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Aston Villa v Besiktas European Cup match at Villa Park, 15th September 1982

Aston Villa v Besiktas European Cup match at Villa Park, 15th September 1982



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Aston Villa v Besiktas European Cup match at Villa Park, 15th September 1982

Aston Villa v Besiktas European Cup match at Villa Park, 15th September 1982.
Final Score:
Aston Villa 3-1 Besiktas
Policemen, photographers, journalists and club directors were among the few to be allowed to witness Villas first match in defence of the European Cup they had won in the spring of 1982. Crowd trouble in Brussels during the semi-final between Anderlecht and Villa had led UEFA to ban spectators from Villas next home match in Europe, which proved to be an encounter with the champions of Turkey

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This print captures the intense atmosphere of the Aston Villa v Besiktas European Cup match at Villa Park on September 15th, 1982. The final score of this thrilling encounter was Aston Villa 3-1 Besiktas. However, what makes this image truly unique is the absence of spectators in the stands. Following crowd trouble during a previous match in Brussels, UEFA took the unprecedented decision to ban spectators from Villas next home game in Europe. As a result, only a select few were granted access to witness Villas first defense of their hard-won European Cup title. In this snapshot frozen in time, we see an array of individuals who managed to secure entry into the stadium despite the restrictions. Policemen maintain order and ensure security throughout the event while photographers and journalists diligently capture every momentous play on film and paper. Amongst them are club directors who anxiously watch as their team takes on formidable opponents from Turkey. The tension is palpable as both sides battle it out for victory on that historic night. This photograph not only encapsulates an era when football matches were played amidst extraordinary circumstances but also serves as a reminder of Aston Villas remarkable journey through European competition during the early 1980s.

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