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Author Topic: Greatest Premier League game?  (Read 2584 times)

Offline Ivo Stas

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Greatest Premier League game?
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:49:32 PM »
The Premier League is 25 now and the Guardian are doing a series of articles. One article...

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/25/premier-league-best-match-liverpool-newcastle-april-1996

...is about the choosing the greatest game. Got me wondering, what was Villa's greatest Premier League game?

Completely off the top of my head, and because I was there, how about Chelsea 4 Villa 4 on Boxing Day 2007? As I recall, Villa went 2-0 up before Zat Knight gave away a penalty and got sent off. Villa had to play the whole second half with ten men and Chelsea raced into a 3-2 lead but 'brave as a lion' Martin Laursen grabbed an equaliser. Then Carvalho got a red card with 10 minutes to go and both teams went for the win. Ballack stroked a free kick home for an 88th minute winner for Chelsea... except... in injury time, Ashley Cole cleared a Gabby header off the goal line with his hand, got the third red card of the game and Barry scored from the spot with the last kick of the game to send me loopy...

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 02:58:59 PM »
I was listening to the commentary surreptitiously while attending the panto at Wolverhampton Grand.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 02:59:52 PM »
Ahem




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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2017, 03:03:12 PM »
Can't look beyond the 0-0 with Southampton at home back in 2014.

We'll be talking about that game in 50 years.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 03:05:18 PM »
That's a pretty good one to go with if you look at it as a neutral.

My vote goes to our 4-3 win at Spurs in 1994, the same week BFR was sacked. For the second game in a row we blew a decent lead but unlike at Wimbledon in the previous game we actually won this one with a late goal from Dean Saunders. The euphoria at the end was incredible.


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1992 Villa 4-2 Liverpool  Saunders home debut, Rosenthal miss
1993 Villa 4-1 QPR Five great goals if you include theirs, honestly thought we'd win the league that day.
1993 Villa 1-2 Man United. We lost but amazing amazing game, end to end. Lee Sharpe got both for them.
1995 Villa 4-4 Leicester. Bad result for us but for the neutral it would have been amazing.
1995 Villa 4-1 Coventry. Milosevic breaks his home duck with a hat-trick.
1996 Villa 5-0 Wimbledon. Should have been eight, we were that good that day.
2004 Villa 4-2 Newcastle. Lots of goals vs opposition we usually struggle against.
2008 Villa 5-1 Birmingham for obvious reasons.
2008 Everton 2-3 Villa. Late winner, exciting match to say the least.
2014 Villa 4-3 WBA. A bright spot in a bleak few years.

Offline Ivo Stas

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2017, 03:15:21 PM »
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My vote goes to our 4-3 win at Spurs in 1994, the same week BFR was sacked. For the second game in a row we blew a decent lead but unlike at Wimbledon in the previous game we actually won this one with a late goal from Dean Saunders. The euphoria at the end was incredible.

We gave Spurs a 5-2 spanking at White Hart Lane in April 1992 - a game I always remember as the "cherry on the icing of the cake" game (as the commentator said when Tony Daley scored the fifth) - but that was one of the last games of the last season before the Premier League began.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2017, 03:16:40 PM »
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My vote goes to our 4-3 win at Spurs in 1994, the same week BFR was sacked. For the second game in a row we blew a decent lead but unlike at Wimbledon in the previous game we actually won this one with a late goal from Dean Saunders. The euphoria at the end was incredible.

We gave Spurs a 5-2 spanking at White Hart Lane in April 1992 - a game I always remember as the "cherry on the icing of the cake" game (as the commentator said when Tony Daley scored the fifth) - but that was one of the last games of the last season before the Premier League began.

   yep

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 03:49:36 PM »
2011 Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4. Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3 in the title run in 1996. Spurs 2 Villa 5 was as mentioned just before the PL. I was there though and it was a great game. I think we went two goals down early doors. I seem to recall Manure beating Spurs away 2-5 in the early 'noughties'.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2017, 04:03:55 PM »
That's a pretty good one to go with if you look at it as a neutral.

My vote goes to our 4-3 win at Spurs in 1994, the same week BFR was sacked. For the second game in a row we blew a decent lead but unlike at Wimbledon in the previous game we actually won this one with a late goal from Dean Saunders. The euphoria at the end was incredible.


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1992 Villa 4-2 Liverpool  Saunders home debut, Rosenthal miss
1993 Villa 4-1 QPR Five great goals if you include theirs, honestly thought we'd win the league that day.
1993 Villa 1-2 Man United. We lost but amazing amazing game, end to end. Lee Sharpe got both for them.
1995 Villa 4-4 Leicester. Bad result for us but for the neutral it would have been amazing.
1995 Villa 4-1 Coventry. Milosevic breaks his home duck with a hat-trick.
1996 Villa 5-0 Wimbledon. Should have been eight, we were that good that day.
2004 Villa 4-2 Newcastle. Lots of goals vs opposition we usually struggle against.
2008 Villa 5-1 Birmingham for obvious reasons.
2008 Everton 2-3 Villa. Late winner, exciting match to say the least.
2014 Villa 4-3 WBA. A bright spot in a bleak few years.



The Deano's debut/Rozenthal's miss game was great. The 1-2 defeat to Manure in 1993 was the first game after the death of Tony Barton, so I only really remember it for that.The Small Heath 5-1 and Albion 4-3 games were great too. To throw in one of my own the
6-1 v Sunderland was fun.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2017, 04:20:39 PM »
Southampton away in 2005 was good, we won 3-2 after being two down.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2017, 04:25:46 PM »
Southampton away in 2005 was good, we won 3-2 after being two down.

Arsenal at home in similar circumstances in 1998 (despite the horrific incident at half-time). 

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2017, 04:31:47 PM »
Being more negative, the time we lost 4-3 at home to Charlton would've made entertaining viewing had I not been a Villa fan.

The 4-4 at Chelsea and the 3-3 there a couple of years later were both thrillers.

Of games that we actually won, I'd go with the 5-2 and 4-2 at Tottenham, and the 3-2 victories against Arsenal and Everton.

The time we went in leading 4-3 against West Brom must have been the best half.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2017, 05:27:35 PM »
Southampton away in 2005 was good, we won 3-2 after being two down.

I was at that game, David O'Leary was the manager back then, I remember that Can't Control started the comeback. As much as I enjoyed the game, it effectively relegated Saints so it was rather bittersweet for me as I was meeting some Saints-supporting good friends after the game.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2017, 05:31:16 PM »
The time we went in leading 4-3 against West Brom must have been the best half.

It was 3-3 at HT, 2-0 down, 3-2 up, then 3-3. Benteke scored a second half penalty.

Best 10 minutes was possibly Bolton at home, 2-2 after 9 or 10 mins and then 80 mins of pretty much sod all.

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Re: Greatest Premier League game?
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2017, 05:31:45 PM »
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My vote goes to our 4-3 win at Spurs in 1994, the same week BFR was sacked. For the second game in a row we blew a decent lead but unlike at Wimbledon in the previous game we actually won this one with a late goal from Dean Saunders. The euphoria at the end was incredible.

We gave Spurs a 5-2 spanking at White Hart Lane in April 1992 - a game I always remember as the "cherry on the icing of the cake" game (as the commentator said when Tony Daley scored the fifth) - but that was one of the last games of the last season before the Premier League began.

   yep


The 4-2 win there in 2000 was coming back from 2 down, with our scorers successively attempting to beat the quality of the last goal, some going given Dublin's overhead kick started the comeback off