Dennis Mortimer


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  • Date of birth: 4/4/1952
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The image is one which remains etched on the mind of any Villa supporter, even those too young to remember it. 

Dennis Mortimer stood proudly at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rottderdam on the night of May 26 1982, holding aloft the European Cup, football’s most prestigious club trophy.

Mortimer was captain of the team which achieved a feat that even the most ardent Villa supporter could not have envisaged. 

He was also skipper of the side who, 12 months earlier, had become Football League champions for the first time since 1910. 

Those achievements alone make him one of the greatest players in Villa history, although he served the club for rather longer than two glorious seasons, having made more than 400 appearances during a decade in claret and blue.

Signed from Coventry City for £175,000 on Christmas Eve 1975, the forceful midfield made an immediate impact on his debut against West Ham on Boxing Day, helping Villa to a 4-1 victory over West Ham.

Over the course of the following two seasons, the midfielder played more than 100 games, and was a member of the Villa team who beat Everton in the marathon League Cup final of 1977.

And although Jimmy Rimmer and Peter Withe were older, Morty was also the father figure of the team who were crowned champions and European Cup winners in consecutive seasons at the dawn of the 1980s.  

He was the longest-serving member of that all-conquering team and was the undisputed driving force, making great demands on himself and his colleagues as well as producing powerful runs which struck fear into the hearts of opposition defences.

Surprisingly, he never played for the full England team, having to settle for youth, U23 and B caps.

Mortimer left Villa to join Brighton in 1985 and by the time he retired two years later he had amassed more than 700 appearances for his various clubs.

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