Iconic Aston Villa celebration happened by accident: Dean Saunders shares the amazing story

Dean Saunders and Dalian Atkinson
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Dean Saunders and Dalian Atkinson combined to fire Aston Villa into Premier League title contention in 1993 – but their most famous goal celebration happened by chance.

After arriving from Liverpool in September 1992, Saunders struck 16 times for Villa during his first season at the club, with Atkinson netting 13 goals, as the West Midlands club finished second to Manchester United.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.