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One in a hundred...

One in a hundred...

On this day in 1859, Archie Hunter was born in Joppa, Scotland.

Hunter’s official figures of 74 competitive games and 43 goals belie the fact that he is a true Villa legend. 

During the decade before the formation of the Football League, he was the club’s most influential player.

He was captain when Villa won the FA Cup for the first time in 1887, scoring the second goal in the 2-0 final victory over West Bromwich Albion. 

Such was his importance that the club once chartered a special train to take him to an away game when he was unable to travel with his team-mates.

Having led Villa to runners-up spot in the inaugural League campaign of 1888/89, he was sadly forced to retire after suffering a heart attack during a game against Everton at Anfield in 1890 and he died four years later at the age of 35. 

Hunter was one of 100 legends unveiled by the Football League as part of their centenary celebrations in 1988.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 23rd September 1859