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Friday 26 July 2013

On this day in 1993: Villa sign Townsend

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Chelsea midfielder moving to Villa Park

  • Midfielder Townsend won two League Cups during his time at Villa Park

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 26 July 1993 - Andy Townsend signs for Villa

Having missed out on the Barclays Premier League title the previous season, Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson strengthened his midfield with the signing of Andy Townsend from Chelsea.

Townsend, who had just turned 30-years-old, had spent three seasons at Chelsea and was brought to Villa Park for a fee of just over £2m.

The swashbuckling midfielder made his Villa debut in the 4-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers and soon became an integral part of the side as he formed an impressive partnership with Kevin Richardson in the middle of the pitch during the first part of his time at the club.

He helped Villa win the League Cup in 1994, when they defeated Manchester United 3-1, while he captained the team as they reclaimed the trophy two years later against Leeds United.

Townsend’s four-year Villa career came to an end in 1997 when he joined Middlesbrough. He made a total of 134 League appearances for Villa, scoring eight goals.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Andy Townsend moved to Aston Villa from Chelsea