top of page

Game #23

Aston Villa

Saturday, 3 January 1885

Drew

3rd Round

WLWWD

FA Cup 3rd Round

Attendance: 22,000

West Bromwich Albion

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

A 22,000 crowd at Wellington Road - Villa’s record home attendance to date - witnessed the first FA Cup tie with neighbours Albion end in a dark, goalless draw as Villa led by captain Archie Hunter draw a blank.

Aston Villa

0-0

West Brom

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

PREVIOUS MATCH

NEXT MATCH

MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 3 January 1885

HT Aston Villa 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
FT Aston Villa 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

ON THIS DAY

A 22,000 crowd at Wellington Road - Villa’s record home attendance to date - witnessed the first FA Cup tie with neighbours Albion end in a dark, goalless draw.

Aston Villa

West Bromwich Albion

FA Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

West Bromwich Albion

Previous 5 vs. Albion: None
None

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1884-85 |
Matchday | #3 |
Manager Game | #23 |
Saturday, 3 January 1885

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Management Committee |
FT Score | 0-0 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | WLWWD |

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Management Committee

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

Career Form:

Management Committee

MATCH OFFICIALS

All the matches refereed by:

CARDS

Villa

West Bromwich Albion

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up from the team that beat Walsall Town in the previous round.

TEAM STATS

[Exact birth dates not recorded]

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.50 |

Oldest Player |
M Eli Davis | 29.11 |

Youngest Player |
F Albert Brown | 23.01 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Management Committee

Aston Villa

GK Walter Harvey |
D Joe Simmonds |
D Robert Price |
FB Tom Riddell |
WH Fred Dawson |
M Eli Davis |
F Olly Whateley |
F Albert Brown |
F Archie Hunter |
F Arthur Brown |
F Howard Vaughton |

West Bromwich Albion

Roberts, Green, Bell H, Horton. Bunn, Stanton, Woodhall, Aston, Bayless, Loach, Bell G.

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Permitted in Period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Permitted in Period

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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


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

Match Symbols:

⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

2021-22 Matchweek 38.jpg

PROGRAMME

Quotation Marks.png

MATCHDAY QUOTES

"As Saturday was the last day set by the National Association for the decision of the third round, a consultation was held to what should be done, but the darkness rendered it necessary for the teams to leave the field."

*Sporting Life*
Monday, 5 January 1885

ASTON VILLA v. WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Since the Villa have been on their Christmas “tour” their chance of victory in the tie with the West Bromwich Albion, which match took place on the ground of the former at Perry Barr, Birmingham, Saturday afternoon, was not strongly fancied when the draw for the third round was announced. However, the creditable result of the Aston Villa and Queen’s Park match at Glasgow on New Year’s Day revived the drooping spirits of their partisans, and on Saturday fully 8,000 spectators welcomed them back to their own ground.

Immediately after the ball had been set in motion the Villa commenced to play a dashing game, and to all appearances they seemed to have profited by their tour. Green and H. Bell for the Albion played a stubborn defensive game, and notwithstanding the strenuous exertions of the home eleven no goals were scored.

Shot after shot was aimed at the West Bromwich citadel, but Roberts, with the aid of the backs mentioned above, effectually neutralised the many attempts and at half-time no points had been secured on either side.

In the second half the visitors had the advantage of the incline, and they at once began to play on the aggressive but, although the whole of their forwards played with great determination, they seldom got within shooting distance of the Villa’s fortress.

Both sides played hard to obtain a goal, but despite the efforts of each eleven, the termination of the hour and a half’s play resulted in a draw, no goals being scored.

As Saturday was the last day set by the National Association for the decision of the third round, a consultation was held to what should be done, but the darkness rendered it necessary for the teams to leave the field.

Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. With thanks to Trinity Mirror. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved. Source: British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)