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Six of the Best: Villa in the FA Cup Third Round

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Six of the Best: Villa in the FA Cup Third Round

Aston Villa have a proud history in the FA Cup, winning the competition seven times.

The current crop of Villans begin the road to Wembley against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, looking to avoid elimination at the Third Round stage for the fourth consecutive year.

Here we take a look back at six memorable matches in the FA Cup Third Round…

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January 2015: Aston Villa 1-0 Blackpool

This match was by no means a classic, but it did kickstart a thrilling run that took Villa all the way to the final.

It took 88 minutes to break down the Championship strugglers as Christian Benteke netted a late winner.

Villa would go on to beat Bournemouth, Leicester City, West Brom and Liverpool before losing to Arsenal at Wembley.

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January 2011: Sheffield United 1-3 Aston Villa

Three days after joining the club on loan, a 20-year-old Kyle Walker immediately endeared himself to Villa fans.

The full-back won the ball back just shy of the halfway line and drove at the Blades’ backline before cutting onto his left foot and slotting past the goalkeeper.

Walker’s debut goal set Villa on their way before Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov secured safe passage to the Fourth Round.

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January 2010: Aston Villa 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

There was plenty of action in this feisty Third Round affair as Villa saw off Rovers at Villa Park.

Nathan Delfouneso put the hosts ahead and Carlos Cuellar doubled the lead after Brad Guzan had saved a David Dunn spot kick.

Nikola Kalinic pulled one back after El-Hadji Diouf saw red, but John Carew made sure of the win in stoppage time.

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January 2009: Gillingham 1-2 Aston Villa

The Gills sensed a giant killing when they welcomed Villa to Priestfield, but James Milner had other ideas.

A sold out stadium watched the midfielder score the winner after Ashley Young had been hauled down in the box.

Simeon Jackson had earlier equalised after Milner netted his first of the season.

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December 1999: Aston Villa 2-1 Darlington

The Third Round of the FA Cup was controversially moved to December in the 1999/2000 season, but it didn’t throw up any other shocks for Villa.

Third Division Darlington put up a good fight against John Gregory’s Premier League side and it took 43 minutes before Benito Carbone broke their resistance.

Dion Dublin headed in the second before the visitors set up a nervy finish, tucking home the rebound after David James saved a penalty.

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January 1996: Aston Villa 3-0 Gravesend and Northfleet

Non-league side Gravesend travelled to Villa Park as 20,000-1 outsiders in this Third Round tie.

And an upset was never on the cards, with Mark Draper opening the scoring after just two minutes.

Savo Milosevic struck a superb volley just after the restart before Tommy Johnson finished things off after 72 minutes.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 2nd January 2020