On this day in 2006, Gary Cahill scored a superb goal before the hour mark as Aston Villa beat Birmingham City 3-1 in the Second City derby. The 35-year-old beat Maik Taylor in the Birmingham goal with a fantastic airborne volley in front of more than 40,000 people, but it was his first and last goal for Villa.
Steve Bruce was Birmingham manager at the time and was up against an inconsistent Villa side that contained Tomas Sorensen, Aaron Hughes, Liam Ridgewell, Cahill, J’Loyd Samuel, James Milner, Grant McCann, Steven Davis, Gareth Barry, Milan Baros and Kevin Phillips.
David O’Leary’s men took all three points at Villa Park that Sunday, courtesy of two goals from Baros before and after Cahill’s memorable effort, to throw away the idea of relegation completely. Birmingham were very much in trouble, however.
Cahill rose through the youth ranks to Villa’s first-team in 2005/06 and went on to make 31 appearances in all competitions, but he failed to nail down a regular spot in the starting eleven and was eventually sold to Bolton Wanderers in 2008. His goal will never be forgotten, however.