A week after the battling draw at Stoke, Jack Grealish returned and whilst we told ourselves not to get too carried away, we knew things could now improve and they did in astonishing fashion.
Frank Lampard’s playoff chasing Derby were the first in line for a resurgent, hungry Villa and were blown away in one of the most dominant first half performances ever seen at Villa Park – a 4-0 win and a Grealish wondergoal marked the return of the good times.
Summer 1987. Like in 2016, we’d been relegated as the worst team in the top flight. Promoted 12 months later on goal difference, Villa were back and looking to re-establish themselves amongst the very best.
As Villa face down an increasingly difficult relegation fight, we may be forced to draw any much needed inspiration from past escapes. With the arrival of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace to Villa Park for another crucial clash tomorrow, it seems apt to delve into the archives and return to the challenging 1994/95 campaign. It was a season where Villa escaped relegation on the final day at the expense of this weekend’s visitors.