22 photos from Aston Villa’s 2008/09 European tour - the Villans’ last proper campaign abroad

As the Villans head toward a potential top-seven finish in the Premier League, we take a look at the last time they enjoyed a European campaign.

Aston Villa are still in the fight to qualify for European football this season after an astonishing recovery under Unai Emery.

The campaign started very poorly under Steven Gerrard but his replacement has done a brilliant job to get the confidence back at Villa Park.

It’ll be tough, but finishing in the top seven is still a real possibility for the Villans, especially after beating Tottenham Hotspur. But when was the last time they went to Europe?

Well, there were actually three successive seasons in which Villa qualified, but two of them ended rather abruptly.

The 2009/10 and 2010/11 campaigns saw Villa finish high enough to get into the UEFA Europa League Play-Off Round, but they failed at the first hurdle both times.

Not even making it to the group stage, Villans supporters were denied an opportunity to enjoy a proper European tour.

But it wasn’t always like that, as they did manage to get a lot further in the 2008/09 season as Martin O’Neill guided his side to the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Here are 22 photos from that memorable campaign, including images of players as well as fans at matches at both Villa Park and on the nearby continent.