Season 89 | 1977-78

1977-78 Aston Villa Squad.jpg

Season Summary

League
Position
FA Cup Progress
League Cup Progress
Biggest Win
Division One
8th
3rd Round
4th Round
6-1 vs. Ipswich Town (h), Division One

Manager Summary

P: Games Played; W: Games Won; D: Games Drawn; L: Games Lost; PPG: Points per Game (3 Points for a win, 1 Point for a draw); CS%: Clean Sheet percentage; W%: Win Rate; L%: Loss Rate; U: Games Unbeaten; U% Unbeaten Rate.

Manager
From
To
P
W
D
L
U
W%
L%
U%
CS%
PPG
Ron Saunders
Saturday, 20 August 1977
Ongoing
54
24
13
17
37
44%
31%
69%
35%
1.57
Chairman
Club Secretary
Harry Kartz
Alan Bennett

Season Statistics

Pos: Final League Position; P: Games Played; W: Games Won; D: Games Drawn; L: Games Lost; F: Goals Scored; A: Goals Conceded; Pts: Final League Points; GD: Goal Difference (A-F); PPG: Points per Game (3 Points for a win, 1 Point for a draw); GR: Goal Ratio (F/A); GPG: Goals Scored per Game; CPG: Goals Conceded per Game; CS: Clean Sheets; CS%: Clean Sheet percentage; W%: Win Rate; L%: Loss Rate; U: Games Unbeaten; U% Unbeaten Rate.

Results - All Competitions

P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PPG
GR
GPG
CPG
CS
CS%
W%
L%
U
U%
1977-78
54
24
13
17
79
57
22
1.1
1.38
1.46
1.06
19
35%
44%
31%
37
69%

Results - League

Pos
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
GD
GPG
CPG
GR
CS
CS%
W%
L%
U%
1977-78
8th
42
18
10
14
57
42
46
15
1.36
1
1.36
14
33%
44%
33%
67%

Runs

Season
Wins in a Row
League Wins in a Row
Games Unbeaten
Games without a Win
Losing Run
1977-78
5
5
9
5
2

 

 League Table

Pos
Club
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
1
Nottingham Forest
42
25
14
3
69
24
45
64
2
Liverpool
42
24
9
9
65
34
31
57
3
Everton
42
22
11
9
76
45
31
55
4
Manchester City
42
20
12
10
74
51
23
52
5
Arsenal
42
21
10
11
60
37
23
52
6
West Bromwich Albion
42
18
14
10
62
53
9
50
7
Coventry City
42
18
12
12
75
62
13
48
8
Aston Villa
42
18
10
14
57
42
15
46
9
Leeds United
42
18
10
14
63
53
10
46
10
Manchester United
42
16
10
16
67
63
4
42
11
Birmingham City
42
16
9
17
55
60
-5
41
12
Derby County
42
14
13
15
54
59
-5
41
13
Norwich City
42
11
18
13
52
66
-14
40
14
Middlesbrough
42
12
15
15
42
54
-12
39
15
Wolverhampton Wanderers
42
12
12
18
51
64
-13
36
16
Chelsea
42
11
14
17
46
69
-23
36
17
Bristol City
42
11
13
18
49
53
-4
35
18
Ipswich Town
42
11
13
18
47
61
-14
35
19
Queens Park Rangers
42
9
15
18
47
64
-17
33
20
West Ham United
42
12
8
22
52
69
-17
32
21
Newcastle United
42
6
10
26
42
78
-36
22
22
Leicester City
42
5
12
25
26
70
-44
22

Matches

Select a row for detailed match reports

Competition
Date
Home
Away
W
D
L
Division One
Saturday, 20 August 1977
Queens Park Rangers
1-2
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Wednesday, 24 August 1977
Aston Villa
1-4
Manchester City
L
Division One
Saturday, 27 August 1977
Aston Villa
1-2
Everton
L
League Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday, 31 August 1977
Exeter City
1-3
Aston Villa (Holders)
W
Division One
Saturday, 3 September 1977
Bristol City
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 10 September 1977
Aston Villa
1-0
Arsenal
W
UEFA Cup 1st Round
Wednesday, 14 September 1977
Aston Villa
4-0
Fenerbahçe S.K.
W
Division One
Saturday, 17 September 1977
Nottingham Forest
2-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Friday, 23 September 1977
Aston Villa
2-0
Wolves
W
UEFA Cup 1st Round
Wednesday, 28 September 1977
Fenerbahçe S.K.
0-2
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 1 October 1977
Aston Villa
0-1
Birmingham City
L
Division One
Wednesday, 5 October 1977
Leeds United
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 8 October 1977
Leicester City
0-2
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 15 October 1977
Aston Villa
3-0
Norwich City
W
UEFA Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday, 19 October 1977
Aston Villa
2-0
Górnik Zabrze
W
Division One
Saturday, 22 October 1977
West Ham United
2-2
Aston Villa
D
League Cup 3rd Round
Wednesday, 26 October 1977
Aston Villa (Holders)
1-0
Queens Park Rangers
W
Division One
Saturday, 29 October 1977
Aston Villa
2-1
Manchester United
W
UEFA Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday, 2 November 1977
Górnik Zabrze
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 5 November 1977
Liverpool
1-2
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 12 November 1977
Aston Villa
0-1
Middlesbrough
L
Division One
Saturday, 19 November 1977
Chelsea
0-0
Aston Villa
D
UEFA Cup 3rd Round
Wednesday, 23 November 1977
Aston Villa
2-0
Athletic Bilbao
W
League Cup 4th Round
Tuesday, 29 November 1977
Nottingham Forest
4-2
Aston Villa (Holders)
L
Division One
Saturday, 3 December 1977
Ipswich Town
2-0
Aston Villa
L
UEFA Cup 3rd Round
Wednesday, 7 December 1977
Athletic Bilbao
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 10 December 1977
Aston Villa
3-0
West Brom
W
Division One
Saturday, 17 December 1977
Middlesbrough
1-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Monday, 26 December 1977
Aston Villa
1-1
Coventry City
D
Division One
Tuesday, 27 December 1977
Derby County
0-3
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 31 December 1977
Manchester City
2-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Monday, 2 January 1978
Aston Villa
1-1
Queens Park Rangers
D
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday, 7 January 1978
Everton
4-1
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Saturday, 14 January 1978
Everton
1-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Saturday, 28 January 1978
Aston Villa
1-0
Bristol City
W
Division One
Saturday, 4 February 1978
Arsenal
0-1
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 25 February 1978
Birmingham City
1-0
Aston Villa
L
UEFA Cup Quarter Final
Wednesday, 1 March 1978
Aston Villa
2-2
FC Barcelona
D
Division One
Saturday, 4 March 1978
Aston Villa
0-0
Leicester City
D
Division One
Saturday, 11 March 1978
Norwich City
2-1
Aston Villa
L
UEFA Cup Quarter Final
Wednesday, 15 March 1978
FC Barcelona
2-1
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Saturday, 18 March 1978
Aston Villa
4-1
West Ham United
W
Division One
Tuesday, 21 March 1978
Coventry City
2-3
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 25 March 1978
Aston Villa
0-0
Derby County
D
Division One
Wednesday, 29 March 1978
Manchester United
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 1 April 1978
Aston Villa
0-3
Liverpool
L
Division One
Wednesday, 5 April 1978
Aston Villa
0-1
Nottingham Forest
L
Division One
Saturday, 8 April 1978
Newcastle United
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 15 April 1978
Aston Villa
2-0
Chelsea
W
Division One
Monday, 17 April 1978
Aston Villa
2-0
Newcastle United
W
Division One
Saturday, 22 April 1978
West Brom
0-3
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Wednesday, 26 April 1978
Aston Villa
3-1
Leeds United
W
Division One
Saturday, 29 April 1978
Aston Villa
6-1
Ipswich Town
W
Division One
Tuesday, 2 May 1978
Aston Villa
3-1
Wolves
L

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Transfers In

1 July - 30 June 

Player
Position
On
From
For
Adrian O'Dowd
Forward
Unknown
Youth Team
Free
Ken McNaught
Centre Back
Monday, 1 August 1977
Everton
£200,000
Jimmy Rimmer
Goalkeeper
Monday, 1 August 1977
Arsenal
£70,000
Ivor Linton
Midfielder
Thursday, 1 September 1977
South Staffordshire Boys
Free
Tommy Craig
Midfielder
Sunday, 1 January 1978
Newcastle United
£270,000
Colin J Gibson
Midfielder
Saturday, 1 April 1978
Portsmouth
Free
Gary Williams
Right Back
Thursday, 1 June 1978
Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire District Boys
Free

Transfers Out

1 July - 30 June 

Player
Position
On
To
For
Charlie Aitken
Left Back
December 1977
New York Cosmos
Free
Charlie Young
Centre Back
Thursday, 9 March 1978
Gillingham
£30,000
John Burridge
Goalkeeper
Thursday, 9 March 1978
Crystal Palace
£65,000
Mick Buttress
Full Back
Thursday, 9 March 1978
Gillingham
Free
Jake Findlay
Goalkeeper
Friday, 30 June 1978
Luton Town
£100,000
John Robson
Full Back
Friday, 30 June 1978
Retired
Released

Debut Appearances

Player
Number
Against
On
Jimmy Rimmer
Player #593
Queens Park Rangers (a), Division One
Saturday, 20 August 1977
Ken McNaught
Player #594
Queens Park Rangers (a), Division One
Saturday, 20 August 1977
John Gregory
Player #595
Queens Park Rangers (a), Division One
Saturday, 20 August 1977
Tommy Craig
Player #596
Bristol City (h), Division One
Saturday, 28 January 1978
David Evans
Player #597
Barcelona (h), UEFA Cup
Wednesday, 1 March 1978
Allan Evans
Player #598
Barcelona (h), UEFA Cup
Wednesday, 1 March 1978

Final Appearances

Player
Number
Against
On
John Robson
Player #566
Nottingham Forest (a), Division One
Saturday, 17 September 1977
Jake Findlay
Player #571
Górnik Zabrze (h), UEFA Cup
Wednesday, 19 October 1977
Mick Buttress
Player #590
Everton (a), Division One
Saturday, 14 January 1978

Squad Statistics

Squad Size
Average 1st XI Age
Youngest 1st XI
Oldest 1st XI
21
24.72
23.26 | Everton (a), Division One
25.39 | West Bromwich Albion (h), Division One
Youngest Starter
Youngest Substitute
Gordon Cowans | 18.90 | Saturday, 17 September 1977
Ivor Linton | 17.87 | Wednesday, 28 September 1977
Oldest Starter
Oldest Substitute
Jimmy Rimmer | 30.24 | Tuesday, 2 May 1978
John Gregory | 23.99 | Tuesday, 2 May 1978

First Team Squad

Player
Number
Villa Career
Charlie Aitken
Player #492
1961-77 Aston Villa, Free, 656 (4) | 14 |
Brian Little
Player #559
1971-80 Aston Villa, Free, 296 (7) | 80 |
John Gidman
Player #564
1972-79 Aston Villa, Free, 246 (1) | 8 |
John Robson
Player #566
1972-78 Aston Villa, Free, 172 (3) | 1 |
Jake Findlay
Player #571
1974-78 Aston Villa, Free, 17 (1) | 0 |
Frank Carrodus
Player #573
1974-79 Aston Villa, £95k, 197 (0) | 10 |
Leighton Phillips
Player #576
1974-79 Aston Villa, £100k, 168 (7) | 4 |
John Burridge
Player #581
1975-77 Aston Villa, £100k, 80 (0) | 0 |
Andy Gray
Player #582
1975-79 Aston Villa, £110k, 1985-87 Aston Villa, £150k, 205 (4) | 78 |
John Deehan
Player #583
1975-79 Aston Villa, Free, 135 (5) | 50 |
Dennis Mortimer
Player #584
1975-84 Aston Villa, £175k, 399 (1) | 36 |
Gordon Cowans
Player #586
1976-85 Aston Villa, Free, 356 (52) | 1988-91 Aston Villa, £250k, 145 (7) | 1993-94 Aston Villa, Free , 17 (0) |
Gordon Smith
Player #587
1976-79 Aston Villa, £80k, 72 (14) | 0 |
Alex Cropley
Player #588
1976-82 Aston Villa, £125k, 82 (2) | 7 |
Charlie Young
Player #589
1976-78 Aston Villa, Free, 10 (1) | 0 |
Mick Buttress
Player #590
1976-78 Aston Villa, Free, 1 (2) | 0 |
Ivor Linton
Player #592
1977-81 Aston Villa, Free, 17 (13) | 0 |
Jimmy Rimmer
Player #593
1977-82 Aston Villa, £70k, 276 (0) | 0 |
Ken McNaught
Player #594
1977-83 Aston Villa, £200k, 259 (0) | 13 |
John Gregory
Player #595
1977-79 Aston Villa, £60k, 69 (7) | 11 |
Tommy Craig
Player #596
1978-79 Aston Villa, £270k, 32 (0) | 2 |
David Evans
Player #597
1977-79 Aston Villa, Free, 3 (0) | 0 |
Allan Evans
Player #598
1978-89 Aston Villa, £30k, 461 (8) | 61 |
Gary Shelton
Player #599
1978-82 Aston Villa, £60k, 26 (1) | 8 |
Gary Williams
Player #602
1977-87 Aston Villa, Free, 296 (5) | 2 |
Brendan Ormsby
Player #603
1977-85 Aston Villa, Free, 136 (4) | 8 |
Adrian O'Dowd
Unused Substitute
1977-80 Aston Villa, Free, 0 (0) | 0 |

Appearances

Player
Total
League Starts
League Subs
FA Cup Starts
FA Cup Subs
EFL Cup Starts
EFL Cup Subs
GK Jimmy Rimmer
54
42
0
1
0
3
0
M Dennis Mortimer
54
42
0
1
0
3
0
W Frank Carrodus
52
40
0
1
0
3
0
CB Ken McNaught
52
40
0
1
0
3
0
F Brian Little
52
40
0
1
0
3
0
FB Gordon Smith
49
38
0
1
0
3
0
F John Deehan
48
35
2
0
1
3
0
M Leighton Phillips
47
35
0
1
0
3
0
RB John Gidman
44
34
0
1
0
2
0
M Gordon Cowans
43
30
5
1
0
0
2
CF Andy Gray
41
31
1
1
0
3
0
M John Gregory
32
21
5
1
0
1
0
M Alex Cropley
25
17
0
0
0
3
0
CB Allan Evans
10
9
0
0
0
0
0
M Tommy Craig
4
4
0
0
0
0
0
FB John Robson
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
M Ivor Linton
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
FB Mick Buttress
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
GK Jake Findlay
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
D David Evans
1
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

'Keepers

'Keeper
Appearances
Conceded
Ratio
Clean Sheets
Clean Sheet %
GK Jimmy Rimmer
54
57
1.06
19
35%
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