Former Aston Villa player and manager Brian Little will take charge of some of his players of yesteryear in the Club Legends Cup at the LG Arena on Saturday July 12th, the day before the FIFA World Cup Final.
The former striker who made nearly 250 appearances and scored 60 goals for Aston Villa between 1970 and 1980 went on to manage the club from 1994-1998 guiding them to League Cup glory against Leeds United in 1996.
He will manage players such as Lee Hendrie and Ian Taylor once again in the inaugural Club Legends Cup indoor football tournament which is supporting Midlands blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.
There will be the added ingredient of lucky fans to manage on the day as well with five die-hard fans playing with the legends against Birmingham City, Coventry City, West Bromwich Albion, Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Little joins Steve Bull who will take charge of Wolves, Barry Powell who will organize Coventry and his former Aston Villa teammate Ray Graydon who will be managing Walsall.
“I’m really excited to be back managing many of the Villa players I worked with in the 1990’s once again.
To have the fans playing as well is a brilliant idea and one that I’m sure will prove very entertaining on the July 12th!
I know the tremendous work Cure Leukaemia do around the region and I hope we can have great fun and raise significant funds for the charity at the same time."
Brian’s former Aston Villa midfielder, Ian Taylor, who he brought to the club in 1994 said,
“Brian was the best manager I ever played under and I’m delighted he will be taking charge of us once again on July 12th.
He guided us to League Cup glory at Wembley in 1996 in a game I played and scored in and I had my best memories as a footballer under his management.”
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017