Aston Villa (Champions)

1-2

Sunderland

Scorer(s) | Steve Smith

Assists(s) | Not recorded

Game #212

GOAL | 52' |.jpg

Division One

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 15,000

Saturday, 15 September 1894

AT A GLANCE

Game #212

Season | 1894-95 |
Matchday | #3 |
League Match | #3 |
Manager Game | #186 |
Saturday, 15 September 1894

MATCH SUMMARY

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

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.82 |

Oldest Player |
F Dennis Hodgetts | 30.82 |

Youngest Player |
GK Harry Wilkes | 20.25 |

TEAM NEWS

Villa make one change from the side that beat Liverpool last time out with Dennis Hodgetts returning in place of new boy Billy Dorrell.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

QUOTES

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LEAGUE TABLE

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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 Dennis Hodgetts |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

MATCH TIMELINE

[Exact timings not recorded]
Goal, 1-0, Steve Smith, Assist by Bob Chatt
Goal, 1-1, (Sunderland)
HT Aston Villa 1-1 Sunderland
Goal, 1-2, (Sunderland)
FT Aston Villa 1-2 Sunderland

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa suffer their first reverse of the season against the side that ran them close in the previous campaign.

MATCH PICTURE

Steve Smith, scored his third in three but couldn't help Villa avoid defeat, Saturday, 15 September 1894

Steve Smith, scored his third in three but couldn't help Villa avoid defeat, Saturday, 15 September 1894

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Monday 17 September 1894

SUNDERLAND v. ASTON VILLA.

Each team was strongly represented when these clubs met at Perry Barr on Saturday.

Great interest was manifested in the match as the two clubs occupied premier positions in the League table last season.

When Devey started the game against a glaring sun there were fully 20,000 people present.

The opening stage of the game was of an exciting nature, the Villa attacking with great determination and dash, and at the end of five minutes Chatt cleverly placed the ball in the mouth of the goal, and Smith secured first point.

This early success was very soon followed by the ball being put into the net a second time by Chatt, but he was ruled off-side. Play of an even nature followed, and neither side had the better of the exchanges.

Welford and Elliott had to concede corners in defence of their goal, but Reynolds successfully cleared and Hodgetts and Devey made a fine run.

After a short visit to the Sunderland goal, Hyslop got possession, and grand combined run of the Wearside forwards ended in Campbell scoring with a magnificent shot.

No further score was made before half time.

Opening the second half Sunderland assumed the aggressive, and things were made lively for Aston Villa for some time, but eventually Devey received the ball from Reynolds, and a fruitless visit was paid to the Sunderland citadel.

Some mid-field play ensued before the Northerners lined up and splendid combination carried the ball into their opponents’ quarters and Hannah was rewarded with shot which placed his team to the front.

Although determined efforts were made by either side, no further change was effected in the score, and the game closed. Sunderland, two goals; Aston Villa, one goal