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Villa's Fab 50 top player countdown: 21 Tony Morley

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Villa's Fab 50 top player countdown: 21 Tony Morley

Villa's Fab 50 
21: Tony Morley 
Career: 1979-1983
Appearances: 180
Goals: 34

Villa's triumphs of the early 1980s were built essentially on team work, but Tony Morley was always guaranteed to throw in a touch of flamboyance.

Supporters rose to their feet in anticipation whenever the flying winger was in possession of the ball - and his pace and silky skills rarely disappointed them.

For sheer showmanship, Morley's twisting and turning before he crossed for Peter Withe to hit the European Cup winner is a moment which is still vivid for Villa supporters who either witnessed it at the time or have subsequently watched video footage of the memorable moment.

And apart from his ability to create openings for colleagues, Morley also contributed a fair number of goals.

He was on target 10 times during the title-winning campaign of 1980-81 - including a spectacular Goal of the Season against Everton at Goodison Park.

And although his six-goal league return the following season was relatively modest, four more came in European Cup ties, making him Villa's leading scorer in the competition.

His second goal against Dynamo in Berlin, when he raced the length of the pitch before slotting home a low shot, ranks among the club's all-time great goals, while his sublime left-foot shot against Anderlecht proved to be the goal which carried Villa to the final.

Signed from Burnley for £200,000 in the summer of 1979, Morley spent four successful years at Villa Park before being transferred to West Bromwich Albion in December 1983.

He served under manager Ron Saunders at three different clubs - Villa, Birmingham City and Albion during a second spell at The Hawthorns.

He was also a member of the Villa side who beat Barcelona in the European Super Cup, as well as winning six England caps.

All profiles courtesy of Rob Bishop and Frank Holt's comprehensive book: Aston Villa - The Complete Record.

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Villa's Fab 50 Countdown

50: John Carew - click here
49: Juan Pablo Angel - click here
48: John Deehan - click here
47: Ken McNaught - click here
46: Gary Williams - click here
45: Tony Daley - click here
44: Ashley Young - click here
43: Jackie Sewell - click here
42: David Platt - click here
41: Dean Saunders - click here
40: Olof Mellberg - click here
39: Martin Laursen - click here
38: Dion Dublin - click here
37: Gabby Agbonlahor - click here
36: Bobby Thomson - click here
35: Harry Burrows - click here
34: Mark Bosnich - click here
33: Ray Graydon - click here
32: Les Smith - click here
31: Harry Parkes - click here
30: George Cummings - click here
29: Jimmy Dugdale - click here
28: Chris Nicholl - click here
27: Alan Wright - click here
26: Jimmy Rimmer - click here
25: Brian Little - click here
24: Gerry Hitchens - click here
23: Peter Aldis - click here
22: Tony Hateley - click here

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 5th July 2011