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Peter the Great

Peter the Great

On this day in 2001, Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel joined Villa from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.

The man known as the Great Dane had previously been hugely successful as a Manchester United player. 

He spent only one season at Villa Park, making 36 appearances, although he created two records at Everton in October 2001 when he became both the first keeper to score for Villa and the oldest scorer in the club’s history. 

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 12th July 2001