Season #127 

| 2015-16 |

Games #5346-#5389 | 

2015-16 Club Summary

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President Emeritus | Sir Herbert Douglas Ellis

Owner | Randolph Lerner

Chairman | Steve Hollis

Manager | Tim Sherwood to 24 October 2015, Remi Garde from Sunday, 8 November 2015

CEO | Tom Fox

 2015-16 Season Summary 


Manager | Tim Sherwood | Kevin MacDonald (Caretaker) | Remi Garde | Eric Black (Caretaker) |
Games | #5346 - #5389 | 
Top Scorer | 7 | #883 Jordan Ayew | 7 League | Goals |

 Most Appearances |  38 | #881 Idrissa Gueye | 35 (0) League | 2 (1) FA Cup | Appearances |

Final League Position | 20th Premier League | Relegated to the Championship |

FA Cup Progress | 4th Round | 

League Cup Progress | 4th Round |      

Biggest Win | 5-3 | Notts County (h), League Cup | 

Highest Home Attendance | 42,200 | Manchester United

 

 2015-16 Premier League Table 

| 16 | Bournemouth | P38 | W11 | D9 | L18 | F45 | A67 | GD-22 | Pts 42 |
| 17 |
Sunderland | P38 | W9 | D12 | L17 | F48 | A62 | GD-14 | Pts 39 |
| 18 |
Newcastle United | P38 | W9 | D10 | L19 | F44 | A65 | GD-21 | Pts 37 |
| 19 |
Norwich City | P38 | W9 | D7 | L22 | F39 | A67 | GD-28 | Pts 34 |

| 20 | Aston Villa | P38 | W3 | D8 | L27 | F27 | A76 | GD-49 | Pts 17 |

 2015-16 Results Summary 

| 1 | 8 Aug | a | AFC Bournemouth | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 2 | 14 Aug | h | Manchester United | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 3 | 22 Aug | a | Crystal Palace | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 4 | 25 Aug | h | Notts County (LC R1) | W | 5-3 | Match Report

| 5 | 29 Aug | h | Sunderland | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 6 | 13 Sep | a | Leicester City | L | 2-3 | Match Report

| 7 | 19 Sep | h | West Bromwich Albion | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 8 | 22 Sep | h | Birmingham City (LC R2) | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 9 | 26 Sep | a | Liverpool | L | 2-3 | Match Report

| 10 | 3 Oct | h | Stoke City | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 11 | 17 Oct | a | Chelsea | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 12 | 24 Oct | h | Swansea City | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 13 | 28 Oct | a | Southampton (LC R3) | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 14 | 2 Nov | a | Tottenham Hotspur | L | 1-3 | Match Report

| 15 | 8 Nov | h | Manchester City | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 16 | 21 Nov | a | Everton | L | 0-4 | Match Report

| 17 | 28 Nov | h | Watford | L | 2-3 | Match Report

| 18 | 5 Dec | a | Southampton | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 19 | 13 Dec | h | Arsenal | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 20 | 19 Dec | a | Newcastle United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 21 | 26 Dec | h | West Ham United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 22 | 28 Dec | a | Norwich City | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 23 | 2 Jan | a | Sunderland | L | 1-3 | Match Report

| 24 | 9 Jan | a | Wycombe Wanderers (FAC R3) | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 25 | 12 Jan | h | Crystal Palace | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 26 | 16 Jan | h | Leicester City | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 27 | 19 Jan | h | Wycombe Wanderers (FAC R3 Replay) | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 28 | 23 Jan | a | West Bromwich Albion | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 29 | 30 Jan | h | Manchester City (FAC R4) | L | 0-4 | Match Report

| 30 | 2 Feb | a | West Ham United | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 31 | 6 Feb | h | Norwich City | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 32 | 14 Feb | h | Liverpool | L | 0-6 | Match Report

| 33 | 27 Feb | a | Stoke City | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 34 | 1 Mar | a | Everton | L | 1-3 | Match Report

| 35 | 5 Mar | a | Manchester City | L | 0-4 | Match Report

| 36 | 13 Mar | h | Tottenham Hotspur | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 37 | 19 Mar | a | Swansea City | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 38 | 2 Apr | h | Chelsea | L | 0-4 | Match Report

| 39 | 9 Apr | h | AFC Bournemouth | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 40 | 16 Apr | a | Manchester United | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 41 | 23 Apr | h | Southampton | L | 2-4 | Match Report

| 42 | 30 Apr | a | Watford | L | 2-3 | Match Report

| 43 | 7 May | h | Newcastle United | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 44 | 15 May | a | Arsenal | L | 0-4 | Match Report

 2015-16 Season Review  

Tim Sherwood had done what was hoped in 2014-15, enabling the club to regain some dignity after the disasters of Houllier, McLeish and Lambert. But Sherwood was a motivator and by its nature the job requires so much more than that. It was therefore a real shock that the Villa hierarchy had not used the breathing space Sherwood had given them in 2014-15 to search the market for a manager that would transform Villa after 5 seasons of drudgery. Villa chose not to and retained Sherwood for 2015-16. Goodwill abounded but common sense maintained that this wasn’t the appointment Villa needed.

To support Sherwood the Villa hierarchy went on a spending spree. But Villa had also lost hugely influential talent from the squad. The policy of signing lower league lower quality under Lambert was abandoned, as was the previous season’s policy of signing experienced, ageing pros and younger top flight high potential under-achievers. The policy was now to shop overseas for young unknowns coupled with promotion from the youth team and the addition of a number of veterans at the end of their careers. There was hope but no real expectation, most of the additions were unknown quantities and could go either way, faith was required and Sherwood was at least probably one of the few who could build the confidence of the new imports.

An opening day win was however as good as the season got. The losses came quickly and mounted, Sherwood lost his job after 12 games, Remi Garde - a highly rated manager from Ligue 1 -  was parachuted in but he could not stop the juggernaught of defeat as the club sped to their first relegation in 29 seasons, breaking records of failure along the way.

Relegation could have come any season from 2010-11 under 5 different permanent managers. When it came it was almost a relief as a total reset of the club could finally be enacted.

 

 2015-16 Season Statistics 

 

Games | 44 |
Won | 6 | 14% |   
Drew |
9 | 20% |  
Lost | 29 | 66% | 
Unbeaten | 15 | 34% | 


Goals Scored | 37 | 0.84 Goals per game | 
Goals Conceded | 86 | 1.95 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 8 | 18% | 

Average Home Attendance | 32,188 |

Longest winning run | 1 Game |

League winning run | 1 Game |
Longest unbeaten run | 5 Games |
Longest losing run | 11 Games |

Games without a win | 15 Games |

 

 2015-16 Transfers

1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016

 

Incoming | 15 |

#880 Micah Richards | Manchester City | Free | Jul 15 | 27 | 

#881 Idrissa Gueye | LOSC Lille | £8,100,000 | Jul 15 | 25 | 

#882 Jordan Veretout | FC Nantes | £9,000,000 | Jul 15 | 22 | 

#883 Jordan Ayew | FC Lorient | £10,800,000 | Jul 15 | 23 | 

#884 Jordan Amavi | OGC Nice | £9,900,000 | Jul 15 | 21 |

#885 Rudy Gestede | Blackburn Rovers | £7,650,000 | Jul 15 | 26 |

#889 José Ángel Crespo | Córdoba CF | £630,000 | Jul 15 | 28 |

#887 Mark Bunn | Norwich City | Free | Jul 15 | 30 | 

#917 Easah Suliman | Youth Team | Signed professional forms | 17 |

#886 Adama Traoré | FC Barcelona | £9,000,000 | Aug 15 | 19 |

#888 Joleon Lescott | West Bromwich Albion | £1,260,000 | Sep 15 | 33 |

Matija Šarkić | RSC Anderlecht | Free | Sep 15 | 18 |

Tiago Ilori | Liverpool | Loan | Sep 15 | 22 |

#902 Keinan Davis | Biggleswade Town | Free | Dec 15 | 17 |

Oscar Borg | West Ham | Free | Mar 16 | 18 |

Outgoing | 17 |

#822 Fabian Delph | Manchester City | £10,350,000 | Jul 15 | 25 | 

#829 Andreas Weimann | Derby County | £3,420,000 | Jul 15 | 23 | 

#833 Chris Herd | Unattached | Released | Jul 15 | 26 | 

#836 Darren Bent | Derby County | Free | Jul 15 | 31 | 

#840 Shay Given | Stoke City | Free | Jul 15 | 39 | 

#847 Ron Vlaar | Unattached | Released | Jul 15 | 30 | 

#850 Matt Lowton | Burnley | £1,260,000 | Jul 15 | 26 | 

#851 Enda Stevens | Portsmouth | Free | Jul 15 | 24 | 

#852 Graham Burke | Notts County | Free | Jul 15 | 21 | 

#854 Christian Benteke | Liverpool | £41,850,000 | Jul 15 | 24 | 

#858 Yacouba Sylla | Stade Rennais | £1,350,000 | Jul 15 | 24 | 

#861 Antonio Luna | SD Eibar | Free | Jul 15 | 24 | 

#864 Nicklas Helenius Aalborg BK | Free | Jul 15 | 24 | 

#863 Aleksandar Tonev | Frosinone Calcio | Free | Aug 15 | 25 | 

#871 Philippe Senderos | Grasshopper Club Zurich | Free | Jan 16 | 30 | 

#875 Joe Cole | Coventry City | Free | Jan 16 | 34 |

Tiago Ilori | Liverpool | End of Loan | Jan 16 | 22 |

Loans Out | 12 |

#873 Aly Cissokho | Porto | 5 August 2015 - 1 January 2016 | 

#867 Callum Robinson | Bristol City | 7 August 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

Janoi Donacien | Wycombe Wanderers | 21 August 2015 - 19 September 2015 | 

#855 Joe Bennett | AFC Bournemouth | 1 September 2015 - 2 January 2016 | 

#838 Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

#865 Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 | 

Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

#875 Joe Cole | Coventry City | 19 October 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

#867 Callum Robinson | Preston North End | 5 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

#841 Gary Gardner | Nottingham Forest | 8 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

#855 Joe Bennett | Sheffield Wednesday | 19 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

#889 José Ángel Crespo | Rayo Vallecano | 20 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

 2015-16 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 13 |
#880 Micah Richards | Saturday, 8 August 2015 | AFC Bournemouth (a) | 27 | 
#881 Idrissa Gueye | Saturday, 8 August 2015 | AFC Bournemouth (a) | 25 | 
#882 Jordan Veretout | Saturday, 8 August 2015 | AFC Bournemouth (a) | 22 | 
#883 Jordan Ayew | Saturday, 8 August 2015 | AFC Bournemouth (a) | 23 | 
#884 Jordan Amavi | Saturday, 8 August 2015 | AFC Bournemouth (a) | 21 |
#885
 Rudy Gestede | Saturday, 8 August 2015 | AFC Bournemouth (a) | 26 |

#886 Adama Traoré Saturday, 22 August 2015 | Crystal Palace (a) | 19 |

#887 Mark Bunn | Tuesday, 25 August 2015 | Notts County (h), League Cup | 30 | 
#888 Joleon Lescott | Sunday, 13 September 2015 | Leicester City (a) | 33 |
#889 José Ángel Crespo | Saturday, 3 October 2015 | Stoke City (h) | 28 |
#890
 Jordan Lyden | Saturday, 9 January 2016 | Wycombe Wanderers (a), FA Cup | 19 |

#891 André Green | Sunday, 13 March 2016 | Tottenham Hotspur (h) | 17 |
#892
 Kevin Toner | Sunday, 15 May 2016 | Arsenal (a) | 19 |

Unused Substitutes | 4 |

Brad Watkins | Saturday, 22 August 2015 | 20 |

Jerell Sellars | Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - Tuesday, 25 August 2015 | 19 |

Tiago Ilori | Saturday, 5 December 2015 | 22 |

 Niall Mason | Tuesday, 2 February 2016 | 19 |

Final Appearances | 14 |

#875 Joe Cole | Tuesday, 25 August 2015 | Notts County (h), League Cup | 33 |
#855
 Joe Bennett | Tuesday, 25 August 2015 | Notts County (h), League Cup | 25 |

#889 José Ángel Crespo | Wednesday, 28 October 2015 | Southampton (a), League Cup | 28 |

#842 Charles N’Zogbia | Saturday, 21 November 2015 | Everton (a) 29 |

#882 Jordan Veretout | Saturday, 19 March 2016 | Swansea City (a) | 23 |

#877 Carles Gil | Saturday, 2 April 2016 | Chelsea (h) | 23 |

#872 Kieran Richardson | Saturday, 16 April 2016 | Manchester United (a) | 31 |
#824 Ciaran Clark | Saturday, 7 May 2016 | Newcastle United (h) | 26 |
#881
 Idrissa Gueye | Sunday, 15 May 2016 | Arsenal (a) | 26 |

#817 Brad Guzan | Sunday, 15 May 2016 | Arsenal (a) | 31 |
#888 Joleon Lescott | Sunday, 15 May 2016 | Arsenal (a) | 33 |
#874 Carlos Sánchez | Sunday, 15 May 2016 | Arsenal (a) | 30 |
#892
 Kevin Toner | Sunday, 15 May 2016 | Arsenal (a) | 19 |

#878 Scott Sinclair | Sunday, 15 May 2016 | Arsenal (a) | 27 |

 2015-16 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 41 | (+5) | 
Average Age | 24.34 | (-0.74) | 

Average 1st XI Age | 27.11 | +0.28 |

Youngest 1st XI | 25.60 | Notts County (h), League Cup | +0.22 |

Oldest 1st XI | 28.41 | Southampton (h) | +0.29 |

Youngest Player(s) | 17 | 
André Green | 2-May-1998

Oldest Player(s) | 34 | 

Joe Cole | 8-Nov-1981

 2015-16 Scorers 

Goals Scored | 37 | League Goals | 27 | FA Cup Goals | 3 | League Cup Goals | 7 | 

| 7 | 

Jordan Ayew | Goals | 7 | League | 7 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 |

| 6 | 
Rudy Gestede | Goals | 6 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 |
Scott Sinclair | Goals | 6 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 4 |

| 3 | 
Own Goal | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 |

| 2 | 
Carles Gil | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 |
Ashley Westwood | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 
Micah Richards | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 |

Ciaran Clark | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 |

| 1 | 
Adama Traoré | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 |
Joe Bennett | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 |
Jack Grealish | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 |
Joleon Lescott | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | 
Idrissa Gueye | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 |
#795 
Gabby Agbonlahor | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 |
#861 
Leandro Bacuna | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 |

 2015-16 First Team Squad 

#794 | 11 | Gabby Agbonlahor | 28 | 

#817 | 1 | Brad Guzan | 30 | 

#824 | 6 | Ciaran Clark | 25 |
#838
 | 2 | Nathan Baker | 24 | LOANED OUT 1 SEPTEMBER 2015 - 30 JUNE 2016 | 

#841 | - | Gary Gardner | 23 | LOANED OUT 8 JANUARY 2016 - 31 MAY 2016 | 
#842 | 28 | Charles N’Zogbia | 29 | 
#843
 | 21 | Alan Hutton | 30 | 

#853 | 15 | Ashley Westwood | 25 | 

#855 | 3 | Joe Bennett | 25 | LOANED OUT 1 SEPTEMBER 2015 - 2 JANUARY 2016 | 19 JANUARY 2016 - 31 MAY 2016 | 

#860 | 7 | Leandro Bacuna | 23 |

#862 | 5 | Jores Okore | 23 |

#863 | - | Aleksandar Tonev | 25 | LEFT 27 AUGUST 2015

#865 | 13 | Jed Steer | 22 | LOANED OUT 11 SEPTEMBER 2015 - 31 MAY 2016 | 

#867 | - | Callum Robinson | 20 | LOANED OUT 7 AUGUST 2015 - 3 JANUARY 2016 | 5 JANUARY 2016 - 30 JUNE 2016 | 

#866 | 27 | Libor Kozák | 26 | 

#870 | 40 | Jack Grealish | 19 | 

#871 | - | Philippe Senderos | LEFT 29 JANUARY 2016

#872 | 18 | Kieran Richardson | 30 |

#873 | 43 | Aly Cissokho | 27 | LOANED OUT 5 AUGUST 2015 - 1 JANUARY 2016 | 

#874 | 24 | Carlos Sánchez | 29 | 

#875 | 12 | Joe Cole | 33 | LEFT 7 JANUARY 2016
#877 | 25 | Carles Gil | 22 |
#878 | 9 |
Scott Sinclair | 26 |
#879 | 29 |
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | 16 |
#880 | 4 |
Micah Richards | 27 | 
#881 | 8 |
Idrissa Gueye | 25 | 
#882 | 17 |
Jordan Veretout | 22 | 
#883 | 19 |
Jordan Ayew | 23 | 
#884 | 23 |
Jordan Amavi | 21 | 
#885 | 39 |
Rudy Gestede | 26 | 
#886 | 20 |
Adama Traoré | 19 | 
#887 | 31 |
Mark Bunn | 30 |
#888
 | 16 | Joleon Lescott | 33 | 

#889 | 33 | José Ángel Crespo | 28 | LOANED OUT 20 JANUARY 2016 - 30 JUNE 2016 | 

#890 | 38 | Jordan Lyden | 19 | 
#891
 | 30 | André Green | 17 | 
#892 | 46 | Kevin Toner | 19 | 
| 41 | Brad Watkins | 20 |
| 36 | Jerell Sellars | 19 |
| 2 |
Tiago Ilori | 22 | LEFT 1 JANUARY
2016
| 42 | Niall Mason | 18 |

 

 2015-16 Appearances 

 

| 38 |

#881 Idrissa Gueye | Appearances | 38 | League | 35 (0) | FA Cup | 2 (1) | League Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 37 |

#853 Ashley Westwood | Appearances | 37 | League | 31 (1) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 36 |

#883 Jordan Ayew | Appearances | 36 | League | 27 (3) | FA Cup | 2 (1) | League Cup | 1 (2) | . Player Profile

#885 Rudy Gestede | Appearances | 36 | League | 14 (18) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 35 |

#860 Leandro Bacuna | Appearances | 35 | League | 27 (4) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 33 |

#878 Scott Sinclair | Appearances | 33 | League | 19 (8) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 2 (1) | . Player Profile

| 32 |

#817 Brad Guzan | Appearances | 32 | League | 28 (0) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 31 |

#888 Joleon Lescott | Appearances | 31 | League | 30 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 30 |

#843 Alan Hutton | Appearances | 30 | League | 26 (2) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 29 |

#882 Jordan Veretout | Appearances | 29 | League | 21 (4) | FA Cup | 1 (1) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 28 |

#880 Micah Richards | Appearances | 28 | League | 23 (1) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 27 |

#877 Carles Gil | Appearances | 27 | League | 17 (6) | FA Cup | 2 (1) | League Cup | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 23 |

#874 Carlos Sánchez | Appearances | 23 | League | 16 (4) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#824 Ciaran Clark | Appearances | 23 | League | 16 (2) | FA Cup | 3 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 21 |

#870 Jack Grealish | Appearances | 21 | League | 9 (7) | FA Cup | 1 (1) | League Cup | 1 (2) | . Player Profile

| 19 |

#873 Aly Cissokho | Appearances | 19 | League | 18 (0) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 18 |

#794 Gabby Agbonlahor | Appearances | 18 | League | 13 (2) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 15 |

#872 Kieran Richardson | Appearances | 15 | League | 8 (3) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 14 |

#862 Jores Okore | Appearances | 14 | League | 12 (0) | FA Cup | 1 (1) | League Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 12 |

#887 Mark Bunn | Appearances | 12 | League | 10 (0) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

#884 Jordan Amavi | Appearances | 12 | League | 9 (1) | FA Cup | 00 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 11 |

#886 Adama Traoré | Appearances | 11 | League | 0 (10) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | .