After last season’s journey to the League Cup Final and given that it was the last major trophy we won – albeit nearly a quarter of a century ago – Villa have something of an affinity with the competition we were inaugural winners of back in 1961.
After vanquishing League One Burton Albion in the second round last week, we’re straight back into action in the third round tonight against Championship side Bristol City.
For true football fans, great matches and great players act like milestones in our lives. Whereas the non-football populace will talk wistfully about their kids first day at school, for us it’ll be a promotion, tournament win or great player we once had. With this in mind, many Villa fans would have taken a moment of reflection when we heard Gareth Barry had finally retired.