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Call it a Loan

Call it a Loan

On this day in 2004, Villa made a flying start to the Premiership campaign with a 2-0 home win over Southampton.

Darius Vassell opened the scoring in the 12th minute, with Carlton Cole – on loan from Chelsea for the season – netted number two on 34 minutes. 

Cole was one of two players making his Villa debut, along with Danish central defender Martin Laursen, who had recently arrived from Milan.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 14th August 2004