Villa's Fab 50 top player countdown: 8 Allan Evans
Allan Evans played a crucial role at the heart of the defence during Villa's championship and European Cup triumphs.
Yet it was as a striker that he had arrived at Villa Park from Dunfermline Athletic in May 1977.
He scored 15 goals for the Scottish club, including a couple of hat-tricks, although his Dunfermline debut was one to forget - he suffered a broken leg against Glasgow Rangers.
After his move to Villa, he was regularly on target for the reserves and played up front in his first three games, scoring against Newcastle United to indicate his future lay up front.
By the end of that season, though, he had been converted to a central defender, a position in which he served the club so well over the next decade.
Solid and consistent, he was a fine tackler and a commanding header of the ball, and was parsimonious in the extreme when it came to keeping out forwards.
During the championship campaign of 1980-81 his impressive form ensured that Villa conceded only 40 goals during the course of their 42 games.
And when he got forward, his predatory instincts meant he was always a threat to opposition defences - he was on target seven times that season.
His excellent form also earned him four Scotland caps, and it wasn't until the second half of the club's relegation season of 1986-87 that he ceased to be a first team regular.
But even then, he fought his way back into the team 12 months later to become a pivotal figure in Villa's promotion from the old Second Division.
He also made 26 appearances in the club's first season back in the First Division before joining Leicester City on a free transfer in August 1989 and subsequently moving to Australia.
He later had spells as an assistant manager to Brian Little at both Leicester and Villa.
All profiles courtesy of Rob Bishop and Frank Holt's comprehensive book: Aston Villa - The Complete Record.
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