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From the Archives: Too honest Bobby Thomson told to shut it
Bobby Thomson on League Cup history.
22nd Jan 2013
From the Archives: Too honest Bobby Thomson told to shut it


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As Villa look for Capital One Cup semi-final joy this evening, former Holte End darling Bobby Thomson recalls he was nearly too honest for his own good at the same stage of the inaugural competition.

With Paul Lambert's men looking to emulate the stars of 1961, striker Thomson remembers a vital moment in the last four clash with Burnley at Old Trafford.

Thomson went down under a challenge from Jimmy Adamson and the referee pointed to the spot, much to the forward's amazement.

Villa's Scottish striker was all for telling the official he'd made a mistake before he was told to 'shut it' by his more senior team-mates.

He said: "I remember playing 11 games out of the 12 in that competition. We had a few replays along the way.

"One of the best teams in the country at the time, along with Tottenham, was Burnley and we beat them after a dubious penalty in our favour.

"I was racing through and Jimmy tackled me in the box. I turned around and asked Jimmy what had happened and he said 'the ref has given a penalty.' I said 'that was never a penalty'.

"The next thing I know I've got Stan Lynn and Gerry Hitchens crowding round me telling me to keep quiet.

"Stan grabbed the ball, put it on the spot and blasted it home and we went through. Maybe I am too honest for own good."

Thomson also revealed his joy at lifting the trophy, following a hard-fought two-leg victory over Rotherham.

He added: "Most of the games in the run to the final just felt like normal matches because we loved playing football.

"It was great for me because I had only just joined the club and I was playing with all these star names. To be part of a team like Villa was absolutely marvellous.

"It was a great feeling to win the trophy. This was the very first League Cup so it meant a lot.

"Burnley were the team to beat and we managed it in the semi-final which was great.

"Rotherham gave us a torrid time in the final. We got beat 2-0 up there and they deserved to win it by that score too, no doubt.

"Then we had the battle here. It was 0-0 for a long time and then Alan O'Neill and Harry Burrows got us back in the tie before Peter McParland scored the winner.

"At one stage we thought we weren't going to win because Rotherham were battling and put up a really terrific show. We thought we weren't going to breach their defence but once we did we knew they were there for the taking."

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