Football: Ancient Scores to Settle in Peculiar Generation Game ..CAP: Peter Withe Breaks Past Wolves' Defence on His Way to His First Goal in a 4-0 Drubbing in February, 1984. George Berry (Inset Left) Provided a Great Hairstyle and Solid Defensive Effort for Wolves; Battles We Have Known: Hyder Jawad Catches Up on a Little Wolves V Villa History
The most recent victory for Wolverhampton Wanderers away to Aston Villa came in the most recent season when they could have a genuine claim to being the better team. It was a generation ago, in March 1980.
It was a season when Andy Gray left Villa to join Wolves, when Tony Morley signed for Villa and when Wolves won the League Cup at Wembley.
One might call this a pivotal season because, while Villa were constructing the squad that would win the League Championship the year after and the European Cup two years after, Wolves were beginning their slide into obscurity.
And yet there was no hint of such contrasting fortunes on March 10, 1980, when Wolves, who were captained by Emlyn Hughes, won 3-1 at Villa Park.
It was the year of the George Berry hairstyle - all frizz and bounce, but no subtlety and sophistication - and of the Des Bremner moustache. It was also the year of Ronald Reagan, the Electric Light Orchestra and Raging Bull.
Colin Brazier and Norman Bell gave Wolves a two-goal lead, Gary Shaw pulled one back for Villa, but Peter Daniel completed the scoring in a rollercoaster first half. The second half was an anticlimax for everybody except the Wolves supporters.
Villa and Wolves have not met in a league match since February 25, 1984. Villa won 4-0 at Villa Park and Wolves ended the season in the relegation zone.
The match was memorable for the scoring form of Peter Withe, the Villa striker, who was too strong, too alert and too dynamic for a poor Wolves defence to cope with. …