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Game #3002

Aston Villa

2-7-9, 11 PTS

Saturday, 9 November 1968


22nd (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division Two

Attendance: 13,374

Preston North End

Villa Park

6-7-4, 19 PTS

Villa slump to bottom of the table on goal average, two points off safety, amidst mass protests at the board in their defeat to mid table Preston. The game proves to be the last in a torrid spell under Tommy Cummings, who for all his shortcomings, is seen as the scapegoat for an out of touch and debilitating board. As ever in football things however arenโ€™t mutually exclusive, sadly for Villa they have had an incompetent board and incompetent management team combine to take them to the brink of the third tier. The boardโ€™s answer is to promote 30 year old coach Arthur Cox to take over from Tommy Cummings; Coxโ€™s immediate action is to ostracise a crucial player.

Aston Villa


Preston North End

Assist(s) | None





Saturday, 9 November 1968

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Preston North End
๐Ÿฅ… | 49โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Preston North End), Fred Turnbull o.g.
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Preston North End


Tommy Cummings' Villa now have just two wins in the last twenty three games as they make it two wins, seven draws and nine defeats in eighteen division two games so far this season.


Monday, 11 November 1968

Cummingsโ€™ and his assistant Malcolm Musgrove were relieved of their managerial duties following this latest reverse by a delegation of seven Villa directors.

Aston Villa

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1960-61

Preston North End

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1937โ€“38


Preston North End

Previous 5 vs. Preston: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 1968-69 |
Matchday | #19 |
League Match | #18 |
Manager Game | #64 |
Saturday, 9 November 1968


Manager: Tommy Cummings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Sunderland, 1967-1968
Referee: Clive Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Treorchy, 1966โ€“1984
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Tommy Cummings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ•’ 64 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 18 ๐ŸŸจ 14 ๐ŸŸฅ 32 | 1.06

Career Form:

Bottom 8

Tommy Cummings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Referee: Clive Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Treorchy, 1966โ€“1984
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None




Preston North End


Clive Thomas


Dick Edwards and John Woodward replace Bobby Park and Lionel Martin.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.89 |

Oldest Player |
F Peter Broadbent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 35.51 |

Youngest Player |
F John Woodward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.83 |



Tommy Cummings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Bobby Seith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK John Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mick Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Fred Turnbull | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dick Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Tommy Mitchinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Barrie Hole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Mike Ferguson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F John Woodward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Godfrey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
F Peter Broadbent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Preston North End

GK Alan Kelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB George Ross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Graham Hawkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Jim Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Jimmy McNab | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Alan Spavin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ken Knighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Archie Gemmill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W Derek Temple | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gerry Ingram | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Willie Irvine | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


No Substitutions Made


No Substitutions Made


M Lew Chatterley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


M George Lyall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/12



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/12





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 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


Match Symbols:


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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




Not recorded


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"I won't be able to produce my best form for Villa now."

Willie Anderson after being dropped and demanding a transfer request.

โ€œAs yet the computers have not discovered the magic formula to produce a winning football team overnight. Money does not guarantee success.

"Sometimes potential stars. in whom one is justified in showing great confidence, do not mature as anticipated.

โ€œLuck still plays a big part in this game of football. And sometimes it is our turn to suffer the disappointments.

โ€œThat's the way the cookie crumbles.โ€

A scarcely believable board statement published in the Aston Villa News & Record, Saturday, 9 November 1968

โ€œThe Board must go.โ€

Fans protest at Villa Park, Saturday, 9 November 1968.

โ€œWITHIN 48 hours of demands for their own resignations, Aston Villa's directors have fired manager Tommy Cummings and coach Malcolm Musgrove.โ€

Daily Mirror editorial, Tuesday, 12 November 1968.

โ€œI shall resign if we drop into the Third Division."

Chairman Norman Smith misses the point.

"It is always a shock when one gets the sack - it must be the same in any walk of life - and this is the first time it has happened to me.

โ€œAfter all, I have only had three jobs as player and manager. Apart from that, I have no comment to make."

Tommy Cummings.

"Only those prepared to give 100 per cent will be in my team. Effort and endeavour count far more than skill."

Arthur Cox, handed responsibility for first-team affairs.

BARRIE HOLE walked out of Villa Park yesterday after a row with caretaker manager Arthur Cox. Hole was told on Tuesday that he was dropped for Saturday's game at Portsmouth. He asked to see Cox to discuss his futureโ€”then came the walk out.

*Daily Mirror*
Thursday, 14 November 1968

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 11 November 1968

ASTON VILLA'S directors tonight face what could be the most crucial meeting in the club's crisis-fraught history of recent years. Their home defeat against Preston on Saturday dropped them firmly into the Second Division's last position and aroused the most serious crowd demonstration of disapproval that can ever have been seen at Villa Park.

What will be the Board's solution when they hold their weekly meeting?

Three times in the last decade they have parted company with their manager at. moments of crisis. Eric Houghton left almost exactly ten years ago. Joe Mercer's departure was in July1964, and his successor, Dick Taylor, lasted less than three years.

Manager Tommy Cummings. who joined them from Mansfield at the start of last season, has bought players at a reputed cost of ยฃ200,000 and yet they have made no impact on the Second Division.

Chairman Norman Smith, who left Villa Park at half-time on Saturday to attend the Arsenal dinner in London and missed the crowd demonstrations, said recently that he would announce an important development soon.

He was not available for comment last night.

Does this mean a managerial change or changes in the Board?

If it is the former, where does it leave Villa?

In the present state of the club, can they expect any manager to produce a recovery?

Saving them from relegation to the Third Division will be a gargantuan job, let alone building them up to challenging for a return to the First.

The time has come to pose the clear question: How long can Villa continue as a club of any sort of distinction with its present Board considered as an entity?

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 11 November 1968

IT is really incredible that the board of Aston Villa looking round for the reasons for the desperately poor showing of a club that is now in danger of falling through the bottom of the Second Division should fix its gaze on the club's manager and assistant manager, apparently oblivious to the need to look in another direction. Football club managers are well aware that theirs is a risky job, but it is hard not to condole with Mr. T. S. Cummings and with the club's assistant manager, Mr. M. C. Musgrove, on their dismissal. It is reasonable to ask why the club has not fulfilled expectations under the managership of a capable man of whose appointment hopes were obviously entertained. Is it a question of the judgment of the manager and the assistant manager or of the circumstances in which they have been working? The amount spent by Aston Villa in the past year in buying new players is high by the club's standards, but not in comparison with the expenditure of other major clubs. The board of Aston Villa can be accepted as having the best interests of this famous club at heart, otherwise its members would not have continued in an increasingly thankless office. What the board has not yet done is to think right through to what course of action would most effectively forward its aspirations. What sort of effect on morale will this removal of manager and assistant manager have at this particular stage? The board ought to direct its attention nearer home if it is going to make a thorough job of reform. Introspection is called for. Two new members of the board were recently appointed. What the situation clearly calls for is for some of the older members to show their loyalty to, and regard for the future of, the club that means so much to them by standing down and giving more new men a chance. Aston Villa needs new, youthful and thrustful direction at the very top, and even then it will have a hard fight to regain its former proud status. Time is against it.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Tuesday, 12 November 1968