Jack Grealish's relative starred in previous Aston Villa FA Cup win

Jack Grealish

The Aston Villa wonder kid has a quite astonishing family connection to FA Cup glory.

Jack Grealish starred in Aston Villa's FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool on Sunday, but that's not the only reason the club's supporters adore their talented young attacking midfielder.

Having won a place in the Villa first team in recent weeks under the guidance of Tim Sherwood, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 midfielder, who is also eligible to play for England, looks like being the most talented player to emerge from the club in years.

But the youngster, who is a Villa fan, is also a player with true history on his side when it comes to FA Cup success.

For his great-great grandfather was William 'Billy' Garraty, man of the match when Villa beat Newcastle United 2-0, 110 years ago. He can be seen in the bottom left in the picture to the right, sporting a moustache.

In the 1904-05 season, Garraty starred in front of 101,117 supporters at Crystal Palace to help Villa to their fourth FA Cup victory.

The Villa legend played inside forward, not unlike Grealish's position, and scored 112 goals in 260 games for the Midlanders, also earning a solitary England cap.

In an interview with the Mail ahead of Sunday's match win over Liverpool, Grealish's father Kevin said that the family were aware of the impressive connection they had to Villa's cup triumph at the turn of the last century.

"The whole family is Villa and before Jack was born we knew about the FA Cup history of his great-great-grandfather," he said.

"He was some player by all accounts. We’re proud of Jack and he’s so eager to play at Wembley."

After Grealish impressed in Villa's 2-1 Wembley win, the 19-year-old will now have a chance to replicate the feat of his relative by claiming the cup. But should Arsenal, their opponents in the final be worried?

Well, Arsenal themselves won the cup a little more recently of course, beating Hull City in the final last season. But given the sheer weight of history regarding the ancestor of the Villa number 40, it would be some tale were Grealish to help his club to FA Cup glory on May 30.

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