Season #112 

| 2000-01 |

Games #4661 - #4706 |

 

2000-01 Club Summary

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President | John Alderson

Chairman | Herbert Douglas Ellis

Manager | John Gregory

Secretary | Steve Stride

 2000-01 Season Summary 


Manager | John Gregory |
Games | #4661 - #4706 |

Captain(s) | #710 Gareth Southgate | #731 Paul Merson |
Top Scorer | 9 | #735 Dion Dublin | 8 League | 1 Intertoto Cup | Goal |

Most Appearances | 46 | #741 David James | 38 League | 3 FA Cup | 1 League Cup | 4 Intertoto Cup | Appearances |
Final League Position | 8th Premier League |
FA Cup Progress | 4th Round |

League Cup Progress | 3rd Round |

Intertoto Cup Progress | Semi Final |
Biggest Win | 4-1 | Derby County (h) | 
Highest Home Attendance | 41,366 | Liverpool | 

 

 2000-01 Premier League Table 

| 6 | Chelsea | P38 | W17 | D10 | L11 | F68 | A45 | GD23 | Pts 61 |
| 7 |
Sunderland | P38 | W15 | D12 | L11 | F46 | A41 | GD5 | Pts 57 |
| 8 | Aston Villa | P38 | W13 | D15 | L10 | F46 | A43 | GD3 | Pts 54 |
| 9 |
Charlton Athletic | P38 | W14 | D10 | L14 | F50 | A57 | GD-7 | Pts 52 |
| 10 |
Southampton | P38 | W14 | D10 | L14 | F40 | A48 | GD-8 | Pts 52 |

 2000-01 Results 

| 1 | 16 Jul | a | FK Příbram (ITTO R3 L1) | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 2 | 22 Jul | n | FK Příbram (ITTO R3 L2) | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 3 | 26 Jul | a | RC Celta de Vigo (ITTO SF L1) | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 4 | 2 Aug | n | RC Celta de Vigo (ITTO SF L2) | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 5 | 19 Aug | a | Leicester City | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 6 | 27 Aug | h | Chelsea | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 7 | 6 Sep | a | Liverpool | L | 1-3 | Match Report

| 8 | 9 Sep | a | Ipswich Town | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 9 | 16 Sep | h | Bradford City | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 10 | 23 Sep | a | Middlesbrough | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 11 | 30 Sep | h | Derby County | W | 4-1 | Match Report

| 12 | 14 Oct | a | Arsenal | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 13 | 22 Oct | h | Sunderland | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 14 | 28 Oct | h | Charlton Athletic | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 15 | 1 Nov | h | Manchester City (LC R3) | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 16 | 5 Nov | a | Everton | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 17 | 11 Nov | h | Tottenham Hotspur | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 18 | 18 Nov | a | Southampton | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 19 | 25 Nov | a | Coventry City | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 20 | 2 Dec | h | Newcastle United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 21 | 9 Dec | a | West Ham United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 22 | 16 Dec | h | Manchester City | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 23 | 23 Dec | a | Leeds United | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 24 | 26 Dec | h | Manchester United | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 25 | 1 Jan | a | Chelsea | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 26 | 7 Jan | a | Newcastle United (FAC R3) | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 27 | 13 Jan | h | Liverpool | L | 0-3 | Match Report

| 28 | 17 Jan | h | Newcastle United (FAC R3 Replay) | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 29 | 20 Jan | a | Manchester United | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 30 | 24 Jan | h | Leeds United | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 31 | 27 Jan | h | Leicester City (FAC R4) | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 32 | 3 Feb | a | Bradford City | W | 3-0 | Match Report

| 33 | 10 Feb | h | Middlesbrough | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 34 | 24 Feb | a | Derby County | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 35 | 5 Mar | a | Sunderland | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 36 | 10 Mar | h | Ipswich Town | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 37 | 18 Mar | h | Arsenal | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 38 | 31 Mar | a | Manchester City | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 39 | 4 Apr | h | Leicester City | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 40 | 7 Apr | h | West Ham United | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 41 | 14 Apr | h | Everton | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 42 | 17 Apr | a | Charlton Athletic | D | 3-3 | Match Report

| 43 | 21 Apr | h | Southampton | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 44 | 28 Apr | a | Tottenham Hotspur | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 45 | 5 May | h | Coventry City | W | 3-2 | Match Report

| 46 | 19 May | a | Newcastle United | L | 0-3 | Match Report

 2000-01 Season Review 

A stuttering and early start to the campaign lifted by a wondrous goal against Chelsea and demoralised by the loss of a special player to career ending injury against Ipswich. Luc Nilis would prove to have been the ultimate 'what if' player, a great talent joining late in his career but no less effective for that. Rightly celebrated. 

Despite such a setback Villa lost only twice in the league up until Christmas but a succession of draws meant they had to be content with 7th in the table. The turn of the year however brought a run of poor form and it would take Villa until March to have registered 2 league wins, by the end of that period Villa were languishing in 12th.

As had become typical under Gregory, the side were capable of extended runs of excellent form as much as they were inexplicably poor for successive games. One such positive run ran from March to the end of the season with only a final day defeat to marr the sequence. During that run, Villa were unbeaten in 11, won 5 and climbed to finish 8th in the Premier League. Had they manage to turn just a few of those draws to wins the team would have undoubtedly eclipsed the previous two top six finishes and so the season ended positively but with a nagging doubt about the ability of the manager to extract the best out of his players throughout a season.

 

 2000-01 Season Statistics 


Games | 46 |

Won | 15 | 33% |   
Drew |
17 | 37% |  
Lost |
14 | 30% |

Unbeaten | 32 | 70% |


Goals Scored | 53 | 1.15 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 51 | 1.11 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 11 | 24% |

Average Home Attendance | 30,739 |

Longest winning run | 2 Games |

League winning run | 2 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 11 Games |
Longest losing run | 3 Games |

Games without a win | 5 Games |

 

 2000-01 Transfers

1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001


Incoming | 9 |

#749 Luc Nilis | PSV Eindhoven | Free | Jul 00 | 33 |

#755 Thomas Hitzlsperger | FC Bayern Munich | Free | Jul 00 | 18 |

#750 Stephen Cooke | Youth Team | Signed professional forms | Jul 00 | 17 |

#751 Alpay Özalan | Fenerbahçe S.K. | £8,100,000 | Jul 00 | 27 |

#752 David Ginola | Tottenham Hotspur | £3,000,000 | Jul 00 | 33 |

#764 Stefan Moore | Youth Team | Signed professional forms | Aug 00 | 16 |

#753 Gilles De Bilde | Sheffield Wednesday | Loan | Oct 00 | 29 |

#674 Steve Staunton | Liverpool | Free | Dec 00 | 31 |

#756 Juan Pablo Ángel | Club Atlético River Plate | £12,960,000 | Jan 01 | 25 |

Outgoing | 10 |

#711 Mark Draper | Southampton | £1,250,000 | Jul 00 | 29 |

#733 Steve Watson | Everton | £3,380,000 | Jul 00 | 26 |

#744 Najwan Ghrayib | Hapoel Haifa | £150,000 | Jul 00 | 26 |

Gustavo Bartelt | AS Roma | Free | End of Loan | Jul 00 | 25 |

#746 Benito Carbone | Bradford City | Free | Aug 00 | 29 |

#729 Alan Thompson | Celtic | £3,960,000 | 1 Sep 00 | 26 |

#680 Ugo Ehiogu | Middlesbrough | £8,000,000 | Oct 00 | 27 |

Matthew Ghent | Lincoln City | Free | Dec 00 | 20 |

#753 Gilles De Bilde | Sheffield Wednesday | End of Loan | Jan 01 | 29 |

David Curtolo | Västerås SK | Free | Jan 01 | 20 |

 

 2000-01 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 8 |

#749 Luc Nilis | Saturday, 22 July 2000 | FK Příbram (h), Intertoto Cup | 33 |

#750 Stephen Cooke | Wednesday, 2 August 2000 | RC Celta de Vigo (h), Intertoto Cup | 17 |

#751 Alpay Özalan | Saturday, 19 August 2000 | Leicester City (a) | 27 |

#752 David Ginola | Saturday, 19 August 2000 | Leicester City (a) | 33 |

#753 Gilles De Bilde | Sunday, 5 November 2000 | Everton (a) | 29 |

#754 John McGrath | Monday, 1 January 2001 | Chelsea (a) | 20 |

#755 Thomas Hitzlsperger | Saturday, 13 January 2001 | Liverpool (h) | 18 |

#756 Juan Pablo Ángel | Saturday, 20 January 2001 | Manchester United (a) | 25 |

Returning Players | 1 |

#674 Steve Staunton | Monday, 1 January 2001 | Chelsea (a) | 31 |

Unused Substitutes | 1 |

Gavin Melaugh | Sunday, 7 January 2001 | Newcastle United (a), FA Cup | 19 |

Final Appearances | 9 |

#729 Alan ThompsonWednesday, 2 August 2000 | RC Celta de Vigo (h), Intertoto Cup | 26 |

#680 Ugo EhioguSaturday, 9 September 2000 | Ipswich Town (a) | 27 |

 #749 Luc NilisSaturday, 9 September 2000 | Ipswich Town (a) | 33 |

#753 Gilles De Bilde Monday, 1 January 2001 | Chelsea (a) | 29 |

#727 Richard Walker | Wednesday, 17 January 2001 | Newcastle United (h), FA Cup | 24 |

#754 John McGrath Saturday, 3 February 2001 | Bradford City (a) | 23 |

#717 Julian JoachimSaturday, 28 April 2001 | Tottenham Hotspur (a) | 26 |

#710 Gareth Southgate | Saturday, 19 May 2001 | Newcastle United (a) | 30 |

#741 David JamesSaturday, 19 May 2001 | Newcastle United (a) | 30 |

 2000-01 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 32 | (+1) |
Average Age | 25.0 | (+0.4) |

Average 1st XI Age | 28.64 | +2.39 |

Youngest 1st XI | 26.58 | Bradford City (a) | +1.51 |

Oldest 1st XI | 30.26 | Ipswich Town (h) | +1.94 |

Youngest Player(s) | 17 | 

Stephen Cooke | 15-Feb-1983

Oldest Player(s) | 33 | 

David Ginola | 25-Jan-1967

 2000-01 Scorers 

Goals Scored | 53 | League Goals | 46 | FA Cup Goals | 3 | League Cup Goals | 0 | Intertoto Cup Goals | 4 | 

| 9 |

Dion Dublin | Goals | 9 | League | 8 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 1 | 

| 8 |
Julian Joachim | Goals | 8 | League | 7 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 

| 6 |
Lee Hendrie | Goals | 6 | League | 6 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 
 
Paul Merson | Goals | 6 | League | 6 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 

| 5 |
Ian Taylor | Goals | 5 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 1 | 
Darius Vassell | Goals | 5 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 

| 3 |
Steve Stone | Goals | 3 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 
David Ginola | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 

| 2 |
Luc Nilis | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 1 | 
Gareth Southgate | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 

| 1 |
Gareth Barry | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 1 | 
Alan Wright | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 
George Boateng | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 
Juan Pablo Ángel | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Intertoto Cup | 0 | 

 

 2000-01 First Team Squad  

#674 | 11 | Steve Staunton | 31 |
#680 | 5 | Ugo Ehiogu | 27 | LEFT OCTOBER 2000
#705 | 7 | Ian Taylor | 32 |
#709 | 3 | Alan Wright | 28 |
#710
 | 4 | Gareth Southgate | 29 |

#711 | - | Mark Draper | 29 |
#716 | 17 | Lee Hendrie | 23 |
#717 | 12 | Julian Joachim | 25 |
#727 | 19 | Richard Walker | 22 |
#728
 | 15 | Gareth Barry | 19 |

#729 | 11 | Alan Thompson | 26 | LEFT SEPTEMBER 2000
#730 | 22 | Darius Vassell | 20 |
#731 | 10 | Paul Merson | 32 |
#732 | 9 | Dion Dublin | 31 |

#737 | - | Aaron Lescott | 21 |
#738 | 26 | Steve Stone | 28 |
#740 | 24 | Mark Delaney | 24 | 
#741 | 1 |
David James | 29 | 
#742
 | 6 | George Boateng | 24 |

#743 | - | Peter Enckelman | 21 |

#745 | 31 | Jlloyd Samuel | 19 |

#746 | - | Benito Carbone | 28 |

| - | Neil Cutler | 23 |

| - | Jonathan Bewers | 17 |
#749 | 20 | Luc Nilis | 33 |
#750 | 29 | Stephen Cooke | 17 | 
#751 | 16 |
Alpay Özalan | 27 |
#752 | 14 | David Ginola | 33 |
#753 | 25 | Gilles De Bilde | 29 | LEFT JANUARY 2001

#754 | 38 | John McGrath | 20 |
#755 | 21 | Thomas Hitzlsperger | 18 | 
#756
 | 8 | Juan Pablo Ángel | 24 |

| - | Matthew Ghent | 19 | LEFT DECEMBER 2000

| - | Michael Standing | 19 |

| - | David Curtolo | 19 | LEFT JANUARY 2001

| - | Gavin Melaugh | 19 |

 2000-01 Appearances  

| 46 |

#741 David James | Appearances | 46 | League | 38 (0) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 45 |

#731 Paul Merson | Appearances | 45 | League | 38 (0) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

| 44 |

#709 Alan Wright | Appearances | 44 | League | 35 (1) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 42 |

#738 Steve Stone | Appearances | 42 | League | 33 (1) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 41 |

#742 George Boateng | Appearances | 41 | League | 29 (4) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 40 |

#735 Dion Dublin | Appearances | 40 | League | 29 (4) | FA Cup | 2 (1) | League Cup | 0 (1) | Other | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

| 38 |

#728 Gareth Barry | Appearances | 38 | League | 29 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (1) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 37 |

#716 Lee Hendrie | Appearances | 37 | League | 26 (6) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 1 (2) | . Player Profile

| 36 |

#751 Alpay Özalan | Appearances | 36 | League | 33 (0) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 35 |

#710 Gareth Southgate | Appearances | 35 | League | 30 (0) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#705 Ian Taylor | Appearances | 35 | League | 26 (4) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 30 |

#730 Darius Vassell | Appearances | 30 | League | 5 (18) | FA Cup | 2 (1) | League Cup | 0 (1) | Other | 0 (3) | . Player Profile

| 28 |

#752 David Ginola | Appearances | 28 | League | 13 (13) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 25 |

#717 Julian Joachim | Appearances | 25 | League | 12 (9) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 1 (2) | . Player Profile

| 21 |

#740 Mark Delaney | Appearances | 21 | League | 12 (8) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 17 |

#674 Steve Staunton | Appearances | 17 | League | 13 (1) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 10 |

#756 Juan Pablo Ángel | Appearances | 10 | League | 7 (2) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 7 |

#745 Jlloyd Samuel | Appearances | 7 | League | 1 (2) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

| 5 |

#749 Luc Nilis | Appearances | 5 | League | 3 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 4 |

#753 Gilles De Bilde | Appearances | 4 | League | 4 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#680 Ugo Ehiogu | Appearances | 4 | League | 1 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 3 |

#754 John McGrath | Appearances | 3 | League | 0 (3) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 2 |

#727 Richard Walker | Appearances | 2 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

#729 Alan Thompson | Appearances | 2 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

| 1 |

#755 Thomas Hitzlsperger | Appearances | 1 | League | 0 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#750 Stephen Cooke | Appearances | 1 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (1) | . Player Profile

| 0 |

#743 Peter Enckelman | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Michael Standing | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Jonathan Bewers | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#737 Aaron Lescott | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Gavin Melaugh | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#764 Stefan Moore | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#711 Mark Draper | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Neil Cutler | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

David Curtolo | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

 

 2000-01 'Keepers  

 

David James | Appearances | 46 | Conceded | 51 | Ratio | 1.11 | 

 

 2000-01 Managerial Record 

John Gregory achieved a third successive top 8 finish although the team fell back from the two previous 6th place finishes.

Gregory’s Villa had now achieved a win rate of 44%, losing 29% of their 156 League and Cup matches under his leadership.

As a result Gregory had returned 1.67 points per game* across his 58 games in charge of Villa. In doing so Gregory was behind only  Graham Taylor (1.61 in 150)., Billy Smith’s 1.62 across 364 games, Vic Crowe (1.63 in 222), Ron Saunders (1.64 in 393) and George Ramsay’s performance of 1.69 across his 1,332 games.
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*Rankings based on 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw in all competitions  

 2000-01 Kits 

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 2000-01 Season Results 

Game #4661
Matchday | #1 |
Manager Game | #111 |
Sunday, 16 July 2000

Intertoto Cup | 3rd Round 1st Leg | Away | FK Příbram | Na Litavce | 7,852 | 

Manager | John Gregory |
FT Result | Drew |

FT Score | 0-0 |
Last 5 Games | DDLLD |

Line Up |
GK David James | 
LB Alan Wright | 
FB Mark Delaney | 
SENT OFF | 79' | 
FB Jlloyd Samuel  | 
CB Ugo Ehiogu | 
M Gareth Barry | 
M George Boateng | 
M Paul Merson | 
M Steve Stone |
SUB OFF | 71' | 
M Ian Taylor | BOOKED | 42' | 
CF Dion Dublin | 

Substitutes | 
F Darius Vassell for M Steve Stone | 71’ |

Cards | 
Yellow | Ian Taylor | 42’ |
Red | Mark Delaney | 79’ |

Match Report

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Game #4662
Matchday | #2 |
Manager Game | #112 |
Saturday, 22 July 2000

Intertoto Cup | 3rd Round 2nd Leg | Home | FK Příbram | The Hawthorns | 8,200 | 

 

Manager | John Gregory |
FT Result | Won |

FT Score | 3-1 |

Last 5 Games | DLLDW |

Scorers | Dion Dublin | 8’ | Ian Taylor | 57’ | Luc Nilis | 61’ |

Line Up |
GK David James | 
LB Alan Wright | 
CB Gareth Southgate | 
CB Ugo Ehiogu | 
M Gareth Barry | 
M George Boateng | 
SUB OFF | 56' |
M Paul Merson | SENT OFF | 87' |
M Steve Stone | 
M Ian Taylor | 
GOAL | 57' |
CF Dion Dublin | GOAL | 8' | SUB OFF | 65' |
F Luc Nilis | DEBUT | GOAL | 61' | SUB OFF | 75' |

Substitutes | 

M Lee Hendrie for M George Boateng | 56’ | 
F Darius Vassell for CF Dion Dublin | 65’ | 
F Julian Joachim for F Luc Nilis | 75’ |

Cards | 
 Red | Paul Merson | 87’ |

Match Report

 On this day 22 July 2000 
Belgian international forward Luc Nilis made his Villa debut aged 33 after joining from PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer earlier in July 2000.

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Game #4663
Matchday | #3 |
Manager Game | #113 |
Wednesday, 26 July 2000

Intertoto Cup | Semi Final 1st Leg | Away | RC Celta de Vigo | Estadio Balaidos, Vigo | 9,550 | 

 

Manager | John Gregory |

Referee | Konrad Plautz |
FT Result | Lost |

FT Score | 0-1 |

Last 5 Games | LLDWL |

Line Up |
GK David James | 
FB Jlloyd Samuel | 
LB Alan Wright | 
M George Boateng | 
BOOKED | 41' |
M Gareth Barry | 
M Steve Stone |
BOOKED | 11' |
M Ian Taylor | 
M Alan Thompson | 
BOOKED | 71' |
M Lee Hendrie | BOOKED | 82' |
CF Dion Dublin | 
F Luc Nilis |
SUB OFF | 19' |

Substitutes | 
F Darius Vassell 
BOOKED | 72' | SUB OFF | 90' | for F Luc Nilis | 19’ | 
F Julian Joachim for F Darius Vassell | 90’ |

Cards | 
Yellow | Steve Stone | 11’ |

Yellow | George Boateng | 41’ |

Yellow | Alan Thompson | 71’ |

Yellow | Darius Vassell | 72’ |

Yellow | Lee Hendrie | 82’ |

Match Report

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Game #4664
Matchday | #4 |
Manager Game | #114 |
Wednesday, 2 August 2000

Intertoto Cup | Semi Final 2nd Leg | Home | RC Celta de Vigo | The Hawthorns | 11,909 | 

Manager | John Gregory |

Referee | Dieter Schoch |
FT Result | Lost |

FT Score | 1-2 |

Last 5 Games | LDWLL |

Scorers | Gareth Barry | 45’ pen |

 

Line Up |

GK David James | 
FB Jlloyd Samuel | 
SUB OFF | 33' |
LB Alan Wright | 
M George Boateng | 
M Gareth Barry |
GOAL | 45' |
M Steve Stone | SUB OFF | 48' |
M Paul Merson | BOOKED | 22' | 
M Ian Taylor | SENT OFF | 47' | 
M Alan Thompson | SENT OFF | 90
' | FINAL |
F Julian Joachim | BOOKED | 31' | SUB OFF | 74' |
F Richard Walker | 

Substitutes | 

M Lee Hendrie for FB Jlloyd Samuel | 33’ | 

M Alan Thompson for M Steve Stone | 48’ | 
M Stephen Cooke for F Julian Joachim | 74’ |

Cards | 

 Yellow | Paul Merson | 22’ |

 Yellow | Julian Joachim | 31’ |

 Red | Ian Taylor | 47’ |

 Red | Alan Thompson | 90’ |

Match Report

 On this day 2 August 2000  

Midfielder Alan Thompson played his final game for Villa aged 26 before joining Celtic for a fee of £3,960,000 in September 2000. Thompson played for Villa between 1998-99 and 2000-01 after joining from Bolton Wanderers in June 1998 for £6,480,000. In total Thompson made 57 appearances, 13 as substitute and scored 5 goals. 

Midfielder Stephen Cooke made his Villa debut aged 17 after signing professional forms with the club in July 2000.

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Game #4665
Matchday | #5 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #115
Saturday, 19 August 2000

Premier League | Away | Leicester City | Filbert Street | 21,455 |

Manager | John Gregory |

Referee | Mike Riley |
FT Result | Drew |

FT Score | 0-0 |

Last 5 Games | DWLLD |

League Position | 16th | - |

Line Up |

GK David James | 
LB Alan Wright | 
CB Alpay Özalan | 
DEBUT |
M George Boateng | 
M Gareth Barry | 
M Steve Stone | 
M Paul Merson | 
BOOKED | 75' | 
M Ian Taylor | 
M Lee Hendrie | 
W David Ginola |
DEBUT | BOOKED | 45' | SUB OFF | 60 ' |
CF Dion Dublin | 

Substitutes | 

F Darius Vassell BOOKED | 84' | for W David Ginola | 60’ |

Cards | 

 Yellow | David Ginola | 45’ |

 Yellow | Paul Merson | 75’ |

 Yellow | Darius Vassell | 84’ |

Match Report

 On this day 19 August 2000 
Turkey international centre back Alpay Özalan made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from Fenerbahçe S.K. for a fee of £8,100,000 in July 2000.
Former France international winger David Ginola made his Villa debut aged 33 after joining from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £3,000,000 in July 2000.

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Game #4666
Matchday | #6 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #116 |
Sunday, 27 August 2000

Premier League | Home | Chelsea | Villa Park | 27,056 | 

Manager | John Gregory |

Referee | Paul Durkin |
FT Result | Drew |

FT Score | 1-1 |

Last 5 Games | WLLDD |

League Position | 17th | -1 |