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Aston Villa: Fans remember club’s legendary hard men

Aston Villa: Fans remember club’s legendary hard men - Aston Villa

Loads of Aston Villa supporters responded to a tweet from Birmingham Mail’s football editor Mat Kendrick asking “which Villa players, if any, would you regard as hard men, and why?”

Due to the pandemic, football fans across the globe have been trying to fill the void left by the beautiful game, and the Midlands journalist’s question provoked plenty of replies.

Kendrick then compiled a long list of notable AVFC hard men, including the likes of club legends Andy Lochhead, Shaun Teale, and Dion Dublin, who famously headbutted Birmingham City’s Robbie Savage during a derby defeat at home in 2003.

Unsurprisingly, a large section of the Villa Park faithful clearly have fond memories of Olof Mellberg. The former Swedish international amassed 79 yellow cards in over 500 appearances for all clubs throughout his career, including playing in 258 games for the Villans, before leaving for Serie A side Juventus on a free transfer in 2008.

Several Villa fans paid homage to Mellberg and Martin Laursen, with one fan noting they were “giants amongst men,” whilst another paid tribute to John Carew, dubbing the Norwegian “unplayable on a good day.”

Have a read through some of the best answers we could find…

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