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Family of 1920s striker take trip down memory lane at Villa Park

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Family of 1920s striker take trip down memory lane at Villa Park

CEO Tom Fox and Brian Little enjoyed afternoon tea with the family of 1920s striker Len Capewell this week.

Joan Bradshaw and her sister Betty - the daughters of Capewell, who netted 100 times in 157 appearances for Villa, made the special visit and discussed their father's career in the second city.

Sister Betty, aged 85, flew from Australia to celebrate and it was the first time the whole family had been reunited in eight years.

The event marked Joan's 90th birthday with five generations of Villa supporters coming together.

The family sat down for afternoon tea with Tom and Brian before renowned tour guide Mick Dale took the group on a behind-the-scenes tour of the dressing rooms, tunnel area and dugouts.

Brian looked back on his time as player and manager and recalled his early years as a scholar.

The CEO then presented Joan and Betty with gifts while Brian gave away signed photos of his time in claret and blue.

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It took Len Capewell just 20 seconds to open the scoring on the first day of the 1925-26 season and by the end of the match he had netted five times in a 10-0 defeat of Burnley.

Capewell served in the Royal Engineers during the Great War and joined Villa from Wellington Town in January 1922, having gained a reputation as a prolific marksman.

He netted a hat trick when making his debut in a reserve game against Bolton Wanderers in February and then scored on his league debut on 1 April, a 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers.

Capewell quickly became established at Villa and collected an FA Cup runners-up medal in April 1924, finishing that season with 26 goals.

His appearances the following season were restricted by injury.

He scored four goals in an FA Cup match against Port Vale but then, on 29 January 1925, Capewell was devastated by the death of his young son.

His best season came in 1925-26 when he netted 32 goals in 34 league games.

On 1 April 1929, seven years to the day after making his league debut, Capewell marked his last league appearance with a goal at Leicester City.

He continued to score regularly.

By @AVFCOfficial 29th January 2016