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On this day: Young wins award/New development announced
What happened today in Villa history.
15th Oct 2012
On this day: Young wins award/New development announced


Looking back through the claret and blue history books for the news items, events, birthdays, signings and memorable matches that happened on this day.

2008

Ashley Young wins the player of the month award.

Young was voted top star for September after a month of brilliance in claret and blue.

After setting up one goal and firing the decisive second in Villa's 2-1 away win at Tottenham, the wing wizard followed this up with another assist in the 2-1 derby victory over West Brom.

He completed the month by scoring a 20-yard free-kick that proved the catalyst for a narrow win over Sunderland at Villa Park.

2004

Villa unveil plans for a new, state-of-the-art training ground development - with facilities to at least match the very best in the Premier League.

Operations Director Steve Stride will reveal the completed plans to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting, after contracts for the purchase of additional land at Bodymoor Heath were completed and exchanged.

Work on the first of two phases will start immediately, with club officials predicting the new complex will be among the best in the country.

Stride said: "These facilities should ensure a training ground that is comparable, if not better, than any of those of our competitors.

"We recognise this is an important ingredient when attracting quality players to the club. It should be stressed that the overall cost of both phases will have - and has not had - any effect on the manager's ability to sign players."

In Brief

1955

Future champions Manchester United and Villa played out a highly-entertaining 4-4 draw at Villa Park in a game that ebbed and flowed throughout.

1983

A first-half goal from Peter Withe settled the derby game with Birmingham City at Villa Park in front of a crowd of 39, 318.

1997

West Ham bundled Villa out of the League Cup with a 3-0 win at Upton Park, thus ending the club's reign as holders.

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