Aston Villa

0-1

Preston North End

Scorer(s) | None

Assist(s) | Not recorded

Game #111

Football League

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 5,000

Monday, 9 March 1891

Position:

AT A GLANCE

Game #111

Season | 1890-91 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Match | #20 |
Manager Game | #83 |
Monday, 9 March 1891

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LWLLL |

TEAM STATS

[Exact birth dates not recorded]

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.00 |

Oldest Player |
D Gershom Cox | 28.04 |

Youngest Player |
OR Charlie Athersmith | 18.84 |

TEAM NEWS

Jimmy Cowan, Billy Dickson and Charlie Athersmith (debut) come into the side whilst Albert Brown, Jack Graham, Harry Devey make way.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The display of the Preston goalkeeper was magnificent, and a better display has never been seen on the ground."

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

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STARTING LINE UP

GK Jimmy Warner |
FB Walter Evans |
D Gershom Cox |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
M George Campbell |
M James Brown |
W Lewis Campbell |
W Charlie Athersmith |
F Tom McKnight |
F Dennis Hodgetts |
CF Billy Dickson |

THE OPPOSITION

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

MATCH TIMELINE

[Exact timings not recorded]
HT Aston Villa 0-0 Preston North End
55’ Goal, 0-1, (Preston North End)
FT Aston Villa 0-1 Preston North End

ON THIS DAY

Villa played this match 37 days after their last but their form hadn’t changed as they recorded their 7th loss in 10 games.

Winger Charlie Athersmith made his debut for the Villa aged 18 after joining from Saltley Unity Gas Depot FC.

KEY MAN

MATCH REPORT

*The Birmingham Daily Post*
Tuesday 10 March 1891

ASTON VILLA v. PRESTON NORTH END.

These teams met at Perry Barr, yesterday, to play off their second League match. It will he in the memory of all that the match should have been decided four weeks ago, but the frost rendered the ground unfit for play, and both teams agreed to leave the League-match to some future date.

There was a large attendance at Perry Barr yesterday, considering that it was Monday; and the improved form: recently displayed by the Villa gave their supporters every hope of victory. A capital team. was placed in the field, and the visitors were also well represented. It was noticeable, however, that N. J. Ross, who has of late been playing forward, was again sent back, and the wisdom of the change was apparent from start to finish.

Playing with a strong wind behind them in the first half the Villa did nearly all the attacking, and, except for a few runs by the visitors' forwards, the game was a continual struggle between the Villa's attack and the North End defence.

Thanks, however, to the fine play of N. Rose, Holmes, and Trainor the goal was kept inviolate. The display of the Preston goalkeeper was magnificent, and a better display has never been seen on the ground. He stopped shots which seemed almost impossible for him to stop, and was again and again cheered by the crowd. A minute a before the interval it seemed likely that he would be beaten by McKnight, but he punched the ball away, although it is very questionable whether it did not first cross the line.

The referee, however, decided otherwise. and so the game at the interval was in the same state as at the commencement.

The Villa had now to face the wind, and their defeat was looked upon as very probable.

In the first few moments, however, they were very aggressive, and Trainor was speedily in difficulties, but he again prevailed.

The North End forwards afterwards had a spell of attacking, and within ten minutes McKenna scored the first goal of the match.

The game afterwards was at evenly contested, but the Villa could not equalise, and thus lost by the narrow majority of 1 goal to 0.