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Wednesday 27 March 2013

On this day: Peter Crouch starts Premier League odyssey

In series on Premier League's history, we look at the tall striker joining Aston Villa in 2002

  • Peter Crouch on his first day of training with Aston Villa

  • Three days after joining he made his Villa debut away to Bolton

  • Peter Crouch scored his first Villa goal at home to Newcastle in the next match rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

27 March 2002 Peter Crouch signs for Aston Villa

Aston Villa signed Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch for an initial fee of £5m.  Two days after Harry Redknapp was brought in as manager at the Championship club the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee, who had been bought from Queens Park Rangers less than two years previously, was given permission to speak to new Villa manager Graham Taylor.

"I would have liked to have played for Pompey in the Premiership, but it now seems that I will be a year or so ahead of them," he told Portsmouth's website. "But I will be very much looking forward to Pompey joining Villa there. I have really enjoyed playing for the club and the tremendous fans."

After scoring 19 goals for Portsmouth that season, the 21-year-old made his Barclays Premier League debut for Villa away to Bolton Wanderers three days later but was to get only two more goals in his seven appearances in the Barclays Premier League that season, including on his home debut against Newcastle United.

At the start of the next season Crouch moved to Norwich City on loan before joining Southampton permanently in July 2004. He then signed for Liverpool a year later before returning to Portsmouth and Redknapp in 2008. When Redknapp moved to Tottenham Hotspur he bought Crouch back to his first club in 2009 and he was to stay there for two seasons before moving to Stoke City.

When he scored against Manchester United on 24 September 2011, he joined the ranks of players to have scored for six different clubs in the Barclays Premier League.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Peter Crouch signing for Aston Villa in 2002