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ASTON VILLA hero Peter Withe got £2,500 for winning the European Cup. Now he’s praying Villa land the £180million Premier League jackpot.
The Championship play-off final with Derby is the biggest game Villa have had since Withe’s goal beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in Rotterdam 37 years ago today.
Total bonus payments for the 16 Villa players on duty in the Feyenoord Stadium came to just £40,000 – that’s £15,000 less than Dwight Gayle gets per week in the West Brom team that Villa beat in the play-off semi-finals this month.
“Nothing is on a par with winning the European Cup,” said Withe.
“But with regards to the supporters, the fans, everyone associated with Aston Villa, then this play-off final is massive, totally massive.
“They say, ‘Don’t look back at the past’ but I think you should remember the past. You take it in the context of, ‘What’s next?’. This chance is being presented in front of you to rebuild the club, start again.
“It was presented to the club last year and Aston Villa didn’t take it. Are you going to take it this time? Are you going to take up the reins now?”
Villa were on the verge of going bust 10 months ago before Nassef Sawiris and
KINGS OF EUROPE: Peter Withe celebrates with the European Cup after Villa’s 1982 win