Thursday 22 December 2011

Albrighton scores 20,000th Barclays Premier League goal

Aston Villa midfielder to donate £20,000 to Acorn's Children's Hospice Trust

Midfielder Marc Albrighton is a product of Aston Villa's youth system

Marc Albrighton created Barclays Premier League history on Wednesday when he scored the competition's landmark 20,000th goal at Villa Park.

The midfielder took advantage of a poor attempted back pass from Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker to finish low with a right-footed strike past Wojciech Szczesny in the 54th minute, bringing Villa level at 1-1 after Robin van Persie had converted a 17th-minute penalty.

However, a late goal from Arsenal substitute Yossi Benayoun ensured the Gunners left the west Midlands with three points.

Albrighton is a product of Aston Villa's youth system, making his Barclays Premier League debut in September 2009 against Wigan.

He receives £20,000 from Premier League title sponsors Barclays to donate to a charity of his choice, the Acorn's Children's Hospice Trust based in the west Midlands.

"We went there the other day, there are some people doing great things there - the staff there are unbelievable," Tamworth-born Albrighton told avfc.co.uk.

"They do a great job to keep kids smiling."

Boyhood Villa fan Albrighton said it was "brilliant" to score in front of the Holt End, but the result took the shine off his achievement.

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Key Points

  • Marc Albrighton scores 20,000th goal in Premier League history
  • Villa midfielder equalises in 54th minute against Arsenal
  • Albrighton to donate £20,000 to Acorn's Children's Hospice Trust based in west Midlands