Spurs v Aston Villa Notes

18.08.2002 Aston Villa play their first fixture of the season away for the sixth time running.

18.01.2003 Tottenham’s first win at Villa Park in the Premier League

02.05.2004 Results elsewhere ensured Tottenham retain their Premier League status, despite losing out 0-1.

01.10.2007 Spurs celebrate their 125th birthday with this match closest to the day the club was founded a century and a quarter before.  The team wear a special one-off commemorative kit of light blue and white halves for the occasion.

They are linked to both

Danny Blanchflower Legendary Spurs captain, who was the on-field brains behind the Double side, Danny Blanchflower was signed from Aston Villa.  Joining the Villa side from Barnsley for £15,000 in March 1951 and made 155 appearances for the Villains before moving on to Tottenham in 1954 for £30,000 having has a disagreement with the Directors of the Midlands club.  Played nearly 400 games, winning two FA Cups, the First Division Championship and the European Cup Winners’ Cup before retiring in April 1964.

Gudni Bergsson A 1985 trial with Aston Villa saw the club overlook Gudni Bergsson, who joined Tottenham in 1988 and stayed for six years playing 87 times and scoring twice.  The Icelander signed for Bolton Wanderers after being released by Spurs.

Colin Calderwood Played as defender (and sometimes midfielder) at Tottenham from 1993 and made 199 appearances before he moved to Aston Villa in 1999 for a short time, as the first player the Villains signed from Tottenham. Played only 26 times in his one season at Villa Park.  Returned to both clubs in management positions – reserve team boss at Spurs and assistant manager at Villa.

Jimmy Cantrell Started out at Aston Villa as an inside right in 1904, scoring a goal every other game before moving on to Notts. County in 1907.  Converted to a centre-forward, Jimmy maintained his goals per game ratio and Tottenham were impressed by his goal-scoring, signing him in 1912.  His career at Tottenham was interrupted by World War I, but still managed 84 goals in 176 matches that propelled the club to the 1919-20 Second Division Championship and the 1921 FA Cup.  Played his last match in 1922 aged nearly 40; still the oldest outfield player for Spurs.

Billy Cook Inside left George “Billy” Cook signed for Aston Villa from Huddersfield Town in February 1927 and despite scoring 40 goals in 61 matches, he had not achieved the success he had experienced with The Terriers and moved on.  Spurs signed Cook in the summer of 1929 and he netted 23 goals in 60 games and aged 36 he was allowed to leave at the end of the 1930-31 season for Brentford.

Peter Crouch A Spurs Academy product, he moved away from White Hart Lane before ending up at Villa in 2002 via QPR and Portsmouth.  Costing £5 million.  Two years at Villa Park saw him struggle to score initially, before being sent on a 3 month loan to Norwich City.  He returned to find his touch in front of goal before he was sold to Southampton for £2.5 million.  Returned to White Hart Lane in 2009, signed from Portsmouth and helped Spurs qualify for the Champions League and then played his part in the club reaching the quarter-final before he got sent off early in the first leg at Real Madrid, contributing to the team getting beaten 0-4. Left for Stoke City in 2011.

David Ginola Mercurial winger who thrilled Spurs fans between 1997 (signed for £2.5 million from Newcastle United) and 2000, winning the League Cup in 1999, played 127 times scoring 22 goals.  The Frenchman moved to Villa for £3 million and soon was criticised by manager John Gregory for being over-weight, playing only sporadically after that and only 40 times in total, scoring five times. Left for Everton in February 2002 on a free.

Andy Gray Palace midfielder Andy Gray moved to Aston Villa in 1987 and won promotion to the First Division with the club, before re-joining the Eagles in 1989, via QPR.  Came to Spurs in 1992, but the move didn’t work out particularly well for the midfielder and after going on loan to Swindon Town, he was sold to CA Marbella of Spain in 1994.  Later played for Bury, Falkirk and Millwall.

James Gray Signed from Bristol Rovers, James Gray made seven appearances for Villa in 1904-05, he was then released, moving to Glasgow Rangers. In April 1907 they let him go and he joined Spurs, playing 25 times before a “breach of discipline” in 1908 saw him suspended. Another incident during his suspension led to an indefinite ban and his departure at the end of the 1907-08 season.

Steve Hodge Moved to struggling Aston Villa from Nottingham Forest in 1985, staying for 18 months and playing 53 games with 12 goals scored during his spell in claret and blue, in which the fans turned against him. A similar length of career at Spurs brought 45 appearances with a return of just seven goals before he went back to Nottingham Forest.

Alan Hutton Scottish right back signed from Glasgow Rangers for £9 million in 2008, winning the League Cup in his third appearance.  A toe injury kept him out of the team and he went out on loan to Sunderland.  Back at Spurs, in April 2011 saw him replaced by Kyle Walker and on 31st August 2011, he signed for Villa, playing nearly 200 times, although was farmed out on loan to Nottingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers.  Retired eight months after being released by Aston Villa.

Peter Kyle Hot-headed centre forward Peter Kyle joined Spurs in 1905 and a misdemeanour with team-mate Chris Carrick saw him suspended by the club before he left to join Woolwich Arsenal in 1906.  He enjoyed his most prolific spell at Highbury, but only lasted two seasons before signing for Aston Villa, where he failed to settle and he moved on to Sheffield United in 1909.

Oyvind Leonhardsen Norwegian midfielder who starred for Tottenham from 1999-2002, making 72 appearances and scoring 11 times, before he spent a spell at Villa which saw him fall out of favour after a change in management.

Josh Onomah A season long loan took the young midfielder to Villa Park in the Championship in 2017 and he was part of the team that took them to a losing play-off final against

Ernie Phypers An amateur with Villa from September 1932 until May 1933, when he was offered a contract with Tottenham, signing professional in June 1934.  Ernie played 28 first team league games and three in the FA Cup up to March 1937 when he joined Doncaster Rovers.  Phypers also guested for Clapton Orient, Southend United and West Ham United during the war.

Andy Ralston A First World War guest who played 100 times for Spurs between October 1915 and March 1919, was on Villa’s books too.  The Scot signed as an amateur for Villa in 1902, but the war robbed him of his chances to make a career there.

Wayne Routledge Signed as a talented winger from Crystal Palace, Routledge broke an ankle on his debut and was then kept out of the team by Aaron Lennon.  Loan spells at Portsmouth and Fulham followed, but he made only three appearances for Spurs, before he was sold on to Aston Villa for £1.5 million in January 2008.  His time at Villa Park only brought two appearances before he left for QPR in January 2009.

Gordon Smith Rugged Scottish full-back Smith signed by Aston Villa from St. Johnstone, he was a playing sub in the second replay of the 1977 League Cup Final, with Villa beating Everton.  After 79 games, he left Villa Park in 1979 for Tottenham, making only 45 appearances and scoring a single goal.  Transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1982 after missing out on two FA Cup finals with Spurs.

Cyril Spiers Starting his career at Aston Villa in 1920, Cyril Spiers made 112 appearances and then suffered what he thought was a career-ending injury, with Villa releasing him. However, after undergoing innovative surgery, he recovered, joining Tottenham in 1927 and playing 169 games before missing the whole of the 1932-33 season. Went on to be player-coach and assistant manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Kyle Walker Spurs defender, signed from Sheffield United in July 2009, spent 15 games on loan at Villa in January 2011 until the end of the season, hitting two goals in the 18 games he played.  Returned to Spurs to sign a new five year deal and played 227 games and scoring six goals before saying he wouldn’t renew his contract and falling out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino.  Left for Manchester City for a potential fee of £50 million in July 2017.

Frank Wilson A nine month spell at Aston Villa in 1986 failed to see winger Frank Wilson break into the first XI after signing from Bishop Auckland. Moved to North London in March 1897 and scored five goals in 10 games as a centre forward, but some acts of “insubordination” with some other players ended with him being released at the end of the season. 

Luke Young Another Spurs youth product who turned up at Villa.  Luke made his Spurs debut in 1998 and established a reputation as a solid defender, with a liking for tough tackling and over-lapping to attack on the wing.  An unused sub in Tottenham’s 1999 League Cup win, he left for Charlton Athletic in 2001, where he began his England career.  A move to Middlesbrough in 2007 only lasted a year before Villa signed him for a fee of up to £6 million.  Made 89 appearances in three years at Villa Park, notching two goals, but was then sold to QPR for an undisclosed fee.


Debuts against Aston Villa

William Oliver 13.12.1913

Harry Skitt 01.11.1924

Eddie King 22.09.1934

Archie Burgon 02.02.1935

Ralph Wetton 20.10.1951

Dickie Dowsett 21.08.1954

Phil Beal 16.09.1963

Derek Possee 25.01.1964

Noel Brotherston 13.03.1976

Richard Gough 23.08.1986

Mitchell Thomas 23.08.1986

Pat Van Den Hauwe 09.09.1989

Ian Hendon 16.03.1991

Paul McVeigh 19.04.1997

Gustavo Poyet 18.08.2001

Goran Bunjevcevic 18.08.2001

Christian Ziege 18.08.2001

Milenko Acimovic 24.08.2002

Calum Davenport 22.11.2004

Radek Cerny 01.05.2005

Vedran Corluka 15.09.2008

Roman Pavlyuchenko 15.09.2008

Tanguy Ndombele 10.08.2019


Last game for the club – played against Aston Villa

Albert Gosnell 25.02.1911

John Tate 13.04.1914

Fred Webster 27.02.1915

Charlie Wilson 07.10.1922

Jimmy Brain 22.09.1934

Eddie King 22.09.1934

Jimmy Brown 07.11.1936

Willie Evans 07.11.1937

Ralph Ward 02.02.1946

Dickie Dowsett 21.08.1954

Les Allen 03.04.1965

Noel Brotherston 13.03.1976

Ian Moores 23.08.1978

Gordon Smith 05.09.1981

Stuart Nethercott 19.04.1997

Dean Richards 02.05.2004


First goal for the club – scored against Aston Villa

Jimmy Cantrell 26.10.1912

Les Dicker 22.11.1952

Dickie Dowsett 21.08.1954

Derek Possee 25.01.1964

Mike England 04.03.1967

Martin Robinson 13.03.1976

Allan Nielsen 12.10.1996

Ramon Vega 19.04.1997

Jamie Redknapp 24.08.2002

Andy Reid 01.05.2005

Tanguy Ndombele 10.08.2019


Last goal for the club – scored against Aston Villa

Arthur Grimsdell 24.03.1928

Tom Meads 06.01.1934

Les Bennett 21.08.1954

Dickie Dowsett 21.08.1954

Harry Clarke 26.11.1955

Maurice Norman 25.09.1965

Laurie Brown 19.03.1966

Mark Falco 03.05.1986

Ossie Ardiles 28.10.1987

Rohan Ricketts 23.11.2003

Stephen Kelly 01.05.2005

Jermain Defoe 01.01.2008


24.09.1960 Tottenham record their tenth straight win from the start of the season to set a new record for the top-flight.

15.12.1979 David Geddis scores his first Villa goal.

26.04.1980 Noel Blake makes his Villa debut.

29.12.2000 Ian Walker plays the 250th Premiership League game of his Spurs career.

19.04.2001 Les Ferdinand hit his 150th Premiership League goal of his career.
The goal was also Tottenham’s 500th in the Premier League.

22.11.2004 Juan Pablo Angel makes his 100th Premier League appearance for Villa.Carlton Cole makes his 50th appearance in the Premier League.
Thomas Hitzlsperger makes his 100th appearance for Aston Villa.

01.05.2005 Frederic Kanoute’s 50th start for Spurs.

17.09.2005 Jlloyd Samuel makes his 150th Premiership appearance for Aston Villa.
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson makes his 50th appearance for Tottenham.
Spurs field a starting line-up of 11 internationals for the first time ever …
Paul Robinson (England), Paul Stalteri (Canada), Young-Pyo Lee (South Korea), Anthony Gardner (England), Ledley King (England), Teemu Tainio (Finland), Michael Carrick (England), Jermaine Jenas (England), Andy Reid (Republic of Ireland), Jermain Defoe (England), Grzegorz Rasiak (Poland)

21.01.2006 Martin Jol’s 50th Premier League match in charge of the team.
Michael Brown makes his 50th Premiership appearance for Spurs and 300th in the League (Manchester City, Hartlepool, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Tottenham).
Michael Carrick makes his 150th career appearance in the Premiership.
James Milner makes his 100th career League appearance (Leeds, Swindon, Newcastle and Aston Villa).

14.10.2006 Didier Agathe makes his Aston Villa debut.
Danny Murphy makes his 400th club career start (Crewe, Liverpool, Charlton and Spurs).

26.12.2006 Jermain Defoe’s second goal was his 50th goal for Tottenham.

01.10.2007 Jermain Defoe makes his 200th career Premier League appearance (West Ham and Tottenham).
Steed Malbranque makes his 50th appearance for Tottenham.
Wilfred Bouma makes his 50th Premier League start in Aston Villa colours.

15.09.2007 Jermaine Jenas makes his 300th career Premier League appearance (Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United and Tottenham).
John Carew makes his 50th appearance in Aston Villa colours.

02.10.2010 Ashley Young makes his 150th Premier League appearance (Watford and Aston Villa).

15.03.2009 Wilson Palacios makes his 50th English league appearance (Birmingham, Wigan and Tottenham).
Michael Dawson makes his 200th career league appearance (Nottingham Forest and Tottenham).

02.10.2010 Ashley Young makes his 150th Premier League appearance (Watford and Aston Villa).
Gerard Houlllier’s first defeat as Aston Villa’s manager.

07.10.2012 Stephen Caulker scores the club’s 250th goal in competitive matches against Villa.
Brad Friedel’s run of 310 consecutive Premier League matches came to an end as he was a substitute in Tottenham’s win over Aston Villa.

26.12.2012 Jermain Defoe scores Tottenham’s 100th away goal in games against Aston Villa.

24.09.2013 Paulinho scores Spurs’ 150th home goal against Aston Villa.

11.04.2015 Benteke’s goal in this match was Aston Villa’s 50th Premier League goal against Tottenham.

16.02.2020 Heung-Min Son scores his 50th and 51st Premier League goals.
Bjorn Engels scores his first Aston Villa goal.

22.03.2021 Lucas Moura plays his 150th Spurs match.

19.05.2021 Dele Alli makes his 250th Spurs appearance.
Sergio Reguilon’s own goal was the 1,000th scored in Premier League history.

09.04.2022 Heung-Min Son’s three goals made him the tenth highest scorer in the club’s history.

Transfers from Aston Villa to Tottenham

Name Date Fee

Brad FRIEDEL 3 June 2012 Free

Steve HODGE December 1986 £650,000

Gordon SMITH August 1976 £150,000

Danny BLANCHFLOWER December 1954 £30,000

Ernest PHYPERS June 1934

Billy COOK June 1929

Cyril SPIERS December 1927

Frank WILSON March 1897

Transfers to Aston Villa from Tottenham

Name Date Fee

Josh ONOMAH 4th August 2017 Season Loan

Simon DAWKINS January 2012 Loan

Kyle WALKER January 2011 Season Loan

Jermaine JENAS 31st August 2011 Season Loan (£900,000)

Alan HUTTON 31st August 2011 £4,050,000

Wayne ROUTLEDGE August 2007 £1,530,000

Oyvind LEONHARDSEN August 2002 Free

David GINOLA July 2000 £3,000,000

Colin CALDERWOOD March 1999 £225,000