West Brom

3-2

Aston Villa (Champions)

Scorer(s) | Steve Smith, Tom Purslow

Assists(s) | Not recorded

Game #223

Division One

Stoney Lane

Attendance: 12,000

Saturday, 17 November 1894

Position:

AT A GLANCE

Game #223

Season | 1894-95 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Match | #14 |
Manager Game | #197 |
Saturday, 17 November 1894

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 2-3 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | WLWWL |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 23.86 |

Oldest Player |
F Jack Devey | 27.91 |

Youngest Player |
FB Howard Spencer | 19.25 |

TEAM NEWS

Villa make one change from the side that put 5 past Sheffield United without reply in the previous game as Dennis Hodgetts (bereavement) is replaced by Tom Purslow for his debut.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

QUOTE OF THE DAY

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

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STARTING LINE UP

GK Harry Wilkes |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Howard Spencer |
FB Jimmy Welford |
M Jack Reynolds |
M George Russell |
W Steve Smith |
W Charlie Athersmith |
F Tom Purslow |
F Bob Chatt |
F Jack Devey |

OPPOSITION

ex: Also played for the Villa;

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

MATCH TIMELINE

[Exact timings not recorded]
Goal, 0-1, (West Bromwich Albion)
Goal, 0-2, (West Bromwich Albion)
HT West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Aston Villa
Goal, 1-2, Steve Smith, Assist by Charlie Athersmith
Goal, 2-2, Tom Purslow, Assist by Charlie Athersmith
Goal, 2-3, (West Bromwich Albion)
FT West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa field their youngest XI of the season with an average age of 23.87 as they come unstuck against neighbours Albion and suffer their sixth defeat in 14 to leave them 6th in the table.

Forward Tom Purslow made his sole - and goalscoring - appearance for Villa aged 24 after joining from Nechells Old Boys. Purslow later moved on to Walsall Town Swifts.

KEY MAN

Charlie Athersmith, created both Villa goals, Saturday, 17 November 1894

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Monday 19 November 1894

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v. ASTON VILLA.

There was a great gathering of spectators at Stoney Lane, West Bromwich, on Saturday, to witness the return League match between these old local rivals, over 12,000 spectators being assembled, which is a record for this season at Stoney Lane.

The Albion were short of Crone back, for whom Horton acted, whilst death in the family of Dennis made his position vacant, and it was filled by Purslow, otherwise the teams were as advertised.

Devey won the toss, and Hutchinson opened proceedings, and it at once became evident that a fierce contest had commenced.

Each line of half-backs displayed magnificent tackling tactics, and this made play of a scrambling nature at the opening.

From sudden transference of play, the Villa goal being almost deserted, Hutchinson easily scored the first point for Albion.

McLeod and Bassett then brought the game to an exciting pitch, a rush for goal resulting in Wilkes being carried through the posts, thus scoring No. 2 for the home side.

No change was effected before half-time.

The Villa, however, never lost heart, and some splendid play was seen.

Athersmith put in one of his famous sprints and centred to Smith, who scored a clover goal.

Inspired with this success the Villa attacked with renewed vigour, and Devey passing to right wing, Athersmith again raced away and Purslow promptly put the ball through, making honours even.

The excitement was immense, each goal seemed in jeopardy from time to time, but Bassett just before close made a brilliant run and accurately passed to Richards, who flashed the ball into the net, thus winning the game.

Result—West Bromwich Albion, three goals; Aston Villa, two goals.