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Names of the Nineties: Paul McGrath

The great Paul McGrath was a colossus on the pitch for Aston Villa and Ireland but, like everyone watching on, a human all the same

Names of the Nineties: Dion Dublin

Plenty know Dion Dublin for his exploits far from the pitch, but for many of a particular vintage, there’ll never be any forgetting his exploits on it

Names of the Nineties: Stan Collymore

Very few players could ever dream of hitting such big heights and of doing what Stan Collymore could do. And he did it all in his own way

Names of the Nineties: Gareth Southgate

A natural leader and calm presence, while Gareth Southgate may be unfairly remembered for Euro 96, he was, in fact, one of England’s finest defenders

Names of the Nineties: Mark Bosnich

Mark Bosnich may look back on his career and wish he’d not let it slip so easily – partly because, at his best, he was a goalkeeper of outstanding quality

Names of the Nineties: Saša Ćurčić

Saša Ćurčić, a volatile personality and gifted footballer, remains one of the first true instances of the Premier League boom and bust future

Names of the Nineties: Steve Stone

Steve Stone was the generator of Forest’s mid-90s revival, helped power the rise of Portsmouth and was very nearly part of a winning England team at Euro 96

Aston Villa, Slavia Prague and the curse of Chinese cash

Ten years ago, on 7 November 2008, Aston Villa wrote themselves a small place in the history of Slavia Prague, one of the Czech Republic’s most successful clubs, with four titles to…

How Paul McGrath became Ireland’s Black Pearl

GOING INTO the game, Aston Villa had suffered three successive defeats and were looking more than a little ropey. Up against Manchester United in the 1994 League Cup final, the Claret and Blues…

The storied career of Juan Pablo Ángel

AS HE SAT DOWN TO WATCH HIS NEW EMPLOYERS register a sodden display at Villa Park in 2001, little could Juan Pablo Ángel have known about what lay ahead. For the Colombian, one…