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A Bit About Me

Born in Liverpool as an Everton fan in 1951, I became a much-travelled striker, playing the game I loved in several different countries but the best years of my career were undoubtedly at Villa Park, the highest point being the famous winner against Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup Final in Rotterdam.


Before I was signed by Villa from Newcastle United in 1980 I played for the famous Nottingham Forest team managed by Brian Clough. Villa manager, Ron Saunders suggested I was the “final piece in the jigsaw” and so it proved as we won the league championship in 1980/81.
During that season, I formed a devastating partnership with Gary Shaw as Villa won the league that season and subsequently, we won the European Cup and European Super Cup in consecutive seasons.


International recognition also followed as I earned 11 caps, scoring once and a place in the England squad for the 1982 World Cup finals.  Surprisingly, I was also the first-ever English player to feature in a World Cup Finals squad whilst representing Aston Villa.


By the time I left Villa in 1985, I had amassed more than 200 appearances and scored 90 goals for the club.


Following my playing career, I made my name as a manager, mainly in South-East Asia where I lead the Thai and Indonesian national sides and won several trophies along the way.

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