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AVTV exclusive: Watch rare footage from 1913 FA Cup final
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3rd Jan 2014
AVTV exclusive: Watch rare footage from 1913 FA Cup final


AVTV are now showing extremely rare highlights from Villa v Sunderland in the FA Cup final of 1913. 

This is thanks to a little help from the BBC and the National Football Museum.

The six-minute film came to light when Midlands Today sports reporter Ian Winter was researching details of the final from a century ago, which Villa won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 121,919 at the Crystal Palace.

The BBC only screened a few fleeting seconds of the 100-year-old film.

But Villa fans are now able to enjoy the full version - all six minutes of it - on AVTV.

Watch the exclusive highlights now.

Although it doesn't show Tommy Barber's winning goal, it does include the presentation of the trophy.

There was also a very unusual story surrounding the wondrous win.

One Sunderland supporter bet his house on the outcome of the showpiece - which is why the property bears the name 'Aston Villa.'

You will find the building in Front Street, Quarrington Hill, County Durham and it once belonged to businessman Albert Gillett, co-owner of the G & B bus company.

Mr Gillett, an avid follower of the Wearside club, was so confident his favourites would lift the trophy that he publicly declared that his new home would be named after the winners.

He was as good as his word, reluctantly calling the house 'Aston Villa' after Barber's late goal secured victory over a Sunderland team who would go on to become league champions.

It was Villa's fifth cup triumph and the second time in a decade that they had beaten that season's champions in the final, having also denied Newcastle United the double in 1905.

Watch the exclusive highlights now.

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