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League Cup 1996: Little - Even police escort was a breeze in perfect final

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League Cup 1996: Little - Even police escort was a breeze in perfect final

Talk about Brian Little's managerial career with Villa and the League Cup final win in 1996 - 20 years ago today - comes easily to mind.

Wembley showpieces are generally nerve-wracking, tense affairs from start to finish, with players, managers and supporters unable to either sleep easily the night before or stop fidgeting on the day itself.

But for Little, the 1996 final was a "breeze" - the easiest day of his time at the helm in claret and blue.

In fact, he said the most concerning element of the monumental afternoon was the coach journey to Wembley across the car-strewn capital - but even that went without a hitch.

"The final was fantastic. Everything just went right on the day," said Little.

"Nothing went wrong. I remember we stayed at the far end of London and the police escort told us: "What the hell are you staying out here for?" We were in Croydon which is quite a trek into Wembley.

"The policemen were moaning about having to take us through the capital. But even they were smiling when they arrived on their motorbikes because they'd enjoyed the easy journey themselves.

"We breezed through traffic and the escort was fantastic. I love motorbikes so I was sat at the front watching them weaving through the traffic. Even to this day, I adore motorbikes. I was fascinated with the way they helped us through.

"I know they were worried beforehand about taking us through - but even that went well.

"We got into the dressing room and we were off. I can't remember anything on the day which was a nuisance. We cruised through the game.

"It was one of the best winning performances I think you'll see at a Wembley final. It was a terrific performance from the players who had put in some tremendous displays that season.

"The balance of the team was spot on and it was a terrific day without a doubt.

"It was also the easiest game to sit and manage. I just sat there and never felt under pressure or nervous because we got a grip of the game straight away.

"It was such contrasting emotions from their side to ours - they knew they had been blown away. From our point of view, it was perfect."

Watch our EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW with Brian Little as he talks about his claret and blue career.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 24th March 2016
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