Aston Villa might not have realised it at the time, but when they took to the field against Coventry City on February 27, 1999, they did something no other Premier League would do for at least another 18 years.
Villa manager John Gregory named an all-English XI for the Midlands derby at Villa Park, and though it wouldn’t have seemed particularly unusual at the time, no team has done it since in the Premier League.
Even Villa’s three substitutes on the day were English, but it’s fair to say it didn’t do them much good as Coventry cruised to a 4-1 victory.
Gregory now manages Indian Super League oufit Chennaiyin FC, but what ever happened to Villa’s starting XI from that day?
Football is more than just a game.
And we thought the West Ham list was bad…
Chelsea really enjoy the January window.
Featuring one Championship club.
There’s more to showboating than showing off.
Would this inspire you?
It was a brilliant nine years at Chelsea.
Everyone thought he’d be a world beater.
Expecting 100% from you Villans out there.
Paul Pogba was on top form against Stoke on Monday