scotland Shaun Maloney Scotland Celtic £1m [13]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee Source
1 July 2006 DF Ecuador Ulises de la Cruz Unattached Released
22 August 2006 FW England Kevin Phillips England West Bromwich Albion £700k [14]
23 August 2006 MF France Mathieu Berson Spain Levante Undisclosed [15]
11 January 2007 MF England Peter Whittingham Wales Cardiff City £350k [16]
11 January 2007 MF France Didier Agathe Unattached Released [17]
22 January 2007 FW Czech Republic Milan Baroš France Lyon P/Ex [11]
17 April 2007 FW Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel United States New York Red Bulls Free [18]

Loans in[edit]

Start Pos. Name From Expiry Source
14 December 2006 GK Hungary Gábor Király England Crystal Palace 12 January 2007 [19]
8 January 2007 DF Scotland Phil Bardsley England Manchester United 1 July 2007 [20]

Loans out[edit]

Start Pos. Name To Expiry Source
29 September 2006 MF England Lee Hendrie England Stoke City 1 January 2007 [21][22]
20 October 2006 DF Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Halloran England Wycombe Wanderers 21 January 2007 [23][24]
23 November 2006 MF Czech Republic Patrik Berger England Stoke City 4 January 2007 [25]
12 January 2007 MF Cameroon Eric Djemba-Djemba England Burnley 1 July 2007 [26]
30 January 2007 MF England Lee Hendrie England Stoke City 1 July 2007 [27]
8 March 2007 GK Austria Bobby Olejnik England Lincoln City 9 June 2007 [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spurs win may harm Rovers' Intertoto chances
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2006-2007/faprem/avilla.htm
  3. ^ http://www.astonvillaplayerdatabase.com/2006-07.html
  4. ^ Samuel was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, but also qualified to represent England internationally and has represented them at U-21 level. However, he later chose to represent the country of his birth and made his full international debut for Trinidad and Tobago in September 2009
  5. ^ Bardsley was born in Salford, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his father and would make his full international debut for Scotland in October 2010.
  6. ^ Maloney was born in Miri, Malaysia.
  7. ^ http://home.aland.net/bolin.jakobsson/villamatches/2006-07.pdf
  8. ^ "Villa seal £6.5m deal for Petrov". BBC Sport. 2006-08-30. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  9. ^ "Villa give Agathe short-term deal". BBC Sport. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Striker Sutton joins Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  11. ^ a b "Villa secure Carew in Baros swap". BBC Sport. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  12. ^ "Young completes £9.65m Villa move". BBC Sport. 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  13. ^ "Villa beat clock to sign Maloney". BBC Sport. 2007-01-31. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  14. ^ "Phillips makes move to West Brom". BBC Sport. 2006-08-22. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  15. ^ "Berson leaves Villa for Levante". BBC Sport. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  16. ^ "Whittingham secures Cardiff move". BBC Sport. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  17. ^ "Agathe parts company with Villa". BBC Sport. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  18. ^ "Angel moves to New York Red Bulls". BBC Sport. 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  19. ^ "Villa sign keeper Kiraly as cover". BBC Sport. 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  20. ^ "Villa complete Bardsley loan deal". BBC Sport. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  21. ^ "Stoke complete Hendrie loan deal". BBC Sport. 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  22. ^ "Stoke extend Hendrie loan stint". BBC Sport. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  23. ^ "Wycombe snap up Villa defender". BBC Sport. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  24. ^ "Wycombe net QPR's Doherty on loan". BBC Sport. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  25. ^ "Stoke complete Berger loan swoop". BBC Sport. 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  26. ^ "Burnley seal Djemba-Djemba loan". BBC Sport. 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  27. ^ "Stoke snap up Hendrie and Zakuani". BBC Sport. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  28. ^ "Villa keeper heads to Lincoln". Sky Sports. 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2013-04-09.