1-3-1952: Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill was born on this day in 1952.
O’Neill played in the Nottingham Forest team that won the 1980 European Cup final. He played 285 games for Forest over ten years between 1971 and 1981. Forest won the League championship in the 1977/78 season and won the European Cup in 1979 in addition to the 1980 final win over Kevin Keegan’s Hamburger SV.
O’Neill finished his playing career at Norwich City and Notts County before he began his successful management career. He lead non-league Wycombe Wanderers to two FA Trophy wins and promotion to the Football League in 1993. After 20 games in charge of Norwich City he moved to Leicester City. He lead the east midlands club to two League Cup triumphs in 1997 and 2000 before he moved to Celtic.
He won three League Championships with Celtic and lead the club to 2003 UEFA Cup final where they lost to Jose Mourinho’s Porto 3-2 in a match that went to extra-time.
O’Neill is now in charge of Aston Villa and has been selected as Premier League manager of the month twice in his two seasons at the club.