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On this day: Start of big adventure as Brian Little makes debut
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30th Oct 2012
On this day: Start of big adventure as Brian Little makes debut


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

1971

It seems like only yesterday but on this day forty-one years ago Brian Little made his senior debut for Villa.

The young striker came on as a substitute in the tremendous 4-1 win over Blackburn as Villa marched towards the Third Division crown.

Ironically it was almost six months later to the day that he starred in his second senior game, this time from the start.

It was a full-blown party as Villa demolished Torquay 5-1.

While the dependable Geoff Vowden scored twice and talisman Andy Lochhead was also on target, a teenager with the nickname "Superboy" stole the show.

Little scored one and set up another two to power Villa to the title.

Cliff Jackson completed the scoring by putting into his own net.

However, it was the impressive debut from Little that grabbed the headlines.

The Sunday Mercury wrote: "On his first full senior appearance, teenager Brian Little showed the necessary touches of skill and maturity making another two goals and scoring another in the first 31 minutes.

"It was Little's touch of quick thinking and anticipation which led to Lochhead scoring the second in the 18th minute."

The rest, they say, is history.

1880

Howard Vaughton made his debut this day against Wednesbury Strollers in the FA Cup.

Villa won 5-3 in front of 3,000 fans, despite being 3-1 down at half-time.

The son of prominent Villa supporter, Thomas Vaughton, 19-year-old Howard joined Villa in August 1880, having established his reputation in the area from the age of 14.

An exponent of close ball control, and said to have dribbled like an angel, Vaughton had all the attacking skills, even if his shooting was inclined to be erratic.

A true gentleman, debonair, he played football with dash and style.

In February 1882, after celebrating his 21st birthday the previous month, Vaughton, along with Arthur Brown, became the club's first internationals, being capped by England against Ireland in Belfast.

And what a debut it was as Vaughton hit five goals and Brown contributed four to England's 13-0 win.

He went on to add a further four caps over the next two years.

In Brief

1886

Villa established their record cup victory with a 13-0 hammering of Wednesbury Old Athletic.

1937

A total of 68,029 people packed into Villa Park for the Second Division fixture between Villa and Coventry City. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

1973

Michael Oakes was born. He graduated through the ranks at Villa to become a professional in 1991.

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