10 Facts about Aston Villa’s glorious European Cup win you may not know… #avfc #uclfinal

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When Aston Villa won the final, it was the sixth successive time an English team had won the trophy.

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Villa’s semi-final win over Anderlecht was marred by crowd trouble.  Anderlecht, having lost the game appealed on the grounds of “physchological harm”.  The appeal was rejected & Villa continued on to the final to face Bayern Munich.

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Aston Villa finished 11th in the league the year they lifted the trophy having been Champions the previous season.

7.

Nigel Spink, with just one senior appearance, came on for injured Villa goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer.  Spink would lift the European Cup 82 minutes later.  

6.

Gordon Cowans & Colin Gibson, having won the cup, decided to take it to to the pub.  Having loaded the prize silverware into the boot of a car, enjoyed a nights drinking and darts before realising they had lost the cup.  Fortuitously it was handed it 100 miles away that night in Sheffield.

5.

The attendance at the final in Feyenoord was reported as 46,000.

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4.

The attendance of Villa fans alone at the final was reported as 12,000.

3.

Peter Withe scored the only goal of the game & was also named Man Of The Match.

2.

Villa made £2 million pounds in prize money for winning the competition.

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In contrast to the crowd trouble at the final, journalist Ian Johnson [for the Birmingham Mail], reported that he observed only a single cushion being thrown during the game.

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