Game #4847

Season | 2003-04 |

Matchday | #45 |
League Game | #38 |
Premier League Match-week | #36 |  
Manager Game | #45 |
Saturday, 15 May 2004
Premier League | Home | Manchester United | Villa Park | 42,573 | 

Game Summary

Manager | David O’Leary | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Rob Styles | 

HT Score | 0-2 |
FT Score | 0-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DWWDL | 

League Position | 6th | -1 |

Line Up |

GK Thomas Sörensen |
RB Ulises de la Cruz |
CB Liam Ridgewell |
CB Olof Mellberg |
FB Jlloyd Samuel | 
BOOKED | 60' |
M Gareth Barry | SUB OFF | 82' |
M Gavin McCann |
M Lee Hendrie | 
BOOKED | 65' | SUB OFF | 75' |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | BOOKED | 83' |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | BOOKED | 52' |
CF Peter Crouch | SUB OFF | 47' | FINAL |

Substitutes |

F Marcus Allbäck FINAL | for CF Peter Crouch | 47’ | 
W Peter Whittingham for M Lee Hendrie | 75’ | 
CF Dion Dublin 
FINAL | for M Gareth Barry | 82’ | 

Unused Substitutes |

RB Mark Delaney
GK Stefan Postma  

Cards | 

Yellow | Juan Pablo Ángel 52’ |

Yellow | Jlloyd Samuel  for 60’ |

Yellow | Lee Hendrie for 65’ |

Yellow | Thomas Hitzlsperger | 83’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 25.27 | 

Oldest Player | RB Ulises de la Cruz | 29.79 |

Youngest Player | CB Liam Ridgewell | 19.83 |


 On this day 15 May 2004 

Centre forward Dion Dublin made his final Villa appearance aged 35 before moving on to Leicester City on a free transfer in July 2004. Dublin had played for Villa between 1998-99 and 2003-04 making 190 appearances and scoring 58 goals. ​

Centre forward Peter Crouch made his final appearance for Villa aged just 23 before moving on to Southampton for a fee of £2,700,000 in July 2004. Villa had paid Portsmouth £6,750,000 for Crouch’s services in March 2002 but despite showing the potential to be an influential player, he appeared to never have been truly trusted by manager David O’Leary and was sold on. In total Crouch made 43 appearances scoring 6 goals in his 2 years with Villa and his subsequent career simply underlined the fac t that he was sold far too early. 

Forward Marcus Allbäck played his final game for Villa aged 30 before moving on to Hansa Rostock for a fee of £180,000 in July 2004. Villa had paid £2,700,000 to SC Heerenveen for Allbäck just 2 years earlier. In total Allbäck made 44 appearances, scoring 7 goals.