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Stoke v Villa club connections gallery: Lee Hendrie

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Stoke v Villa club connections gallery: Lee Hendrie

Lee Hendrie always fought hard during his time in claret and blue and that is what has impressed his most about the current claret and blue crop.

Hendrie has been an observer of Villa game this season and he thinks the future is bright for Paul Lambert's current crop.

He believes momentum will be important as they face their final seven games.

He said: "There's a lot of courage and fight in that team. I thought against Reading and QPR they were superb.

"Now we need to build momentum again. It's about digging deep, getting points and getting another run going. I do fancy them to stay up."

Of course, courage and fight were Hendrie's watchwords during his long association with Villa.

But sometimes they got him in a spot of bother.

He could hardly have made a more controversial start to his first team career in claret and blue.

The midfielder was sent off on his debut - and he hadn't even started the match.

Having replaced the injured Mark Draper after 33 minutes of Villa's game against QPR at Loftus Road just before Christmas in 1995, Hendrie received three unwelcome cards for fairly innocuous offences from referee Alan Wilkie - two yellow and a red.

It was a tough start for a young man who had supported Villa as a boy, although you could argue it demonstrated his courage for the cause.

He served Villa well for more than a decade and became one of a select band of players who have made more than 300 appearances for the club.

Unfortunately, frequent injury problems meant he never managed an ever-present season, although he started 32 games as Villa finished sixth in 2003-04.

He was also a late substitute in the 2000 FA Cup final against Chelsea.

His long association with the club ended in September 2006 when he moved to Stoke City on loan for the remainder of that season, subsequently making a permanent move to Sheffield United.

Check out the picture gallery of Hendrie.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 5th April 2013
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