Season 90 | 1978-79

1978-79 Aston Villa Squad.jpg

Season Summary

League
Position
FA Cup Progress
League Cup Progress
Biggest Win
Division One
8th
3rd Round
4th Round
5-1 vs. Arsenal (h), Division One
Top Scorer
Most Appearances
Most Starts
9 | John Deehan
48 | Jimmy Rimmer
48 | Jimmy Rimmer

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, 19 August 1978
Ongoing
48
17
18
13
35
35%
27%
73%
27%
1.44
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%
1978-79
48
17
18
13
64
54
10
1.1
1.18
1.33
1.13
13
27%
35%
27%
35
73%

Results - League

Pos
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
GD
GPG
CPG
GR
CS
CS%
W%
L%
U%
1978-79
8th
42
15
16
11
59
49
46
10
1.4
1.17
1.2
10
24%
36%
26%
74%

Runs

Season
Wins in a Row
League Wins in a Row
Games Unbeaten
Games without a Win
Losing Run
1978-79
4
4
9
7
2

 

 League Table

Pos
Club
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
1
Liverpool
42
30
8
4
85
16
69
68
2
Nottingham Forest
42
21
18
3
61
26
35
60
3
West Bromwich Albion
42
24
11
7
72
35
37
59
4
Everton
42
17
17
8
52
40
12
51
5
Leeds United
42
18
14
10
70
52
18
50
6
Ipswich Town
42
20
9
13
63
49
14
49
7
Arsenal
42
17
14
11
61
48
13
48
8
Aston Villa
42
15
16
11
59
49
10
46
9
Manchester United
42
15
15
12
60
63
-3
45
10
Coventry City
42
14
16
12
58
68
-10
44
11
Tottenham Hotspur
42
13
15
14
48
61
-13
41
12
Middlesbrough
42
15
10
17
57
50
7
40
13
Bristol City
42
15
10
17
47
51
-4
40
14
Southampton
42
12
16
14
47
53
-6
40
15
Manchester City
42
13
13
16
58
56
2
39
16
Norwich City
42
7
23
12
51
57
-6
37
17
Bolton Wanderers
42
12
11
19
54
75
-21
35
18
Wolverhampton Wanderers
42
13
8
21
44
68
-24
34
19
Derby County
42
10
11
21
44
71
-27
31
20
Queens Park Rangers
42
6
13
23
45
73
-28
25
21
Birmingham City
42
6
10
26
37
64
-27
22
22
Chelsea
42
5
10
27
44
92
-48
20

Matches

Select a row for detailed match reports

Competition
Date
Home
Away
W
D
L
Division One
Saturday, 19 August 1978
Aston Villa
1-0
Wolves
W
Division One
Wednesday, 23 August 1978
Tottenham Hotspur
1-4
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 26 August 1978
Bristol City
1-0
Aston Villa
L
League Cup 2nd Round
Wednesday, 30 August 1978
Aston Villa
1-0
Sheffield Wednesday
W
Division One
Saturday, 2 September 1978
Aston Villa
1-1
Southampton
D
Division One
Saturday, 9 September 1978
Ipswich Town
0-2
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 16 September 1978
Aston Villa
1-1
Everton
D
Division One
Saturday, 23 September 1978
Queens Park Rangers
2-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Saturday, 30 September 1978
Aston Villa
1-2
Nottingham Forest
L
League Cup 3rd Round
Wednesday, 4 October 1978
Aston Villa
1-1
Crystal Palace
D
Division One
Saturday, 7 October 1978
Arsenal
1-1
Aston Villa
D
League Cup 3rd Round Replay
Tuesday, 10 October 1978
Crystal Palace
0-0
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 14 October 1978
Aston Villa
2-2
Manchester United
D
League Cup 3rd Round 2nd Replay
Monday, 16 October 1978
Aston Villa
3-0
Crystal Palace
W
Division One
Saturday, 21 October 1978
Birmingham City
0-1
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Friday, 27 October 1978
Aston Villa
0-2
Middlesbrough
L
Division One
Saturday, 4 November 1978
Aston Villa
1-1
Manchester City
D
League Cup 4th Round
Wednesday, 8 November 1978
Aston Villa
0-2
Luton Town
L
Division One
Saturday, 11 November 1978
Wolves
0-4
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 18 November 1978
Aston Villa
2-0
Bristol City
W
Division One
Tuesday, 21 November 1978
Southampton
2-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Saturday, 25 November 1978
West Brom
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 9 December 1978
Chelsea
0-1
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Saturday, 16 December 1978
Aston Villa
1-1
Norwich City
D
Division One
Saturday, 23 December 1978
Derby County
0-0
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Tuesday, 26 December 1978
Aston Villa
2-2
Leeds United
D
FA Cup 3rd Round
Wednesday, 10 January 1979
Nottingham Forest
2-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Wednesday, 31 January 1979
Everton
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 24 February 1979
Manchester United
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Saturday, 3 March 1979
Aston Villa
1-0
Birmingham City
W
Division One
Wednesday, 7 March 1979
Aston Villa
3-0
Bolton Wanderers
W
Division One
Saturday, 10 March 1979
Middlesbrough
2-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Tuesday, 20 March 1979
Aston Villa
3-1
Queens Park Rangers
W
Division One
Saturday, 24 March 1979
Aston Villa
2-3
Tottenham Hotspur
L
Division One
Wednesday, 28 March 1979
Aston Villa
1-1
Coventry City
D
Division One
Wednesday, 4 April 1979
Nottingham Forest
4-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Saturday, 7 April 1979
Coventry City
1-1
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Wednesday, 11 April 1979
Aston Villa
3-3
Derby County
D
Division One
Saturday, 14 April 1979
Leeds United
1-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Monday, 16 April 1979
Aston Villa
3-1
Liverpool
W
Division One
Saturday, 21 April 1979
Norwich City
1-2
Aston Villa
W
Division One
Wednesday, 25 April 1979
Aston Villa
5-1
Arsenal
W
Division One
Saturday, 28 April 1979
Aston Villa
2-1
Chelsea
W
Division One
Wednesday, 2 May 1979
Aston Villa
2-2
Ipswich Town
D
Division One
Saturday, 5 May 1979
Bolton Wanderers
0-0
Aston Villa
D
Division One
Tuesday, 8 May 1979
Liverpool
3-0
Aston Villa
L
Division One
Friday, 11 May 1979
Aston Villa
0-1
West Brom
L
Division One
Tuesday, 15 May 1979
Manchester City
2-3
Aston Villa
W

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Transfers In

1 July - 30 June 

Player
Position
On
From
For
Ian Hendry
Midfielder
Unknown
Eastercraigs
Free
Kevin Ready
Forward
Unknown
Yarmouth
£2,000
Gary Shelton
Midfielder
Sunday, 1 January 1978
Walsall
£60,000
Willie Young
Winger
Saturday, 1 July 1978
Arthurlie F.C.
£9,000
Brendan Ormsby
Centre Back
Sunday, 1 October 1978
Ladywood Comprehensive School
Free
Kenny Swain
Right Back
Friday, 1 December 1978
Chelsea
£100,000
Joe Ward
Forward
Friday, 1 December 1978
Clyde
£80,000
Gary Shaw
Forward
Monday, 1 January 1979
Warwickshire & District Schools
Free
Lee Jenkins
Midfielder
Monday, 1 January 1979
Dunlop Terriers
Free
Eamonn Deacy
Full Back
Thursday, 1 February 1979
Galway Rovers
Free
Tony Morley
Winger
Friday, 1 June 1979
Burnley
£220,000

Transfers Out

1 July - 30 June 

Player
Position
On
To
For
Leighton Phillips
Centre Back
Monday, 1 January 1979
Swansea City
£70,000
Gordon Smith
Full Back
Thursday, 8 February 1979
Tottenham Hotspur
£150,000
John Gregory
Midfielder
Saturday, 30 June 1979
Brighton & Hove Albion
£300,000
Tommy Craig
Midfielder
Saturday, 30 June 1979
Swansea City
£150,000
David Evans
Defender
Saturday, 30 June 1979
Halifax Town
£22,000

Debut Appearances

Player
Number
Against
On
Gary Shelton
Player #599
Wolverhampton Wanderers (h), Division One
Saturday, 19 August 1978
Gary Shaw
Player #600
Bristol City (a), Division One
Saturday, 26 August 1978
Lee Jenkins
Player #601
Ipswich Town (a), Division One
Saturday, 9 September 1978
Gary Williams
Player #602
Everton (h), Division One
Saturday, 16 September 1978
Brendan Ormsby
Player #603
Crystal Palace (a), League Cup
Tuesday, 10 October 1978
Willie Young
Player #604
Manchester United (h), Division One
Saturday, 14 October 1978
Colin J Gibson
Player #605
Bristol City (h), Division One
Saturday, 18 November 1978
Kenny Swain
Player #606
Norwich City (h), Division One
Saturday, 16 December 1978
Joe Ward
Player #607
Manchester United (a), Division One
Saturday, 24 February 1979

Final Appearances

Player
Number
Against
On
David Evans
Player #597
Queens Park Rangers (a), Division One
Saturday, 23 September 1978
Frank Carrodus
Player #573
Crystal Palace (n), League Cup
Monday, 16 October 1978
Willie Young
Player #604
Middlesbrough (h), Division One
Friday, 27 October 1978
Leighton Phillips
Player #576
Manchester City (h), Division One
Saturday, 4 November 1978
Gordon Smith
Player #587
Chelsea (a), Division One
Saturday, 9 December 1978
Tommy Craig
Player #596
Nottingham Forest (a), Division One
Wednesday, 4 April 1979
John Gregory
Player #595
Manchester City (a), Division One
Tuesday, 15 May 1979

Squad Statistics

Squad Size
Average 1st XI Age
Youngest 1st XI
Oldest 1st XI
26
24.49
22.89 | Bristol City (h), Division One
26.15 | Nottingham Forest (a), Division One
Youngest Starter
Youngest Substitute
Gary Shaw | 17.02 | Saturday, 25 November 1978
Gary Shaw | 16.77 | Saturday, 26 August 1978
Oldest Starter
Oldest Substitute
Jimmy Rimmer | 31.28 | Saturday, 4 November 1978
Leighton Phillips | 29.11 | Friday, 27 October 1978

First Team Squad

Player
Number
Villa Career
Brian Little
Player #559
1971-80 Aston Villa, Free, 296 (7) | 80 |
John Gidman
Player #564
1972-79 Aston Villa, Free, 246 (1) | 8 |
Frank Carrodus
Player #573
1974-79 Aston Villa, £95k, 197 (0) | 10 |
Leighton Phillips
Player #576
1974-79 Aston Villa, £100k, 168 (7) | 4 |
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 |
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 Shaw
Player #600
1978-88 Aston Villa, Free, 208 (79) |
Lee Jenkins
Player #601
1978-80 Aston Villa, Free, 0 (3) | 0 |
Gary Williams
Player #602
1977-87 Aston Villa, Free, 296 (5) | 2 |
Brendan Ormsby
Player #603
1977-85 Aston Villa, Free, 136 (4) | 8 |
Willie Young
Player #604
1978-82 Aston Villa, £9k, 3 (0) | 0 |
Colin J Gibson
Player #605
1978-85 Aston Villa, Free, 232 (5) | 17 |
Kenny Swain
Player #606
1978-82 Aston Villa, £100k, 178 (0) | 5 |
Joe Ward
Player #607
1979-80 Aston Villa, £80k, 2 (1) | 0 |
Adrian O'Dowd
Unused Substitute
1977-80 Aston Villa, Free, 0 (0) | 0 |
Ian Hendry
Unused Substitute
1978-80 Aston Villa, Free, 0 (0) | 0 |
Kevin Ready
Unused Substitute
1978-81 Aston Villa, £2k, 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
48
42
0
1
0
5
0
M Dennis Mortimer
44
38
0
1
0
5
0
M John Gregory
44
38
1
1
0
4
0
CB Allan Evans
41
35
1
1
0
4
0
RB John Gidman
41
37
0
1
0
3
0
CB Ken McNaught
38
32
0
1
0
5
0
M Gordon Cowans
37
34
0
1
0
1
1
F John Deehan
30
25
1
1
0
3
0
F Brian Little
28
24
0
0
0
4
0
M Tommy Craig
28
23
0
1
0
4
0
RB Gary Williams
28
21
2
1
0
4
0
RB Kenny Swain
25
24
0
1
0
0
0
M Gary Shelton
21
19
0
0
0
2
0
CF Andy Gray
19
15
0
0
0
4
0
M Alex Cropley
17
15
2
0
0
0
0
M Colin Gibson
12
11
1
0
0
0
0
W Frank Carrodus
10
6
0
0
0
4
0
FB Gordon Smith
8
6
1
0
0
1
0
M Ivor Linton
8
4
4
0
0
0
0
M Leighton Phillips
8
3
2
0
0
2
1
W Willie Young
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
F Gary Shaw
3
2
1
0
0
0
0
CB Brendan Ormsby
3
2
0
0
0
0
1
M Lee Jenkins
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
D David Evans
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
F Joe Ward
1
1
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

'Keepers

'Keeper
Appearances
Conceded
Ratio
Clean Sheets
Clean Sheet %
GK Jimmy Rimmer
48
54
1.13
13
27%
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