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Ivor Linton - Aston Villa  - League appearances for Villa.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 26 April 1980

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      Friday, 20 November 1959
      West Bromwich, England.
  • Aston Villa
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Monday, 16th May 1977 in a 1-0 win at home to Stoke City (Aged: 17)
    • Club Career
      16 League apps (+11 as sub)
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Ivor LINTON - Aston Villa - League appearances for Villa.

Ivor Linton is pictured during Aston Villa's 1-0 win against Tottenham.


Aston Villa:   1976-1977     Played     2     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1977-1978     Played     1     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1978-1979     Played     8     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1979-1980     Played   15     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1980-1981     Played     0     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
     1981-1982     Played     1     Scored   0   goals   (Division 1)
Transferred to Peterborough Utd. in August 1982

1982–1983    Peterborough United 27 (3)

1983–1984    Birmingham City 4 (0)

1984              Bilston Town

1984              LappBK

1985–1987    Kaskö IK

1988–1999    IF Kraft Narpes   243 games  (41 goals)  (Finland: 2nd/3rd division team)

Ivor Linton was born in West Bromwich, in the West Midlands. He joined Aston Villa as an apprentice in May 1976, and turned professional in September 1977. He made his debut in the First Division on 16 May 1977, as a 17-year-old apprentice, as a substitute in a home game against Stoke City which Villa won 1–0.In six years with the club he played regularly for the reserve team, and made 17 starts and 13 substitute appearances in all competitions for the first team, one of which was in the first leg of the 1982 European Cup second round match against Dynamo Berlin, when he conceded a penalty with his first touch.


In the 1982 close season he joined Peterborough United of the Fourth Division on a free transfer. Released by the club after 27 league games,he returned to the First Division by way of a trial with Birmingham City, during which he played four league games and became the first black player to appear for both major Birmingham-based clubs. After a spell in non-league football with Bilston Town, Linton moved to Finland where he played for Kaskö IK and then for many years for Kraft Närpes.


He finally retired from the game at the age of 39 and returned home to West Bromwich where he worked as an electrician and appeared for the Villa Old Boys team.