Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Imuetinyan Agbonlahor (born 13 October 1986) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker. After spending most of his career at Aston Villa, he is currently a free agent.

He is a product of Aston Villa's Academy, and made his first-team debut in 2006 following loans to Football League clubs Watford and Sheffield Wednesday. Since then, he has made over 300 Premier League appearances for the club. With 73 goals, he is Aston Villa's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer, having scored in 11 consecutive league seasons. Formerly a regular with the England under-21s, Agbonlahor made his senior international debut for England in 2008 and has earned three caps.

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Agbonlahor playing for Aston Villa in 2008
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Imuetinyan Agbonlahor[1]
Date of birth 13 October 1986 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
0000–2005 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2018 Aston Villa 341 (75)
2005Watford (loan) 2 (0)
2005Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2006–2009 England U21 16 (4)
2008–2009 England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:13, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Club career

Aston Villa

Early career

Agbonlahor came through the youth ranks at local club Aston Villa. He signed a two-year professional contract at the club in June 2005.[4] On 22 September 2005, he was loaned to Championship club Watford,[4] where he made his senior debut six days later, replacing Trevor Benjamin at half time in a 1–3 defeat away to Coventry City.[5] He made his first start in his only other match for Watford, a goalless draw against Leeds United at Vicarage Road on 1 October, in which he made way for Francino Francis after 65 minutes.[6] Agbonlahor was loaned to another team from the division on 28 October, Sheffield Wednesday,[7] where he made eight appearances without scoring.[8]

Agbonlahor's Premier League debut for Villa came on 18 March 2006 at the age of 19, under manager David O'Leary, against Everton at Goodison Park. O'Leary was forced to delve into the youth academy because of a lack of senior strikers due to injury, thus earning Agbonlahor a rare start. He scored after 63 minutes, although Villa went on to lose the match 4–1.[9]

2006–2008

In five pre-season matches of the 2006–07 season, Agbonlahor netted three goals for Aston Villa; a quick double salvo against Walsall (the first a near-post header, the latter a close range finish) in a 5–0 victory,[10] and a consolation strike in a 2–1 defeat at NEC.[11] Agbonlahor started the season on the right wing in Martin O'Neill's new-look Villa team, and would be part of the team that managed to get a point from the first Premier League match at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium.[12] Agbonlahor's first goal of the season came at home against Charlton Athletic in a 2–0 win.[13] On 30 September, Agbonlahor scored a crucial equaliser against Premiership champions Chelsea just before half-time, heading in Liam Ridgewell's cross with a glancing header to earn Villa a 1–1 draw.[14]

Agbonlahor also provided cup heroics in 2006, scoring an injury-time winner to beat Leicester City 3–2 at the Walkers Stadium.[15] The following match, he scored a consolation effort in Villa's first loss of the season, on 28 October, ten matches in.[16] Agbonlahor completed his run of scoring against the so-called "Big Four", when he scored against Manchester United. Aston Villa were beaten 3–1 in the match at Old Trafford.[17] Agbonlahor then scored deep into injury time in the following match, against Watford on 20 January 2007, to end a Villa winless run that stretched back to 11 November.[18]

Agbonlahor had played every minute of Aston Villa's campaign in 2006–07, until he was replaced by Patrik Berger in the 2–0 away fixture against Reading on 10 February 2007. The following match was the first of the season that Agbonlahor did not start—he instead appeared from the bench, replacing new Villa signing Shaun Maloney. Manager Martin O'Neill suggested that Agbonlahor, who had been playing out of position on the right wing for much of the season, had done superbly, and being dropped from the first 11 was in order to rest him, and alleviate growing crowd pressure. Following this break, Agbonlahor went on a scoring spree. He scored from the right-wing against Everton on 2 April to gain Villa a valuable point.[19] Following this match, Agbonlahor signed a new-four-year contract at Villa.[20] The following Saturday, in the absence of John Carew, he was moved back to his natural position at centre forward and again found his name on the scoresheet. Agbonlahor made it three in a row on Easter Monday, again scoring an equaliser, adjudged to have crossed the line by assistant referee Dave Richardson.

Agbonlahor also scored the vital second goal in the match between Aston Villa and Chelsea on 2 September, in which Villa won 2–0.[21][22] Agbonlahor scored the winning goal in the 86th minute of the Second City derby, 60 seconds after saving the ball on the line from a Liam Ridgewell shot. After 13 matches, Agbonlahor was the club's top goal scorer, with six Premier League goals. Agbonlahor won the Premier League Player of the Month award for November and manager Martin O'Neill won the equivalent award for the same month.[23] On 12 April 2008, Agbonlahor scored the fourth goal against Derby County in a 6–0 victory at Pride Park Stadium in the Premier League.[24] In the Second City derby against Birmingham City on 20 April 2008, he scored the fifth and final goal in the 5–1 victory.[25]

2008–2010

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Agbonlahor lining up for Aston Villa in 2008

On 15 August 2008, Agbonlahor signed a new four-year contract with Villa, tying him to the club until 2012.[26] Following his contract extension, on 17 August 2008, Agbonlahor scored a "perfect" hat-trick (scoring goals with his head, right foot and left foot) against Manchester City in Villa's opening match of the 2008–09 Premier League season at Villa Park. The three goals were netted in the space of seven minutes, making it the third-fastest hat-trick in the history of the Premier League after Robbie Fowler and Sadio Mané. He was later named man of the match for this performance, which led to a 4–2 victory.[27]

Early in the season, he began to form a successful strike partnership with teammate John Carew, this demonstrated in the Premier League away matches against West Bromwich Albion[28] and Wigan Athletic[29] where both players scored in both matches and provided assists. On 3 November 2008, Agbonlahor was at the centre of a controversy with Newcastle United's Joey Barton when, during the match, Barton appeared to brush his fingers on Agbonlahor's face. It later emerged that Barton's attack might have been race-orientated but, after careful consideration by both Aston Villa and The Football Association, no further action was taken.[30][31] On 8 November, it emerged in some national newspapers that the reason Agbonlahor decided not to pursue legal action against Barton was because he "felt sorry" for him.[32][33] On 15 November, he scored once and played a part in the other goal, when Aston Villa beat Arsenal 2–0 at Emirates Stadium.[34] He scored a brace against Bolton Wanderers on 13 December.[35] Agbonlahor notched his tenth league goal of the season in the 90th minute in a 2–0 win against Blackburn Rovers on 7 February.[36]

However, this was a high point in a dismal run of form in which he scored just one goal in 12 league matches. Some fans began to get frustrated with Agbonlahor, and in Villa's home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, there were some sarcastic cheers as he was substituted off by Martin O'Neill. He was subsequently dropped to the bench for Villa's next match away to Liverpool, which Villa lost 5–0. After the heavy defeat to Liverpool and despite his lack of form, Agbonlahor was recalled to the starting 11 and went on to score a goal against Manchester United on 5 April in a 3–2 defeat for Villa. Agbonlahor was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year, with teammate ultimately Ashley Young winning the honour.

Agbonlahor's first goal of the 2009–10 season came in a 2–0 home victory over Fulham on 30 August 2009. The striker brought the ball from the centre of the field to strike, left-footed, past goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from around 20 yards out. The striker scored the only goal in the season's opening Birmingham derby against Birmingham City, netting an open header past Joe Hart as a result of a free kick taken by Ashley Young. Agbonlahor scored his third goal of the season scoring in a 2–0 win against Portsmouth.[37] He scored his fourth and fifth consecutive goals of the season against Cardiff City in the League Cup and Blackburn in the Premier League. His next goal came on 24 October 2009 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in the Premier League. Fellow Villa forward Emile Heskey played the ball into the penalty area where Agbonlahor turned a defender and placed a low shot past Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. The match finished 1–1.

He scored the only goal in the 1–0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford, heading in a cross from Ashley Young after 21 minutes, providing Villa's first league win at Old Trafford since 1983. Agbonlahor also scored in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Blackburn, helping Villa to get to the final where they lost to Manchester United, 2–1. He scored twice in 2–0 win at Fulham on 30 January 2010. On 21 February 2010, Agbonlahor provided an assist for Emile Heskey before adding Villa's final goal in a 5–2 victory over Burnley for his 11th league goal of the season. Agbonlahor finished the season with 13 goals in the Premier League, and 16 in all competitions.

2010–2014

Despite Villa suffering some issues on and off the field at the beginning of the season, such as the resignation of manager Martin O'Neill and a humiliating 6–0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United, Agbonlahor defended the club and stated his intent to remain there for the long term.[38] Agbonlahor signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract on 12 November 2010, keeping him at Villa Park until at least 2015. On 16 January 2011, he made his 200th appearance in an Aston Villa shirt in a 1–1 draw with rivals Birmingham, playing the full 90 minutes at St Andrew's. Agbonlahor scored his first goal in the Premier League since April 2010 in the 2–1 victory over Wigan Athletic on 26 January 2011 at the DW Stadium. On 16 April 2011, he scored an injury-time winner away at West Ham United.[39] Agbonlahor was less prolific in terms of goalscoring during 2010–11 due to Aston Villa manager Gérard Houllier preferring to use him as a winger.[40]

Agbonlahor scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season in Aston Villa's 3–1 home win over Blackburn Rovers on 20 August 2011, and followed this up with the leveller in a 2–2 away draw against Everton ten days later.[41][42] For his positive performances during the opening month of the season, Agbonlahor was named as Aston Villa's Player of the Month for August 2011, beating off competition from Fabian Delph to the top spot.[43] He then made it three goals in three matches when he scored in a 1–1 home draw against Newcastle on 17 September.[44] This meant that Agbonlahor had equalled his Premier League goals tally from the 2010–11 season after just five matches into the new season.

After rediscovering his goalscoring form under new boss Alex McLeish, the striker publicly spoke of his discontent at the managerial tenure of Gérard Houllier and his assistant Gary McAllister and said that he even considered quitting the club had the previous regime remained.[45] Meanwhile, on the pitch Agbonlahor continued to impress, scoring the first goal and setting up Darren Bent for the second in a man of the match performance against Wigan on 1 October.[46] He then put in another man of the match performance against Norwich City in a 3–2 win on 5 November, setting up both of Darren Bent's goals and scoring the second himself.[47] On 7 January 2012, he scored the second goal in a 3–1 win against Bristol Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup after Marc Albrighton had given Villa the lead.[48] On 3 April 2012, after Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov's diagnosis with acute leukaemia, Agbonlahor was named team captain upon Petrov's diagnosis.

Following the sacking of Alex McLeish in the summer of 2012, Agbonlahor was not chosen as interim captain by McLeish's successor, Paul Lambert. The Scotsman opted firstly for Darren Bent as skipper, before ultimately choosing new signing Ron Vlaar to wear the captain's armband in the absence of Stiliyan Petrov. Agbonlahor began the season injured, and could not make an appearance until the 1–1 away draw with Newcastle United on 2 September 2012. He later returned to full fitness and started the away match at Manchester City on 25 September. Agbonlahor managed to score two goals in the match as Villa secured a memorable 4–2 League Cup win (after extra time) over the Premier League champions at the City of Manchester Stadium. On 3 November 2012, he scored his first Premier League goal in just under a year against Sunderland in a run stretching 29 matches. On 6 April 2013, Agbonlahor scored his 60th Premier League goal for Aston Villa, making him joint top Premier League goalscorer for the club alongside Dwight Yorke. On 29 April, in a 6–1 win over Sunderland, Agbonlahor scored his 61st Premier League goal to overtake Yorke as Villa's highest all-time Premier League goal scorer. He scored two goals in a 2–1 win over Norwich on 4 May, moving Aston Villa up to 13th place in the Premier League.

Agbonlahor began the season brightly, winning two penalties in a 3–1 away win over Arsenal on 17 August 2013 and assisting Christian Benteke's goal against Chelsea four days later in a controversial 2–1 defeat at Stamford Bridge. This resulted in strong praise from manager Paul Lambert, and a huge demand from the public for an England call up, which was ignored by Roy Hodgson. In September, Agbonlahor participated in a charity match organised by Stiliyan Petrov, which featured many celebrities and footballers, both former and current. During the match, Agbonlahor tackled and injured One Direction member Louis Tomlinson, who then became ill after being substituted. Despite apologising to Tomlinson, Agbonlahor received many threats after the match from One Direction fans via Twitter.[49]

Later career

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Agbonlahor playing for Aston Villa in 2014

On 10 September 2014, Agbonlahor signed a new four-year contract, saying, "I can still remember making my debut, so to still be able to contribute is a great feeling."[50] Three days later, he scored the only goal as Villa won away at Liverpool, a club he had only scored once against before in the Premier League.[51] Agbonlahor was given a straight red card on 20 December for a challenge on former teammate Ashley Young as Villa drew 1–1 with Manchester United,[52] however his three-match suspension was rescinded on appeal three days later.[53]

Agbonlahor made his 300th Premier League appearance for Villa on 14 March 2015 away to Sunderland, scoring twice in the first half in a 4–0 win.[54] On 30 May in the FA Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, manager Tim Sherwood chose to start Charles N'Zogbia instead of Agbonlahor, and then brought him on in place of the Frenchman after 53 minutes, with Villa already 2–0 down; they eventually lost 4–0.[55]

Agbonlahor was named club captain at the start of the 2015–16 season, with new signing Micah Richards named team captain.[56] Soon after manager Rémi Garde joined, Agbonlahor was dropped from the starting line-up. During the January transfer window, there was speculation surrounding Agbonlahor and his future at the club; however, though Turkish club Kayserispor were linked, Garde later revealed that no offers had been made for him. Agbonlahor returned to the squad in an FA Cup tie against Manchester City on 30 January 2015, and scored his first goal of the season a week later in a Premier League match in a 2–0 home victory against Norwich. This was his first goal in 11 months.[57]

On 1 April 2016, Aston Villa suspended Agbonlahor, pending an investigation into reports that he was pictured appearing to hold a shisha pipe while on holiday in Dubai.[58] On 19 April 2016, he was again suspended after he was allegedly pictured with laughing gas canisters.[59] He was punished with a substantial fine and resigned the captaincy.[60] Agbonlahor failed to impress new manager Roberto Di Matteo in pre-season, and his lack of involvement led to media speculation of a move away from the club. Despite interest from Reading, he turned them down[61] and a move failed to materialise.

When manager Steve Bruce arrived, he immediately reinstated Agbonlahor into first-team training, saying that he's "not interested in what has happened in the past" and that it's a "clean slate" for him.[62] Bruce subsequently put him on a six-week fitness regime in a bid to get him fit for the rest of the season.[63] Agbonlahor came on as a substitute in the Second City derby on 23 April 2017 and scored his only goal of the season in a 1–0 win.[64]

Agbonlahor made six appearances for Villa during 2017–18 and scored a single goal, during the first game of the season against Hull City.[65] His final game for the club came against Sheffield United on 23 December 2017.[66] He left the club at the end of the season after his contract was not renewed, ending a 17-year association with his hometown club.[67][68]

International career

Agbonlahor's ancestry qualifies him to play for Scotland or Nigeria at international level, but he chose to play for his homeland of England.

On 20 September 2006, Agbonlahor was pencilled in as a player in the Nigeria under-20 team for the match against Rwanda. He turned down the call, whilst not ruling out playing for the country in the future,[69] but subsequently pledged his future to England.[70][71]

On 28 September 2006, Agbonlahor received his first call-up to the England under-21 team, and won his first cap as a substitute against Germany on 6 October. Agbonlahor was then omitted from the England's 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad, by manager Stuart Pearce, on 30 May 2007, as a result of missing the England U21 training camp in Spain. David Bentley, also included in the England senior team line-up, took his place.

Agbonlahor was later recalled to the team by Pearce, in September 2007,[72] netting his first goal for the under-21s, by scoring the second in a 3–0 victory, over Montenegro.

On 1 February, Agbonlahor was named in Fabio Capello's 23-man England squad to play Switzerland in February 2008,[73] although a hamstring injury forced him to withdraw from the match.[74] Agbonlahor was also an unused substitute in England's respective 2–0 and 3–0 friendly victories against the United States[75] and Trinidad & Tobago in May–June 2008.[76]

On 15 November 2008, he was called up to Capello's squad for the upcoming match away to Germany, joining three other Aston Villa players in the squad: Ashley Young, Curtis Davies and Gareth Barry. On 19 November 2008, he was named to start against Germany. He played for 76 minutes,[77] had a goal disallowed and received high praise from John Terry, the latter describing him as "a nightmare to play against".[78]

On 11 February 2009, he was in the starting line up against Spain, where he played for 75 minutes before being substituted for debutant Carlton Cole.[79] He made his first appearance in a competitive international on 14 October 2009, playing 66 minutes in the 3–0 win over Belarus in the last match of qualification for the 2010 World Cup.[80] He was last called up to the squad in November 2011.[81]

Personal life

Agbonlahor was born in Birmingham, West Midlands.[82] His parents separated while he was still young and he lived with his father, without any contact with his mother, for around 20 years. In 2009, ahead of the striker's 23rd birthday, his mother made a public appeal to him via the city's Sunday Mercury newspaper in order to become part of his life once more.[83] Agbonlahor later contacted his mother and the pair reconciled.[84]

Career statistics

Club

As of end of 2017–18 season
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2005–06[8] Premier League 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
2006–07[85] Premier League 38 9 1 0 3 1 42 10
2007–08[86] Premier League 37 11 1 0 2 0 40 11
2008–09[87] Premier League 36 11 2 0 1 0 9[a] 1 48 12
2009–10[88] Premier League 36 13 2 1 6 2 2[b] 0 46 16
2010–11[89] Premier League 26 3 3 0 2 1 1[b] 1 32 5
2011–12[90] Premier League 33 5 2 1 1 0 36 6
2012–13[91] Premier League 28 9 1 0 4 3 33 12
2013–14[92] Premier League 30 4 0 0 1 0 31 4
2014–15[93] Premier League 34 6 2 0 0 0 36 6
2015–16[94] Premier League 15 1 1 0 2 0 18 1
2016–17[95] Championship 13 1 1 0 0 0 14 1
2017–18[66] Championship 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 341 75 16 2 22 7 12 2 391 86
Watford (loan) 2005–06[8] Championship 2 0 2 0
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2005–06[8] Championship 8 0 8 0
Career total 351 75 16 2 22 7 12 2 401 86
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

International

As of match played 14 October 2009[96]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2008 1 0
2009 2 0
Total 3 0

Honours

Aston Villa

Individual

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2006 HKFC International Soccer Sevens

2006 HKFC International Soccer Sevens, officially known as The 2006 HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer Sevens due to sponsorship reason, is the 7th staging of this competition. It was held on 19–21 May 2006.Urawa Red Diamonds, beating Aston Villa by 1-0 in the final, was the Cup winner of the Main Tournament. Lorenz All Stars was the Cup winner of the Masters Tournament. Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa was awarded the Player of the tournament.Some of the participating teams include Happy Valley, Sun Hei, Kitchee, Aston Villa F.C., Kaizer Chiefs, Manchester United F.C., Rangers, Glasgow Celtic, Urawa Red Diamonds and PSV Eindhoven.

2006–07 Aston Villa F.C. season

During the 2006–07 English football season, Aston Villa F.C. competed in the FA Premier League. It was Villa's first season under the management of Northern Irishman Martin O'Neill, who was appointed as manager following the sacking of David O'Leary at the end of the previous season.

2007–08 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2007–08 season was Aston Villa's 20th consecutive season in the top flight of English football and 16th consecutive season in the Premier League. The season saw Martin O'Neill continue as manager as the club impressed in league competition, but struggled in both domestic cup competitions – being knocked out in the third round of both.

2008–09 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2008–09 season was Aston Villa's 134th professional season; their 98th season in the top-flight and their 21st consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. They were managed by Martin O'Neill – in his third season since replacing David O'Leary. The 2008–09 season was the first spell in European competition for O'Neill, and the first for Villa, in 6 seasons.

The club's first summer signing was the permanent capture of on-loan West Brom centre-back, Curtis Davies, in July, while their first sale was made in May, as Luke Moore completed a move to West Brom in an initial £3 million deal, after he had spent the second half of the 2007–08 season there on loan.

The fixtures for the 2008–09 season were announced on Monday 16 June 2008, with Aston Villa beginning at home against Manchester City and finishing the season at home to Newcastle. Due to Birmingham's relegation at the end of the 2007–08 season, there was no "second-city" derby, however they faced local rivals West Brom on 20 September 2008 at The Hawthorns and on 10 January 2009 at home.

2008–09 Premier League

The 2008–09 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) season was the 17th season since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992. Manchester United became champions for the 11th time on the penultimate weekend of the season, defending their crown after winning their tenth Premier League title on the final day of the previous season. They were run close by Liverpool, who had a better goal difference and who had beaten United home and away, including a dramatic 4–1 victory at Old Trafford, but who were undone by a series of disappointing draws. The campaign – the fixtures for which were announced on 16 June 2008 – began on Saturday, 16 August 2008, and ended on 24 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, consisting of 17 who competed in the previous season and three promoted from the Football League Championship. The new match ball was the Nike T90 Omni.

At the start of this season, clubs were allowed to name seven substitutes on the bench instead of five. This season was also different in that there was no New Year's Day game, as is traditional. This was because the FA Cup Third Round is traditionally played on the first Saturday in January, which in 2009 fell in the usual spot for New Year's league games. September saw Manchester City taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, transforming them into one of the world's wealthiest football clubs, securing the signing of Robinho for a British record £32.5 million just seconds before the 2008 summer transfer window closed in the process.The first goal of the season was scored by Arsenal's Samir Nasri against newly promoted West Bromwich Albion in the fourth minute of the early kick-off game on the opening day of the season on 16 August. Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa scored the first hat-trick of the season against Manchester City, scoring three goals in the space of seven minutes. Manchester United clinched the 2009 Premier League title with a scoreless draw against Arsenal on 16 May 2009, their 11th Premier League title, and 18th League title overall, drawing level with fierce rivals Liverpool who finished as runners-up. It is the second time they clinched the title for three consecutive years, the first being in 2001.

West Bromwich Albion were the first team to be relegated to the Championship after losing 2–0 at home to Liverpool on 17 May 2009. They were joined in the Championship by Middlesbrough and Newcastle United on the last day of the season after Middlesbrough's defeat at West Ham United and Newcastle's 1–0 defeat at Aston Villa. It meant that Hull City and Sunderland stayed up despite home defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. The fact that Hull City avoided relegation (along with Stoke City – who stayed up relatively comfortably under the shrewd stewardship of Tony Pulis), meant it was the first time since the 2005–06 season that more than one promoted club maintained their Premier League status. Aston Villa, Everton and Fulham all secured European football for the 2009–10 season through their league position.

2009–10 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2009–10 season was Aston Villa's 135th professional season; their 99th season in the top-flight and their 22nd consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. They were managed by Martin O'Neill – in his fourth season since replacing David O'Leary. The 2009–10 season was Villa's second consecutive spell in European competition for the club, and the first in the newly formatted UEFA Europa League.

This term marked the first for the club without long-term player and former captain Gareth Barry following his £12million move to Manchester City on 2 June 2009. Barry had been at the club since 1997.

The Birmingham Derby made a return to the Premier League after local rivals Birmingham City were promoted to the top tier. Villa won the first of two fixtures 1–0 at St Andrew's on 13 September 2009 with Gabriel Agbonlahor scoring the winning goal. Villa also won the return fixture at Villa Park 1–0 on 25 April 2010, thanks to a James Milner penalty. Villa also played games against newly promoted Wolves from nearby Wolverhampton, resulting in a 1–1 draw at Molineux and a 2–2 draw at Villa Park.

The club progressed to the final of the League Cup during this season, eliminating Cardiff City, Sunderland, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers along the way. However, Aston Villa were beaten 2–1 by Manchester United in the final at Wembley Stadium on 28 February 2010. Villa's other domestic cup venture also took the club to Wembley in the FA Cup, where they were defeated 3–0 by Chelsea in the semi-final. Aston Villa finished 6th in the Premier League for the 3rd year in a row, with 2 points more than previous season, they also qualified for the Europa League for the 3rd year running.

2012–13 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2012–13 season was Aston Villa's 138th professional season; their 102nd season in the top-flight; and their 25th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. The club was managed by Paul Lambert, their third manager in three seasons, after Alex McLeish was sacked on 14 May 2012, having himself only been in charge for 11 months.An under-21 Aston Villa team competed in the new Professional Development League 1 that replaced the Premier Reserve League. The under-19 Aston Villa team once again took part in the NextGen Series, after competing in the inaugural season and reaching the quarter finals. The team went all the way to win the competition to become only the second team to be crowned NextGen champions.

2013–14 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2013–14 season was Aston Villa's 139th professional season; their 103rd season in the top-flight; and their 26th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. The club was managed by Paul Lambert, in his second season in charge.

2014–15 Aston Villa F.C. season

The 2014–15 season was Aston Villa's 23rd season in the Premier League and 27th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, as well as their 140th season as a professional football club. Villa participated in the FA Cup (reaching the final) and League Cup. The club was managed by Paul Lambert, until his sacking on 11 February 2015. He was replaced by Tim Sherwood on 14 February.

Aston Villa Under-23s and Academy

The Aston Villa Under-23, formerly Aston Villa Under-21 and Aston Villa Reserves, are the most senior youth development team of Aston Villa and compete in Premier League 2 (Division 2) of the Professional Development League and the Premier League International Cup in the 2016–17 season. The team were part of the FA Premier Reserve League since its foundation in 1999 and were winners of the 2011-12 Premier Reserve League South title, the last in that format. The team plays its home games at Villa Park and Bescot Stadium (home of Walsall F.C.). Aston Villa also have an academy side that competes in the Under-18 division of the Professional Development League and the FA Youth Cup annually.

The side has been successful in recent years, as well as becoming national champions in the 2003–04 and 2009–10 seasons, the team also clinched four out of five Southern Championships between 2007 and 2012, before the format changed to the Professional Development League. The side also won the NextGen Series in 2013, a Europe-wide tournament for elite academies.

Current first-team players Keinan Davis, Gary Gardner, Andre Green and Jack Grealish all came through the youth system at the club, as well as former players Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ciaran Clark, Gary Cahill, Gareth Barry, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Darius Vassell, Craig Gardner, Marc Albrighton, Andreas Weimann and Steven Davis amongst many others. The Villa academy also developed England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Willem II midfielder Daniel Crowley. The U23 team is primarily made up of players under the age of 23, although three over-age outfield players and an over-age goalkeeper may be named in a matchday squad. These may include fringe first-team players and first-team players recovering from injury.

HKFC Soccer Sevens

The HKFC Soccer Sevens, formerly known as the International Soccer Sevens, is an annual invitational seven-a-side football tournament which is organised and hosted by Hong Kong Football Club. Held since 1999, many young professional players have made a name for themselves in the tournament including Premier League players Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jack Grealish, Rolando Aarons, Glen Johnson, Anton Ferdinand, David Bentley and Marc Albrighton, as well as Scotland internationals Shaun Maloney, Craig Beattie and Chris Burke.

John Carew

John Alieu Carew (Norwegian pronunciation: [jɔn ˈkɑːrɛv]; born 5 September 1979) is a Norwegian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He was capped 91 times, scoring 24 goals for the Norwegian national team.

List of top Premier League goal scorers by season

This is a list of footballers who have scored the most goals in each season in the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

Nathan Delfouneso

Nathan Abayomi Delfouneso (born 2 February 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Blackpool.

Having graduated from Aston Villa's academy Delfouneso broke into their first team in 2008, mainly being an impact substitute over the next few years, he scored 9 goals in 52 appearances, including two goals in the club's 2008-09 UEFA Cup campaign. Delfouneso had a series of loan moves to Football League Championship sides while at Aston Villa, followed by permanent spells at Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Swindon Town. Delfouneso was a regular England youth international, playing a total of 54 matches and scoring 19 goals at U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels.

Phil Dowd

Philip Dowd (born 26 January 1963) is a retired English professional football referee who officiated primarily in the Premier League. He is based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and was a member of the Staffordshire Football Association.

Dowd made his first appearance as an official in the Football League as an assistant referee in 1992. Since he was promoted to the list of Select Group Referees in 2001 he has refereed a number of notable matches, including the finals of the FA Cup, in 2012, and the Football League Cup, in 2010, as well as the FA Community Shield in 2011.

St Edmund Campion Catholic School

St Edmund Campion Catholic School is a Catholic Secondary School located on the corner of Holly Lane and Sutton New Road in the Erdington area of Birmingham, England. The school also has a Sixth Form.

In September 1975, Sister Bernadette, headmistress of St. Margaret Clitherow School, Sister Ingrid, headmistress of St. Agnes’ school and Mr. Doherty, Headmaster of St. Thomas of Canterbury handed over their keys to Mr. Loughran, the headmaster of the newly formed St. Edmund Campion School, which opened using the three sites of the constituent schools.

Until September 2004, the school was situated on two sites. Works completed in 2005 integrated the campus.

In September 2005, the school was granted Specialist Language college status.The school benefits from retreats to Soli House, Ogwen Cottage an outdoor activities centre in Snowdonia, Alton Castle. Members of the student body make annual pilgrimages to Lourdes with the Birmingham Diocese.

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