Season #48

| 1930-31 |

Games #1533 - #1576

1930-31 Club Summary 

Chairman | J. E. Jones |

Secretary | Billy Smith | 

Manager | Billy Smith led Management Committee |

 1930-31 Season Summary 


Manager | Billy Smith led Management Committee |
Games | #1533 - #1576 |

Captain(s) | #277 Billy Walker |
Top Scorer | 50 | #332 Pongo Waring | 49 League | 1 FA Cup | Goal |

Most Appearances | 44 | #277 Billy Walker | #300 Alec Talbot | #328 Joe Tate | 42 League | 2 FA Cup | Appearances |

Final League Position | Runners Up | 2nd Football League Division One |
FA Cup Progress | 3rd Round |
Biggest Win | 8-1 | Middlesbrough (h) |
Highest Home Attendance | 73,632 vs. Arsenal, FA Cup |

 1930-31 Division One Table 

| 1 | Arsenal | P42 | W28 | D10 | L4 | F127 | A59 | GR 2.15 | Pts 66 |

| 2 | Aston Villa | P42 | W25 | D9 | L8 | F128 | A78 | GR 1.64 | Pts 59 |
| 3 | Sheffield Wednesday | P42 | W22 | D8 | L12 | F102 | A75 | GR 1.36 | Pts 52 |
| 4 | Portsmouth | P42 | W18 | D3 | L11 | F84 | A67 | GR 1.25 | Pts 49 |
| 5 |
Huddersfield Town | P42 | W18 | D12 | L12 | F81 | A65 | GR 1.25 | Pts 48 |

 1930-31 Results 

| 1 | 30 Aug | a | Manchester United | W | 4-3 | 

| 2 | 1 Sep | h | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 2-0 | 

| 3 | 6 Sep | h | West Ham United | W | 6-1 | 

| 4 | 9 Sep | a | Grimsby Town | W | 2-1 | 

| 5 | 13 Sep | a | Bolton Wanderers | D | 1-1 | 

| 6 | 15 Sep | h | Grimsby Town | W | 2-0 | 

| 7 | 20 Sep | h | Liverpool | W | 4-2 | 

| 8 | 27 Sep | a | Middlesbrough | L | 1-3 | 

| 9 | 4 Oct | h | Huddersfield Town | W | 6-1 | 

| 10 | 11 Oct | a | Sunderland | D | 1-1 | 

| 11 | 18 Oct | h | Birmingham | D | 1-1 | 

| 12 | 25 Oct | a | Leicester City | L | 1-4 | 

| 13 | 1 Nov | h | Blackburn Rovers | W | 5-2 | 

| 14 | 8 Nov | a | Arsenal | L | 2-5 | 

| 15 | 15 Nov | h | Derby County | L | 4-6 | 

| 16 | 22 Nov | a | Blackpool | D | 2-2 | 

| 17 | 3 Dec | h | Portsmouth | D | 2-2 | 

| 18 | 6 Dec | a | Sheffield United | W | 4-3 | 

| 19 | 13 Dec | h | Leeds United | W | 4-3 | 

| 20 | 20 Dec | a | Manchester City | L | 1-3 | 

| 21 | 25 Dec | a | Chelsea | W | 2-0 | 

| 22 | 26 Dec | h | Chelsea | D | 3-3 | 

| 23 | 27 Dec | h | Manchester United | W | 7-0 | 

| 24 | 1 Jan | a | Newcastle United | L | 0-2 | 

| 25 | 3 Jan | a | West Ham United | D | 5-5 | 

| 26 | 10 Jan | a | Arsenal (FAC R3) | D | 2-2 | 

| 27 | 14 Jan | h | Arsenal (FAC R3 Replay) | L | 1-3 | 

| 28 | 17 Jan | h | Bolton Wanderers | W | 3-1 | 

| 29 | 24 Jan | a | Liverpool | D | 1-1 | 

| 30 | 31 Jan | h | Middlesbrough | W | 8-1 | 

| 31 | 7 Feb | a | Huddersfield Town | W | 6-1 | 

| 32 | 18 Feb | h | Sunderland | W | 4-2 | 

| 33 | 21 Feb | a | Birmingham | W | 4-0 | 

| 34 | 28 Feb | h | Leicester City | W | 4-2 | 

| 35 | 7 Mar | a | Blackburn Rovers | W | 2-0 | 

| 36 | 14 Mar | h | Arsenal | W | 5-1 | 

| 37 | 21 Mar | a | Derby County | D | 1-1 | 

| 38 | 28 Mar | h | Blackpool | W | 4-1 | 

| 39 | 4 Apr | a | Portsmouth | L | 0-5 | 

| 40 | 7 Apr | h | Newcastle United | W | 4-3 | 

| 41 | 11 Apr | h | Sheffield United | W | 4-0 | 

| 42 | 18 Apr | a | Leeds United | W | 2-0 | 

| 43 | 25 Apr | h | Manchester City | W | 4-2 | 

| 44 | 2 May | a | Sheffield Wednesday | L | 0-3 | 

 1930-31 Season Review  

For the first time under Billy Smith Villa made a strong start to the season, winning 6 of their first 7 games. A dip in form in November however - albeit punctuated by some big wins - set Villa back but from the turn of the year they went on a 20 game run with just 2 league defeats and a series of astonishing high scores.

​It was yet another 100+ goal season as Villa blitzed the 100 goals in a season barrier for the 6th time and for the 3rd consecutive season under Billy Smith.

 

Villa scored a total of 131 league and cup goals at a scarcely credible rate of 2.96 goals per game.

 

That placed 1st in Villa's 6 previous 100+ seasons in 1930-31 (131) 1928-29 (115) 1912-13 (106) 1929-30 (105) 1891-92 (102) & 1893-94 (100)

 

Not only that, in the league alone Villa set the record for most top flight goals scored in a single season by scoring 128 times over the 42 game season to finish second in the First Division to Arsenal (who scored one goal fewer than Villa).

Perhaps only in such an extraordinary period a player hitting 30 goals in a season (Eric Houghton) was comprehensively overshadowed by a team mate, Pongo Waring, with his 50 goal haul. In 40 games. 

 

The best team never to win the league title? 
 

 

 1930-31 Season Statistics 


Games | 44 |

Won | 25 | 57% |   
Drew |
10 | 23% |  
Lost |
9 | 20% |

Unbeaten | 35 | 80% |


Goals Scored | 131 | 2.96 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 83 | 1.89 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 8 | 18% |

 

Average Home Attendance | 32,730 |

Longest winning run | 7 Games |

League winning run | 7 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 11 Games |
Longest losing run | 2 Games |

Games without a win | 4 Games |


 1930-31 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 3 |

#339 Percy Maggs | Monday, 15 September 1930 | Grimsby Town | Division One | 23 |

#340 Tommy Wood | Saturday, 1 November 1930 | Blackburn Rovers | Division One | 22 |

#341 Reg Miles | Saturday, 24 January 1931 | Middlesbrough | Division One | 25 |

Final Appearances | 3 |

#260 Dicky York | Monday, 15 September 1930 | Grimsby Town | Division One | 31 |

#339 Percy Maggs | Saturday, 17 January 1931 | Bolton Wanderers | Division One | 24 |

#341 Reg Miles | Saturday, 2 May 1931 | Sheffield Wednesday | Division One | 25 |

 1930-31 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 19 | -3 |

Average Age | 26.7 | - |

Youngest Player(s) | 20 |

#335 Eric Houghton |

Oldest Player(s) | 34 |

#279 Tommy Smart |

 1930-31 Scorers

Goals Scored | 131 | League Goals | 128 | FA Cup Goals | 3 | 

| 50 |

#332 Pongo Waring | Goals Scored | 50 | League Goals | 49 | FA Cup Goals | 1 | 

| 30 |

#335 Eric Houghton | Goals Scored | 30 | League Goals | 30 | FA Cup Goals | 0 | 

| 16 |

#277 Billy Walker | Goals Scored | 16 | League Goals | 15 | FA Cup Goals | 1 | 

| 14 |

#324 Joe Beresford | Goals Scored | 14 | League Goals | 14 | FA Cup Goals | 0 | 

| 8 |

#338 Jack Mandley | Goals Scored | 8 | League Goals | 8 | FA Cup Goals | 0 | 

| 6 |

#336 George Brown | Goals Scored | 6 | League Goals | 5 | FA Cup Goals | 1 | 

| 3 |

#317 Reg Chester | Goals Scored | 3 | League Goals | 3 | FA Cup Goals | 0 | 

| 2 |

#323 Jimmy Gibson | Goals Scored | 2 | League Goals | 2 | FA Cup Goals | 0 | 

| 1 |

#300 Alec Talbot | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 | 

#328 Joe Tate | Goals Scored | 1 | League Goals | 1 | FA Cup Goals | 0 | 

 

 1930-31 Appearances  

 

| 44 |

#300 Alec Talbot | Appearances | 44 | League | 42 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

#277 Billy WalkerAppearances | 44 | League | 42 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

#328 Joe Tate Appearances | 44 | League | 42 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 43 |

#335 Eric HoughtonAppearances | 43 | League | 41 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 41 |

#323 Jimmy GibsonAppearances | 41 | League | 39 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 40 |

#332 Pongo Waring Appearances | 40 | League | 39 | FA Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 37 |

#293 Tommy MortAppearances | 37 | League | 35 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 34 |

#338 Jack MandleyAppearances | 34 | League | 32 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 30 |

#324 Joe BeresfordAppearances | 30 | League | 28 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 26 |

#299 Teddy BowenAppearances | 26 | League | 26 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 25 |

#279 Tommy SmartAppearances | 25 | League | 23 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 17 |

#334 George BrownAppearances | 17 | League | 16 | FA Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 16 |

#341 Reg MilesAppearances | 16 | League | 16 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 14 |

#336 Fred Biddleston | Appearances | 14 | League | 14 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

#339 Percy MaggsAppearances | 14 | League | 12 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 8 |

#317 Reg Chester | Appearances | 8 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 4 |

#260 Dicky YorkAppearances | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 2 |

#320 Billy KingdonAppearances | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 1 |

#340 Tommy Wood Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 0 |

#337 Bob Brocklebank | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

 1930-31 'Keepers

#336 Fred Biddleston | Appearances | 14 | Conceded | 31 | Ratio | 2.21 |

#339 Percy MaggsAppearances | 14 | Conceded | 29 | Ratio | 2.07 |

#341 Reg MilesAppearances | 16 | Conceded | 23 | Ratio | 1.44 |

 1930-31 Managerial Record 

Under Billy Smith’s management committee Villa had now achieved a win rate of 50%, losing 34% of their 226 League and FA Cup matches. 

In total Billy Smith had returned 1.66 points per game* across his five seasons in charge of Villa compared to George Ramsay’s 1.69 across his 1,332 games.

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

 1930-31 Kits 

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1930-31 Season Results 

Game #1533
Matchday #1

League Matchweek #1

Saturday, 30 August 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Manchester United | Old Trafford | 18,004

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-3 |
FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DLLWW |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 4 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

F George Brown |

IF Billy Walker |

On this day 30 August 1930

Pongo!!!! Pongo Waring hit 4 goals in a game away to Manchester United to win the opening game of the 1930-31 season. And why not? After all you may as well start as you mean to go on.

Game #1534
Matchday #2

League Matchweek #2

Monday, 1 September 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Sheffield Wednesday | Villa Park | 27,622

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LLWWW |

Scorers | George Brown | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

F George Brown | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |


 

Game #1535
Matchday #3

League Matchweek #3

Saturday, 6 September 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | West Ham United | Villa Park | 35,897

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 6-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWWWW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 4 | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Dicky York |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

F George Brown |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

On this day 6 September 1930

Another 4 goal haul from Pongo to make it 9 in the first 3 games of the season to leave Villa with a 100% win start

Game #1536
Matchday #4

League Matchweek #4

Monday, 9 September 1929

Football League | Division One | Away | Grimsby Town | Blundell Park | 19,224

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Dicky York |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

F George Brown |

IF Billy Walker |

 

On this day 9 September 1930

Pongo Waring has now scored in 4 consecutive games to make it 10 in the first 4 games of the season to keep Villa's 100% winning start going

Game #1537
Matchday #5

League Matchweek #5

Saturday, 13 September 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Bolton Wanderers | Burnden Park | 17,207

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWWWD |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Dicky York |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

F George Brown |

IF Billy Walker |

On this day 13 September 1930

Pongo Waring scores for the 5th successive match making it 11 in 5 games so far this season

Game #1538
Matchday #6

League Matchweek #6

Monday, 15 September 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Grimsby Town | Villa Park | 22,301

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWDW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs | DEBUT |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Dicky York | FINAL |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

F George Brown |

IF Billy Walker |

On this day 15 September 1930

Pongo Waring scores for the 6th successive match having hit 12 in the first 6 games of the season
Goalkeeper Percy Maggs made his Villa debut after moving from Bath City in May 1928.

Outside right Dicky York made his final appearance for Villa before moving to Port Vale in June 1931. Dicky had made 390 appearances and scored 86 goals across his 11 seasons with Villa.

Game #1539
Matchday #7

League Matchweek #7
Saturday, 20 September 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Liverpool | Villa Park | 31,993

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWDWW |


Scorers | George Brown | 1 | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

F George Brown | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

On this day 20 September 1930

Villa extend their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 7 games as Pongo Waring scores for the 7th successive match having hit 13 in 7 

Game #1540
Matchday #8

League Matchweek #8

Saturday, 27 September 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Middlesbrough | Ayresome Park | 19,260

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WDWWL |


Scorers | Joe Beresford | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

HB Billy Kingdon |

LB Tommy Mort |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

On this day 27 September 1930

Villa lose their unbeaten run as Pongo Waring fails to score for first time in 8 games

Game #1541
Matchday #9

League Matchweek #9

Saturday, 4 October 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Huddersfield Town | Villa Park | 43,235

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 6-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWLW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 2 | Pongo Waring | 1 |  Billy Walker | 3 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 4 October 1930

Back on the scoresheet and back to winning ways, Pongo Waring now has 14 goals in the first 9 games of the season with Villa losing just once

Game #1542
Matchday #10

League Matchweek #10

Saturday, 11 October 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Sunderland | Roker Park | 34,847

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWLWD |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F George Brown |

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Game #1543
Matchday #11

League Matchweek #11

Saturday, 18 October 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Birmingham | Villa Park | 55,482

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWLWD |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F George Brown |

On this day 18 October 1930

Pongo Waring scores his 15th goal in 11 games

Game #1544
Matchday #12

League Matchweek #12

Saturday, 25 October 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Leicester City | Filbert Street | 32,039

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-4 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WLWDL |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 25 October 1930

Pongo Waring scores his 16th goal in 12 games

Game #1545
Matchday #13

League Matchweek #13

Saturday, 1 November 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Blackburn Rovers | Villa Park | 29,032

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 5-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWDLW |


Scorers | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 2 | Pongo Waring | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Tommy Wood | DEBUT |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

On this day 1 November 1930

Pongo Waring scores his 18th goal in 13 games
Wing half Tommy Wood made his Villa debut after moving from Shrewsbury Town in February 1929.

Game #1546
Matchday #14

League Matchweek #14

Saturday, 8 November 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Arsenal | Highbury | 56,417

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-5 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WDLWL |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 8 November 1930

Pongo Waring scores his 20th goal in 14 games

Game #1547
Matchday #15

League Matchweek #15

Saturday, 15 November 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Derby County | Villa Park | 37,563

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-6 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DLWLL |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 2 (1 pen) | Pongo Waring | 1 | Alec Talbot | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Fred Biddleston |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot | GOAL |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 15 November 1930

Pongo Waring scores his 21st goal in 15 games but Villa have now lost 3 of their last 4 matches

 

Game #1548
Matchday #16

League Matchweek #16

Saturday, 22 November 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Blackpool | Bloomfield Road | 12,054

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-2 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | LWLLD |


Scorers | Reg Chester | 1 | Jack Mandley | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

W Reg Chester | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

Game #1549
Matchday #17

League Matchweek #17

Wednesday, 3 December 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Portsmouth | Villa Park | 20,169

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-2 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WLLDD |


Scorers | Jimmy Gibson | 1 | Jack Mandley | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson | GOAL |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

 

Game #1550
Matchday #18

League Matchweek #18

Saturday, 6 December 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Sheffield United | Bramall Park | 17,540

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-3 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LLDDW |


Scorers | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

 

On this day 6 December 1930

Pongo Waring scores his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season

Game #1551
Matchday #19

League Matchweek #19

Saturday, 13 December 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Leeds United | Villa Park | 26,272

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-3 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LDDWW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Jack Mandley | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Teddy Bowen |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

F George Brown |

On this day 13 December 1930

Pongo Waring scores his 24th goal in 19 games

Game #1552
Matchday #20

League Matchweek #20

Saturday, 20 December 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Manchester City | Maine Road | 29,342

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DDWWL |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F George Brown |

On this day 20 December 1930

Pongo Waring hits his 4th goal in 3 games and scores his 25th in 20

Game #1553
Matchday #21

League Matchweek #21

Thursday, 25 December 1930

Football League | Division One | Away | Chelsea | Stamford Bridge | 40,990

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWLW |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 1 | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

W Reg Chester |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

On this day 25 December 1930

Pongo Waring scores for the fourth consecutive game, scoring his 26th in the first 21 games of the season

Game #1554
Matchday #22

League Matchweek #22

Friday, 26 December 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Chelsea | Villa Park | 53,580

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-3 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWLWD |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

W Reg Chester |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

On this day 26 December 1930

Pongo Waring scores for the fifth consecutive game, hitting his 27th and 28th goals of the season

Game #1555
Matchday #23

League Matchweek #23

Saturday, 27 December 1930

Football League | Division One | Home | Manchester United | Villa Park | 32,505

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 7-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLWDW |


Scorers | George Brown | 2 | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 2 (2 pen) | Jack Mandley | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley | GOAL | GOAL |

F George Brown | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

Game #1556
Matchday #24

League Matchweek #24
Thursday, 1 January 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Newcastle United | St James’ Park | 45,045

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LWDWL |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

F Joe Beresford |

OR Jack Mandley |

F George Brown |

IF Billy Walker |

Game #1557
Matchday #25

League Matchweek #25

Saturday, 3 January 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | West Ham United | Upton Park | 18,810

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 5-5 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WDWLD |


Scorers | George Brown | 2 | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 1 (pen) | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

F George Brown | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

Game #1558
Matchday #26

Saturday, 10 January 1931

FA Cup | 3rd Round | Away | Arsenal | Highbury | 40,864

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-2 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | DWLDD |


Scorers | George Brown | 1 | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

F Joe Beresford |

OR Jack Mandley |

F George Brown | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

Game #1559
Matchday #27

Wednesday, 14 January 1931

FA Cup | 3rd Round Replay | Home | Arsenal | Villa Park | 73,668

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WLDDL |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

F Joe Beresford |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

On this day 14 January 1931

After a four game absence Pongo Waring returns to the side to score his 29th goal of the season

Game #1560
Matchday #28

League Matchweek #26

Saturday, 17 January 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Bolton Wanderers | Villa Park | 21,950

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 3-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LDDLW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Jack Mandley | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Percy Maggs | FINAL |

FB Tommy Smart |

FB Teddy Bowen |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F George Brown |

On this day 17 January 1931

Pongo Waring score his 30th goal of the season
Goalkeeper Percy Maggs made his final appearance before moving to Blackpool in August 1932. Percy had kept goal on 14 occasions, conceding 29 times at a ratio of 2.07 goals per game.

Game #1561
Matchday #29

League Matchweek #27

Saturday, 24 January 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Liverpool | Anfield | 30,503

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | DDLWD |


Scorers | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles | DEBUT |

FB Tommy Smart |

FB Teddy Bowen |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 24 January 1931
Goalkeeper Reg Miles made his Villa debut after joining from the British Army in November 1930.

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Game #1562
Matchday #30

League Matchweek #28

Saturday, 31 January 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Middlesbrough | Villa Park | 15,947

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 8-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DLWDW |


Scorers | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 2 (1 pen) | Jack Mandley | 1 | Pongo Waring | 2 | Billy Walker | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

FB Teddy Bowen |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

On this day 31 January 1931

Pongo Waring hits his 31st and 32nd goals of the season as Eric Houghton hits his 20th with Villa having scored 87 goals in 30 games

 

 

 

Game #1563

Matchday #31

League Matchweek #29

Saturday, 7 February 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Huddersfield Town | Leeds Road | 14,295

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 6-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWDWW |


Scorers | Jimmy Gibson | 1 | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 2 | Pongo Waring | 2 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson | GOAL |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

On this day 7 February 1931

A brace apiece sees Pongo Waring take his tally to 34 goals for the season whilst Eric Houghton scores his 22nd of the campaign. In doing so Pongo becomes the first Villa player to score more than 32 league goals in a season beating Len Capwell's haul of 1925-26.

Game #1564

Matchday #32

League Matchweek #30

Wednesday, 18 February 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Sunderland | Villa Park | 10,875

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WDWWW |


Scorers | Pongo Waring | 4 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 18 February 1931

Pongo Waring secures his 3rd four goal haul this season to take his total to 38 for the campaign - in doing so Pongo became the first Villa player to score 37 goals in a season.

Game #1565
Matchday #33

League Matchweek #31

Saturday, 21 February 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Birmingham | St Andrew’s | 49,609

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWWWW |


Scorers | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 1 | Jack Mandley | 1 | Joe Tate | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate | GOAL |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

Game #1566
Matchday #34

League Matchweek #32

Saturday, 28 February 1931
Football League | Division One | Home | Leicester City | Villa Park | 23,531

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


Scorers | Joe Beresford | 3 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

On this day 28 February 1931

Villa had now won 5 consecutive games as Pongo Waring hit his 39th goal of the season

Game #1567
Matchday #35

League Matchweek #33

Saturday, 7 March 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Blackburn Rovers | Ewood Park | 11,222

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


Scorers | Joe Beresford | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

On this day 7 March 1931

Villa had now won 6 consecutive games as Pongo Waring hit his 40th goal of the season

Game #1568
Matchday #36

League Matchweek #34

Saturday, 14 March 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Arsenal | Villa Park | 60,997

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 5-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWWW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 2 | Pongo Waring | 2 | Billy Walker | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford |

 

On this day 14 March 1931
Villa had now won 7 consecutive games as Pongo Waring scored his
 41st and 42nd goals of the season

Game #1569
Matchday #37

League Matchweek #35

Saturday, 21 March 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Derby County | Baseball Ground | 24,466

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 1-1 |

FT Result | Drew |

Last 5 Games | WWWWD |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

Game #1570
Matchday #38

League Matchweek #36

Saturday, 28 March 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Blackpool | Villa Park | 27,245

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-1 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WWWDW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 3 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

OR Jack Mandley |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 28 March 1931

 Pongo Waring scored his 45th goal of the season as Eric Houghton hit his 27th

 

Game #1571
Matchday #39

League Matchweek #37

Saturday, 4 April 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Portsmouth | Fratton Park | 26,677

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-5 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WWDWL |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

F George Brown |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

Game #1572
Matchday #40

League Matchweek #38

Tuesday, 7 April 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Newcastle United | Villa Park | 29,975

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-3 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WDWLW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 | Billy Walker | 2 |  

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

LB Tommy Mort |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

W Reg Chester |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 7 April 1931

 Pongo Waring scored his 46th goal of the season as Eric Houghton hit his 28th

Game #1573
Matchday #41

League Matchweek #39

Saturday, 11 April 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Sheffield United | Villa Park | 26,952

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | DWLWW |


Scorers | Eric Houghton | 1 (pen) | Pongo Waring | 2 | Billy Walker | 1 |  

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

FB Teddy Bowen |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

W Reg Chester |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker | GOAL |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 11 April 1931

 Pongo Waring scored his 47th and 48th goals of the season as Eric Houghton hit his 29th

 

Game #1574
Matchday #42

League Matchweek #40

Saturday, 18 April 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Leeds United | Elland Road | 10,388

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 2-0 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | WLWWW |


Scorers | Reg Chester | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

FB Teddy Bowen |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

W Reg Chester | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 18 April 1931

 Pongo Waring scored his 49th goal of the season 

 

Game #1575
Matchday #43

League Matchweek #41

Saturday, 25 April 1931

Football League | Division One | Home | Manchester City | Villa Park | 13,272

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 4-2 |

FT Result | Won |

Last 5 Games | LWWWW |


Scorers | Reg Chester | 1 | Joe Beresford | 1 | Eric Houghton | 1 | Pongo Waring | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Reg Miles |

FB Tommy Smart |

FB Teddy Bowen |

WH Jimmy Gibson |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton | GOAL |

W Reg Chester | GOAL |

CF Pongo Waring | GOAL |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford | GOAL |

On this day 25 April 1931

 Pongo Waring scored his 50th and final goal of the season as Eric Houghton hit his 30th and final goal

 

Game #1576
Matchday #44

League Matchweek #42

Saturday, 2 May 1931

Football League | Division One | Away | Sheffield Wednesday | Hillsborough | 12,419

Manager | Billy Smith | Management Committee |

FT Score | 0-3 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | WWWWL |


Line Up |

GK Reg Miles | FINAL |

FB Tommy Smart |

FB Teddy Bowen |

HB Billy Kingdon |

CH Alec Talbot |

LH Joe Tate |

OL Eric Houghton |

W Reg Chester |

CF Pongo Waring |

IF Billy Walker |

F Joe Beresford |

On this day 2 May 1931
Goalkeeper Reg Miles made his last appearance for Villa before moving to Millwall in August. Reg had conceded 23 goals in his 16 games at a ratio of 1.44 per game.