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Game #303

Aston Villa

Saturday, 6 March 1897

Won

1st

WWDDW

Division One

Attendance: 10,000

Nottingham Forest

Town Ground

Jack Devey opened the scoring as reigning Champions Villa were now unbeaten in nine League and Cup games to head the First division by five points over nearest rivals Derby County.

Nottingham Forest

2-4

Aston Villa (Champions)

Assists(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Jack Devey, opened the scoring, Saturday, 6 March 1897.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 6 March 1897

[Exact timings not recorded]
12โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Jack Devey, Assist by Jimmy Crabtree
HT Nottingham Forest 0-1 Aston Villa
Goal, 1-1, Nottingham Forest
Goal, 2-1, Jack Cowan
Goal, 2-2, Nottingham Forest
Goal, 3-2, Johnny Campbell
Goal, 4-2, Own Goal, Stuart
FT Nottingham Forest 2-4 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa were now unbeaten in nine League and Cup games to head the First division by five points over nearest rivals Derby County.

Aston Villa

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1895-96

Nottingham Forest

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Nottingham Forest

Previous 5 vs. Forest: | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1896-97 |
Matchday | #28 |
League Match | #24 |
Manager Game | #277 |
Saturday, 6 March 1897

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 4-2 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWDDW |

MANAGERIAL RECORD

George Ramsay led Management Committee

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 277 | ๐ŸŸฉ 156 ๐ŸŸจ 43 ๐ŸŸฅ 78 | 1.84

Career Form:

Top 4

George Ramsay led Management Committee

MATCH OFFICIALS

Cards:

Villa

Nottingham Forest

All the matches refereed by:

TEAM NEWS

Villa make one change from the team that had yet to beat Preston in the third round of the FA Cup, with Jack Cowan replacing Steve Smith.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.74 |

Oldest Player |
F Jack Devey | 30.21 |

Youngest Player |
FB Howard Spencer | 21.55 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

Aston Villa

GK Harry Wilkes |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Howard Spencer |
FB Albert Evans |
M Jack Reynolds |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
W Jack Cowan |
W Charlie Athersmith |
F Fred Wheldon |
F Johnny Campbell |
F Jack Devey |

Nottingham Forest

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:

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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

"In the end the League champions added yet another victory to the series already achieved."

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 8 March 1897

NOTTS FOREST V. ASTON VILLA
Notts Forest have never cut a very prominent figure against Aston Villa, and on Saturday afternoon, on the Town Ground at Nottingham, they suffered defeat in the return League match of the season by four goals to two.

Of the previous 16 contests engaged in Aston Villa have won fourteen to the Forest menโ€™s two, the former scoring forty two goals as against 22.

On Saturday the weather. although cold, was beautifully fine, and large and enthusiastic crowd assembled.

Spencer was played in lieu of Shaw on the local right, and Stewart filled the vacancy in the half back line.

At the start the attendance was estimated at 10,000 spectators. The Forest captain won the toss, and scarcely had the Villa centre kicked off than Athersmith rushed down and shot vigorously into the hands of Allsopp. who saved all expense of a corner. This, however, availed nothing, and on resuming the Forest forwards played strongly, Spencer just failing to head through.

A free kick now fell to the โ€œVillansโ€ which was close in. This was taken Crabtree and on his passing to Devey the latter succeeded in scoring, amid the hearty cheers of the Birmingham contingent.

Twelve minutes had elapsed, and on recommencing the home side again took up the running, forcing a succession of comers.

Later Allsopp saved splendidly from Campbell. Play was extremely fast, and was for a time in favour of Forest. A superb centre by Mโ€™Innes on the left rolled right across the Villa goal and had Frank Forman been a little closer would possibly have equalised.

Just on the eve the interval Allsopp fisted out a stinging shot from foot of Wheldon. When the referee sounded his whistle for the cross-over Villa were leading by the one goal named to none.

Forest had the wind against them, but Spencer early broke away, and eluding Evans, the local outside right screwed a shot which Wilkes had no chance stopping.

Continuing, the opposing forwards again worked their way to the front and a second goal on their behalf was registered John Cowan from the left.

The excitement was now very great, the Foresters playing for all they were worth.

Once Spencer caused Wilks to fall his entire length to save though at the same forward's next attempt he negotiated a shot which proved much too good for the Villa goal-keeper, Thus the โ€œpollโ€ was again equal.

The locals, cheered on by their supporters, worked in amazing fashion, and might have drawn to the front had their kicking been better judged. When in front of their opponentsโ€™ stronghold Frank Forman charged Campbell, and as result of the foul the visitors, through Campbell, were enabled to register third point.

Free kicks to both sides succeeded, and just before the close Stuart, one the local half backs, unluckily out of a scrimmage, placed the ball into the Forest net. Spencer for Forest, was especially prominent, but do as he might, he was unable to get through the Villa backs.

In the end the League champions added yet another victory to the series already achieved winning, as already stated, by four goals to two.