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Game #3060

Aston Villa

4-9-13, 17 PTS

Saturday, 17 January 1970

Lost

22nd (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division Two

Portsmouth

Attendance: 21,170

Villa Park

8-8-12, 24 PTS

Aston Villa

3-5

Portsmouth

Assists(s) | Willie Anderson | 18' | Bruce Rioch | 36' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa return to League action and concede five at home to Portsmouth to leave them four points from safety at the bottom of the table but with a game in hand on third from bottom Preston. Villaโ€™s latest defeat - their thirteenth in twenty six games - proves to be Tommy Dochertyโ€™s final game in charge. Docherty had spent ยฃ350,000, had made increasingly outlandish claims as to his and Villaโ€™s imminent success, had continued his self publicising ways, had ostracised essential squad quality but many fans continued to idolise someone who had delivered just four wins and who was clearly unable to rectify his shortcomings from the very first games of the season. Only inactivity of the equally culpable Herbert Douglas Ellis and the honeymoon period for the โ€˜newโ€™ board allowed the unfolding disaster to continue past the obvious point of action. Yet still the media called it a โ€œshockโ€ as did the unrepentant Docherty himself.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 17 January 1970

๐Ÿฅ… | 11โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Portsmouth), Ray Hiron
โšฝ | 18โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Bruce Rioch, Assist by Willie Anderson
โšฝ | 36โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Willie Anderson, Assist by Bruce Rioch
๐Ÿฅ… | 43โ€™ Goal, 2-2, (Portsmouth), Jim Storrie
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-2 Portsmouth
๐Ÿฅ… | 48โ€™ Goal, 2-3, (Portsmouth), Ray Pointer
๐Ÿ” | Sub off, Barry Lynch, Sub on Lionel Martin
๐Ÿฅ… | 72โ€™ Goal, 2-4, (Portsmouth), Albert McCann
โšฝ | 84โ€™ Goal, 3-4, Bruce Rioch
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 3-5, (Portsmouth), Albert McCann
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-5 Portsmouth

ON THIS DAY

Tommy Docherty's terrible season continues as Villa lose for a fourth time in the last five League games to make it four wins, nine draws and thirteen defeats in twenty six division two matches.

Villaโ€™s latest reverse saw them rooted to the bottom of the Division Two table having conceded 36 and scoring only 19 goals.

Meanwhile, defender Dick Edwards made his final appearance for Villa aged 27 before moving on to Torquay United in June 1970.

Edwards played for Villa between 1967-68 and 1969-70 making 77 appearances, scoring twice.

Full back Barry Lynch made his third and final appearance for Villa aged 18 before moving on to Atlanta Chiefs in the summer of 1971.

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Monday, 19 January 1970

Manager Tommy Docherty and first team trainer-coach Arthur Cox were sacked by Villa after presiding over an appalling season of football leaving the club facing almost certain relegation to the third tier.

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Friday, 23 January 1970

Following similar behaviour earlier in his Villa career, full back Mick Wright declares he will no longer play for the club in the wake of the Docherty sacking.

โ€œEllis must goโ€ chants reverberate around a Villa Park reserve match as supporters point the finger of blame at upstart Chairman Herbert Douglas Ellis.

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Monday, 26 January 1970

Former Villa wing half Vic Crowe is appointed manager of Villa having acted as caretaker in the week since Tommy Dochertyโ€™s sacking after stepping up from his position as second team coach.

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

Portsmouth

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1949-50

FIXTURE HISTORY

Portsmouth

Previous 5 vs. Portsmouth: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1969-70 |
Matchday | #30 |
League Match | #26 |
Manager Game | #53 |
Saturday, 17 January 1970

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Tommy Docherty | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 1968-1970
Referee: Unknown
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 2-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 3-5
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Tommy Docherty | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 53 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 16 ๐ŸŸจ | 17 ๐ŸŸฅ 20 | 1.23

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Unknown
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Portsmouth

None

TEAM NEWS

Dave Rudge replaces Lionel Martin.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 22.88 |

Oldest Player |
CB George Curtis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.73 |

Youngest Player |
M Jimmy Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 16.30 |

MANAGER

Tommy Docherty | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK John Phillips | 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 George Curtis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dick Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
FB Barry Lynch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” | ๐Ÿ”ด |
M Bruce Rioch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |
M Willie Anderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |
M Dave Rudge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jimmy Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Brian Godfrey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

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

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Portsmouth

GK John Milkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
FB Mike Travers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB David Munks | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB George Ley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Eoin Hand | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Albert McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
M Brian Bromley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Nicky Jennings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Ray Pointer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Jim Storrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Ray Hiron | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Lionel Martin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for FB Barry Lynch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F Mike Treblicock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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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

Squad:
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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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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

Squad:
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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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None

UNAVAILABLE

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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:

โ€‹

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

๐Ÿ”ด CB Dick Edwards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1968-70 | ๐Ÿ•’ 77 | 77 (0) | โšฝ 2 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 1 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 0 | #527 |
๐Ÿ”ด FB Barry Lynch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1969-70 | ๐Ÿ•’ 3 | 3 (0) | โšฝ 0 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 0 | #533 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œDocherty outโ€ โ€œBarrie Hole.โ€ โ€œGerry Hitchens.โ€ โ€œWalsall, Walsall here we come.โ€ โ€œFootball is all about scoring goals and not giving them away.โ€ Tommy Docherty, sacked shortly after. "After a long and careful consideration, the board have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of Aston Villa for there to be a change in management. "Consequently, Mr. Docherty and Mr. Cox were informed of this decision at today's board meeting. Mr. Docherty's contract has been honoured in every respect and suitable compensation has been agreed with Mr. Cox. โ€œNo decision has yet been made as to whether the club will seek a new manager. Priority "It is the board's belief that the immediate priority is to maintain the club's stability while the present transition takes place." Aston Villa board statement. "My first reaction is one of big disappointment. โ€œQuite honestly, I thought I was getting the sack a month ago when the board then gave me a vote of confidence. "But really I knew in my mind that it wasn't a vote of confidence. " I have no hard feelings. You are only as good as your last result and I cannot argue with results this season. "The only thing I am dissatisfied with is the time given me to get success. The club has been fair and generous but in twelve months you can only start something. "I have bought the right players. They are lads for the future and, given the right breaks, they would have been players of the present. โ€œI would like everyone to make a note of players like Bruce Rioch, John Phillips and Jimmy Brown and look at them in three years time. "It will not be a case of having the last laugh. I am only interested in Aston Villa going where they belong, in the First Division, and if these players help them to do it then I can look back in pride. โ€œIt has not all been bad luck. But if we had had some breaks we would have been further up the table. I am convinced Villa would have stayed up with me as manager. โ€œThis has been a bigger blow and greater disappointment than when I left Chelsea. โ€œIn fact, it is the greatest setback of my career. If I had known that I was only being given a year then I would not have accepted the job. โ€œI would like to stay in the game because it is my life. I don't know anything else." Tommy Docherty.

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