Season #20

| 1898-99 |

Games #344 - #379

 

1898-99 Club Summary 


Chairman | Fred Rinder |

Secretary | George Ramsay | 

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |

 

 

 1898-99 Season Summary 


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Games | #344 - #379 |

Captain(s) | #112 Jimmy Crabtree | #117 Fred Wheldon | #58 Jimmy Cowan |
Top Scorer | 21 | #76 Jack Devey | All League |

Most Appearances | 35 | #126 Tommy Bowman (35 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 Charity Shield Appearance) |

Final League Position | Champions | Football League Division One | Villa's 4th League Title |
FA Cup Progress | 1st Round |

Charity Shield Progress | Joint Winners |
Biggest Win | 7-1 vs. Derby County (h), West Bromwich Albion (h) |
Highest Home Attendance | 41,000 vs. Liverpool |

 1898-99 Division One Table 

| 1 | Aston Villa | P34 | W19 | D7 | L8 | F76 | A40 | GR 1.90 | Pts 45 |

| 2 | Liverpool | P34 | W19 | D5 | L10 | F49 | A33 | GR 1.48 | Pts 43 |
| 3 |
Burnley | P34 | W15 | D9 | L10 | F45 | A47 | GR 0.96 | Pts 39 |
| 4 | Everton | P34 | W15 | D8 | L11 | F48 | A41 | GR 1.17 | Pts 38 |
| 5 |
Notts County | P34 | W12 | D13 | L9 | F47 | A51 | GR 0.92 | Pts 37 |

 1898-99 Results 

| 1 | 3 Sep | h | Stoke City | W | 3-1 |

| 2 | 10 Sep | a | Bury | L | 1-2 |

| 3 | 17 Sep | a | Burnley | W | 4-2 |

| 4 | 24 Sep | h | Sheffield United | D | 1-1 |

| 5 | 1 Oct | a | Newcastle United | D | 1-1 |

| 6 | 8 Oct | h | Preston North End | W | 4-2 |

| 7 | 15 Oct | a | Liverpool | W | 3-0 |

| 8 | 22 Oct | h | Nottingham Forest | W | 3-0 |

| 9 | 29 Oct | h | Bolton Wanderers | W | 2-1 |

| 10 | 5 Nov | h | Derby County | W | 7-1 |

| 11 | 12 Nov | a | West Bromwich Albion | W | 1-0 |

| 12 | 19 Nov | h | Blackburn Rovers | W | 3-1 |

| 13 | 26 Nov | a | Sheffield Wednesday | L | 1-4 |

| 14 | 3 Dec | h | Sunderland | W | 2-0 |

| 15 | 10 Dec | h | Wolverhampton Wanderers | D | 1-1 |

| 16 | 17 Dec | h | Everton | W | 3-0 |

| 17 | 24 Dec | a | Notts County | L | 0-1 |

| 18 | 26 Dec | h | Newcastle United | W | 1-0 |

| 19 | 31 Dec | a | Stoke City | L | 0-3 |

| 20 | 7 Jan | h | Bury | W | 3-2 |

| 21 | 14 Jan | h | Burnley | W | 4-0 |

| 22 | 21 Jan | a | Sheffield United | W | 3-1 |

| 23 | 28 Jan | a | Nottingham Forest (FAC R1) | L | 1-2 |

| 24 | 4 Feb | a | Preston North End | L | 0-2 |

| 25 | 18 Feb | a | Nottingham Forest | L | 0-1 |

| 26 | 4 Mar | a | Derby County | D | 1-1 |

| 27 | 11 Mar | n | Queens Park (CS Final) | D | 0-0 |

| 28 | 18 Mar | a | Blackburn Rovers | D | 0-0 |

| 29 | 25 Mar | h | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 3-1 |

| 30 | 1 Apr | a | Sunderland | L | 2-4 |

| 31 | 3 Apr | a | Wolverhampton Wanderers | L | 0-4 |

| 32 | 15 Apr | a | Everton | D | 1-1 |

| 33 | 17 Apr | a | Bolton Wanderers | D | 0-0 |

| 34 | 22 Apr | h | Notts County | W | 6-1 |

| 35 | 24 Apr | h | West Bromwich Albion | W | 7-1 |

| 36 | 29 Apr | h | Liverpool | W | 5-0 |

 1898-99 Season Notes

 

Villa clinched their fourth league title in six seasons in an expanded league of 34 games. Villa ended the season two points ahead of their nearest rivals Liverpool having won 19 games, kept 11 clean sheets and scored 77 goals including memorable victories over Derby County 7-1, Notts County 6-1, West Bromwich Albion 7-1 and second placed Liverpool 5-0.


 1898-99 Season Statistics 


Games | 36 |

Won | 19 | 53% |   
Drew |
8 | 22% |  
Lost |
9 | 25% |

Unbeaten | 27 | 75% |


Goals Scored | 77 | 2.14 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 42 | 1.17 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 11 | 31% |
 

Average Home Attendance | 20,913 |

Longest winning run | 7 Games |

League winning run | 7 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 10 Games |
Longest losing run | 3 Games |

Games without a win | 6 Games |
 


 1898-99 Squad Changes 

Debut Appearances | 6 |

#131 Ralph Gaudie | F | Saturday, 3 September 1898 | Stoke City | Division One | 22 | 

#132 Albert Wilkes | M | Saturday, 3 September 1898 | Stoke City | Division One | 23 | 

#133 Billy Haggart | LB | Saturday, 22 October 1898 | Nottingham Forest | Division One | 24 |

#134 Frank Bedingfield | CF | Saturday, 26 November 1898 | Sheffield Wednesday | Division One | 21 |

#135 Bobby Templeton | F | Saturday, 1 April 1899 | Sunderland | Division One | 19 |

#136 Walter Leigh | CF | Saturday, 15 April 1899 | Everton | Division One | 24 |

 

Final Appearances | 6 |

#106 Harry Wilkes | GK | Saturday, 24 September 1898 | Sheffield United | Division One | 24 |

#131 Ralph Gaudie | F | Saturday, 1 October 1898 | Newcastle United | Division One | 22 |

#134 Frank BedingfieldCF | Saturday, 26 November 1898 | Sheffield Wednesday | Division One | 21 |

 #122 Bert Sharp | FB | Saturday, 31 December 1898 | Stoke City | Division One | 22 | 

 

 #121 Jack Sharp | W | Saturday, 18 February 1899 | Nottingham Forest | Division One | 21 |

#136 Walter Leigh | CF | Saturday, 15 April 1899 | Everton | Division One | 24 |

   

 1898-99 Squad Statistics 
 

Squad Size | 23 | -1 |
Average Age | 24.6 | +0.2 |

Youngest Player(s) | 19 |

#135 Bobby Templeton |
 

Oldest Player(s) | 32 |

#76 Jack Devey |
 

 1898-99  Scorers

Goals Scored | 77 | League Goals | 76 | FA Cup Goals | 1 |

| 21 |

#76 Jack Devey | Goals Scored | 21 | League Goals | 21 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

| 16 |

#117 Fred Wheldon | Goals Scored | 16 | League Goals | 16 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

| 10 |

#129 George Johnson | Goals Scored | 10 | League Goals | 9 | FA Cup Goals | 1 |

| 6 |

#127 Billy Garraty | Goals Scored | 6 | League Goals | 6 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

| 4 |

#121 Jack Sharp | Goals Scored | 4 | League Goals | 4 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#114 Jack Cowan | Goals Scored | 4 | League Goals | 4 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#75 Charlie Athersmith | Goals Scored | 4 | League Goals | 4 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

| 2 |

#101 Steve Smith | Goals Scored | 2 | League Goals | 2 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#58 Jimmy Cowan | Goals Scored | 2 | League Goals | 2 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#112 Jimmy Crabtree | Goals Scored | 2 | League Goals | 2 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#126 Tommy Bowman | Goals Scored | 2 | League Goals | 2 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

| 1 |

#131 Ralph Gaudie | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#134 Frank Bedingfield | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

#132 Albert Wilkes | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

Own Goal | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 |

 1898-99 Appearances

| 35 |

#126 Tommy Bowman | Appearances | 35 | League | 33 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 34 |

#117 Fred Wheldon | Appearances | 34 | League | 32 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

#58 Jimmy Cowan | Appearances | 34 | League | 32 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 32 |

#112 Jimmy Crabtree | Appearances | 32 | League | 30 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 31 |

#123 Billy George | Appearances | 31 | League | 29 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 30 |

#76 Jack Devey | Appearances | 30 | League | 29 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

#119 Albert Evans | Appearances | 30 | League | 28 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 29 |

#75 Charlie Athersmith | Appearances | 29 | League | 27 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 28 |

#101 Steve Smith | Appearances | 28 | League | 26 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 26 |

#129 George Johnson | Appearances | 26 | League | 24 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 13 |

#130 Charlie Aston | Appearances | 13 | League | 12 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

| 12 |

#132 Albert Wilkes | Appearances | 12 | League | 11 | FA Cup | 1 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

| 10 |

#127 Billy Garraty | Appearances | 10 | League | 9 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 1 | . Player Profile

#109 Howard Spencer | Appearances | 10 | League | 10 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

| 8 |

#121 Jack Sharp | Appearances | 8 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

| 7 |

#114 Jack Cowan | Appearances | 7 | League | 7 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

| 5 |

#131 Ralph Gaudie | Appearances | 5 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

| 4 |

#122 Bert Sharp | Appearances | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

#106 Harry Wilkes | Appearances | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

| 1 |

#133 Billy Haggart | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

#134 Frank Bedingfield | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

#135 Bobby Templeton | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

#136 Walter Leigh | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | . Player Profile

 1898-99 'Keepers

 

#123 Billy George | Appearances | 31 (0) | Conceded | 32 | Ratio 1.03 |  

#106 Harry Wilkes | Appearances | 4 (0) | Conceded | 6 | Ratio 1.50 |

 1898-99 Managerial Record 

 

Under George Ramsay’s management committee Villa won the League Championship for the fourth time in six seasons. In doing so Ramsay’s Villa had now achieved a win rate of 55%, losing 28% of their 361 League and FA Cup matches to date. 

In total George Ramsay had returned 1.82 points per game* and seven major trophies across his fifteen seasons in charge of Villa having won the FA Cup in 1887, 1895 and 1897 and the League title in 1893-94, 1895-96, 1896-97 and 1898-99.

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

 1898-99 Kit  

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 1898-99 Season Results 

Game #344
Matchday #1

League Matchweek #1

Saturday, 3 September 1898

Football League | Division One | Stoke City | Home | Villa Park | 25,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DLLWW |


Scorers | Dick Gaudie | 1 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 | Jack Devey | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes | DEBUT |

M Ralph Gaudie | DEBUT | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

On this day 3 September 1898

Midfielder Albert Wilkes made his Villa debut aged 23 after joining from Walsall. 

Midfielder Ralph Gaudie made his Villa debut aged 22 after joining from Sheffield United. 

 

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Game #345
Matchday #2

League Matchweek #2

Saturday, 10 September 1898

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

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LLWWL |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes |

M Ralph Gaudie |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

F Fred Wheldon |

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Game #346
Matchday #3

League Matchweek #3

Saturday, 17 September 1898

Football League | Division One | Burnley | Away | Turf Moor | 8,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWWLW |


Scorers | Charlie Athersmith | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Steve Smith | 1 | George Johnson | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes |

M Ralph Gaudie |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

W Steve Smith | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

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Game #347
Matchday #4

League Matchweek #4

Saturday, 24 September 1898

Football League | Division One | Sheffield United | Home | Villa Park | 24,521

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWLWD |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 |

   
Line Up |

GK Harry Wilkes | FINAL |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes |

M Ralph Gaudie |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

F Fred Wheldon |

On this day 24 September 1898

Goalkeeper Harry Wilkes made his final appearance for Villa aged 24 before moving on to Stoke City. Harry had conceded 114 goals in his 77 appearances at a rate of 1.48 goals per game.

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Game #348
Matchday #5

League Matchweek #5

Saturday, 1 October 1898

Football League | Division One | Newcastle United | Away | St James’ Park | 25,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WLWDD |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Ralph Gaudie | FINAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

F Fred Wheldon |

On this day 1 October 1898

Midfielder Ralph Gaudie made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 before moving on to Woolwich Arsenal.

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Game #349
Matchday #6

League Matchweek #6

Saturday, 8 October 1898

Football League | Division One | Preston North End | Home | Villa Park | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWDDW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 2 | Jimmy Cowan | 1 | George Johnson | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan | GOAL |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey | GOAL | GOAL |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

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Game #350
Matchday #7

League Matchweek #7

Saturday, 15 October 1898

Football League | Division One | Liverpool | Away | Anfield | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WDDWW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 | George Johnson | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

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Game #351
Matchday #8

League Matchweek #8

Saturday, 22 October 1898

Football League | Division One | Nottingham Forest | Home | Villa Park | 18,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DDWWW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 | Jack Sharp | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

LB Billy Haggart | DEBUT |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Sharp | GOAL | GOAL |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

F Fred Wheldon |

On this day 22 October 1898

Left back Billy Haggart made his Villa debut aged 24 after joining from Edinburgh Royal for a fee of £40.

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Game #352
Matchday #9

League Matchweek #9

Saturday, 29 October 1898

Football League | Division One | Bolton Wanderers | Home | Villa Park | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWWW |


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

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Sharp |

W Jack Cowan |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

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Game #353
Matchday #10

League Matchweek #10

Saturday, 5 November 1898

Football League | Division One | Derby County | Home | Villa Park | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 7-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


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


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Albert Wilkes |

W Jack Sharp |

W Jack Cowan | GOAL |

F Jack Devey | GOAL | GOAL |

F George Johnson | GOAL | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL | GOAL |

On this day 5 November 1898

Villa had now won 5 games in a row and were unbeaten in 8

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Game #354
Matchday #11

League Matchweek #11

Saturday, 12 November 1898

Football League | Division One | West Bromwich Albion | Away | Stoney Lane | 15,896

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


Scorers | George Johnson | 1 |

 Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Sharp |

W Jack Cowan |

F Jack Devey |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

On this day 12 November 1898

Villa had now won 6 games in a row and were unbeaten in 9

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Game #355
Matchday #12

League Matchweek #12

Saturday, 19 November 1898

Football League | Division One | Blackburn Rovers | Home | Villa Park | 24,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


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

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Sharp |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Jack Cowan |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL | GOAL |

On this day 19 November 1898

Villa had now won 7 games in a row and were unbeaten in 10

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Game #356

KO to 79 minutes
Matchday #13

League Matchweek #13

Saturday, 26 November 1898

Football League | Division One | Sheffield Wednesday | Away | Owlerton Stadium | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-4 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WWWWL |


Scorers | Frank Bedingfield | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

CF Frank Bedingfield | DEBUT | GOAL | FINAL |

On this day 26 November 1898

The game was abandoned after 79 minutes. It was deemed that the final period of the game needed to be played and as a result a fixture was rescheduled for March 1899 which occurred with no further change to the score.
Centre forward Frank Bedingfield made his sole appearance for Villa aged 21 scoring on his debut. Bedingfield was the only player from this original fixture to not feature in the later game held to complete the final 11 minutes and he never played for Villa again. Bedingfield later moved on to Queens Park Rangers.

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Game #357
Matchday #14

League Matchweek #14

Saturday, 3 December 1898

Football League | Division One | Sunderland | Home | Villa Park | 22,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWLW |


Scorers | Jack Sharp | 2 |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

W Jack Sharp | GOAL | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #358
Matchday #15

League Matchweek #15

Saturday, 10 December 1898

Football League | Division One | Wolverhampton Wanderers | Home | Villa Park | 13,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWLWD |


Scorers | Jimmy Crabtree | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree | GOAL |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

F George Johnson |

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Game #359
Matchday #16

League Matchweek #16

Saturday, 17 December 1898

Football League | Division One | Everton | Home | Villa Park | 25,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLWDW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 | George Johnson | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

FB Albert Evans |

RB Bert Sharp |

M Albert Wilkes |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

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Game #360
Matchday #17

League Matchweek #17

Saturday, 24 December 1898

Football League | Division One | Notts County | Away | Trent Bridge | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-1 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LWDWL |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

RB Bert Sharp |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F George Johnson |

F Jack Devey |

F Fred Wheldon |

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Game #361
Matchday #18

League Matchweek #18

Monday, 26 December 1898

Football League | Division One | Newcastle United | Home | Villa Park | 30,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WDWLW |


Scorers | Charlie Athersmith | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

RB Bert Sharp |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #362
Matchday #19

League Matchweek #19

Saturday, 31 December 1898

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

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DWLWL |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

RB Bert Sharp | FINAL |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Jack Sharp |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F George Johnson |

F Fred Wheldon |

On this day 31 December 1898

Right back Bert Sharp made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 before moving on to Everton.

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Game #363
Matchday #20

League Matchweek #20

Saturday, 7 January 1899

Football League | Division One | Bury | Home | Villa Park | 18,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLWLW |


Scorers | Jack Devey 2 | Fred Wheldon | 1 |

 

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F Jack Devey | GOAL | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

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Game #364
Matchday #21

League Matchweek #21

Saturday, 14 January 1899

Football League | Division One | Burnley | Home | Villa Park | 22,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWLWW |


Scorers | Tommy Bowman | 1 | Charlie Athersmith | 1 | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Own Goal | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman | GOAL |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F George Johnson |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #365
Matchday #22

League Matchweek #22

Saturday, 21 January 1899

Football League | Division One | Sheffield United | Away | Bramall Lane | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLWWW |


Scorers | Jack Cowan | 2 | Albert Wilkes | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes | GOAL |

W Jack Cowan | GOAL | GOAL |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #366
Matchday #23

Saturday, 28 January 1899

FA Cup | 1st Round | Nottingham Forest | Away | City Ground | 32,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LWWWL |


Scorers | George Johnson | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #367
Matchday #24

League Matchweek #23

Saturday, 4 February 1899

Football League | Division One | Preston North End | Away | Deepdale | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WWWLL |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Albert Wilkes |

W Jack Cowan |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson |

F Jack Devey |

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Game #368
Matchday #25

League Matchweek #24

Saturday, 18 February 1899

Football League | Division One | Nottingham Forest | Away | City Ground | 11,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-1 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WWLLL |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Howard Spencer |

M Albert Wilkes |

W Steve Smith |

W Jack Sharp | FINAL |

F Jack Devey |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson |

On this day 18 February 1899

Winger Jack Sharp made his final appearance for Villa aged 21 before moving on to Everton.

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Game #369
Matchday #26

League Matchweek #25

Saturday, 4 March 1899

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

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WLLLD |


Scorers | George Johnson | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Jack Devey |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

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Game #370
Matchday #27

Saturday, 11 March 1899

Charity Shield | Queens Park | Neutral | Crystal Palace, London | 14,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-0 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | LLLDD |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Charlie Aston |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson |

CF Billy Garraty |

On this day 11 March 1899

Villa’s draw with Queens Park meant both clubs were joint winners of the Charity Shield.

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Game #371
Matchday #28

League Matchweek #26

Saturday, 18 March 1899

Football League | Division One | Blackburn Rovers | Away | Ewood Park | 10,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-0 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | LLDDD |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Charlie Aston |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F George Johnson |

CF Billy Garraty |

On this day 18 March 1899

Villa hadn’t won in 6 games and hadn’t scored in 4 out of the last 6 games scoring just 2 goals.

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Game #372
Matchday #29

League Matchweek #27

Saturday, 25 March 1899

Football League | Division One | Sheffield Wednesday | Home | Villa Park | 15,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LDDDW |


Scorers | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Billy Garraty | 1 | George Johnson | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Fred Wheldon | GOAL |

F George Johnson | GOAL |

CF Billy Garraty | GOAL |

On this day 25 March 1899

Villa won for the first time in 7 games scoring more goals in a single game than they had achieved in the previous 6.

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Game #356

79 minutes to FT
Matchday #13

League Matchweek #13

March 1899

Football League | Division One | Sheffield Wednesday | Away | Owlerton Stadium |

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

Original score 79' | 1-4 |

FT Score | 0-0 |

FT Result | Drew |

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Steve Smith |

W Charlie Athersmith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

CF Billy Garraty

On this day in March 1899

The original game had been abandoned after 79 minutes. It was deemed that the final period of the game needed to be played and as a result a fixture was rescheduled for March 1899 which occurred with no further change to the score.
Centre forward Frank Bedingfield did not appear in the fixture to complete the final 11 minutes of the 90, his place was taken by fellow centre forward Billy Garraty.

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Game #373
Matchday #30

League Matchweek #28

Saturday, 1 April 1899

Football League | Division One | Sunderland | Away | Roker Park | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-4 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DDDWL |


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

Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan | GOAL |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Albert Evans |

W Bobby Templeton |

W Steve Smith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey | GOAL |

CF Billy Garraty |

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Game #374
Matchday #31

League Matchweek #29

Saturday, 8 April 1899

Football League | Division One | Wolverhampton Wanderers | Away | Molineux | 18,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-4 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DDWLL |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Charlie Aston |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Albert Evans |

W Bobby Templeton |

W Steve Smith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

CF Billy Garraty |

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Game #375
Matchday #32

League Matchweek #30

Saturday, 15 April 1899

Football League | Division One | Everton | Away | Goodison Park | 20,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | DWLLD |


Scorers | Steve Smith | 1 |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Howard Spencer |

FB Albert Evans |

M Tommy Bowman |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith | GOAL |

F Fred Wheldon |

CF Billy Garraty |

CF Walter Leigh | DEBUT | FINAL |

On this day 15 April 1899

Centre forward Walter Leigh made his sole appearance for Villa aged 24 after joining from Calishead Amateurs. Leigh would later move on to Altrincham.

 

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Game #376
Matchday #33

League Matchweek #31

Monday, 17 April 1899

Football League | Division One | Bolton Wanderers | Away | Burnden Park | 7,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-0 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WLLDD |


Line Up |

GK Billy George |

CB Jimmy Cowan |

FB Albert Evans |

FB Howard Spencer |

M Jimmy Crabtree |

M Tommy Bowman |

W Charlie Athersmith |

W Steve Smith |

F Fred Wheldon |

F Jack Devey |

CF Billy Garraty |

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Game #377
Matchday #34

League Matchweek #32

Saturday, 22 April 1899

Football League | Division One | Notts County | Home | Villa Park | 8,000

Manager | George Ramsay | Management Committee |

FT Score | 6-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LLDDW |


Scorers | Jack Devey | 3 | Fred Wheldon | 1 | Billy Garraty | 2 |
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