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Game #254

Aston Villa

Saturday, 26 October 1895

Won

1st

WWDWW

Division One

Attendance: 10,000

Birmingham City

Coventry Road Muntz Street

Jack Devey scored a brace to see off their neighbours as Villa had now put 11 past bottom club Small Heath to record seven wins in 10 games and remain two points clear at the top of the table.

Small Heath

1-4

Aston Villa

Assists(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Jack Devey, scored a brace to see off Small Heath, Saturday, 26 October 1895

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 26 October 1895

[Exact timings not recorded]
HT Small Heath 0-0 Aston Villa
Goal, 1-0, Jack Devey
49โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Small Heath)
60โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Jack Reynolds
Goal, 3-1, Jack Devey
Goal, 4-1, Johnny Campbell
FT Small Heath 1-4 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa had now put 11 past bottom club Small Heath to record seven wins in 10 games and remain two points clear at the top of the table.

Full back Jim Elliott made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before retiring from football due to ill-health.

Aston Villa

Birmingham City

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Birmingham City

Previous 5 vs. Birmingham City: | - | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฉ |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1895-96 |
Matchday | #10 |
League Match | #10 |
Manager Game | #228 |
Saturday, 26 October 1895

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 4-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWDWW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

CARDS

Villa

Birmingham City

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TEAM NEWS

Villa make four changes from the team that beat Blackburn last time out with Jimmy Welford, Bob Chatt, Jack Cowan and Billy Dorrell dropping out and are replaced by Jimmy Cowan, Jim Elliott, Steve Smith and Johnny Campbell.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.03 |

Oldest Player |
F Dennis Hodgetts | 31.93 |

Youngest Player |
FB Howard Spencer | 20.19 |

George Ramsay led Management Committee

MANAGER

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

Aston Villa

GK Harry Wilkes |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Howard Spencer |
FB Jim Elliott |
M Jack Reynolds |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
W Charlie Athersmith |
W Steve Smith |
F Jack Devey |
F Dennis Hodgetts |
F Johnny Campbell |

Birmingham City

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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

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

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Match Symbols:

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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"This last score disheartened the Small Heath players, who relaxed their efforts, whereas the Villa played with a greater determination than ever, and before the finish John Devey and John Campbell each scored a magnificent goal."

*The Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 28 October 1895

The Aston Villa on Saturday justified the confidence reposed in them by their supporters by going to Small Heath and gaining a splendid victory by 4 goals to a 1.

Last season, it will be remembered, the contest ended in a draw of two goals each, and during the earlier stages of the game on Saturday many spectators began to think that Small Heath would succeed in saving a point if, indeed, they did not win outright.

During the first half they had distinctly the best of the contest. They were quicker on the ball than the Villa, they passed better, whilst their attacks were characterised by great dash and determination. And their attacks were very numerous, and but for their brilliant defence matters would have gone badly for the Villa during the first three quarters of an hour.

Spencer played magnificently at back, whilst Wilkesโ€™ goalkeeping throughout this trying period was superb, his saving on many occasions being simply wonderful. Beyond Wilkes and Spencer, and perhaps, Athersmith, who made one or two fine runs and centred with great accuracy, the Villa players gave a very indifferent exhibition in the first half, and had they continued to play as badly in the second they would probably have got soundly beaten.

However, the Aston Villa were a different team so far as tactics went after the interval and during the last half-hour there was practically only one side in it.

The start of the second half was sensational.

Devey scoring for the Villa and Jones for Small Heath within the first four minutes; and for the next five minutes the play raged fast, and furious, and there were quite as many attacks on the Villa goal as there were on the other.

There seemed, indeed, every prospect of an exciting finish. but at the end of a quarter of an hour a long shot by Reynolds settled the question. The Villa half-back dodged for an opening, secured it, and made a shot from a distance of twenty-five yards. Meates the Small Heath goalkeeper, got his hands to the ball, but it slipped off them and dropped over the line. He promptly recovered himself and fisted out, but the referee very properly awarded a goal.

This was the second blunder committed by the Small Heath custodian, for Devey scored the first point from a poor punch out by Meates, to in excuse for whom it must be stated that the ball was very greasy, and Wilkes himself committed one serious mistake, letting the ball slip but of his hands, but luckily for the Villa it rolled to Spencer, who cleared.

This last score disheartened the Small Heath players, who relaxed their efforts, whereas the Villa played with a greater determination than ever, and before the finish John Devey and John Campbell each scored a magnificent goal.