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Wednesday 26 June 2013

On this day: Savo Milosevic bolsters Aston Villa strikeforce

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a Serb striker making an impact at Villa Park

  • Savo Milosevic scored the winner for Aston Villa in the 1996 League Cup final against Leeds

  • Milosevic and Dwight Yorke (top centre) scored 29 goals between them in 1995/96

  • Milosevic scored a further 17 goals in his next two league campaigns with Aston Villa rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 26 June 1995 Savo Milosevic joins Aston Villa

Aston Villa completed the signing of Yugoslavia striker Savo Milosevic from Partizan Belgrade during the summer of 1995.

The 21-year-old was something of an unknown entity for the Villa fans when manager Brian Little secured his services from Partizan, whom Milosevic had helped to win the last two domestic league titles.

Although he took five matches to score his first goal for the Midlands side, Milosevic soon showed what he was capable off and formed an excellent partnership with Dwight Yorke at Villa Park. Milosevic scored 12 goals in his debut Barclays Premier League campaign and the pair scored 29 between them as Villa finished fourth in the 1995/96 league table.

Milosevic also won the 1996 League Cup final for the Midlands club with a superb matchwinning strike against Leeds United at Wembley Stadium. The club qualified for the UEFA Europa League as a result of their exploits that season.

The next season, Milosevic scored another 10 goals in 30 Premier League appearances as Villa finished 5th, just seven points off second-placed Newcastle United. The Yugoslavian added another seven goals to his tally the next campaign before moving on to Real Zaragoza.

Overall, Milosevic netted 29 times in 89 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa.

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Key Points

  • 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 Aston Villa signed Yugoslavia striker Savo Milosevic from Partizan Belgrade