Game | #3380 |

Season | 1975-76 |

Matchday | #1 |

League Match-week | #1 |

Manager Game | #56 |

Saturday, 16 August 1975

Football League | Division One | Home | Leeds United | Villa Park | 46,026 |

Game Summary |

Manager | Ron Saunders |

FT Result | Lost |

FT Score | 1-2 |

Last 5 Games | WWWWL |

Scorers | Leighton Phillips | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jim Cumbes |

RB John Gidman |

D Chris Nicholl |

D Ian Ross |

LB Charlie Aitken |

M Leighton Phillips | GOAL |

M Chico Hamilton |

W Frank Carrodus |

W Ray Graydon |

F Keith Leonard |

F Brian Little |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.84 | 

Oldest Player | LB Charlie Aitken | 33.32 |

Youngest Player | RB John Gidman | 21.61 |

Match Report

*Sunday Mirror*

*Sunday 17 August 1975*

A 46,000 CROWD...

A 46,000 CROWD acclaiming Aston Villa's return to the First Division after eight years was stunned into disbelieving silence by the softest goal ever scored by Leeds hot-shot Peter Lorimer. Lorimer, already on the score -sheet with the equalising penalty in the first -half, could hardly believe his luck when Jim Cumbes failed to gather a back-pass from Charlie Aitken. The ball trickled from the goalkeeper's grasp and Lorimer simply stabbed the 75th minute gift over the line. " I was only following up to prevent one of Jim's big kicks." said an astonished Lorimer. It was a gigantic Cumbes' kick that led to Villa taking a seventh minute lead through Leighton Phillips. Man of the match: Billy Bremner (Leeds).