Game | #3331 |

Season | 1974-75 |

Matchday | #7 |

Manager Game | #7 |

Wednesday, 11 September 1974

League Cup | 2nd Round | Home | Everton | Villa Park | 29,640 |

Game Summary |

Manager | Ron Saunders |

FT Result | Drew |

FT Score | 1-1 |

Last 5 Games | DWLWD |

Scorers | Chris Nicholl | 30' |

Line Up |

GK Jim Cumbes |

RB John Gidman |

LB Charlie Aitken |

D Ian Ross |

D Chris Nicholl | GOAL | 30' |

FB John Robson |

W Ray Graydon |

F Brian Little |

F Sammy Morgan | BOOKED |

M Chico Hamilton |

W Frank Carrodus |

Unused Substitute |

M Pat McMahon |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.19 | 

Oldest Player | LB Charlie Aitken | 32.39 |

Youngest Player | RB John Gidman | 20.68 |  

Match Report

*Birmingham Daily Post*

*Thursday 12 September 1974*

Return of Bob Latchford spoils Villa's big night


Aston Villa 1, Everton 1

Bob Latchford returned to play in his native city for the first time last night and scored the equaliser which stopped Villa from moving into the third round of the League Cup. And the bearded England under 23 striker who became Britain's most expensive footballer when Everton bought him from Blues should have done away wi:h the need for next Wednesday's replay. Eleven minutes from time Joe Royle gave Latchford the type of pass he used to dream about at St Andrew's. It set him running onto the ball, clear, some 18 yards from goal. But though his shot was crisp it was not accurate enough and slid past the post.


Villa had taken the lead after half an hour with a goal for which Latchford ought to take some of the blame. It was his job to mark Villa's Chris Nicholl when the centre half moved upfleld for corners and free kicks. But Latchford did not stop Nicholl jumping to meet Ray Graydon's corner and the power of his header gave Dave Lawson no chance. The goal was a fair reward for the way Villa had played. After an anxious few minutes they began harrying Everton. chasing hard and tackling hard. This gave them the edge and they almost scored after 15 minutes when Nicholl headed on Chico Hamilton's corner only for Lawson to touch Brian Little's header over the bar.

Narrow miss


Everton were not much more menacing after the goal but one left wing cross by John Connolly was tapped by Royle to Latchford and his shot was close enough to silence the Holte End. Villa were never as dominant after the interval and after five minutes Latchford scored. Connolly's corner was flicked on and Latchford's right-foot shot from eight yard, crashed passed Jim Cumbes for his fifth goal of the season.


Sammy Morgan was booked when trying to put Villa ahead again and both Villa full hacks had shots which went too high. Then Nicholl's strength brought him another header, but this one was wide. Next Latchford missed his chance to put Everton into the next round but it was Villa who ended the game with arguably the best move of the match. Frank Carrodus put Graydon away on the right. He crossed quickly but Little was under pressure from Mick Bernard and he could only bundle the ball wide of the far post.