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Tuesday 05 November 2013

On this day in 1998: Dublin moves to Aston Villa

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Coventry striker moving to Villa Park

  • Dublin, left, celebrates his goal on debut aginast Spurs

  • Dublin keeps the match ball after scoring a hat-trick in his second Villa match

  • Dublin went on to score 48 goals in the Barclays Premier League for Villa

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

5 November 1998 - Dion Dublin joins Aston Villa

After being the joint top-scorer in the Barclays Premier League the previous season Coventry City striker Dion Dublin was being pursued by a number of clubs.

Despite Coventry having accepted a bid from Blackburn Rovers, Dublin, who was keen to stay in the Midlands, rejected Rovers, as well as interest from Leeds United, allowing for John Gregory, the Aston Villa manager to get his man.

Dublin had an instant impact, scoring twice on his debut, at home to Tottenham Hotspur in a 3-2 victory. The next match he went one better getting a hat-trick in the 4-1 win away to Southampton.

After playing for England in midweek Dublin made it seven goals in three matches with a brace as Villa went down 4-2 at home to Liverpool.

In total over six seasons at Villa Park, Dublin scored 48 goals in 150 Barclays Premier League appearances.

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  • 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 Dion Dublin joined Aston Villa in 1998