Aston Villa 1996 Coca Cola Cup Winners: Where Are They Now?

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Aston Villa 1996 Coca Cola Cup Winners:  Where Are They Now?
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The sad reality is that Aston Villa fans under the age of 20 years old will be unable to remember their club triumphantly lifting any major silverware. The last time that the Midlands outfit were able to proudly call themselves winners of a meaningful competition was on 24 March, 1996 at the old Wembley in the Coca Cola Cup final.

Since then, the closest that the Lions have come to winning a domestic trophy was a defeat in the 2000 FA Cup final to Chelsea and the 2010 League Cup loss to Manchester United. The club have won the 2001 and 2008 Intertoto Cup, in addition to the 2009 Peace Cup, but even the most optimistic of Villa fans would be unable to claim these as meaningful successes.

Anyway, let's get back to happier times. Guided by former striker and then manager Brian Little, the Villans comfortably dispatched of Howard Wilkinson's Leeds United by a 3-0 scoreline. A Savo Milosevic thunderbolt after 20 minutes was added to just after half-time by Ian Taylor's left-footed volley, before Dwight Yorke wrapped up the victory a few minutes before the final whistle as Villa hit Leeds on the counter-attack.

Led by captain Andy Townsend, the players ascended the 39 steps which led to the Royal Box in the old Wembley Stadium and triumphantly celebrated their cup success. In true nostalgic fashion coming from a fan yearning for his club to return to more prosperous times, we take a sentimental look back at the careers of the Aston Villa starting XI on that memorable day.

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