"I suppose it's inevitable to wonder what might have happened if I had gone to Liverpool. They won three trophies last season while Villa had a difficult time. But you have to make the decision at the time, and I felt that going across Merseyside was the hardest move in football. In the same circumstances I would have made the same decision."
Aston Villa player Steve McMahon reflecting on his decision to snub Liverpool in favour of Villa in May 1983
"I'd kick my own brother if necessary... it's what being a professional footballer is all about."
Hard man Steve McMahon
"Ince should keep his mouth shut and get on with his new job of playing for Boro. Criticising Gerard Houllier was a bad thing for him to go and do. Someone of his experience should know better. It is players like Ince who have got Liverpool into trouble in the first place. Gerard has had a hard job to do at Anfield taking over a poor team and trying to rebuild it. He was right to get rid of Ince and get in Dietmar Hamann."
Steve McMahon jumped to the defence of Houllier and Phil Thompson after Paul Ince's outspoken attack
They set me up. Kenny got me booked and Souey got me sent off. They certainly set out to wind me up and they succeeded. They were crafty. I was wound up anyway going back to Merseyside and they did me a treat.
Steve McMahon was sent off playing for Aston Villa vs Liverpool on 17th September 1983
"I'd kick my own brother if necessary... it's what being a professional footballer is all about." And that determination was reflected in his play. One goal, scored by John Aldridge against Arsenal in 1988, sums up McMahon. The ball was cleared and ran towards the Main Stand touchline, seemingly destined to roll out of play for a Liverpool throw which would allow the Arsenal defence to regroup. But McMahon refused to let that happen, chasing down the ball, backheeling it right on the line to keep it in play and making a scrambling turn pitchside to get back on the ball. Then he drove past two defenders to play the ball into Aldridge's path for a magnificent goal. Why Everton, who McMahon supported and where he came through the youth system, ever let him go - to Aston Villa - defies logic. As for kicking your brother, you would if he was an Evertonian, wouldn't you?
Tony Evans from Times online on Steve McMahon