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Saturday 29 June 2013

On this day in 2005: Aston Villa swoop for Kevin Phillips

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the veteran forward moving to the Midlands

  • Kevin Phillips got off to a dream start in a Villa shirt, scoring four minutes into his debut

  • Phillips struck the winner to earn Villa a rare victory against Birmingham City at St Andrews

  • Phillips' time at Villa Park was hampered by injury, scoring four goals from only 23 matches rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 29 June 2005 – Aston Villa sign Kevin Phillips

After suffering relegation with Southampton, Kevin Phillips, 31, was snapped up by Aston Villa as manager David O’Leary sought to add more firepower to his attack.

"It's a boost as a player to know the manager rates you so highly"
Kevin Phillips

"I'm delighted to be back in the Premiership and to come to such a great club is a good move for me,” Phillips said. "I know the manager has been interested in signing me for some time and when it became clear Villa were still in for me this summer, there was no doubt in my mind. I didn't want to go anywhere else."

"It's a boost as a player to know the manager rates you so highly and hopefully I can justify that faith with a few goals here next season."

Phillips made good on that by scoring after just four minutes of his debut against Bolton Wanderers, but injury restricted him to only 23 matches that season and only four goals, although one was enough for Villa to claim a derby win against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

At the start of the next season, Phillips was sold to West Bromwich Albion.

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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 the day in 2005 when Aston Villa swooped for veteran forward Kevin Phillips