Focus On; Peter Withe

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Ron Saunders took him to Aston Villa on the eve of the 1980–81 season when the Birmingham club paid £500,000 for the club’s record signing at the time. He was 29 at the end of the month that league season started. Withe was paired with Gary Shaw whose pace and anticipation gave Withe a strike partner with playing similarities to Tony Woodcock when Withe was at Forest. Withe won a trophy in each of his first three seasons at Villa Park. Withe scored 20 times in 36 games to finish joint-top scorer in the league with Tottenham Hotspur’s Steve Archibald in that first season as Aston Villa won the Football League title. Withe and Spurs’ Mark Falco both scored twice sharing the 1981 FA Charity Shield from a 2–2 draw.

Withe scored the only goal in the 1982 European Cup Final win against Bayern Munich. The season after Withe played in the 1982 European Super Cup 3–1 aggregate win against F.C. Barcelona.

He scored 90 goals in over 200 games for Villa. After five years he eventually moved on in what he later described as “the biggest wrench of my career.”


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