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 19 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.
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