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Played for both: Five Villa and Tottenham club connections

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Played for both: Five Villa and Tottenham club connections

We build up to Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham by taking a look at five players who turned out for both clubs.

DAVID GINOLA

David Ginola's swashbuckling style earned him a move from Newcastle United to Tottenham in 1997 before he arrived at Villa Park in 2000.

At White Hart Lane, he was named PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1999.

Overall, during the 1998/99 season, Ginola scored one of his most famous goals, when Tottenham beat Barnsley in the FA Cup sixth round.

The Frenchman weaved in and out of a number of Barnsley players before finishing beautifully.

He won his only English domestic trophy with Tottenham, the 1999 League Cup with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City at Wembley Stadium.

Ginola was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame in December 2008.

One of the great entertainers to have ever played in the top-flight, perhaps he was a little past his best, at 33, when he arrived in B6.

But his presence alone lit up the place - and he was popular with the young lions at the training ground as he offered them advice willingly.

Unveiled alongside Alpay at Villa Park, Ginola caused a stir with fans too, who were thrilled to see the likeable winger in claret and blue.

It never quite clicked for him at Villa and after scoring three Premier League goals in two seasons, he departed for Everton before finally hanging up his boots.

Friedel

BRAD FRIEDEL

USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel joined Villa in the summer of 2008, having previously played for Turkish club Galatasaray, Americans Columbus Crew, Liverpool and Blackburn.

After eight years and more than 300 appearances for the Ewood Park club, it was something of a surprise when, at the age of 37, the former international was tempted to Villa Park by then boss Martin O'Neill.

But he insisted he was looking for a new challenge and certainly did not disappoint the claret and blue faithful, who were delighted to have a permanent keeper following the season long loan of Scott Carson from Liverpool in 2007/08.

Friedel's vast experience gave enormous confidence to the defenders in front of him and he was an ever-present in the Barclays Premier League for two consecutive seasons, standing down only for certain Cup ties when his fellow American Brad Guzan deputised.

In November 2008, Friedel played his 167th consecutive Premier League match - breaking a record previously held by former Villa goalkeeper David James.

In the end he reached a remarkable 310.

Friedel is also officially our oldest-ever player, a record he set in February 2011 by playing in the club's Premier League fixture away at Manchester United.

Friedel's age of 39 years and 259 days surpassed the previous record held by Ernie Callaghan, who last played for Villa against Grimsby Town in April 1947, aged 39 years and 257 days.

A member of USA's 1994 World Cup final squad, Friedel also played for Villa at Wembley in the Carling Cup final and FA Cup semi-final of 2010.

Friedel's contract with us expired after the 2010/11 season and in June 2011, Tottenham announced that they had signed Friedel on a two-year deal.

Friedel was ever-present in the Premier League in his first season at White Hart Lane - 2011/12.

He took his tally to 304 matches by the end of the season, when he achieved another record - becoming the club's oldest player at 40 years, 350 days, passing the mark set by Jimmy Cantrell that had stood for 89 years.

He eventually reached 310 before Hugo Lloris took over the gloves - ironically against Villa - in October 2012.

Friedel went on to play 20 times in all competitions in 2012/13, including 11 in the Premier League and seven in the Europa League.

In 2013/14, Friedel's appearance against Newcastle in the Premier League in November was his 50th for Tottenham as he played nine times in all competitions.

His last appearance came on the huge stage of Benfica's Estadia da Luz in the Round of 16 of the Europa League, taking his total to 67 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions.

In May 2015, Friedel announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

Blanchflower

DANNY BLANCHFLOWER

Danny Blanchflower was one of the classiest players ever to pull on a claret and blue shirt.

The only pity is that he didn't do so for a lot longer.

A master of his trade, his poise and balance were allied to an ability to make precision passes, even on the most difficult of surfaces.

Whatever he did on a football pitch, it simply oozed quality.

A man of great integrity, Belfast-born Blanchflower joined Villa from Barnsley in 1951 and over the next three-and-a-half years he produced some immaculate performances as an attacking wing-half, also contributing 10 goals.

During the course of his three full seasons at Villa Park, he missed just three league matches - and was an ever-present as the team finished sixth in 1951-52.

If he was outstanding in claret and blue, however, it was at White Hart Lane that honours came his way.

He joined Tottenham Hotspur for £30,000 in 1954 and was captain of the double-winning team of 1961 and the side who retained the FA Cup the following year.

Ironically, Villa were among Spurs' Cup victims on both occasion, losing at home in the fifth round in 1961 and in a quarter-final north London the following year.

Capped 56 times by Northern Ireland, Blanchflower was also voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 1958 and 1961.

He died in December 1993.

Young

LUKE YOUNG

Having been without a recognised right-back since the retirement of Mark Delaney, Villa recruited Luke Young just before the start of the 2008/09 campaign.

Within hours of snapping up left-back Nicky Shorey from Reading, then manager Martin O'Neill completed the signing of Young, who spent the previous campaign at Middlesbrough following a lengthy association with Charlton.

The Essex-born defender began his career with Tottenham in 1997, making 60 league appearances for the White Hart Lane club before moving to the Valley in 2001.

He made over 200 appearances for the Addicks and won seven England caps during his time at Charlton as well as winning Player of the Year in 2004/05.

Young was linked with Villa after asking for a transfer in the wake of Charlton's relegation at the end of the 2006/07 campaign but ended up joining Middlesbrough, where he missed only three league matches and won the Player of the Year too.

Young made his claret and blue debut in their opening day top-flight fixture against Manchester City, which they won 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

He scored his first goal for the club in a 3-2 home victory over Blackburn Rovers, finding the net from close range on the second attempt - an important equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

After some solid performances at right-back, a long-term injury to first choice left-back Wilfred Bouma meant that Young switched to the opposite flank for a host of matches.

He played less football in 2009/10 as O'Neill preferred Carlos Cuellar at right-back but he enjoyed more game time under Kevin MacDonald and in the early stages of Gerard Houllier's stewardship in 2010/11 until the loan of Kyle Walker.

In August 2011, Young joined Queens Park Rangers on a three-year deal, replaced in the claret and blue line-up by new signing Alan Hutton.

Bent

DARREN BENT

Villa smashed the club transfer record in signing Sunderland and England striker Darren Bent in an initial £18m deal in January 2011.

His move to B6 smashed previous transfer deals - when we paid £12m for James Milner and Stewart Downing.

And what a start to life under Gerard Houllier for the prolific hitman as he grabbed the winner in a 1-0 victory over Man City at Villa Park.

Other highlights in his time in claret and blue included two goals in a 2-1 win at Arsenal, the third goal in a 3-1 win at Chelsea and his 100th Premier League goal as Villa came from behind to earn a 2-2 home draw against Queens Park Rangers.

That effort meant he was only the 21st player to reach the milestone.

Bent spent the 2013/14 season at Fulham before being reintegrated into the set-up by Paul Lambert at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign.

However, he eventually headed out on loan to Brighton and Derby - before eventually joining the Rams when his claret and blue contract expired.

In his early years, London-born Bent progressed through the youth ranks at Ipswich Town and, after signing professional terms, he scored 55 goals in 141 appearances for the Tractor Boys between 2001 and 2005.

His impressive form for Ipswich prompted Charlton Athletic, then in the Premier League, to pay an initial £2.5m for his services in June 2005 and, after rattling home an impressive 37 goals in 79 games, he moved across London in 2007 to join Tottenham Hotspur for a then club record £16.5m fee.

During his time at White Hart Lane, Bent made 43 starts and a further 36 appearances off the bench, scoring 25 goals for the club in the process.

His next stop was Sunderland in July 2009, who paid £10m to secure his signature.

His form for the Black Cats proved to be outstanding, as he hit the net 36 times in just 63 appearances before he departed for Villa.

 

By @AVFCOfficial 9th March 2016