Season #69

| 1957-58 |

Games #2487 - #2532 |

1957-58 Club Summary

Chairman | Christopher Buckley |

Secretary | Fred Archer |

Manager | Eric Houghton |

 1957-58 Season Summary 


Manager | Eric Houghton |
Games | #2487 - #2532 |

Captain(s) | #401 Johnny Dixon | #451 Pat Saward | #443 Vic Crowe |
Top Scorer | 17 | #435 Peter McParland | 16 League | 1 FA Cup | Goal |

Most Appearances | 45 | #435 Peter McParland | #457 Nigel Sims | 41 League | 3 FA Cup | 1 Charity Shield | Appearance |
Final League Position | 14th Football League Division One |
FA Cup Progress | 3rd Round |

Charity Shield Progress | Runners Up |
Biggest Win | 5-1 vs. Leicester City (h) |
Highest Home Attendance | 44,715 vs. Blackpool |

 1957-58 Division One Table 

| 12 | Arsenal | P42 | W16 | D7 | L19 | F73 | A85 | GR 0.86 | Pts 39 |
| 13 | Birmingham City | P42 | W14 | D11 | L17 | F76 | A89 | GR 0.85 | Pts 39 |

| 14 | Aston Villa | P42 | W16 | D7 | L19 | F73 | A86 | GR 0.85 | Pts 39 |
| 15 | Bolton Wanderers | P42 | W14 | D10 | L18 | F65 | A87 | GR 0.75 | Pts 38 |
| 16 | Everton | P42 | W13 | D11 | L18 | F65 | A75 | GR 0.87 | Pts 37 |

 1957-58 Results 

| 1 | 24 Aug | a | Birmingham City | L | 1-3 | 

| 2 | 26 Aug | h | Leeds United | W | 2-0 | 

| 3 | 31 Aug | h | Everton | L | 0-1 | 

| 4 | 4 Sep | a | Leeds United | L | 0-4 | 

| 5 | 7 Sep | a | Sunderland | D | 1-1 | 

| 6 | 14 Sep | h | Luton Town | W | 2-0 | 

| 7 | 16 Sep | a | Wolverhampton Wanderers | L | 1-2 | 

| 8 | 21 Sep | a | Blackpool | D | 1-1 | 

| 9 | 23 Sep | h | Wolverhampton Wanderers | L | 2-3 | 

| 10 | 28 Sep | h | Leicester City | W | 5-1 | 

| 11 | 2 Oct | a | Arsenal | L | 0-4 | 

| 12 | 5 Oct | a | Manchester United | L | 1-4 | 

| 13 | 12 Oct | a | Chelsea | L | 2-4 | 

| 14 | 19 Oct | h | Newcastle United | W | 4-3 | 

| 15 | 22 Oct | a | Manchester United (Charity Shield) | L | 0-4 | 

| 16 | 26 Oct | a | Burnley | L | 0-3 | 

| 17 | 2 Nov | h | Portsmouth | W | 2-1 | 

| 18 | 9 Nov | a | West Bromwich Albion | L | 2-3 | 

| 19 | 16 Nov | h | Tottenham Hotspur | D | 1-1 | 

| 20 | 23 Nov | a | Nottingham Forest | L | 1-4 | 

| 21 | 30 Nov | h | Preston North End | D | 2-2 | 

| 22 | 7 Dec | a | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 5-2 | 

| 23 | 14 Dec | h | Manchester City | L | 1-2 | 

| 24 | 21 Dec | h | Birmingham City | L | 0-2 | 

| 25 | 26 Dec | h | Arsenal | W | 3-0 | 

| 26 | 28 Dec | a | Everton | W | 2-1 | 

| 27 | 4 Jan | a | Stoke City (FAC R3) | D | 1-1 | 

| 28 | 8 Jan | h | Stoke City (FAC R3 Replay) | D | 3-3 | 

| 29 | 11 Jan | h | Sunderland | W | 5-2 | 

| 30 | 13 Jan | n | Stoke City (FAC R3 2nd Replay) | L | 0-2 | 

| 31 | 18 Jan | a | Luton Town | L | 0-3 | 

| 32 | 1 Feb | h | Blackpool | D | 1-1 | 

| 33 | 8 Feb | a | Leicester City | L | 1-6 | 

| 34 | 22 Feb | h | Chelsea | L | 1-3 | 

| 35 | 1 Mar | a | Newcastle United | W | 4-2 | 

| 36 | 8 Mar | h | Burnley | W | 3-0 | 

| 37 | 15 Mar | a | Portsmouth | L | 0-1 | 

| 38 | 29 Mar | a | Tottenham Hotspur | L | 2-6 | 

| 39 | 31 Mar | h | Manchester United | W | 3-2 | 

| 40 | 4 Apr | a | Bolton Wanderers | L | 0-4 | 

| 41 | 5 Apr | h | West Bromwich Albion | W | 2-1 | 

| 42 | 8 Apr | h | Bolton Wanderers | W | 4-0 | 

| 43 | 12 Apr | a | Preston North End | D | 1-1 | 

| 44 | 19 Apr | h | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 2-0 | 

| 45 | 26 Apr | a | Manchester City | W | 2-1 | 

| 46 | 30 Apr | h | Nottingham Forest | D | 1-1 | 

 1957-58 Season Review 

Three defeats in the four opening fixtures suggested a difficult season ahead after the joys of 1957.

That early trickle of disappointment turned into a deluge as Villa won just 6 games out of 24 - 2-0, 2-0, 5-1, 4-3, 2-1, 5-2 - but lost 14, often heavily - 1-3, 0-4, 0-4, 1-4, 2-4, 0-4, 0-3 and 1-4. Villa were teetering.

A third round FA Cup exit heralded another run of damaging defeats, 0-2, 0-3, 1-6, 1-3, 2-6, 0-4. Villa were shipping goals at an alarming rate and for the second time in three seasons their top flight status was seriously in peril. Villa however had manager to contribute sporadic wins amongst the defeats - 3-0, 5-2, 4-2, 3-0, that had kept them afloat. More was required however to head off relegation.

A six game unbeaten run with 4 wins did the trick.

 

Eric Houghton's fifth season as Villa manager then amounted to a 14th place finish in Division One and an early exit from the FA Cup as defending champions.

Villa finished behind Birmingham City for the 2nd time in 3 seasons - the 6th time in 59 league seasons overall.


 1957-58 Season Statistics 


Games | 46 |

Won | 16 | 35% |   
Drew |
9 | 20% |  
Lost |
21 | 45% |

Unbeaten | 25 | 55% |


Goals Scored | 77 | 1.67 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 97 | 2.11 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 6 | 13% |

 

Average Home Attendance | 29,301 |

Longest winning run | 2 Games |

League winning run | 2 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 6 Games |
Longest losing run | 3 Games |

Games without a win | 5 Games |

 1957-58 Transfers

1 July 1957 - 30 June 1958


Incoming | 6 |

#482 Brian Handley | Goole Town | Free | Sep 57 | 21 |
#464
Gerry Hitchens | Cardiff City | £22,500 | 20 Dec 57 | 23 |
#465
Les Jones | Luton Town | Free | Jan 58 | 28 | 
#463
Wally Hazelden | Wigan Schoolboy Football | Free | Feb 58 (Professional Forms) | 17 |
#479
Harry Burrows | Wigan Boys | Free | 17 Mar 58 | 17 |
#480
Mike Tindall | South Birmingham Boys | Free | Apr 58 | 17 |

Outgoing | 9 |

#411 Keith Jones | Port Vale | £3,000 | Jul 57 | 29 | 
#442
Mike Pinner | Arsenal | Free | Oct 57 | 24 |

#438 Roy Chapman | Lincoln City | Free | Nov 57 | 24 |

#454 Roy Pritchard | Notts County | Free | Nov 57 | 33 |

#432 Derek Pace | Sheffield United | £12,000 | 26 Dec 57 | 26 |
#458
Stan Crowther | Manchester United | £18,000 | Feb 58 | 22 |
#440
Ken Roberts | Retired | Released | May 58 | 22 |
#461
Arthur Sabin | Died | 5 Mar 58 | 19 |
#462
Jackie Hinchliffe | Workington | Free | Jun 58 | 20 |

 

 1957-58 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 4 |

#462 Jackie Hinchliffe | Saturday, 5 October 1957 | Manchester United | Division One | 19 |

#463 Wally Hazelden | Saturday, 9 November 1957 | West Bromwich Albion | Division One | 16 |

#464 Gerry Hitchens | Saturday, 21 December 1957 | Birmingham City | Division One | 23 |

#465 Les Jones | Saturday, 1 February 1958 | Blackpool | Division One | 28 |

Final Appearances | 9 |

#462 Jackie Hinchliffe | Saturday, 12 October 1957 | Chelsea | Division One | 19 |

#454 Roy Pritchard | Saturday, 12 October 1957 | Chelsea | Division One | 32 |

#438 Roy Chapman | Saturday, 9 November 1957 | West Bromwich Albion | Division One | 23 |

#440 Ken Roberts | Saturday, 16 November 1957 | Tottenham Hotspur | Division One | 21 |

#461 Arthur Sabin | Saturday, 16 November 1957 | Tottenham Hotspur | Division One | 18 |

#432 Derek Pace | Saturday, 14 December 1957 | Manchester City | Division One | 25 |

#453 George Ashfield | Saturday, 18 January 1958 | Luton Town | Division One | 23 |

#458 Stan CrowtherSaturday, 8 February 1958 | Leicester City | Division One | 22 |

#465 Les Jones | Friday, 4 April 1958 | Bolton Wanderers | Division One | 28 |

 1957-58 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 25 | +1 |
Average Age | 25.7 | -0.2 |

Youngest Player(s) | 16 |

#463 Wally Hazelden | 13-Feb-1941 |

Oldest Player(s) | 33 |

#401 Johnny Dixon | 10-Dec-1923 | 

 1957-58 Scorers 

Goals Scored | 77 | League Goals | 73 | FA Cup Goals | 4 | 

| 17 |

#435 Peter McParland | Goals | 17 | League | 16 | FA Cup | 1 | 

| 11 |

#452 Jackie Sewell | Goals | 11 | League | 10 | FA Cup | 1 | 

#464 Gerry Hitchens | Goals | 11 | League | 10 | FA Cup | 1 | 

| 9 |

#426 Stan Lynn | Goals | 9 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 1 | 

| 5 |

#459 Billy Myerscough | Goals | 5 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 0 | 

| 4 |

#458 Stan Crowther | Goals | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | 

Own Goal | Goals | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | 

| 3 |

#432 Derek Pace | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | 

#463 Wally Hazelden | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | 

#447 Tommy Southren | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | 

| 2 |

#438 Roy Chapman | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | 

#401 Johnny Dixon | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | 

#455 Les Smith | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | 

| 1 |

#456 Jimmy Dugdale | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | 

 

 1957-58 Appearances 

| 45 |

#435 Peter McParlandAppearances | 45 | League | 42 | FA Cup | 3 | . Player Profile

#457 Nigel Sims | Appearances | 45 | League | 42 | FA Cup | 3 . Player Profile

| 44 |

#426 Stan Lynn | Appearances | 44 | League | 41 | FA Cup | 3 | . Player Profile

| 43 |

#451 Pat Saward | Appearances | 43 | League | 41 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 41 |

#456 Jimmy DugdaleAppearances | 41 | League | 39 | FA Cup | 2 . Player Profile

| 40 |

#452 Jackie Sewell | Appearances | 40 | League | 37 | FA Cup | 3 | . Player Profile

| 33 |

#430 Peter Aldis | Appearances | 33 | League | 31 | FA Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

#455 Les SmithAppearances | 33 | League | 30 | FA Cup | 3 . Player Profile

| 29 |

#458 Stan Crowther | Appearances | 29 | League | 27 | FA Cup | 2 . Player Profile

| 26 |

#443 Vic CroweAppearances | 26 | League | 23 | FA Cup | 3 | . Player Profile

| 25 |

#459 Billy Myerscough | Appearances | 25 | League | 23 | FA Cup | 2 . Player Profile

| 22 |

#464 Gerry HitchensAppearances | 22 | League | 20 | FA Cup | 2 . Player Profile

| 14 |

#401 Johnny Dixon | Appearances | 14 | League | 14 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 12 |

#432 Derek Pace | Appearances | 12 | League | 12 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 11 |

#447 Tommy Southren | Appearances | 11 | League | 11 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

#463 Wally HazeldenAppearances | 11 | League | 9 | FA Cup | 2 . Player Profile

| 9 |

#453 George Ashfield | Appearances | 9 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 1 . Player Profile

| 8 |

#438 Roy Chapman | Appearances | 8 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 5 |

#465 Les JonesAppearances | 5 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 0 . Player Profile

| 2 |

#440 Ken Roberts | Appearances | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

#446 Trevor Birch | Appearances | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

#462 Jackie HinchliffeAppearances | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 . Player Profile

| 1 |

#454 Roy Pritchard | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 . Player Profile

#460 Dennis Jackson | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 . Player Profile

#461 Arthur Sabin | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 . Player Profile

 1957-58 'Keepers 

#457 Nigel Sims | Appearances | 45 | Conceded | 96 | Ratio | 2.13 |

#461 Arthur Sabin | Appearances | 1 | Conceded | 1 | Ratio | 1.00 |

 1957-58 Managerial Record 

Eric Houghton fifth season saw a lowly 14th placed finish.

Houghton’s Villa had now achieved a win rate of 36%, losing 37% of their 230 League and FA Cup matches under his leadership.

As a result Houghton had returned 1.35 points per game* across his 230 games in charge of Villa. Despite his FA Cup win in 1957 Houghton placed ahead of only Villa’s first professional manager Jimmy McMullan (1.24 in 99). Houghton was behind the performances of his predecessors George Martin (1.42 in 119), Alex Massie (1.56 in 227) Jimmy Hogan (1.59 in 124) as well as George Ramsay’s performance of 1.69 across his 1,332 games and Billy Smith’s 1.62 across 364 games. 

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

 1957-58 Kits 

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​ 1957-58 Season Results 

Game #2487
Matchday #1

League Matchweek #1

Manager Game #185

Saturday, 24 August 1957

Football League | Division One | Away | Birmingham City | St Andrew’s | 50,780 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-3 |

Last 5 Games | WLLWL |


Scorers | Peter McParland | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

OR Les Smith |

F Peter McParland | GOAL |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Billy Myerscough |

IF Jackie Sewell |

Game #2488
Matchday #2

League Matchweek #2

Manager Game #186

Monday, 26 August 1957

Football League | Division One | Home | Leeds United | Villa Park | 25,693 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 2-0 |

Last 5 Games | LLWLW |


Scorers | Peter McParland | 1 | Jackie Sewell | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

OR Les Smith |

F Peter McParland | GOAL |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Billy Myerscough |

IF Jackie Sewell | GOAL |

 

 

Game #2489
Matchday #3

League Matchweek #3

Manager Game #187

Saturday, 31 August 1957

Football League | Division One | Home | Everton | Villa Park | 37,759 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-1 |

Last 5 Games | LWLWL |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

W Tommy Southren |

F Peter McParland |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Billy Myerscough |

IF Jackie Sewell |


 

Game #2490
Matchday #4

League Matchweek #4

Manager Game #188

Wednesday, 4 September 1957

Football League | Division One | Away | Leeds United | Elland Road | 22,685 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-4 |

Last 5 Games | WLWLL |

 

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

W Tommy Southren |

F Peter McParland |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Billy Myerscough |

IF Jackie Sewell |

Game #2491
Matchday #5

League Matchweek #5

Manager Game #189

Saturday, 7 September 1957

Football League | Division One | Away | Sunderland | Roker Park | 43,901 |

 

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | LWLLD |


Scorers | Roy Chapman | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

OR Les Smith |

F Peter McParland |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Roy Chapman | GOAL |

IF Jackie Sewell |

Game #2492
Matchday #6

League Matchweek #6

Manager Game #190

Saturday, 14 September 1957

Football League | Division One | Home | Luton Town | Villa Park | 28,962 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 2-0 |

Last 5 Games | WLLDW |


Scorers | Johnny Dixon | 1 | Peter McParland | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

OR Les Smith |

F Peter McParland | GOAL |

IF Johnny Dixon | GOAL |

IF Roy Chapman |

IF Jackie Sewell |

Game #2493
Matchday #7

League Matchweek #7

Manager Game #191
Monday, 16 September 1957

Football League | Division One | Away | Wolverhampton Wanderers | Molineux | 26,033 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-2 |

Last 5 Games | LLDWL |


Scorers | Peter McParland | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Pat Saward |

WH Trevor Birch |

F Peter McParland | GOAL |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Roy Chapman |

IF Jackie Sewell |

IF Billy Myerscough |

Game #2494

Matchday #8

League Matchweek #8

Manager Game #192

Saturday, 21 September 1957

Football League | Division One | Away | Blackpool | Bloomfield Road | 31,079 |

 

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | LDWLD |


Scorers | Peter McParland | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Stan Lynn |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

F Peter McParland | GOAL |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Roy Chapman |

IF Jackie Sewell |

IF Billy Myerscough |

Game #2495
Matchday #9

League Matchweek #9

Manager Game #193

Thursday, 23 September 1937

Football League | Division One | Home | Wolverhampton Wanderers | Villa Park | 20,904 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 2-3 |

Last 5 Games | DWLDL |


Scorers | Roy Chapman | 1 | Own Goal | 1 |  

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Peter Aldis |

FB Dennis Jackson |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Vic Crowe |

WH Pat Saward |

F Peter McParland |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Roy Chapman | GOAL |

IF Jackie Sewell |

IF Billy Myerscough |

 

Game #2496

Matchday #10

League Matchweek #10

Manager Game #194

Saturday, 28 September 1957

Football League | Division One | Home | Leicester City | Villa Park | 31,691 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 5-1 |

Last 5 Games | WLDLW |


Scorers | Peter McParland | 1 | Stan Lynn | 1 (pen) | Jackie Sewell | 2 | Tommy Southren | 1 |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Stan Lynn | GOAL |

FB Peter Aldis |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Pat Saward |

W Tommy Southren | GOAL |

F Peter McParland | GOAL |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Jackie Sewell | GOAL | GOAL |

CF Derek Pace |

Game #2497
Matchday #11

League Matchweek #11

Manager Game #195

Wednesday, 2 October 1957

Football League | Division One | Away | Arsenal | Highbury | 18,482 |

Manager | Eric Houghton |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-4 |

Last 5 Games | LDLWL |

Line Up |

GK Nigel Sims |

FB Stan Lynn |

FB Peter Aldis |

CH Jimmy Dugdale |

WH Stan Crowther |

WH Vic Crowe |

W Tommy Southren |

F Peter McParland |

IF Johnny Dixon |

IF Jackie Sewell |

CF Derek Pace |

Game #2498
Matchday #12

League Matchweek #12

Manager Game #196

Saturday, 5 October 1957

Football League | Division One | Away | Manchester United | Old Trafford | 43,332 |