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Game #117

Aston Villa

Monday, 28 September 1891

Won

WWWWW

Football League

Attendance: 6,000

Sunderland

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Jack Devey, "who never played so well before" scored and Villa had now won the first four games of their League campaign - their best ever start.

Aston Villa

5-3

Sunderland

Assists(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Jack Devey, "who never played so well before.", Monday, 28 September 1891

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Monday, 28 September 1891

[Exact timings not recorded]
5โ€™ Goal, 1-0, James Brown
10โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Dennis Hodgetts, Assist by Jack Devey
23โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Billy Dickson
Goal, 4-0, Jack Devey
Goal, 4-1, (Sunderland)
HT Aston Villa 4-1 Sunderland
Goal, 5-1, Charlie Athersmith
Goal, 5-2, (Sunderland)
FT Aston Villa 5-1 Sunderland

ON THIS DAY

Villa had now won the first four games of their League campaign - their best ever start.

Aston Villa

Sunderland

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sunderland

Previous 5 vs. Sunderland: | - | - | - | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ.|

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1891-92 |
Matchday | #4 |
League Match | #4 |
Manager Game | #91 |
Monday, 28 September 1891

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 5-3 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWWWW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

CARDS

Villa

Sunderland

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TEAM NEWS

Villa named an unchanged line up for the fourth successive game having won the three opening games of the season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.09 |

Oldest Player |
D Gershom Cox | 28.60 |

Youngest Player |
W Charlie Athersmith | 19.40 |

George Ramsay led Management Committee

MANAGER

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Warner |
D Gershom Cox |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Walter Evans |
M James Brown |
M George Campbell |
W Charlie Athersmith |
F Percy Hislop |
F Jack Devey |
F Dennis Hodgetts |
CF Billy Dickson |

Sunderland

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Having the advantage of the wind and sun the Villa eleven completely overplayed the visitors, and scored four goals as against one made by Sunderland."

*The Birmingham Daily Post*
Tuesday, 29 September 1891

YESTERDAY'S FOOTBALL
THE LEAGUE.

ASTON VILLA V. SUNDERLAND

Aston Villa played their fourth match in the League contest against Sunderland at Perry Barr.

The famous North of England team are exceedingly popular with Birmingham people. and as the weather favoured the match there was a large attendance, fully 8.000 persons being present when the game commenced.

The Sunderland club was fully represented, and the Villa eleven was identical with that which has performed so brilliantly this season, and once more justified its selection by gaining another victory.

The game, however, was not easily won, as although Villa gained a lead of 3goals in the first half the visitors ware never disheartened, and played strongly until the finish. It was in the first half that the Villa players were seen at their best. The forwards dribbled and passed with beautiful precision, and their play frequently reminded one of the North End in their best days. Having the advantage of the wind and sun the Villa eleven completely overplayed the visitors, and scored four goals as against one made by Sunderland.

If anyone deserves praise more than another it is Devey, who never played so well before.

The Sunderland forwards frequently did some pretty work; but they found the Villa half - backs too powerful for them, and they rarely became dangerous.

In the second half, however, it was different. Sunderland had now the advantages possessed previously by the Villa, and played with greater determination than before. Their forwards were frequently applauded for their splendid football, and there is no doubt that they deserved all the applause. They could only break through the defence twice, however, and the Villa scored again so that a close and interesting game was won by 5 goals to 3.

By their victory the Villa once more take first position in the League list.

The Villa captain was very fortunate in winning the toss, inasmuch as he was able to place his team with their backs to the wind and the sun.

Campbell started the game, and the Villa forwards commenced in a most aggressive fashion. The first five minutes' play was entirely confined to the Sunderland's half of the field, and at the finish J. Brown scored first' goal, amidst tremendous cheering.

The -shot was a magnificent one, and the goalkeeper had not the slightest possible chance to stop the ball.

From the mid-field kick the home team once more pressed, and Brown tried to repeat his performance, but Doig twisted the ball round the post.

Hodgetts took the corner kick badly, the ball passing over the bar.

For the first time the Sunderland forwards now became really dangerous, but Cowan diverted the attack at the expense of a corner-kick, which Sunderland were not able to turn to any advantage.

A second run by the Sunderland forwards was brought up by the fine half- back play of the Villa, and then the home. team made another assault.

The forwards passed superbly, and Devey in particular dribbled magnificently. Passing three of his opponents, he gave the ball to Athersmith, who centred it. Back it came to Devey, and he shot. The ball, however, only passed across the front of goal, but Hodgetts just got up in time, and scored the second goal about ten minutes from the start.

Helped, no doubts by the wind, the home team played irresistibly, and Doig had a great many shots to stop. One sent in by Athersmith was a really fine screw-kick, and all but took the goal- keeper by surprise. The pressure was maintained, and at length, as everyone foresaw, the Villa scored again, Dickson directing in a shot which Doig handled but dropped. This occurred twenty-three minutes from the commencement, and during the next few minutes the Sunderland forwards visited the Villa's end.

Campbell secured an opening, and was going at a great pace towards goal when he was tripped up by Evans. The referee allowed a free kick, but the ball was kicked out 'of danger, and once more the tide of battle rolled towards the Sunderland goal.

The dribbling of Devey was perfect, and his shooting was equally good. To a fine piece of play by him the fourth goal was due. He had taken the ball down and passed it to the right wing. It was returned to him, and came awkwardly to his right foot. He never hesitated, however, but turned promptly. screwed the ball in with his left, and cheers announced that the Villa had again scored.

A moment later Devey tried again, but this time Doig stopped the shot.

At length Scott and Hannah relieved the pressure, and took the ball into the left-hand corner of the field. Scott shot, but Warner punched the ball away. It came out, however, to Campbell, and he easily beat Warner with a high shot. The crowd fully appreciated the grand play which bad led up to the score.

The interval was drawing near, but before the referee blew his whistle the Villa made an effort