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Robertson On Villa Pedigree

Got to do this article because I've had a picture of assistant manager John Robertson since he arrived with Martin O'Neill in the summer but haven't seen any quotes from him to use it! Me, cheap? Never!

Robertson, who won the European Cup twice with Nottingham Forest, has spoken about our history and the decision by Martin O'Neill to put up photographs of the 1982 winning team to remind the current players where Villa have been before and where they want to be again.

He said: 'We don't think that the history of the club should be put to one side. It should be something that today's players can aspire to. Villa is a big club, but there are bigger clubs who haven't won the European Cup. You cannot deny a club's history and I don't see a point in trying to do that. Martin has put pictures up of the 82 team in the dining room. They weren't there before and they should serve as a reminder. Whether the players get there or not, it is something that can be strived for.'

As the official site reminds us, we have three European Cup winners at Villa, the boss Martin O'Neill, Robertson and Gordon Cowan's who is involved with the youth set up.

Robertson continued: 'When I was growing up, all I ever wanted to do was play football. I always thought that Europe was for players like Puskas and Di Stefano and didn't think I could attain that level. They were outstanding players, so for me to hold onto a European Cup winners medal is something that I really treasure. To say you've played at that level and been successful is fantastic. That was a great Forest side and they didn't get the credit they deserve in some quarters.

'It was the same with the lads at Villa who were a really top team. I work with Sid Cowan's now and he was a fantastic player. I would hate coming to Villa Park then - they worked so hard and we were chasing our tail.'

Lets hope the winning mentality rubs off and we can make Villa Park a fortress again, when teams come these days they see us as possible points and we often oblige.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 25 2007

Time: 5:05PM

Your Comments

There should be a picture of the 82 team holding the cup aloft at the end of the tunnel as they are running out on to the pitch.
jonah
Remind me again why the European Cup Victory was swept under the carpet. IMHO had DHE been Chairman when we won the EC we would never of heard the last of it.
col8
I like Robbo. Thought he was a top notch left winger in his City Ground days, and while he has kept pretty much in the background since arriving at VP, I have absolutely no doubt that he will have a lot of input regards the reshaping of the club over the next few seasons. He, like MON, knows what its like to win the highest club honour that the game has to offer, and if his experience and ideals can rub off on our present day squad then so much the better. We won the European Champions Cup in '82. Lets shout it from the rooftops, lets never forget it. Its something to be forever proud of.
glensider
 

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