By Graham Hill
IT’S doubtful that any Villa Roar readers were around the last time Aston Villa won nine games in a row.
That happened in 1910 in a club record two-month run of matches between October and December.
Bur we have tracked down that sequence – which could be equalled on Friday if Villa win at Bolton.
It all began on October 15 with Villa beating Manchester City at home 2-1, Joe Bache and Joseph Walters on target in front of 19, 700 fans.
A week later, they went to Everton and won 1-0, Walters on target again in front of 25,000, before beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Villa Park, Bache and Walters netting before 20,000 fans.
In a mirror image of last weekend’s victory over Bristol City, they beat the Robins 2-1 in front of 16,000, but this time it was an away fixture – and the proflific Bache and Walters were on target again.
On November 12, Villa beat Newcastle United 3-2 at home in a game which drew a 30,000 crowd – Walters scored again with Hampton getting two – before going to Tottenham and winning 2-1 where 25,000 saw Walters and Hampton score the goals.
Their biggest win of the run came at home to Middlesbrough who they beat 5-0 – Bache scored a hat-trick in this one with Hampton netting twice as a 15,000 turned up at Villa Park.
Then it was an away game at Preston and a close 1-0 win thanks to a Charlie Wallace penalty – the crowd was 8,000.
They made it nine in a row by beating Notts County 3-1 at home with two from Bache and one from Hampton in front of 12,000.
But the run came to an end the following week when they were beaten 2-0 at Manchester United.
Villa’s current eight-match winning sequence has come against three of the teams they also beat 109 years ago – Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Middlesbrough.