Game #1

1879-80

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Position:

2nd Round

FA Cup 2nd Round

Stafford Road

Wolverhampton

Attendance: 2,000

Saturday, 13 December 1879

Villa embark on their first ever FA Cup tie and are held to a draw on the Wolverhampton ground of Stafford Road Railway Works Football Club despite Andy Hunter's strike.

Stafford Road

1-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Andy Hunter |

Assists(s) | Not recorded

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AT A GLANCE

Game #1

Season | 1879-80 |
Matchday | #1 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 13 December 1879

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Management Committee |
FT Score | 1-1 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | ----D |

MATCH OFFICIALS

MATCH INCIDENTS

Villa

Stafford Road

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

[Exact birth dates not recorded]

Starting XI Average Age
| 23.39 |

Oldest Player |
M Sammy Law | 29.96 |

Youngest Player |
F Andy Hunter | 15.38* |

*Unconfirmed

TEAM NEWS

Debuts all round as Villa embark on their first ever FA Cup tie

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Management Committee

STAFF

STARTING LINE UP

GK John Ball |
D Harry Simmonds |
D Tommy Pank |
M Sammy Law |
HB Ted Lee |
M Eli Davis |
F Billy Mason |
F Archie Hunter |
F Charlie Johnstone |
F William Crossland |
F Andy Hunter |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

THE OPPOSITION

Ray, Selman, Mayor, Vaughan, Nicholls, Whitehead, Crump (g), Davis, Arthur, Tisdell, Crane,

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa received a Bye in the first round of the FA Cup and therefore made their Cup debut in the Second Round on the Wolverhampton ground of Stafford Road Railway Works Football Club needing an equaliser from Andy Hunter to force a replay at Wellington Road.

John Ball, Harry Simmonds, Tommy Pank, Sammy Law, Ted Lee, Eli Davis, Billy Mason, Archie Hunter, Charlie Johnstone, William Crossland and Andy Hunter made their FA Cup debuts for the club as Andy Hunter scored Villa's first ever goal in the competition.

One of 11 FA Cup debuts for Villa, Archie Hunter, 13 December 1879

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, John Ball, Harry Simmonds, Tommy Pank, Sammy Law, Ted Lee, Eli Davis, Billy Mason, Archie Hunter, Charlie Johnstone, William Crossland and Andy Hunter
Goal, 0-1, (Stafford Road), Crump
Goal, 1-1, Andy Hunter
FT Stafford Road 1-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

"Stafford Road secured the services of two prominent Shrewsbury players, and we understand that a protest was lodged against them as not properly qualified member of the club according to the rules of the competition."

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*Field*
Saturday, 20 December 1879

Aston Villa (Birmingham) v. Stafford Road (Wolverhampton)

This match, another in the second round, was played on the ground of the latter at Wolverhampton on Saturday. The clubs have both an excellent local reputation, and as it was generally fancied that the winner would have to meet Oxford in the final match of the western district, considerable interest was attached to the meeting.

The weather was very unfavourable, and the ground certainly not in good condition, but there was a large muster of spectators, and they were rewarded by witnessing a spirited contest.

Stafford Road secured the services of two prominent Shrewsbury players, and we understand that a protest was lodged against them as not properly qualified member of the club according to the rules of the competition.

The Aston forward set to work directly the ball was kicked off but their opponents, well led by Tisdell and Vaughan, retaliated with interest, and a corner kick to the home team was the first incident of note.

Some vigorous attacks were made in the visitors’ lines but at length the Aston captain, with a smart run, received his side, and the play became more even.

Arthur, Crane and Whitehead did some useful work for the home team, but the Aston backs were equal to the emergency, Crumps; head play at times materially helping his side.

A clever run by Mason gave Aston a momentary advantage but the ball passed over the visitors’ goal, and had to be kicked off.

More than once Stafford Road were pressed, and the Hunters gave their backs plenty of employment. At length, by some neat play on the part of Crump and Green, the Villa were forced to retreat, and the ball passed far over their line.

Mayor’s play at half back was especially serviceable to Stafford Road just about this period, and Aston had some little trouble to keep their opponents’ at a respectable distance, though Simmond’s defence was very good.

A very pretty run by Andrew Hunter and Mason nearly outmanoeuvred Ray, the Stafford Road goalkeeper but Selman got rid off the danger, and Crane made an ineffectual shot at the visitors’ posts.

Soon after his a neat run by Vaughan gave Stafford Road the ascendancy, and a smart shot by Crump resulted in a goal for that club amidst great applause.

Soon after this a free kick was give against the Villa but it came to nothing. The visitors now rallied, and some vigorous play ensued to the delight of the spectators.

Before long, some good passing by Davis and Mason enabled the Aston fords to take the leather up into their opponents’ hall, and after a cover run, Andrew Hunter made matters even with a goal for Villa.

During the later part of the game the Astonites showed a decided inferiority. But though Stafford Road were sorely pressed at times, they managed to hold their own till the end. The match thus resulting in a tie.

For the Wolverhampton team Ray’s goalkeeping was brilliant throughout.

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