Game #211

Division One

Anfield

Attendance: 15,000

Saturday, 8 September 1894

Position:

Liverpool

1-2

Aston Villa (Champions)

Scorer(s) | Steve Smith, Charlie Athersmith

Assists(s) | Not recorded

AT A GLANCE

Game #211

Season | 1894-95 |
Matchday | #2 |
League Match | #2 |
Manager Game | #185 |
Saturday, 8 September 1894

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 2-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DWWWW |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.06 |

Oldest Player |
F Jack Devey | 27.72 |

Youngest Player |
GK Harry Wilkes | 20.24 |

TEAM NEWS

Villa make three changes from the team that beat Small Heath on the opening day of the season with Jim Elliott, Jack Devey and Billy Dorrell (debut) replacing John Baird, Dennis Hodgetts and Bob Gordon.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Once having tasted blood the Villa could not be kept back."

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Harry Wilkes |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Jim Elliott |
FB Jimmy Welford |
M Jack Reynolds |
M George Russell |
W Steve Smith |
W Charlie Athersmith |
F Bob Chatt |
F Jack Devey |
F Billy Dorrell |

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]
1’ Debut, Billy Dorrell
Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool)
HT Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa
Goal, 1-1, Steve Smith
Goal, 2-1, Charlie Athersmith
FT Liverpool 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa won their second match in succession against League new boys.

Forward Billy Dorrell made his Villa debut aged 22 after joining from Leicester Fosse for a fee of £250.

KEY MAN

Steve Smith, scored his second goal of the season, Saturday, 8 September 1894

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Monday 10 September 1894

LIVERPOOL v. ASTON VILLA.
VILLA PULL A GAME OUT OF THE FIRE.

The Liverpool team played their initial First Division League game at Liverpool, their visitors being the champions, Aston Villa, and there were 16,000 spectators present.

The Villains had to face the sun in the first half. The home side pressed, Bradshaw all but scoring. Elliott, however, defended grandly, and Athersmith and Smith were each near scoring.

The Liverpool spoiled a chance by off side play, but just before the interval the home side forwards bore down in a body, and score, Bradshaw doing the trick.

The Villa could not get through.

In the second moiety the Brums went to work with a will, but Hannah and M’Lean defended superbly.

As the close was approaching Smith got through and beat M’Cann and once having tasted blood the Villa could not be kept back, and Athersmith scored again.

Result : Villa, two ; Liverpool, one.