Opposition Report: Aston Villa

Blues came out on top the last time the two sides met.


An in-depth look at this evening’s opponents…


The visitors are without a win in all competitions since beating Tottenham Hotspur at the start of February; a run that has seen them lose six of their last eight. This leaves them eleventh in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League after picking up two draws in their games against Bristol City and West Ham United. 

They have scored 14 goals this season and conceded 46 in their 19 league outings and currently sit on 12 points, above the relegation place on goal difference.


Marcus Bignot is the opposition's interim manager. He was appointed in late January as Gemma Davies retained a coaching role at the club. He fulfils the post alongside his duties as joint manager at Guiseley in the National League North.

Bignot was previously Head Coach of Blues until 2005 and has since spent over a decade in the men’s game managing the likes of Solihull Moors and Grimsby Town.

During his playing days, the 46-year-old was a defender and spent all of his career in England, turning out for QPR, Millwall and Crewe Alexandra amongst others.


Mana Iwabuchi has scored two goals and got one assist since her arrival in the January transfer window. She joined the club from INAC Kobe Leonessa, who play their football in the WE League in Japan.

The Japanese international is known for her technical ability and has lifted the squad's spirits since arriving. She has previously spent time with Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich in Germany, and has also won the Women’s World Cup in 2011.


Blues came out on top the last time the two sides met, with Claudia Walker’s late goal enough to pick up all three points in B6. This was the first league meeting between the two sides with this season being our Second City rivals' first season in the WSL.


In 2013, Aston Villa Ladies, as named at the time, won their first trophy, the Women’s Premier League Cup. They were victorious after beating Leeds United Ladies 5-4 on penalties.