Game | #3343 |

Season | 1974-75 |

Matchday | #19 |

League Match-week | #15 |

Manager Game | #19 |

Saturday, 2 November 1974

Football League | Division Two | Away | Fulham | Craven Cottage | 10,979 |

Game Summary |

Manager | Ron Saunders |

FT Result | Lost |

FT Score | 1-3 |

Last 5 Games | DWDWL |

Scorers | Brian Little | 63' |

Line Up |

Line Up |
GK Jim Cumbes |

D Ian Ross |

FB John Robson |

RB John Gidman |

D Chris Nicholl |

LB Charlie Aitken |

M Leighton Phillips |

M Chico Hamilton |

W Ray Graydon |

F Sammy Morgan | SUB OFF | 45' |

F Brian Little | GOAL | 63' |

Substitute |
F Bobby Campbell for F Sammy Morgan | 45' |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 26.31 | 

Oldest Player | LB Charlie Aitken | 32.53 |

Youngest Player | RB John Gidman | 20.82 |  

On this day 2 November 1974

Villa were beaten for the first time in 11 games

Match Report

*Birmingham Daily Post*

*Monday 04 November 1974*

We were awful


Fulham 3, Aston Villa 1

Aston Villa manager, Ron Saunders, just voted Second Division manager of the month, came straight to the point: "We were awful."


If you had looked at statistics from past seasons you might have had a hint of the result, but the weight of recent evidence was on the side of Villa. Although they have yet to win against Fulham since both clubs returned to the Second Division and have only won at Craven Cottage twice in their life, just look at what Villa had going for them. Unbeaten in ten games; only two goals conceded In the last seven League games. and Leighton Phillips had never been on a losing Villa side, just for good luck. All that was blown apart in 1 min. 31 sec. A short corner from Barry Lloyd to full back John Cutbush allowed him to a lob at the far post for centre-half John Lacy to head the fifth goal of his career. Cutbush had already shown his danger on the overlap with a run that brought two shots from Alan Slough one blocked, one saved that eventually brought the corner.


Thus. Villa had from the first minute to strengthen the left side of their defence. But by the 81st minute - with the game lost - they still hadn't learned the lesson. Lloyd tapped a short corner to Cutbush (familiar?) and Slough, unmarked, got too far under the cross, heading over.


Saunders's remarks were scathing: "We gave three goals away. We just didn't play. It was our worst performance." 

No argument, but it was also refreshing, exciting game ("Give us ten out of ten for entertainment." said Saunders sarcastically) with Fulham, without a win in six League matches putting their game together beautifully.


This catalogue of shots near misses and goals will give an idea of how frequently the action flowed and how that path down Fulham's right flanks was trodden.


14th minute: Cutbush on the overlap and Viv Busby flys in to head over: 15 min.: Cutbush cross•shot from the right brings a corner; 20 min.: Jimmy Conway hits a cross shot from the right; 24 min.; build up on the right allows Lacy THREE successive shots, two blocked and one wide; 27 Cutbush cross from right and Jimmy Cumbes beats out a Lloyd shot; 28 min.: Cutbush cross from right and Les Barrett lobs over; 48 min.: Barretts run down the right takes him through the Villa cover, Cumbes misses the cross and John Gidman's half clearance allows Busby a tap-ln goal; 52 min.: Conway and Slough use the right side for a through ball that Lloyd delicately heads in for the third goal;


Ray Graydon at least was in good form again for Villa and was involved with Chico Hamilton in the move which brought Brian Little's headed goal after 63 minutes.