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 clubs 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.