How Aston Villa's Masters Football Team Would Look in 2020

​Cor, how great was Masters Football?

The iconic blue carpet, the overweight ex-pros, the Mundial Team astroturfs and the waning crowds. WE NEED IT BACK!

On this occasion we're taking a look at how an Aston Villa Masters side might shape but before all that, here's a reminder of the restrictions regarding player eligibility:

  • Only players aged 35 or over are eligible, and they must not be currently playing, coaching, managing or have any other role at a club that isn’t only ambassadorial
  • Where possible, club legend games will be used narrow selection choices
  • If a player has health conditions that would prevent them from playing, then they will not be included

Got it?

Right, let's dive in. 

Brad Friedel (Goalkeeper)

Brad Friedel

Age: 48

Years Spent at Villa: 2008-2011

Club Highlight: Saving every bloody penalty he faced.

Club Lowlight: Getting sent off against his former club, Liverpool, in 2008.

A stellar Premier League shot-stopper at Blackburn, Villa and Tottenham, Friedel will be desperate to save his reputation following a pretty disastrous spell in management at the New England Revolution.

What better way than an indoor six-a-side tournament with a bunch of past it ex-pros battling it out for a crown which means very little, eh?

Martin Laursen (Defender)

Martin Laursen *** Local Caption *** Martin Laursen

Age: 48

Years Spent at Villa: 2004-2009

Club Highlight: Weirdly liked scoring against Spurs.

Club Lowlight: Being conjoined at the hip to the physio's bench.

Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta's understudy at Milan, Laursen was a dominant defender who didn't quite get the attention he deserved due to his constant battles with injury. 

Nevertheless, the Dane's ready to make a return to football following a brief spell in management.

Alan Hutton (Defender)

Alan Hutton

Age: 35

Years Spent at Villa: 2011-2019

Club Highlight: Strike in the derby victory over Birmingham in 2018.

Club Lowlight: His 2011/12 campaign, lol.

Fresh out of retirement, the Scottish Cafu is ready to grace the iconic blue turf at an arena near you.

Following a dismal start to his Villa career, Hutton enjoyed a renaissance after returning from his pilgrimage to Mallorca - and Bolton - in 2014. The Scot established himself as a cult hero at Villa Park before getting released at the end of last season. 

Stiliyan Petrov (Midfielder)

Luka Modric,Stiliyan Petrov

Age: 40

Years Spent at Villa: 2006-2013

Club Highlight: His 2008/09 campaign and an inspirational battle with illness.

Club Lowlight: There's no such thing.

Silky smooth in possession and known for his ability to pull off the spectacular, Petrov's career was brought to halt in 2012 following his leukaemia diagnosis. 

But after a convincing 1-0 victory over the illness, the ambidextrous Bulgarian is set to show off his class once more in indoor arenas up and down the country.

Darren Bent (Striker)

Darren Bent

Age: 36

Years Spent at Villa: 2011-2015

Club Highlight: Being slightly better than he was in north London.

Club Lowlight: Still costing the Villans £18m.

Determined to wreak havoc on the Masters scene following his snub from the Tottenham squad, Bent enjoyed a mixed spell at Villa Park during his four-year spell - scoring 21 times for the Villans in 61 Premier League appearances.

Expect the Englishman to be one of the stars of the show.

John Carew (Striker)

Aston Villa's Norwegian striker John Car

Age: 40

Years Spent at Villa: 2007-2011

Club Highlight: All 6'5 of him.

Club Lowlight: Pub crawls the night before matches.

We thought soon-to-be Hollywood star Carew would be easier to persuade out of retirement than Colombian Juan Pablo Ángel.

And with the Norweigian's addition, we'd finally be able to see the Bent x Carew collab which we were never blessed with following the former's arrival in 2011.


Luke Young (Defender)

Luke Young,Ji-Sung Park

Age: 40

Years Spent at Villa: 2008-2011

Club Highlight: Defining consistency.

Club Lowlight: Turning down the chance to sign for Liverpool.

Loyal, consistent, tucked-in shirt; Luke Young is an all-round nice guy. He gets in the side. 

Lee Hendrie (Midfielder)

Lee Hendrie,Anders Svensson

Age: 42

Years Spent at Villa: 1994-2007

Club Highlight: Villa's 'Young Player of the Year' in 1997/98.

Club Lowlight: Off the field antics.

Hendrie's always on telly doing something football-related, from Sky Sports' 'One2Eleven' to even making a substitute appearance on ITV's 'Harry's Heroes'. There's no doubt he'll be up for this.

He weren't a bad player during his Villa pomp either.

Dion Dublin (Striker)

Dion Dublin of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the equalising goal with team-mate Olof Mellberg

Age: 50

Years Spent at Villa: 1998-2004

Club Highlight: Headbutt on Robbie Savage in the Second City derby.

Club Lowlight: Sustaining a career and life-threatening broken neck against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999.

Putting his 'Homes Under the Hammer' allegiances temporarily to the side, the senior member of the squad, Dublin, will be Villa's 'x-factor' off the bench. 

Source : 90min