Game #3427

Matchday | #48 |
League Match-week | #42 |
Manager Game | #103 |
Saturday, 24 April 1976
Football League | Division One | Home | Middlesbrough | Villa Park | 33,241 |

Manager | Ron Saunders |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 2-1 |

Last 5 Games | DDDWW |

Scorers | John Deehan | 1' | Frank Carrodus | 52' |

Line Up |
GK Jake Findlay |

D Ian Ross | FINAL |

D Chris Nicholl |

LB Bobby McDonald | FINAL |

FB John Robson |

RB John Gidman |

M Dennis Mortimer |

W Ray Graydon |

W Frank Carrodus | GOAL | 52' |

CF Andy Gray |

F John Deehan | GOAL | 1 |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 24.42 | 

Oldest Player | D Chris Nicholl | 29.55 |

Youngest Player | F John Deehan | 18.73 |


CF Keith Leonard |

GK John Burridge |

F Brian Little |

On this day 24 April 1976

Villa ended the season with two successive wins and unbeaten in 5.

Defender Ian Ross made his final appearance for Villa aged 29 before moving on to Peterborough United in December 1976. Ian played for Villa between 1971-72 and 1975-76 making 205 appearances and scoring 3 goals.

Left back Bobby McDonald made his final Villa appearance aged 21 before moving on to Coventry City in August 1976. Bobby played for Villa between 1972-73 and 1975-76 making 46 appearances and scoring 5 goals.

Pre Match


*Monday 26 April 1976*
*Birmingham Daily Post*


Villa fans hit by price rise 

A new row could erupt at Aston Villa this week after the announcement that they intend to Increase season ticket prices for the next campaign with top seats showing a 33 per cent rise, writes lAN WILLARS. The best season tickets will now cost £63 compared with £47 this season and the medium priced tickets rise by £12 to £48. Chris Flood, secretary of Aston Villa Shareholders Association said last night: "I suppose inflation will be blamed for these rises. Our committee will be meeting tomorrow to discuss them.” A Villa spokesman said: 'The Increases we have made bring us into line with prices being charged in the First Division this season. 

Match Report


*Monday 26 April 1976*
*Birmingham Daily Post*


Saunders prepared to buy again 

Aston Villa 2, Middlesbrough 1 

Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders is prepared to make another big- money signing if the club's promising crop of youngsters fail to make the grade next season. Saunders. who has just put skipper lan Ross and Chico Hamilton on the transfer list said after Villa's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday: "I have been reasonably happy with the side's performances in the First Division but I shall be looking next season for an all-round improvement. 

"If we are going to reach the top we will have to show far more consistency and I may have to enter the transfer market again if the youngsters don't come up to scratch.

"But I am pleased with their progress so far and it is a very healthy sign to see that 16 of my professional squad of 23 are 21 or under. We must be the youngest outfit in the First Division." 

Saunders added: "I thought we might have done a lot better In the First Division this season but we had a crop of injuries and we were never able to field a settled side. 

"I am sure that we have benefited from our experiences and now that we know something about life in the First Division. I trust we will put it to good use next term." 

Villa signed off with a victory which, although not of classic proportions, was justly deserved. It was fitting that the 52nd minute winner should come from Frank Carrodus, whose non-stop running and effort kept his side ticking over. Carrodus's goal his first of the season came when Villa looked as if they would have to settle for another draw. 

Fine start 

The impressive Deehan had given Villa a magnificent start with a headed goal in the first minute after goal- keeper Jim Piet, under pressure from Gray, had punched the ball straight out to the England youth International. It should have been the signal for an avalanche but Ray Graydon's shooting, for once, was off-target and Villa gave away their customary goal when Ross let in John Hickton for the 31st-minute equaliser. Villa took control of the second-half after Carrodus's goal and, when Middlesbrough did raise their game near the end. 20-year-old goalkeeper Jake Findlay competently dealt with all the shots that reached him.