SEVENTY-PLUS years had passed since Aston Villa had last won the Football League Championship, their six title triumphs ended in 1910. In the intervening decades, Villa had known despair at times, spending  two years in Division Three at the start of the 1970s. In 1975, under the ultra-disciplinarian, Ron Saunders, Villa returned to the top flight, also winning the Football League Cup in 1974-75. Villa made good progress in Division One and in 1976-77 finished fourth and won the League Cup again. Much of their success was dependent on two talented forwards,  Andy Gray and Brian Little. By 1980, neither player featured in the Villa line-up – Gray had been sold for a huge fee and Little was a victim of injury. But Saunders…