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Third meeting in the League Cup between U's and Villa

9 August 2017

Colchester United take on Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening - but it's not the first time the two teams have come face to face in the League Cup.

Back in 1974, the sides came face to face at Layer Road in the quarter finals of the competition at Layer Road.

Villa were to run out winners in that match, played in front of 11,812 supporters.

Alan Little's goal after 28 minutes was the first that the U's conceded on their way to the last eight and they went two down on the hour mark as Ray Graydon doubled the advantage.

There was late hope for the U's as John Froggatt reduced the arrears with six minutes to go, but Villa progressed and went on to win the cup that year, beating Norwich 1-0 in the final thanks to another goal from Ray Graydon.

In 1979, the sides were reunited in a two legged Second Round tie.

Again, Villa took a two goal lead - Gary Shaw scoring in each half to give them the advantage going back to Villa Park.

However, the U's fought back in the second leg, with goals from Trevor Lee and Bobby Gough taking the game all the way to a penalty shoot-out.

The drama didn't stop there either, as the penalties progressed all the way to U's goalkeeper Mike Walker, who missed his kick with Villa progressing to the next round 9-8 on penalties.

The Midlands side were to lose to Everton in the next round, with Wolves eventually winning that year's trophy.


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