Game #27


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1st Round

FA Cup 1st Round

Wednesbury Old Athletic

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 4,000

Saturday, 30 October 1886

Villa record their biggest ever win as they hammer Old Athletic by thirteen goals to nil with Dennis Hodgetts scoring a debut hat-trick.

Aston Villa


Wednesbury Old Athletic

Scorer(s) | Dennis Hodgetts | Arthur Loach | Archie Hunter | Dennis Hodgetts | Richmond Davis | Arthur Brown | Arthur Loach | Arthur Brown | Jack Burton | Albert Brown | Archie Hunter | Archie Hunter | Jack Burton |

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Game #27

Season | 1886-87 |
Matchday | #1 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 30 October 1886


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 13-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DLWLW |




Wednesbury Old Athletic

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    


[Exact birth dates not recorded]

Starting XI Average Age
| 23.97 |

Oldest Player |
F Archie Hunter | 27.12 |

Youngest Player |
D Frank Coulton | 18.76 |


Villa hand FA Cup debuts to Jimmy Warner, Frank Coulton, Harry Yates, Arthur Loach & Dennis Hodgetts.


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George Ramsay led Management Committee



GK Jimmy Warner |
D Frank Coulton |
D Joe Simmonds |
CB Dick Robertson |
M Harry Yates |
M Jack Burton |
F Albert Brown |
F Richmond Davis |
F Archie Hunter |
F Arthur Loach |
F Dennis Hodgetts |


No Substitutions permitted in period


No Substitutions permitted in period


Malpass, Morley, Mitchells, Cartwright, Byrne, Knight, Board, Tonks. Powis, Roberts, Heath.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on


Secretary Manager George Ramsay takes charge of his first FA Cup game as Villa record their biggest ever League & Cup win with their 13-0 win over Wednesbury Old Athletic as forward Dennis Hodgetts hit a hat trick on his debut for the club in a game that also saw goalkeeper Jimmy Warner, defender Frank Coulton, right half Harry Yates, and forward Arthur Loach make their first appearances for Villa.

Dennis Hodgetts scored a debut hat-trick as Villa recorded their record score, Saturday, 30 October 1886.

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1’ Debut, Jimmy Warner, Frank Coulton, Harry Yates, Arthur Loach, Dennis Hodgetts.
Goal, 1-0, Dennis Hodgetts
Goal, 2-0, Arthur Loach
Goal, 3-0, Archie Hunter
Goal, 4-0, Dennis Hodgetts
Goal, 5-0, Richmond Davis
Goal, 6-0, Arthur Brown
Goal, 7-0, Arthur Loach
Goal, 8-0, Arthur Brown
Goal, 9-0, Jack Burton
Goal, 10-0, Albert Brown
Goal, 11-0, Archie Hunter
Goal, 12-0, Archie Hunter
Goal, 13-0, Jack Burton
FT Aston Villa 13-0 Wednesbury Old Athletic



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"Only a few hundreds were present at this match, which was played at Perry Barr, and the result was a foregone conclusion."

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*The Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 1 November 1886



The first round in the competition for the Football Association Challenge Cup had to be completed on Saturday, and the great majority of clubs having deferred the playing of their ties until the last possible date, an unusually large number of matches were decided in various parts of the country on Saturday afternoon.

Most prominent of all the contests was that at Glasgow, between the famous English professional eleven, Preston North End, and Queen’s Park, victory resting with the Preston club by 3 goals to 0.

Halliwell had to meet the Blackburn Rovers, at Blackburn, but having no chance of success with their strictly qualified eleven, virtually scratched to the Cup holders by playing their full strength. West Bromwich Albion, who competed in the final tie last year, gained an easy victory, by 6 goals to none; and Notts County proved successful by the large majority of 13 goals to none.

Darwen achieved a most creditable win over Heart of Midlothian; while the Glasgow Rangers only just succeeded in knocking out Everton. Of other great clubs, Aston Villa, Notts Forest and Derby County all earned the right to compete in the second round. The Bolton Wanderers, although successful, had a much harder task with South Shore than had appeared probable; while the Scottish club, Renton, gained a bare victory over Accrington. We give below a brief description of tine various games:


Only a few hundreds were present at this match, which was played at Perry Barr, and the result was a foregone conclusion.

Archie Hunter led off, and the Athletic right wing got the ball dangerously close to the home goal. Simmonds and Robertson speedily got the leather away to the left wing. From the centre Davis headed to Loach, who was just too late to prevent the ball from going outside.

Malpass stopped a smart shot from Brown, and a few seconds later it was as much as he could do to avert a downfall from two corner kicks. In midfield Hunter took charge of the ball and turned it over to the left wing men. Upon being returned near goal Hodgetts had a capital chance of scoring, but failed.

Directly after a scrimmage occurred in the Athletic quarters, and resulted in Loach putting the ball through goal. This was disallowed on the plea of offside.

The Villa continued to press their opponents, and Hodgetts very cleverly scored the first point with a high shot. This was immediately followed by a second from Loach, who received the ball from Brown. Only a short time elapsed ere Hunter added the third. Hodgetts made the fourth. The game, dull at first, now became wholly interesting, and the spectators looked upon the rapid scoring in a matter of fact sort of way.

The fifth goal was registered by Davis, while the sixth points was the result of a good shot from Brown and the seventh from Loach. At this stage Morley officiated in goal in place of Malpass. The eighth goal came from Brown, the ninth from Burton, Albert Brown caused the addition of the tenth. Davies, whilst offside, put the ball through the posts, and consequently it did not count. Archie succeeded in making goals number elven and twelve, and Burton the thirteenth.

Result: Villa 13; Athletic 0.

Aston Villa: Warner, goal; Coulton and Simmonds backs : Yates, Robertson, and Burton half-backs; R. Davis and A. Brown (right wing), Archie Hunter (centre), Loach and Hodgetts (left wing), forwards.

Wednesbury Old Athletic : W. Malpass goal; R. Morley and F. Mitchells, backs; Cartwright, M Byrne, and M. Knight, half backs; R. Board and T. Tonks (right); R. Powis, centre; J. Roberts and J. Heath (left) forwards.

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