By Rob Bishop

I had the idea for the book after a lot of people suggested I should re-publish The Road to Rotterdam, my 2001 book about the 1981-82 European Cup triumph.

That was my original intention but then it occurred to me that supporters might like a book covering all of Villa’s 16 seasons and 89 games in UEFA competitions.

The club have been a massive help, allowing me to use around 200 photos from their archives, while UEFA provided match forms from every Villa tie.

I’ve used the players names as they appear on the forms, eg, Kenneth McNaught, Anthony Morley, Dean Nicholas Saunders, Dwight Eversley Yorke, although most are as we know them.

Lee Child, author of the best-selling Jack Reacher thrillers and a lifelong Villa supporter, provided the foreword.

The book is available from the Villa Store, local branches of Waterstones and on Amazon.


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