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Game #287

Aston Villa

Saturday, 14 November 1896

Won

3rd

WWWDW

Division One

Attendance: 10,000

Sheffield Wednesday

Olive Grove

Fred Wheldon scored his fifth goal in 6 matches as reigning Champions Villa were now unbeaten in seven games, winning five but tied for top spot of the First Division with Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool having two games in hand on the latter.

Wednesday

1-3

Aston Villa (Champions)

Assists(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Fred Wheldon, scored his fifth goal in 6 matches, Saturday, 14 November 1896.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 14 November 1896

[Exact timings not recorded]
Goal, 1-0, Fred Wheldon
HT Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Aston Villa
Goal, 1-1, (Sheffield Wednesday)
Goal, 2-1, Johnny Campbell
Goal, 3-1, Charlie Athersmith
FT Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa were now unbeaten in seven games, winning five but tied for top spot of the First Division with Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool having two games in hand on the latter.

Aston Villa

League Champions: 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1895-96

Sheffield Wednesday

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1895–96

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sheffield Wednesday

Previous 5 vs. Wednesday: | 🟥 | 🟥 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1896-97 |
Matchday | #12 |
League Match | #12 |
Manager Game | #261 |
Saturday, 14 November 1896

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 3-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWWDW

MANAGERIAL RECORD

George Ramsay led Management Committee

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 261 | 🟩 145 🟨 40 🟥 76 | 1.82

Career Form:

Top 4

George Ramsay led Management Committee

MATCH OFFICIALS

All the matches refereed by:

CARDS

Villa

Sheffield Wednesday

TEAM NEWS

Villa make two changes from the side that could only draw with bottom club Bury last time out as Albert Evans and Jack Reynolds drop out with Bob Chatt (first appearance of the campaign) and Howard Spencer (back off international duty) return.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.58 |

Oldest Player |
F Jack Devey | 29.91 |

Youngest Player |
FB Howard Spencer | 21.24 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Howard Spencer |
FB Jimmy Welford |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
W Steve Smith |
W Charlie Athersmith |
F Johnny Campbell |
F Fred Wheldon |
F Jack Devey |
F Bob Chatt |

Sheffield Wednesday

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

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"The first of the season’s fixtures between these clubs was played at Olive Grove Grounds in weather of the most depressing character."

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 16 November 1896

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v. ASTON VILLA.

“VICTORY OF THE VILLANS”

The first of the season’s fixtures between these clubs was played at Olive Grove Grounds in weather of the most depressing character. Before the time set for the match to commence - 2.45- there was every appearance of rain but fortunately it held off until the second half was started, when it commenced to drizzle, and continued throughout the remainder of the game,

Wednesday played their strongest available team, while in the Villa eleven Chatt took the place of Reynolds at right half back. There was a strong breeze blowing lengthwise of the fired of play when Devey won the toss and Davis, who was playing centre forward for Wednesday, kicked off towards Heeley against the wind, in the presence of about twelve thousand spectators.

Straight from the kick off the ball was taken into Wednesday territory, and a free kick accrued to the Villans. Spencer directed the ball, which Davis headed away, but it was returned, and bobbed backward and forward among the players, who were massed in front of goal, until it came to Wheldon, who headed past Massey.

The remainder of the first half was stubbornly contested, the Wednesdayites having slightly the best of the play, but they were the weaker in front of the goal, both Davis and Spikesley missing chances, the wild shots at goal by Davis being the worst.

The interval arrived with the score one goal to none in favour of Aston Villa.

On resuming the Villa at once attacked, and Massey had to beat away from Devey. During the next fifteen minutes the ball was seldom out of the Villains territory, and although their defence was severely taxed they managed to keep their goal intact.

When play had progressed seventeen minutes Brady equalised for Wednesday amidst scenes of indescribable excitement, and then play became very fast and exciting.

When the second half had progressed twenty three minutes the Villans made an almost electrical burst, and some grand play by the left wing forwards gave Campbell a chance which he utilised, thus placing the Villa team in front.

From the kick-off they pressed and Athersmith scored a third goal for the visitors.

The remainder of game was stoutly contested, but nothing more accrued, the result was, Aston Villa, three goals; Wednesday, one goal.

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