Season #18

| 1896-97 |

Games #276 - #312

 

1896-97 Club Summary 


Chairman | Joshua Margoschis |

Secretary | George Ramsay | 

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |

 

1896-97 Season Summary 


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Games | #276 - #312 |

Captain(s) | #76 Jack Devey | #112 Jimmy Crabtree |
Top Scorer | 22 | #117 Fred Wheldon | 18 League | 4 FA Cup | Goals |

Most Appearances | 37 | #58 Jimmy Cowan | #75 Charlie Athersmith | #117 Fred Wheldon | 30 League | 7 FA Cup | Appearances |

Final League Position | Champions | Football League Division One |
FA Cup Progress | Winners | Villa’s 3rd FA Cup win |
Biggest Win | 6-2 vs. Bolton Wanderers (h) |
Highest Home Attendance | 20,000 vs. Notts County FA Cup |

 1896-97 Division One Table 

| 1 | Aston Villa | P30 | W21 | D5 | L4 | F73 | A38 | GR 1.92 | Pts 47 |

| 2 | Sheffield United | P30 | W13 | D10 | L7 | F42 | A29 | GR 1.45 | Pts 36 |
| 3 |
Derby County | P30 | W16 | D4 | L10 | F70 | A50 | GR 1.40 | Pts 36 |
| 4 | Preston North End | P30 | W11 | D2 | L7 | F55 | A40 | GR 1.38 | Pts 34 |
| 5 |
Liverpool | P30 | W12 | D9 | L9 | F46 | A38 | GR 1.21 Pts 33 |

 1896-97 Results ​

| 1 | 2 Sep | h | Stoke City | W | 2-1 |

| 2 | 5 Sep | a | West Bromwich Albion | L | 1-3 |

| 3 | 12 Sep | h | Sheffield United | D | 2-2 |

| 4 | 19 Sep | a | Everton | W | 3-2 |

| 5 | 26 Sep | h | Everton | L | 1-2 |

| 6 | 3 Oct | a | Sheffield United | D | 0-0 |

| 7 | 10 Oct | h | West Bromwich Albion | W | 2-0 |

| 8 | 17 Oct | a | Derby County | W | 3-1 |

| 9 | 24 Oct | h | Derby County | W | 2-1 |

| 10 | 31 Oct | a | Stoke City | W | 2-0 |

| 11 | 7 Nov | h | Bury | D | 1-1 |

| 12 | 14 Nov | a | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 3-1 |

| 13 | 21 Nov | h | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 4-0 |

| 14 | 28 Nov | a | Blackburn Rovers | W | 5-1 |

| 15 | 19 Dec | h | Nottingham Forest | W | 3-2 |

| 16 | 25 Dec | a | Liverpool | D | 3-3 |

| 17 | 26 Dec | a | Wolverhampton Wanderers | W | 2-1 |

| 18 | 2 Jan | h | Burnley | L | 0-3 |

| 19 | 9 Jan | a | Sunderland | L | 2-4 |

| 20 | 16 Jan | h | Sunderland | W | 2-1 |

| 21 | 30 Jan | h | Newcastle United (FAC R1) | W | 5-0 |

| 22 | 6 Feb | a | Bury | W | 2-0 |

| 23 | 8 Feb | a | Burnley | W | 4-3 |

| 24 | 13 Feb | h | Notts County (FAC R2) | W | 2-1 |

| 25 | 22 Feb | h | Preston North End | W | 3-1 |

| 26 | 27 Feb | a | Preston North End (FAC R3) | D | 1-1 |

| 27 | 3 Mar | h | Preston North End (FAC R3 Replay) | D | 0-0 |

| 28 | 6 Mar | a | Nottingham Forest | W | 4-2 |

| 29 | 10 Mar | h | Preston North End (FAC R3 2nd Replay) | W | 3-2 |

| 30 | 13 Mar | h | Liverpool | D | 0-0 |

| 31 | 20 Mar | n | Liverpool (FAC SF) | W | 3-0 |

| 32 | 22 Mar | h | Bolton Wanderers | W | 6-2 |

| 33 | 27 Mar | a | Bolton Wanderers | W | 2-1 |

| 34 | 10 Apr | n | Everton (FAC Final) | W | 3-2 |

| 35 | 17 Apr | h | Blackburn Rovers | W | 3-0 |

| 36 | 19 Apr | h | Wolverhampton Wanderers | W | 5-0 |

| 37 | 26 Apr | a | Preston North End | W | 1-0 |

 1896-97 Season Notes

 

Villa clinched their third league title in four seasons finishing 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals Sheffield United having won 21 of their 30 games, scoring 90 goals across the season Villa also clinched their third FA Cup.

Villa had now won silverware in four consecutive seasons.


 1896-97 Season Statistics 


Games | 37 |

Won | 26 | 70% |   
Drew |
7 | 19% |  
Lost |
4 | 11% |

Unbeaten | 33 | 89% |


Goals Scored | 90 | 2.43 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 44 | 1.19 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 12 | 32% |

 

Average Home Attendance | 11,344 |

Longest winning run | 7 Games |

League winning run | 4 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 18 Games |
Longest losing run | 2 Games |

Games without a win | 2 Games |



 1896-97 Squad Changes 

Debut Appearances | 3 |

#117 Fred Wheldon | Wednesday, 2 September 1896 | Stoke City | Division One | 26 |

#118 Jimmy Whitehouse | Saturday, 5 September 1896 | West Bromwich Albion | Division One | 22 |

#119 Albert Evans | Saturday, 7 November 1896 | Bury | Division One | 22 |

Final Appearances | 4 |

#98 Jimmy Welford | Saturday, 21 November 1896 | Sheffield Wednesday | Division One | 27 |

#116 Jeremiah Griffiths | Monday, 22 March 1897 | Bolton Wanderers | Division One | 24 |

#96 Jack ReynoldsMonday, 26 April 1897 | Preston North End | Division One | 28 |

#113 Johnny Campbell | Monday, 26 April 1897 | Preston North End | Division One | 25 |

 1896-97 Squad Statistics 
 

Squad Size | 17 | -1 |
Average Age | 25.3 | +0.6 |

Youngest Player(s) | 21 |

#109 Howard Spencer |


Oldest Player(s) | 30 |

#76 Jack Devey |

 1896-97  Scorers

Goals Scored | 95 | League Goals | 84 | FA Cup Goals | 11 |

| 22 |

#117 Fred Wheldon | Goals Scored | 22 | League Goals | 18 | FA Cup Goals | 4 |

| 17 |

#76 Jack DeveyGoals Scored | 17 | League Goals | 17 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#113 Johnny Campbell | Goals Scored | 17 | League Goals | 13 | FA Cup Goals | 4 |

| 12 |

#75 Charlie Athersmith | Goals Scored | 12 | League Goals | 8 | FA Cup Goals | 4 |

| 9 |

#114 Jack Cowan | Goals Scored | 9 | League Goals | 7 | FA Cup Goals | 2 |

| 4 |

#101 Steve Smith | Goals Scored | 4 | League Goals | 3 | FA Cup Goals | 1 |

| 3 |

Own Goal | Goals Scored | 3 | League Goals | 2 | FA Cup Goals | 1 |

| 2 |

#96 Jack Reynolds | Goals Scored | 2 | League Goals | 2 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

| 1 |

#90 Fred Burton | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#58 Jimmy Cowan | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#95 Bob Chatt | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#112 Jimmy Crabtree | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 0 | FA Cup Goals | 1 |

 1896-97 Appearances

| 37 |

#58 Jimmy Cowan | Appearances | 37 | League | 30 | FA Cup | 7 | . Player Profile

#117 Fred Wheldon | Appearances | 37 | League | 30 | FA Cup | 7 | . Player Profile

#75 Charlie Athersmith | Appearances | 37 | League | 30 | FA Cup | 7 | . Player Profile

| 36 |

#76 Jack Devey | Appearances | 36 | League | 29 | FA Cup | 7 | . Player Profile

#113 Johnny Campbell | Appearances | 36 | League | 29 | FA Cup | 7 | . Player Profile

| 35 |

#109 Howard Spencer | Appearances | 35 | League | 28 | FA Cup | 7 | . Player Profile

| 31 |

#112 Jimmy Crabtree | Appearances | 31 | League | 25 | FA Cup | 6 | . Player Profile

| 30 |

#96 Jack Reynolds | Appearances | 30 | League | 24 | FA Cup | 6 | . Player Profile

| 24 |

#118 Jimmy Whitehouse | Appearances | 24 | League | 22 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 22 |

#119 Albert Evans | Appearances | 22 | League | 15 | FA Cup | 7 | . Player Profile

| 19 |

#101 Steve Smith | Appearances | 19 | League | 15 | FA Cup | 4 | . Player Profile

| 18 |

#114 Jack Cowan | Appearances | 18 | League | 15 | FA Cup | 3 | . Player Profile

| 13 |

#106 Harry Wilkes | Appearances | 13 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 5 | . Player Profile

| 12 |

#95 Bob Chatt | Appearances | 12 | League | 11 | FA Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 10 |

#98 Jimmy Welford | Appearances | 10 | League | 10 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 8 |

#90 Fred Burton | Appearances | 8 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 2 |

#116 Jeremiah Griffiths | Appearances | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

 1896-97 'Keepers

 

#118 Jimmy Whitehouse | Appearances | 24 | Conceded | 28 | Ratio 1.17 | 

#106 Harry Wilkes | Appearances | 13 | Conceded | 16 | Ratio 1.23 |  

 1896-97 Managerial Record 

 

Under George Ramsay’s management committee Villa won the double of the League Championship and FA Cup this season. The wins were Villa's third in each competition and meant Villa had won 5 trophies in the last four seasons under Ramsay. In doing so Ramsay's Villa had now achieved a win rate of 57%, losing 28% of their 294 League and FA Cup matches to date. 

In total George Ramsay had returned 1.86 points per game* and six major trophies across his thirteen seasons in charge of Villa having won the FA Cup in 1887, 1895 and 1897 and the League title in 1893-94, 1895-96 and 1896-97.

*Rankings based on 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw in all competitions

 1896-97 Kit

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1896-97 From Rear to Front, Left to Right | Back Row:  George Ramsay (Secretary) | J. Grierson (Trainer) | Howard Spencer | Jimmy Whitehouse | Joshua Margoschis (Chairman) | Albert Evans | Jimmy Crabtree | J Lees | Charlie Johnstone | Front Row: V Jones | Jimmy Cowan | Charlie Athersmith | Johnny Campbell | Jack Devey | Fred Wheldon | Steve Smith | Jack Reynolds | Fred Rinder |

 1896-97 Season Results 

Game #276
Matchday #1

League Matchweek #1

Wednesday, 2 September 1896

Football League | Division One | Stoke City | Home | Wellington Road | 6,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLWWW |


Scorers | Jack Cowan | 1 | Jack Devey | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon | DEBUT |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

On this day 2 September 1896

Forward Fred Wheldon made his debut appearance for Villa aged 26 after joining from Small Heath Alliance for a fee of £350.

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Game #277
Matchday #2

League Matchweek #2

Saturday, 5 September 1896

Football League | Division One | West Bromwich Albion | Away | Stoney Lane | 12,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LWWWL |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse | DEBUT |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

On this day 5 September 1896

Goalkeeper Jimmy Whitehouse made his debut appearance for Villa aged 23 after joining from Grimsby Town for a fee of £200 - a record fee for a goalkeeper at the time.

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Game #278
Matchday #3

League Matchweek #3

Saturday, 12 September 1896

Football League | Division One | Sheffield United | Home | Wellington Road | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-2 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWWLD |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Fred Burton | 1 |
 
Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Fred Burton | GOAL |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #279
Matchday #4

League Matchweek #4

Saturday, 19 September 1896

Football League | Division One | Everton | Away | Goodison Park | 25,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWLDW |


Scorers | Johnny Campbell | 2 | Jack Devey | 1 |

   
Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Fred Burton |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

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Game #280
Matchday #5

League Matchweek #5

Saturday, 26 September 1896

Football League | Division One | Everton | Home | Wellington Road | 15,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WLDWL |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Fred Burton |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

 

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Game #281
Matchday #6

League Matchweek #6

Saturday, 3 October 1896

Football League | Division One | Sheffield United | Away | Bramall Lane | 12,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-0 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | LDWLD |


Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Fred Burton |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #282
Matchday #7

League Matchweek #7

Saturday, 10 October 1896

Football League | Division One | West Bromwich Albion | Home | Wellington Road | 15,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWLDW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Johnny Campbell | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #283
Matchday #8

League Matchweek #8

Saturday, 17 October 1896

Football League | Division One | Derby County | Away | Baseball Ground | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLDWW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Johnny Campbell | 1 | Jack Cowan | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #284
Matchday #9

League Matchweek #9

Saturday, 24 October 1896

Football League | Division One | Derby County | Home | Wellington Road | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LDWWW |


Scorers | Jack Cowan | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 |
 

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #285
Matchday #10

League Matchweek #10

Saturday, 31 October 1896

Football League | Division One | Stoke City | Away | Victoria Ground | 8,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWWW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Steve Smith | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Fred Burton |

W Steve Smith | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #286
Matchday #11

League Matchweek #11

Saturday, 7 November 1896

Football League | Division One | Bury | Home | Wellington Road | 4,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWWWD |


Scorers | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |

 Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans | DEBUT |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

F Johnny Campbell |

On this day 7 November 1896

Full back Albert Evans made his Villa debut aged 22 after joining from Barnard Castle FC.
Villa were now 5 games unbeaten

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Game #287
Matchday #12

League Matchweek #12

Saturday, 14 November 1896

Football League | Division One | Sheffield Wednesday | Away | Olive Grove | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWDW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Johnny Campbell | 1 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

F Bob Chatt |

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Game #288
Matchday #13

League Matchweek #13

Saturday, 21 November 1896

Football League | Division One | Sheffield Wednesday | Home | Wellington Road | 12,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWDW |


Scorers | Steve Smith | 1 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 | Jack Devey | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Jimmy Welford | FINAL |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F Bob Chatt |

 

On this day 21 November 1896

Full back Jimmy Welford played his final game for Villa aged 27 before moving on to Glasgow Celtic.

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Game #289
Matchday #14

League Matchweek #14

Saturday, 28 November 1896

Football League | Division One | Blackburn Rovers | Away | Ewood Park | 5,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 5-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WDWWW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 3 | Jack Devey | 1 | Steve Smith | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

F Bob Chatt |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

IF Johnny Campbell |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |  GOAL |  GOAL |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

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Game #290
Matchday #15

League Matchweek #15

Saturday, 19 December 1896

Football League | Division One | Nottingham Forest | Home | Wellington Road | 5,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWWW |


Scorers | Jack Reynolds | 1 | Jack Devey | 1 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds | GOAL |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F Bob Chatt |

On this day 19 December 1896

Villa were now unbeaten in 10 games, their best ever league run

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Game #291
Matchday #16

League Matchweek #16

Friday, 25 December 1896

Football League | Division One | Liverpool | Away | Anfield | 15,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-3 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWWWD |


Scorers | Jimmy Cowan | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan | GOAL |

FB Howard Spencer |

F Bob Chatt |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Jack Reynolds |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

F Johnny Campbell |

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Game #292
Matchday #17

League Matchweek #17

Saturday, 26 December 1896

Football League | Division One | Wolverhampton Wanderers | Away | Molineux | 15,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWDW |


Scorers | Bob Chatt | 1 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Bob Chatt | GOAL |

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Game #293
Matchday #18

League Matchweek #18

Saturday, 2 January 1897

Football League | Division One | Burnley | Home | Wellington Road | 12,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WWDWL |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Bob Chatt |

On this day 2 January 1897

Villa were beaten for the first time in 13 games and failed to score only the second time in 18 games.

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Game #294
Matchday #19

League Matchweek #19

Saturday, 9 January 1897   

Football League | Division One | Sunderland | Away | Newcastle Road | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-4 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WDWLL |


Scorers | Own Goal | 1 | Johnny Campbell | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Fred Burton |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Bob Chatt |

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Game #295
Matchday #20

League Matchweek #20

Saturday, 16 January 1897

Football League | Division One | Sunderland | Home | Wellington Road | 15,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWLLW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Jack Devey | 1 |
 

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Jack Reynolds |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Bob Chatt |

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Game #296
Matchday #21

Saturday, 30 January 1897

FA Cup | 1st Round | Newcastle United | Home | Wellington Road | 5,500

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 5-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLLWW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 2 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 | Steve Smith | 1 | Own Goal | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Bob Chatt |

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Game #297
Matchday #22

League Matchweek #21

Saturday, 6 February 1897

Football League | Division One | Bury | Away | Gigg Lane | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LLWWW |


Scorers | Johnny Campbell | 2 |


Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL | GOAL |

F Bob Chatt |

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Game #298
Matchday #23

League Matchweek #23

Monday, 8 February 1897

Football League | Division One | Burnley | Away | Turf Moor | 4,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-3 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWWWW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 3 | Johnny Campbell | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

LH Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Bob Chatt |

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Game #299
Matchday #24

Saturday, 13 February 1897

FA Cup | 2nd Round | Notts County | Home | Wellington Road | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Johnny Campbell | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

 

On this day 13 February 1897

Villa had now won 5 games in a row, their longest winning run of the season to date.

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Game #300
Matchday #25

League Matchweek #23

Monday, 22 February 1897

Football League | Division One | Preston North End | Home | Wellington Road | 14,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 2 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Jack Devey | GOAL | GOAL |

On this day 22 February 1897

Villa had now won 6 games in a row

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Game #301
Matchday #26

Saturday, 27 February 1897

FA Cup | 3rd Round | Preston North End | Away | Deepdale | 14,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWWWD |


Scorers | Johnny Campbell | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Jack Devey |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

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Game #302
Matchday #27

Wednesday, 3 March 1897

FA Cup | 3rd Round Replay | Preston North End | Home | Wellington Road | 12,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-0 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWWDD |


Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #303
Matchday #28

League Matchweek #24

Saturday, 6 March 1897

Football League | Division One | Nottingham Forest | Away | Town Ground | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWDDW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 2 | Jack Cowan | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Jack Devey | GOAL | GOAL |

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Game #304
Matchday #29

Wednesday, 10 March 1897

FA Cup | 3rd Round 2nd Replay | Preston North End | Neutral | Bramall Lane, Sheffield | 22,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WDDWW |

Scorers | Charlie Athersmith | 2 | Johnny Campbell | 1 |
 

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

On this day 10 March 1897

Villa had now played Preston North End 4 times in the last 5 games and finally settled their 3rd round FA Cup tie in their favour

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Game #305
Matchday #30

League Matchweek #25

Saturday, 13 March 1897

Football League | Division One | Liverpool | Home | Wellington Road | 18,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-0 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | DDWWD |

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Jack Devey |

On this day 13 March 1897

Villa were now unbeaten in the last 11 games their best ever run in league and cup football.

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Game #306
Matchday #31

Saturday, 20 March 1897

FA Cup | Semi Final | Liverpool | Neutral | Bramall Lane, Sheffield | 30,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWDW |


Scorers | Jack Cowan | 2 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Jeremiah Griffiths |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

W Jack Cowan | GOAL | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Johnny Campbell |

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Game #307
Matchday #32

League Matchweek #26

Monday, 22 March 1897

Football League | Division One | Bolton Wanderers | Home | Wellington Road | 8,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 6-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWDWW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 2 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 | Jack Reynolds | 1 | Johnny Campbell | 1 | Jack Devey | 1 |
 

 

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds | GOAL |

M Jeremiah Griffiths | FINAL |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell | GOAL |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

On this day 22 March 1897

Wing half Jeremiah Griffiths made his final appearance for Villa aged 24 before moving on to Bilston Town. Griffiths made only 3 appearances for Villa one each in the 1895-96 FA Cup, the 1896-97 FA Cup and the 1896-97 Football League. Villa went on to win each of those competitions.

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Game #308
Matchday #33

League Matchweek #27

Saturday, 27 March 1897

Football League | Division One | Bolton Wanderers | Away | Pike’s Lane | 8,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WDWWW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 2 |

 

Line Up |

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Jack Reynolds |

M Fred Burton |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL | GOAL |

F Johnny Campbell |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #309
Matchday #34

Saturday, 10 April 1897

FA Cup | Final | Everton | Neutral | Crystal Palace, London | 65,891

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWWW |

Scorers | Johnny Campbell | 18’ | Fred Wheldon | 35’ | Jimmy Crabtree | 44’ |