First XI

Title clashes

April 26, 2012
By Robin Hackett
The Manchester derby is expected to have a decisive impact in crowning the champions of England this season, so here we look back through the history books to pick out a selection of crunch matches between title rivals.

Aston Villa 5-0 Liverpool (April 29, 1899)

Under the long-serving secretary-manager George Ramsay, Aston Villa had dominated the late 19th century, winning the league in 1894, 1896 and 1897 and the FA Cup in 1887, 1895 and 1897. In the 1898-99 season, they faced ...

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