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2010–11 Aston Villa F.C. season

Aston Villa
2010–11 season
Chairman Randy Lerner
Manager Martin O'Neill (until 9 August)
Kevin MacDonald (caretaker)(from 9 August to 8 September)
Gérard Houllier (from 8 September to 23 April)
Gary McAllister (caretaker) (from 23 April to 22 May)
Stadium Villa Park
Premier League 9th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Europa League Play-off round
Top goalscorer League:
Darren Bent (9)
Ashley Young,
Darren Bent (9)
Highest home attendance 42,785 vs Liverpool (22 May 2011)
Lowest home attendance 18,753 vs Blackburn Rovers (22 September 2010)
Average home league attendance 37,273 (League)
35,548 (All)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2010–11 Aston Villa F.C. season was Aston Villa's 136th professional season; their 100th season in the top-flight; and their 23rd consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. It was also the first (and only) season under French manager Gérard Houllier, who was appointed after previous boss Martin O'Neill resigned on 9 August 2010.[1][2] Despite a generally disappointing season in both the league and cup competitions, a late surge allowed the club to finish in 9th position in the Premier League (3 places lower than their 6th-place finish the previous season).

Aston Villa once again competed in the UEFA Europa League, marking their 2nd consecutive season in the tournament and 3rd consecutive season in European competition overall. However, after drawing the away fixture, Aston Villa were eliminated for the second consecutive year in the play-off round, and again at the hands of Rapid Vienna.

This season marked the first time that four West Midlands county clubs performed in the Premier League. Aston Villa once again contested the Second City derby with Birmingham City, who remain in the league, alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers, who also avoided relegation. West Bromwich Albion also join them in the league, meaning that Villa will contest a total of six local derbies throughout the duration of the Premier League season. An additional derby game at Birmingham City took place on 1 December 2010 in the Football League Cup.


Updated 21 January 2011.[3][4]

Premier League squad

Players under 21 do not need to be named and can still be used.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 England DF Luke Young
3 England DF Stephen Warnock
5 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
6 England MF Stewart Downing
7 England MF Ashley Young
8 France MF Robert Pires
9 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Ireland
10 Norway FW John Carew (on loan to Stoke City during the playing season)
11 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor
13 United States MF Michael Bradley (on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach during the playing season)
17 Cameroon MF Jean Makoun
18 England FW Emile Heskey
No. Position Player
19 Bulgaria MF Stiliyan Petrov (captain)
20 England MF Nigel Reo-Coker (vice-captain)
22 United States GK Brad Guzan
23 Senegal DF Habib Beye
24 Spain DF Carlos Cuéllar
27 England MF Isaiah Osbourne
28 England MF Jonathan Hogg
29 Wales DF James Collins
30 United States DF Eric Lichaj (on loan to Leeds United during the playing season)
33 England GK Andy Marshall
36 England DF Kyle Walker (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur during the playing season)
37 Togo MF Moustapha Salifou
39 England FW Darren Bent
Under-21 Players

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 England MF Marc Albrighton
14 England FW Nathan Delfouneso
16 England MF Fabian Delph
21 Republic of Ireland DF Ciaran Clark
25 Scotland MF Barry Bannan
31 Australia MF Chris Herd
No. Position Player
32 England DF Nathan Baker
34 Australia DF Shane Lowry
35 England MF Daniel Johnson
42 Austria FW Andreas Weimann
43 England GK Elliot Parish
UEFA Europa League Players

These players were not part of Aston Villa's Premier League squad, but were given squad numbers and selected to play for the club in the UEFA Europa League.[5]
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
51 England DF Durrell Berry
53 England DF Ellis Deeney
54 England DF Calum Flanagan (on loan at Kettering Town)
55 England FW Harry Forrester
No. Position Player
56 England MF Gary Gardner
57 England MF Jason Lampkin
58 Hungary MF Andras Stieber
59 Switzerland GK Benjamin Siegrist

Squad numbers

Villa's squad numbers for this season were announced on 12 August 2010. The only major changes from the previous year saw defender Stephen Warnock wearing the number 3 shirt which had last belonged to Wilfred Bouma, and Stephen Ireland take over Marlon Harewood's number 9.[3]

Villa's squad numbers were revised ahead of the Premier League fixture at home to Bolton Wanderers on 19 September 2010. Many of the club's young players had their numbers reduced below 30, with the exception of goalkeeper Elliot Parish, who remained at number 43. Andy Marshall retained the number 33 shirt on his return to the club.[6]

Robert Pirès took the number 8 shirt on his arrival at the club, which was previously worn by James Milner. Loan signing Kyle Walker received the number 36 shirt, while incoming striker Darren Bent acquired number 39. Newly-signed midfielder Jean Makoun took over the number 17 shirt from teammate Moustapha Salifou, who remained without a replacement squad number.[7] Michael Bradley took over the vacant number 13 shirt upon his arrival to Villa on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Managerial changes

Aston Villa completed their pre-season preparations under former boss Martin O'Neill. However, he resigned from his position as manager on 9 August 2010, just five days before Villa's opening Premier League tie at home to West Ham United. Reserve team coach Kevin MacDonald was appointed as caretaker manager with immediate effect.[1]

MacDonald managed Villa until 8 September 2010, when former Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais manager Gérard Houllier was officially announced as O'Neill's successor. MacDonald had previously announced his intentions to apply for the position on a full-time basis, however the club opted to sign Houllier instead.[2] MacDonald did however take charge of Villa's next two games, before Houllier officially took the reins on 22 September after fulfilling his duties with the France national team.

On 22 April 2011, Gérard Houllier was taken to hospital with chest pains with the doctors fearing another heart attack (he suffered a heart attack in 2001 while manager of Liverpool). It was later ruled out with the Frenchman ordered to bed rest and medicine.[8] Assistant manager Gary McAllister took charge of Houllier's managerial duties on 23 April for the Premier League match with Stoke City at Villa Park, and it was later revealed that Houllier would not be able to return to the touchline until after the end of the season.[9]

Date Outgoing Manager New Club Incoming Manager Previous Team Notes
9 August 2010 Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill European Union Unattached Scotland Kevin MacDonald (Caretaker) England Aston Villa Reserves
8 September 2010 Scotland Kevin MacDonald (Caretaker) England Aston Villa Reserves France Gérard Houllier France Lyon Houllier officially took charge on 22 September 2010.




Date Position Player name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes
18 August 2010 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland England Manchester City England Premier League £8 million Part exchanged for James Milner[10]
3 September 2010 GK England Andy Marshall England Aston Villa England Premier League Free transfer Player initially released, but rejoined the club on 3 September 2010.[11]


Date Position Player name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes
18 November 2010 MF France Robert Pirès Spain Villarreal Spain Primera División Free transfer Player unattached following release from Villarreal
15 January 2011 MF Cameroon Jean Makoun France Lyon France Ligue 1 Undisclosed fee Fee believed to be in region of £6 million
18 January 2011 FW England Darren Bent England Sunderland England Premier League £18 million Club record transfer fee, with add-ons potentially rising to £24 million.

Loans in


Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return
6 January 2011[12] DF England Kyle Walker England Tottenham Hotspur England Premier League 5 months End of season
31 January 2011[13] MF United States Michael Bradley Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany Bundesliga 5 months End of season


Date Position Player name Club League Return Notes
28 December 2010 FW Jamaica Omar Cummings United States Colorado Rapids United States Major League Soccer 18 January 2011 Had been on trial with a view to a 3-month loan deal. Player was not signed due to work permit issues.



Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes
1 July 2010[14] DF Netherlands Wilfred Bouma Netherlands PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Eredivisie Free
1 July 2010[15] FW England Marlon Harewood England Blackpool England Premier League Free
1 July 2010[16] GK England Andy Marshall England Aston Villa England Premier League Released Player initially released, but rejoined the club on 3 September 2010.[11]
1 July 2010[17] DF Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Halloran England Coventry City England Championship Free
13 July 2010 GK Republic of Ireland David Bevan England Walsall England League One Free Youth player
23 July 2010 MF England Jack Dyer England Burton Albion England League Two Free Youth player
9 August 2010 DF England Nicky Shorey England West Bromwich Albion England Premier League Undisclosed
18 August 2010[10] MF England James Milner England Manchester City England Premier League £26 million Club record. Stephen Ireland accepted in part exchange


Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee
7 January 2011[18] FW Republic of Ireland James Collins Jr England Shrewsbury Town England League Two Undisclosed
7 January 2011[19] MF England Steve Sidwell England Fulham England Premier League Undisclosed
28 January 2011[20] DF England Curtis Davies England Birmingham City England Premier League Undisclosed

Loans out


Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return
26 August 2010[21] FW Scotland Harry Forrester Scotland Kilmarnock Scotland Scottish Premier League 5 months January 2011


Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return
15 October 2010[22] DF England Curtis Davies England Leicester City England Championship 1 month November 2010
15 October 2010[23] FW Republic of Ireland James Collins Jr England Burton Albion England League Two 1 month November 2010
10 November 2010[24] DF England Curtis Davies England Leicester City England Championship 2 months January 2011
1 January 2011[25] GK United States Brad Guzan England Hull City England Championship 2 months February 2011
13 January 2011 DF Australia Shane Lowry England Sheffield United England Championship 5 months End of season
19 January 2011 FW Austria Andreas Weimann England Watford England Championship 5 months End of season
21 January 2011 FW Norway John Carew England Stoke City England Premier League 5 months End of season
25 January 2011 MF England Jonathan Hogg England Portsmouth England Championship 5 Months End of season
29 January 2011 DF Netherlands Arsenio Halfhuid Netherlands Volendam Netherlands Eerste Divisie 5 months End of season[26]
31 January 2011 MF England Isaiah Osbourne England Sheffield Wednesday England League One 5 months End of season
31 January 2011 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Ireland England Newcastle United England Premier League 5 months End of season
9 February 2011 DF United States Eric Lichaj England Leeds United England Championship 1 month March 2011[27]
26 February 2011 DF England Calum Flanagan England Kettering Town England Conference National 5 months End of season[28]


Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return
8 March 2011 MF Scotland Barry Bannan England Leeds United England Championship 1 month End of season (recalled in April)[29][30]
8 March 2011 FW England Nathan Delfouneso England Burnley England Championship 2 months End of season (returned in May)[31][32]
8 March 2011 GK United States Brad Guzan England Hull City England Championship Short-term emergency loan[33] May 2011
25 March 2011 GK England Elliot Parish England Lincoln City England League Two End of season[34] May 2011


This season, Villa's kit will feature the logo of FxPro, their new official sponsor. The new shirts was unveiled by several first team players in Centenary Square, Birmingham on 15 July 2010.[35] The home kit remains mostly unchanged, except with the addition af a claret and blue chequered area to the sides of the kit. The away kit is all black with the same chequered pattern on the sides as the home kit.

Fixtures and results

Premier League

Villa again competed in the Premier League, after finishing sixth for the third season in a row during 2009–10. The fixtures were officially announced on 17 June 2010.


Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
14 August 2010 West Ham United H 3–0 36,604 Downing 14', Petrov 40', Milner 66'
22 August 2010 Newcastle United A 0–6 43,546
29 August 2010 Everton H 1–0 34,725 L. Young 9'
13 September 2010 Stoke City A 1–2 25,899 Downing 35'
18 September 2010 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 34,655 A. Young 13'
26 September 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–1 27,511 Downing, Heskey
2 October 2010 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–2 35,871 Albrighton
16 October 2010 Chelsea H 0–0 40,122
23 October 2010 Sunderland A 0–1 41,506
31 October 2010 Birmingham City H 0–0 40,688
6 November 2010 Fulham A 1–1 25,676 Albrighton
10 November 2010 Blackpool H 3–2 34,330 Downing, Delfouneso, Collins
13 November 2010 Manchester United H 2–2 40,073 A. Young (p), Albrighton
21 November 2010 Blackburn Rovers A 0–2 21,848
27 November 2010 Arsenal H 2–4 38,544 Clark (2)
6 December 2010 Liverpool A 0–3 39,079
11 December 2010 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1 37,015 Downing, Heskey
18 December 2010 Wigan Athletic A P-P POSTPONED[36]
26 December 2010 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 39,411 Albrighton
28 December 2010 Manchester City A 0–4 46,716
2 January 2011 Chelsea A 3–3 41,222 A. Young (p), Heskey, Clark
5 January 2011 Sunderland H 0–1 32,627
16 January 2011 Birmingham City A 1–1 22,287 Collins
22 January 2011 Manchester City H 1–0 37,815 Bent
25 January 2011 Wigan Athletic A 2–1 16,442 Agbonlahor, A.Young (p)
1 February 2011 Manchester United A 1–3 75,256 Bent
5 February 2011 Fulham H 2–2 35,899 Paintsil (o.g.), Walker
12 February 2011 Blackpool A 1–1 16,000 Agbonlahor
26 February 2011 Blackburn Rovers H 4–1 34,309 A. Young (2, 1 p), Hanley (o.g.), Downing
5 March 2011 Bolton Wanderers A 2–3 22,533 Bent, Albrighton
19 March 2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-1 38,965
2 April 2011 Everton A 2-2 37,619 Bent (2)
10 April 2011 Newcastle United H 1-0 37,090 Collins
16 April 2011 West Ham United A 2-1 33,000 Bent, Agbonlahor
23 April 2011 Stoke City H 1-1 35,232 Bent
30 April 2011 West Bromwich Albion A 1-2 25,889 Méïté (o.g.)
7 May 2011 Wigan Athletic H 1-1 36,293 A.Young
15 May 2011 Arsenal A 2-1 60,023 Bent (2)
22 May 2011 Liverpool H 1-0 42,785 Downing

FA Cup

Main article: 2010–11 FA Cup

Villa entered the FA Cup at the third round, which is traditionally played in early January.

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 January 2011 R3 Sheffield United A 3–1 16,888 Walker, Albrighton, Petrov
29 January 2011 R4 Blackburn Rovers H 3–1 26,067 Clark, Pirès, Delfouneso
2 March 2011 R5 Manchester City A 0–3 27,570

League Cup

The club enter the League Cup at the third round as runners-up, after losing in the final of the previous year's tournament to Manchester United.

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
22 September 2010 R3 Blackburn Rovers H 3–1 18,753 Heskey, A. Young (2)
27 October 2010 R4 Burnley H 34,618 Heskey, Downing
1 December 2010 QF Birmingham City A 1–2 27,679 Agbonlahor

UEFA Europa League

Villa will again compete in the UEFA Europa League after finishing sixth in the Premier League of 2009–10. They will enter at the play-off round.

Play-off round

On 6 August 2010, Villa were drawn with Rapid Vienna of Austria in the play-off round, the same team that knocked them out at the same stage the previous season. The first leg of the tie was played away at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium on 19 August, resulting in a 1–1 draw. The teams met again at Villa Park for the return fixture a week later on 26 August,[37] with the Austrian side progressing once again thanks to a 3–2 win.

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 2010 Play-off round (1) Austria Rapid Vienna A 1–1 16,891 Bannan
26 August 2010 Play-off round (2) Austria Rapid Vienna H 2–3 29,980 Agbonlahor, Heskey
Rapid Vienna win 4–3 on aggregate.

Friendly matches

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s) Notes
18 July 2010 Basingstoke Town A 1–2 Burke "Aston Villa XI" match
19 July 2010 Peterborough United A 3–2 1,500 A. Young, Carew, Lichaj
24 July 2010 Republic of Ireland Bohemians A 1–2 Carew
26 July 2010 Chasetown A 0–0 600 (est.) "Aston Villa XI" match
27 July 2010 Walsall A 2–1 5,735 Weimann (2)
6 August 2010 Spain Valencia H 0–0
24 August 2010 Burton Albion H 5–0 0 Forrester (2), Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Collins Jnr Behind-closed-doors friendly at Villa's Bodymoor Heath Training Ground
28 September 2010 Birmingham City A 0–0 0 Behind-closed-doors friendly at Birmingham City's Wast Hills Training Ground

Guadiana Trophy

Main article: Guadiana Trophy 2010

Villa played in the Guadiana Trophy in the summer as part of their pre-season preparations. The fixtures of this tournament were announced on 20 May 2010.[38] All games were played at the Complexo Desportivo de Vila Real de Santo António in Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal.[39]

As there were only three teams in this year's edition of the Guadiana Trophy, a penalty shootout was carried out at the end of each fixture to make sure that a clear winner could be selected.[40] A penalty shootout was not played in the fixture against Benfica as their win marked them outright tournament winners.

Villa finished second out of third in the tournament.

Date Day of Tournament Opponent Venue Result Scorers (Normal Time) Penalty Shootout Result Scorers (Penalty Shootout)
31 July 2010 Day 2 Netherlands Feyenoord N 3–1 Albrighton, Heskey, Sidwell (4–4) (Carew, Bannan, Shorey, Sidwell)
1 August 2010 Day 3 Portugal Benfica N 1–4 Carew


Players with the same amount of goals are listed alphabetically
     Players highlighted in light grey denote the player had scored for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has scored for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player has scored for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season

Player Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europa League Total
England Darren Bent
England Ashley Young
England Stewart Downing
England Marc Albrighton
England Emile Heskey
England Gabriel Agbonlahor
Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark
Wales James Collins
England Nathan Delfouneso
Bulgaria Stiliyan Petrov
England Kyle Walker
Scotland Barry Bannan
England James Milner
France Robert Pires
England Luke Young
GoalGoal Own goals
Total Goals

End of Season Awards

Winner Award Runners-Up/Other Nominees
England Stewart Downing FxPro Top Star Award United States Brad Friedel
England Darren Bent
England Ashley Young
Fiat Supporters' Player of the Season
Vodafone Players' Player of the Season
England Marc Albrighton Supporters' Young Player of the Season
Terrace Trophy
England Marc Albrighton / Republic of Ireland Ciaran Clark (Shared) Players' Young Player of the Year
England Marc Albrighton (vs. Fulham, 6 November 2010) Goal of the Season England Emile Heskey (vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 26 September 2010)
England Tony Morley Aston Villa Former Players' Association Player of the Season


In June 2010, it was revealed on Aston Villa's official website that a new sponsorship deal with Cyprus-based company FxPro Financial Services Limited that will run from 2010 until 2013. The deal, described as "the biggest in the club's history", will replace the charity sponsorship that Aston Villa had with Acorns Children's Hospice for the previous two seasons. However, this partnership will still continue as Acorns have been named as the official charity partner of the club.[35] However, in February 2011 it was announced that Aston Villa and FxPro had agreed to terminate the deal at the end of the season by mutual consent.[41]


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