Aston Villa

2-2

Everton

Scorer(s) | Charlie Athersmith, Steve Smith

Assists(s) | Not recorded

Game #244

Division One

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 5,000

Wednesday, 24 April 1895

Position:

AT A GLANCE

Game #244

Season | 1894-95 |
Matchday | #35 |
League Match | #30 |
Manager Game | #218 |
Wednesday, 24 April 1895

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 2-2 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | LWDWD |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.84 |

Oldest Player |
F Dennis Hodgetts | 31.42 |

Youngest Player |
FB Howard Spencer | 19.68 |

TEAM NEWS

Villa make one change from the team that won the FA Cup last time out with Jim Elliott coming in for Jimmy Welford.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Although Villa now had only ten men they more than held their own, and penned the visitors in."

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

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STARTING LINE UP

GK Harry Wilkes |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Jim Elliott |
FB Howard Spencer |
M Jack Reynolds |
M George Russell |
W Steve Smith |
W Charlie Athersmith |
F Dennis Hodgetts |
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, 1-0, Charlie Athersmith, Assist by Jack Devey
Goal, 1-1, (Everton)
Goal, 2-1, Steve Smith, Assist by Jack Devey
HT Aston Villa 2-1 Everton
Player retires injured, George Russell
89’ Goal, 2-2, (Everton)
FT Aston Villa 2-2 Everton

ON THIS DAY

Villa finish the season in 3rd place as their title defence is lost despite, after a hesitant start, scoring 100 goals and recording 15 wins in 20 games including winning the FA Cup to make the 1894-95 season another successful one.

Midfielder George Russell made his final appearance for Villa aged 25 before moving on to Glasgow United.

KEY MAN

Steve Smith, scored Villa's last goal of the season, having also scored the first, Wednesday, 24 April 1895.

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Thursday 25 April 1895
THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE.
FIRST DIVISION.
CONCLUDING MATCH OF THE SEASON.

ASTON VILLA V. EVERTON.

There were nearly five thousand people present when these teams met yesterday (Wednesday) evening, on Perry Barr enclosure, Birmingham, in the final League engagement of the season.

The Villa had the same team as won the English Cup on Saturday, except that Elliott took the place of Welford. whilst Everton had strong combination.

The visitors won the toss and the Villa started against a glaring sun.

The opening exchanges were fast and exciting, each goal being visited in quick succession.

After Chadwick had forced corner Devey got possession, and racing away passed to Athersmith. who cleared all obstacles and scored with a splendid shot.

Shortly after this Chatt and Devey made a passing run and Hodgetts shot with terrific force, but Hillman returned, and Millward and Hartley made an incursion on the homesters’ citadel, and Wilkes was forced to concede corner kick, which was unproductive.

A magnificent run by Reynolds and Hodgetts ended in Smith cleverly shooting, but Hillman again saved his charge.

Everton’s left wing then got away, but carried the ball over the line, whilst a fine run by Hartley and Bell passed similarly unrewarded.

Even exchanges followed, neither gaining any advantage. Wilkes saved, and rushing out met the return ball, and the referee, mistaking the man, blew his whistle for foul, but finding out his mistake threw the ball up half a dozen yards away from the Villa goal, but the ball was got away.

Williams later got possession but Elliott missed, and Spencer did likewise.

Hartley then rushed and put the scores on equality.

Not to be denied, however, Villa rushed away. Athersmith received the ball from Devey and centred, Smith scoring just before the interval.

On resuming play became fast, and each line of forwards did good work.

Reynolds put in stinging shot, which Hillman saved, and after a foul kick he again nearly lowered the Everton’s colours.

After a scrum in the home goal Spencer cleared and Devey passed to Smith, who was ruled off-side, although four opposing players were in front of him.

A deluge of rain now greatly interfered with play, and a little later Russell, one of the Villa halves, had to leave the held with an injured leg.

Although Villa now had only ten men they more than held their own, and penned the visitors in.

Devey, Athersmith, Reynolds and Cowan had shots at goal, and Adams and Parry were kept constantly on the defensive.

As time approached play became more even, and one minute from “Time!” Everton scored, and the game ended in a draw of two goals each.