Aston Villa: top 30 players - Number 13

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We continue our countdown of Aston Villa's greatest ever players with a popular striker who scored the most famous goal in the club's history.

13. Peter Withe

Born: Liverpool, 30 August 1951

Aston Villa career: 1980-1985

Appearances: 233 Goals: 92

A record signing when Ron Saunders agreed a £500,000 fee with Newcastle United for his services before the start of the 1980-81 campaign, Withe wasted no time in making an impact at Aston Villa.

Already a League Championship winner under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, the physical forward went on to hit 20 goals in 36 league games in his debut season in the Midlands to finish as the top-flight’s joint-leading scorer and help Villa secure their first Division One title in 71 years.

His production in the league halved the following year, but he nevertheless scored the most important goal in the club’s history on 26 May 1982, slotting home Tony Morley’s pass in the 67th-minute of the European Cup final against Bayern Munich to seal the underdogs a shock 1-0 win.

After adding a European Super Cup winner’s medal to his collection eight months later, Withe continued to produce the goods for Villa over the next few seasons – even after his fruitful partnership with Gary Shaw was broken up by the homegrown striker’s serious knee injury.

He was just eight goals short of the century mark by the time he left for Sheffield United in July 1985, firmly established as a claret and blue legend thanks to his production, gregarious nature and heroics in Rotterdam three years earlier.

The likeable Liverpudlian eventually returned to Villa Park as assistant boss to Jozef Venglos, and while his first job in management at Wimbledon proved forgettable, he would later go on to enjoy a successful four-year spell in charge of Thailand.

Internationally, he earned 11 England caps between 1981 and 1985, scoring once, and was the first Villa player to go to a World Cup with the Three Lions when he was named in Ron Greenwood’s 22-man squad for the 1982 tournament in Spain.

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