Season #75

| 1963-64 |

Games #2789 - #2834 |

1963-64 Club Summary

Chairman | Christopher Buckley |

Secretary | Fred Archer |

Manager | Joe Mercer |

 1963-64 Season Summary 


Manager | Joe Mercer |
Games | #2789 - #2834 |

Captain(s) | #443 Vic Crowe | #478 Alan Deakin | #492 Charlie Aitken |
Top Scorer | 19 | #504 Tony Hateley | 17 League | 1 FA Cup | 1 League Cup | Goal |

Most Appearances | 44 | #489 John Sleeuwenhoek | 40 League | 2 FA Cup | 2 League Cup | Appearance |
Final League Position | 19th Football League Division One |
FA Cup Progress | 3rd Round |

League Cup Progress | 3rd Round |
Biggest Win | 4-0 vs. Blackpool (a) | Manchester United (h) |
Highest Home Attendance | 39,041 vs. Stoke City |

 

 1963-64 Division One Table 

 

| 17 | Stoke City | P42 | W14 | D10 | L18 | F77 | A78 | GR 0.99 | Pts 38 |
| 18 | Blackpool | P42 | W13 | D9 | L20 | F52 | A73 | GR 0.71 | Pts 35 |

| 19 | Aston Villa | P42 | W11 | D12 | L19 | F62 | A71 | GR 0.87 | Pts 34 |
| 20 | Birmingham City | P42 | W11 | D7 | L24 | F54 | A92 | GR 0.59 | Pts 29 |
| 21 | Bolton Wanderers | P42 | W10 | D9 | L24 | F48 | A80 | GR 0.60 | Pts 28 |

 1963-64 Results 

| 1 | 24 Aug | a | Nottingham Forest | W | 1-0 | 

| 2 | 26 Aug | h | Stoke City | L | 1-3 | 

| 3 | 31 Aug | h | Blackburn Rovers | L | 1-2 | 

| 4 | 4 Sep | a | Stoke City | D | 2-2 | 

| 5 | 7 Sep | a | Blackpool | 4-0 |

| 6 | 10 Sep | a | Arsenal | L | 0-3 |

| 7 | 14 Sep | h | Chelsea | 2-0 |

| 8 | 16 Sep | h | Tottenham Hotspur | L | 2-4 |

| 9 | 21 Sep | a | West Ham United | 1-0 |

| 10 | 25 Sep | h | Barnsley (LC R2) | 3-1 |

| 11 | 28 Sep | h | Sheffield United | L | 0-1 |

| 12 | 5 Oct | a | Liverpool | L | 2-5 |

| 13 | 7 Oct | h | Everton | L | 0-1 |

| 14 | 12 Oct | a | West Bromwich Albion | L | 3-4 |

| 15 | 16 Oct | h | West Ham United (LC R3) | L | 0-2 |

| 16 | 19 Oct | h | Arsenal | 2-1 |

| 17 | 26 Oct | a | Sheffield Wednesday | L | 0-1 |

| 18 | 2 Nov | h | Bolton Wanderers | 3-0 |

| 19 | 9 Nov | a | Fulham | L | 0-2 |

| 20 | 16 Nov | h | Manchester United | 4-0 |

| 21 | 23 Nov | a | Burnley | L | 0-2 |

| 22 | 30 Nov | h | Ipswich Town | D | 0-0 |

| 23 | 7 Dec | a | Leicester City | D | 0-0 |

| 24 | 14 Dec | h | Nottingham Forest | 3-0 |

| 25 | 21 Dec | a | Blackburn Rovers | L | 0-2 |

| 26 | 26 Dec | a | Wolverhampton Wanderers | D | 3-3 |

| 27 | 28 Dec | h | Wolverhampton Wanderers | D | 2-2 |

| 28 | 4 Jan | h | Aldershot (FAC R3) | D | 0-0 |

| 29 | 8 Jan | a | Aldershot (FAC R3 Replay) | L | 1-2 |

| 30 | 11 Jan | h | Blackpool | 3-1 |

| 31 | 18 Jan | a | Chelsea | L | 0-1 |

| 32 | 25 Jan | a | Tottenham Hotspur | L | 1-3 |

| 33 | 1 Feb | h | West Ham United | D | 2-2 |

| 34 | 8 Feb | a | Sheffield United | D | 1-1 |

| 35 | 19 Feb | h | Liverpool | D | 2-2 |

| 36 | 22 Feb | h | West Bromwich Albion | 1-0 |

| 37 | 28 Feb | a | Everton | L | 2-4 |

| 38 | 7 Mar | h | Sheffield Wednesday | D | 2-2 |

| 39 | 21 Mar | h | Fulham | D | 2-2 |

| 40 | 28 Mar | a | Bolton Wanderers | D | 1-1 |

| 41 | 30 Mar | h | Birmingham City | L | 0-3 |

| 42 | 31 Mar | a | Birmingham City | D | 3-3 |

| 43 | 4 Apr | h | Burnley | 2-0 |

| 44 | 6 Apr | a | Manchester United | L | 0-1 |

| 45 | 11 Apr | a | Ipswich Town | L | 3-4 |

| 46 | 18 Apr | h | Leicester City | L | 1-3 |

 1963-64 Other Matches of Note 

Vic Crowe Testimonial | 11 Nov | h | London XI |

 

 1963-64 Season Review 

Things fall apart.

 

Joe Mercer's sixth and final season as manager saw Villa finish in 19th position in Division One.

In truth Villa never recovered from the the catastrophic run of April 1963. This latest season may not have thrown up an 11 game losing run but it delivered losses of such regularity that Villa could not get a foothold on any sort of form. What passed for positive periods were achieving a run of draws, that admittedly small consolation however was enough to keep Villa outside of the relegation zone.

What it was however was the end of Joe Mercer.

Following the season end Joe suffered a stroke and relinquished his role as Villa manager - some reports talk of resignation, others of Villa cruelly sacking Joe - regardless of the last 12 months of his career Joe will be remembered for his first 5 seasons with Villa when he was by some distance the most successful Villa manager of the modern era.

 1963-64 Season Statistics 


Games | 46 |

Won | 12 | 26% |   
Drew |
13 | 28% |  
Lost |
21 | 46% |

Unbeaten | 25 | 54% |


Goals Scored | 66 | 1.43 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 76 | 1.65 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 12 | 26% |

 

Average Home Attendance | 21,207 |

Longest winning run | 2 Games |

League winning run | 1 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 4 Games |
Longest losing run | 5 Games |

Games without a win | 6 Games |

 1963-64 Transfers

1 July 1963 - 30 June 1964


Incoming | 4 | 

#512 Bobby Park | Darlington Wool Firms FC | Free | Jul 63 | 17 | 
#505
Mick Wright | Ellesmere Port FC | Free | Sep 63 | 16 |
#506
Dave Pountney | Shrewsbury Town | £20,000 | Oct 63 | 23 |
#513
Dave Roberts | Lucas Eagle FC | Free | Dec 63 | 16 |

Outgoing | 3 | 

#493 Derek Dougan | Peterborough United | £21,000 | 31 Jul 63 | 25 |
#477
Bobby Thomson | Birmingham City | Free | Sep 63 | 26 |
#496
Ken Fencott | Lincoln City | Free | Jun 64 | 20 |

 1963-64 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 6 | 

#504 Tony Hateley | Saturday, 24 August 1963 | Nottingham Forest | Division One | 22 |

#505 Mick Wright | Saturday, 7 September 1963 | Blackpool | Division One | 16 |

#506 Dave Pountney | Saturday, 26 October 1963 | Sheffield Wednesday | Division One | 24 |

#507 Stan Horne | Saturday, 7 December 1963 | Leicester City | Division One | 18 |

#508 Bob Wilson | Saturday, 7 March 1964 | Sheffield Wednesday | Division One | 20 |

#509 Graham Parker | Saturday, 18 April 1964 | Leicester City | Division One | 17 |

Final Appearances | 9 | 

#477 Bobby Thomson | Tuesday, 10 September 1963 | Arsenal | Division One | 26 |

#443 Vic Crowe | Wednesday, 8 January 1964 | Aldershot | FA Cup | 31 |

#457 Nigel Sims | Saturday, 18 January 1964 | Chelsea | Division One | 32 |

#499 Cammie Fraser | Monday, 6 April 1964 | Manchester United | Division One | 22 |

#496 Ken Fencott Saturday, 11 April 1964 | Ipswich Town | Division One | 20 |

#497 Tommy Ewing | Saturday, 11 April 1964 | Ipswich Town | Division One | 26 |

#507 Stan Horne | Saturday, 18 April 1964 | Leicester City | Division One | 19 |

#508 Bob Wilson | Saturday, 18 April 1964 | Leicester City | Division One | 20 |

#503 George Graham | Saturday, 18 April 1964 | Leicester City | Division One | 19 |

 1963-64 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 26 | +2 |
Average Age | 23.5 | -0.5 |

Youngest Player(s) | 16 |

#505 Mick Wright | 25-Sep-1946

Oldest Player(s) | 34 |

#475 Jimmy MacEwan | 22-Mar-1929

 1963-64 Scorers 

Goals Scored | 66 | League Goals | 62 | FA Cup Goals | 1 | League Cup Goals | 3 | 

| 19 |

#504 Tony Hateley | Goals | 19 | League | 17 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 1 | 

| 17 |

#479 Harry Burrows | Goals | 17 | League | 16 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 |

| 4 |

#500 Phil Woosnam | Goals | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

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

| 3 |

#480 Mike Tindall | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

#506 Dave Pountney | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

#471 Ron Wylie | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

#478 Alan Deakin | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

| 2 |

#475 Jimmy MacEwan | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

#490 Alan Baker | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 |

#502 Lew Chatterley | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

| 1 |

#497 Tommy Ewing | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

#443 Vic Crowe | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

#503 George Graham | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

#492 Charlie Aitken | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 

 1963-64 Appearances 

| 44 |

#489 John Sleeuwenhoek | Appearances | 44 | League | 40 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 43 |

#479 Harry Burrows | Appearances | 43 | League | 40 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 39 |

#478 Alan Deakin | Appearances | 39 | League | 36 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

#504 Tony Hateley | Appearances | 39 | League | 35 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 37 |

#492 Charlie Aitken | Appearances | 37 | League | 34 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 35 |

#505 Mick Wright | Appearances | 35 | League | 31 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 30 |

#475 Jimmy MacEwan | Appearances | 30 | League | 27 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 29 |

#457 Nigel Sims | Appearances | 29 | League | 25 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 25 |

#500 Phil Woosnam | Appearances | 25 | League | 23 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

#443 Vic Crowe | Appearances | 25 | League | 21 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 2 | . Player Profile

| 21 |

#471 Ron Wylie | Appearances | 21 | League | 20 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 20 |

#480 Mike Tindall | Appearances | 20 | League | 18 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 19 |

#506 Dave Pountney | Appearances | 19 | League | 18 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 17 |

#497 Tommy Ewing | Appearances | 17 | League | 14 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 14 |

#466 Gordon Lee | Appearances | 14 | League | 13 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | . Player Profile

| 11 |

#499 Cammie Fraser | Appearances | 11 | League | 11 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 9 |

#508 Bob Wilson | Appearances | 9 | League | 9 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 8 |

#486 Geoff Sidebottom | Appearances | 8 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 6 |

#503 George Graham | Appearances | 6 | League | 6 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

#507 Stan Horne | Appearances | 6 | League | 6 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 5 |

#477 Bobby Thomson | Appearances | 5 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

 

 

 

| 4 |

#502 Lew Chatterley | Appearances | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 2 |

#496 Ken Fencott | Appearances | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 1 |

#509 Graham Parker | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

| 0 |

#501 John Gavan Appearances | 0 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | . Player Profile

 1963-64 'Keepers 

#457 Nigel Sims | Appearances | 29 | Conceded | 43 | Ratio | 1.48 |

#486 Geoff Sidebottom | Appearances | 8 | Conceded | 14 | Ratio | 1.75 |

#508 Bob Wilson | Appearances | 9 | Conceded | 19 | Ratio | 2.11 |

 

 1963-64 Managerial Record 

Joe Mercer's sixth and final season as Villa manager saw the team fall to a 19th placed finish.

Mercer’s Villa had achieved a win rate of 43%, losing 35% of their 282 League and FA Cup matches under his leadership.

As a result Mercer had returned 1.51 points per game* across his 282 games in charge of Villa. Joe Mercer was ahead of Villa’s first professional manager Jimmy McMullan (1.24 in 99). as well as his predecessors Eric Houghton (1.31 in 250) and George Martin (1.42 in 119), however Mercer was behind Alex Massie (1.56 in 227) Jimmy Hogan (1.59 in 124) as well as Billy Smith’s 1.62 across 364 games and George Ramsay’s performance of 1.69 across his 1,332 games.

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

 1963-64 Kits 

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1963-64 Season Results 

Game #2789
Matchday #1

League Matchweek #1

Manager Game #237

Saturday, 24 August 1963

Football League | Division One | Away | Nottingham Forest | City Ground | 28,687 |

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 1-0 |

Last 5 Games | WDLDW |


Scorers | Tony Hateley | 1 |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

FB Cammie Fraser |

FB Gordon Lee |

LB Charlie Aitken |

WH Alan Deakin |

OL Harry Burrows |

IF Bobby Thomson |

IF Alan Baker |

IF Phil Woosnam |

CF Tony Hateley | DEBUT | GOAL |

On this day 24 August 1963
Centre forward Tony Hateley made a goalscoring Villa debut after moving from Notts County earlier this month.

Game #2790
Matchday #2

League Matchweek #2

Manager Game #238

Monday, 26 August 1963

Football League | Division One | Home | Stoke City | Villa Park | 39,041 |

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-3 |

Last 5 Games | DLDWL |


Scorers | Tony Hateley | 1 |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

FB Cammie Fraser |

FB Gordon Lee |

LB Charlie Aitken |

WH Alan Deakin |

OL Harry Burrows |

IF Bobby Thomson |

IF Alan Baker |

IF Phil Woosnam |

CF Tony Hateley | GOAL |

Game #2791
Matchday #3

League Matchweek #3

Manager Game #239

Saturday, 31 August 1963

Football League | Division One | Home | Blackburn Rovers | Villa Park | 21,522 |

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-2 |

Last 5 Games | LDWLL |


Scorers | Own Goal | 1 |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

FB Cammie Fraser |

FB Gordon Lee |

WH Vic Crowe |

WH Alan Deakin |

OL Harry Burrows |

IF Alan Baker |

IF Phil Woosnam |

IF Ron Wylie |

CF Tony Hateley |


 

Game #2792
Matchday #4

League Matchweek #4

Manager Game #240

Wednesday, 4 September 1963

Football League | Division One | Away | Stoke City | Victoria Ground | 36,649 |

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 2-2 |
Last 5 Games | DWLLD |


Scorers | Tony Hateley | 1 | Harry Burrows | 1 |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

FB Cammie Fraser |

FB Gordon Lee |

WH Vic Crowe |

WH Alan Deakin |

OL Harry Burrows | GOAL |

IF Bobby Thomson |

IF Alan Baker |

IF Phil Woosnam |

CF Tony Hateley | GOAL |

 

 

Game #2793
Matchday #5

League Matchweek #5

Manager Game #241

Saturday, 7 September 1963

Football League | Division One | Away | Blackpool | Bloomfield Road | 16,885 |

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 4-0 |

Last 5 Games | WLLDW |


Scorers | Harry Burrows | 3 | Alan Deakin | 1 |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

RB Mick Wright | DEBUT |

FB Gordon Lee |

WH Vic Crowe |

WH Alan Deakin | GOAL |

OL Harry Burrows | GOAL | GOAL | GOAL |

IF Bobby Thomson |

IF Alan Baker |

IF Phil Woosnam |

CF Tony Hateley |

On this day 7 September 1963

Right back Mick Wright made his Villa debut after moving from Ellesmere Port in July 1962.

 

Game #2794
Matchday #6

League Matchweek #6

Manager Game #242

Tuesday, 10 September 1963

Football League | Division One | Away | Arsenal | Highbury | 29,189 |

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-3 |

Last 5 Games | LLDWL |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

RB Mick Wright |

FB Gordon Lee |

WH Vic Crowe |

WH Alan Deakin |

OL Harry Burrows |

IF Bobby Thomson | FINAL |

IF Alan Baker |

IF Phil Woosnam |

CF Tony Hateley |

On this day 10 September 1963
Inside forward Bobby Thomson made his last appearance for Villa before moving on to Birmingham City later this month. Bobby played for Villa between 1959-60 and 1963-64 making 172 appearances and scoring 70 goals.

Game #2795
Matchday #7

League Matchweek #7

Manager Game #243
Saturday, 14 September 1963

Football League | Division One | Home | Chelsea | Villa Park | 23,720 |

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 2-0 |

Last 5 Games | LDWLW |


Scorers | Tony Hateley | 1 | Jimmy MacEwan | 1 |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

RB Mick Wright |

FB Gordon Lee |

WH Vic Crowe |

WH Alan Deakin |

OL Harry Burrows |

OR Jimmy MacEwan | GOAL |

IF Alan Baker |

IF Phil Woosnam |

CF Tony Hateley | GOAL |

Game #2796

Matchday #8

League Matchweek #8

Manager Game #244

Monday, 16 September 1963

Football League | Division One | Home | Tottenham Hotspur | Villa Park | 36,170 |

 

Manager | Joe Mercer |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 2-4 |

Last 5 Games | DWLWL |


Scorers | Alan Baker | 1 | Own Goal | 1 |

Line Up |
GK Nigel Sims |

CH John Sleeuwenhoek |

RB Mick Wright |

FB Gordon Lee |

WH Vic Crowe |

WH Alan Deakin |

OL Harry Burrows |

OR Jimmy MacEwan |

IF Alan Baker | GOAL |

IF Phil Woosnam |

CF Tony Hateley |

Game #2797
Matchday #9