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From One Season to the Next: An Astonian Odyssey Paperback – 31 Oct 2002


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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Heroes Publishing (31 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954388402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954388409
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 21 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,144,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating trip through the club's recent history/ -- Sporting Star, November 23rd 2002.

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26th May 1982 was the greatest day in the history of Aston Villa Football Club. Everyone who was there, and everyone who watched on television, will remember in vivid detail how the evening unfolded. Jimmy Rimmer being forced to leave the pitch after nine minutes. His replacement, Nigel Spink, making save after glorious save as Bayern Munich threatened to run away with the game. The move which began in midfield after 67 minutes, with Peter Withe winning the ball, passing to Dennis Mortimer who in turn fed a short pass to Gary Williams. Williams laying the ball off to Gary Shaw, who, in a perfect piece of attacking play, took the Bayern midfielder Bernhard Durnberger out of the game before threading a pass through to Tony Morley. The winger twisting Wolfgang Dremmler first one way then the other until centring for Peter Withe….. and the ball bobbling just before Withe made contact. The ball making its haphazard way onto the post, ricocheting for what seemed like an eternity, before crossing the goal-line. The back of the net and the celebrations which followed.

The remainder of the match seemed to last forever, particularly when Dieter Hoeness struck the back of the net only to be flagged offside. 43 seconds of stoppage time felt like hours.

The final whistle, and Dennis Mortimer holding aloft the European Cup. The greatest prize in club football was heading for the Villa boardroom at the end of the most dramatic season in the club’s history. And now, the ghosts of a century and more had finally been laid to rest. One can imagine the immortals of Aston Villa, Messrs. Ramsay, Rinder, McGregor and everyone else involved in the creation of this great sporting institution, looking down with approval as their club returned to the highest summit. Aston Villa were champions of Europe.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Morris on 14 Dec. 2002
I have rarely read a book that held my interest from first page till the last, but this is one.
This book is funny, informative, and excelently written.
It captures the mood of the times and brings to life the history of one of the biggest names in world football.
Most of all this book is written from the fans perspective and gives the people who witnessed the events a voice.
There is only one word that can describe this voyage of history... "breathtaking"
This book is a must for all supporters of Aston VIlla FC.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2002
I have to say how welcome it is to read a book about Villa's recent history, so obviously written by, and from a supporters point of view.
There were time's I just couldn't put it down, it was very easy to get lost in the drama, and feeling which so seeps out of every chapter, seasons I felt I would never want to relive are bought to life with a vigour, and passion that makes even the most depressing times compelling, and makes the high times ever more appreciable, and deserving.
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This is the best book on Aston Villa ever - and its not even authorised by the club itself. Written by fanzine writer Dave Woodhall, and with the recollections of hundreds of Villa fans, this is a season by season review of our great club. All the great players and games are mentioned and the book pulls no punches even when it comes to discussing the low points and the way the club has shot itself in the foot time after time. Written with a lot of affection and love for the Villa, anyone reading this will be swept away with the memories and impressive attention to detail. Even the impressive Villa Park encyclopedia is not as accurate or as well put together as this. The definitve book on Aston Villa FC
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