Game #3077

1969-70

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Position:

20th= (-4)

Division Two

Swindon Town

Villa Park

Attendance: 29,797

Saturday, 23 August 1969

Villa with one goal and one point from their first four second division games under Tommy Docherty fall back to joint bottom of the table alongside Preston and Birmingham.

Aston Villa

0-2

Swindon Town

Scorer(s) | None |

Assists(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #3077

Season | 1969-70 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Match | #4 |
Manager Game | #28 |
Saturday, 23 August 1969

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Tommy Docherty |
Referee | Ron Challis, Kent |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-2 |
Last 5 Games | LWLDL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ron Challis

MATCH INCIDENTS

Ron Challis

Villa

None

Swindon Town

None

🟨 | 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    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.22 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 27.33 |

Youngest Player |
M Chico Hamilton | 18.82 |

TEAM NEWS

Willie Anderson replaces Brian Godfrey.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Tommy Docherty

STAFF

STARTING LINE UP

GK Evan Williams |
RB Mick Wright |
D Dick Edwards |
CB Brian Tiler |
CB Fred Turnbull |
LB Charlie Aitken |
M Mike Ferguson |
M Chico Hamilton |
M Bruce Rioch |
M Willie Anderson |
M Pat McMahon |

SUBSTITUTES

F Brian Godfrey for M Willie Anderson | 56' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

THE OPPOSITION

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Tommy Docherty's terrible start to the season continues as Villa make it a draw and three losses in four division two games so far this season.

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MATCH TIMELINE

15’ Goal, 0-1, (Swindon Town), Arthur Horsfield
41’ Goal, 0-2, (Swindon Town), Rod Thomas
HT Aston Villa 0-2 Swindon Town
56’ Sub off, Willie Anderson, Sub on, Brian Godfrey
FT Aston Villa 0-2 Swindon Town

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 25 August 1969

“Tommy Docherty still believes Villa can do it - that they will be in contention at the top of the Second Division when the end of the season arrives. Sadly, on the evidence of this dismal display, it is already beginning to look as if Villa's promotion hopes are just pipe dreams.”

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the goal. Cullis is ready to buy again Docherty is still confident By TERRY MORRIS Blackpool 2, Birmingham • Birmingham City will strengthen their young team with another bigmoney signing probably in the next fortnight. By lAN WILLARS Aston Villa I, Swindon 2 Tommy Docherty still believes Villa can do itthat they will be in contention at the top of the Second Division when the end of the season arrives. Sadly, on the evidenoe of this dismal display, it is already beginning to look as if Villa's promotion hopes are just pmedreams. Club chairman Clifford Coombs said last night that manager Stan Cullls was ready to bid for an experienced midfield player or Flrat Division class. He also rorecast : "After we've signed the man we want, we will be on the right road again." He has every reason to be optimistic although Blues face the Soccer world this morning as one of the bottom teams in Division Two. Certainly their play on Saturday was more in keeping with their present loail ) T position, while Swindon aped and looked like promotion material. The trouble with Villa is that they are trying too hard to impress and live up to all the promises that have been made about them. It elearlyishows with new boy Bruce Rioch. who is at present trying too hard to justify his £lOO,OOO price tag. It also shows with several of the defenders, who, apart from adopting the wrong tactics, never played as a unit. Unlucky Saturday's performance at Blackpool was 100 per cent improvement and even had manager Cullis smiling again. After watching his side lase to an unlucky own goal (Pendry, 27 minutes) and a penalty (Brown, 76 minutes), he said: "When you've got as many youngsters in your side as we have. things are bound to go wrong a now the and crt Rioch found more room to work in his midSeld role and was twice unlucky not to have scored in the 9th and 78th minutes. when he had goalkeeper Peter Downsborough at full stretch. The goals will come for him, though. when Vila settle down as a team. They will also come from young Chico Hamilton. who again had to do a man's job upfront against Swindon's experienced solid defence. - Today. we really began to play as a team again. The attack moved very well and I thought Harry Thomson made some great saves to stop them scoring." Inspiration Culls had a special word for Tony Hateley, ha £72.500 midweek signing from Coventry: "He fitted in very well . . . far better than I had a right to expect for ha flat game.., Villa's defence, however, was far from solid. They had a Don Rogers complex and paid the penalty for man-to-man marking. Mick Wright Just about contained Rogers but Swuxion also had dangerous strikers in Arthur Horatield, Roger Smart and Peter Noble. They were admirably prompted by the wily John Smith. It was Smith who laid on the first goal after 15 minuses, centering for Hors/Rid to head in over the advancing Evan Williams. Then, quite inexplicably. HOrsfield provided the past for full back Rod Thomas to gallop on a 60-yard overlap and score. Any one of three playersn. Turnbull or him. Villa's h o uld have stopped him. Villa's defence will surely never play so badly again. In fact, it was Hateley. a ' player generally slated as the most expensive luxury in British football, who inspired Blues. Before the match, he warned his team mates that he was very short of oompetitive match practice and asked them to make allowances. He had nothing to worry about. On this showing, the drop from Division One will again make Hateley one of Sri- Min's leading goaUcorerk Before tumbling over a concrete fence in the second half trying to score the equaliser Blues deserved, his heading. speed and enthusiasm presented Blackpool with problems they could never begin to solve. Walsall waste chances Geoff Vowden also shone in what could become an impressive twin spearhead, and his injury. 20 minutes from the end (Wylie substituted) was probably the deciding factor in Birmingham's defeat. He has an ankle inj ury and at may Hull miss Wednesdays match . POST SPORTS REPORTER Mansfield Town S Walsall • Walsall's cool methodical defence of a point at Field Mill was further proof that they will be one of the most difilcu:t sides to beet in the Third Division this season. Whether or not they stay with the front runners they are now a comfortable fourthwill ,depend on how soon the forwards develop a "killer" punch Lkin the game, the Mansfield defence was torn apart by some excellent moves, but the dames created were all wasted. It should have been two points for Walsall against unimpressive opposition and it was a pity all the good work done by the defence was not used by the strikers to set up the first sway win. Although Phil Parkes had to make a couple of smart saves. from Partridge and filiarkeY. he was usually given excellent cover by a capable back line. in which Jones was a key figure. When Walsall cut loose in the last 20 minutes, the man who caused most of the trouble was lett winger Geoff Morris. watched for the second successive week by a Newcastle United representative. Johnny Vincent and Malcolm Beard, both out on Saturday through injury, are expected to be fit for selection. tables Maelord Ow Heel4[44l I. mewln Nes core C. • Cberlekkeld • York C, Colchakter 4 Non /tamp°. • Pon Vale ... Brearlord ... Wrexham. Coldwater Work as Clreste lav r 1 2 7 2 NovDarlmre. 1 2 3 Nolo o Exeter 3. 6 000 ti c kets %Torte Vtd I. Aston Villa sold only 6.000 . OIL 0. Pan tickets yesterday for their tie with Albion at Mltibliers I. O. POMO r. Villa Pa cu g on September 3. 2 ... t. con manager C. Orem 5.. ... 1 Wood ward announced last Tore I. ....oar T. o. night that terrace tickets (Ss) io. veto. aif=sl Nordin. and enclosure tickets (7s) will : be on sale between 9 a.m. and IV 5 p.m. every weekday. He re- Add Il i Leak • . . minde dti c ket holders Less cure s. seas on '..... Md. . 31 . that they have until tonight to . 17. as own on thei r seat. Yak 12. wns 4.

the goal. Cullis is ready to buy again Docherty is still confident By TERRY MORRIS Blackpool 2, Birmingham • Birmingham City will strengthen their young team with another bigmoney signing probably in the next fortnight. By lAN WILLARS Aston Villa I, Swindon 2 Tommy Docherty still believes Villa can do itthat they will be in contention at the top of the Second Division when the end of the season arrives. Sadly, on the evidenoe of this dismal display, it is already beginning to look as if Villa's promotion hopes are just pmedreams. Club chairman Clifford Coombs said last night that manager Stan Cullls was ready to bid for an experienced midfield player or Flrat Division class. He also rorecast : "After we've signed the man we want, we will be on the right road again." He has every reason to be optimistic although Blues face the Soccer world this morning as one of the bottom teams in Division Two. Certainly their play on Saturday was more in keeping with their present loail ) T position, while Swindon aped and looked like promotion material. The trouble with Villa is that they are trying too hard to impress and live up to all the promises that have been made about them. It elearlyishows with new boy Bruce Rioch. who is at present trying too hard to justify his £lOO,OOO price tag. It also shows with several of the defenders, who, apart from adopting the wrong tactics, never played as a unit. Unlucky Saturday's performance at Blackpool was 100 per cent improvement and even had manager Cullis smiling again. After watching his side lase to an unlucky own goal (Pendry, 27 minutes) and a penalty (Brown, 76 minutes), he said: "When you've got as many youngsters in your side as we have. things are bound to go wrong a now the and crt Rioch found more room to work in his midSeld role and was twice unlucky not to have scored in the 9th and 78th minutes. when he had goalkeeper Peter Downsborough at full stretch. The goals will come for him, though. when Vila settle down as a team. They will also come from young Chico Hamilton. who again had to do a man's job upfront against Swindon's experienced solid defence. - Today. we really began to play as a team again. The attack moved very well and I thought Harry Thomson made some great saves to stop them scoring." Inspiration Culls had a special word for Tony Hateley, ha £72.500 midweek signing from Coventry: "He fitted in very well . . . far better than I had a right to expect for ha flat game.., Villa's defence, however, was far from solid. They had a Don Rogers complex and paid the penalty for man-to-man marking. Mick Wright Just about contained Rogers but Swuxion also had dangerous strikers in Arthur Horatield, Roger Smart and Peter Noble. They were admirably prompted by the wily John Smith. It was Smith who laid on the first goal after 15 minuses, centering for Hors/Rid to head in over the advancing Evan Williams. Then, quite inexplicably. HOrsfield provided the past for full back Rod Thomas to gallop on a 60-yard overlap and score. Any one of three playersn. Turnbull or him. Villa's h o uld have stopped him. Villa's defence will surely never play so badly again. In fact, it was Hateley. a ' player generally slated as the most expensive luxury in British football, who inspired Blues. Before the match, he warned his team mates that he was very short of oompetitive match practice and asked them to make allowances. He had nothing to worry about. On this showing, the drop from Division One will again make Hateley one of Sri- Min's leading goaUcorerk Before tumbling over a concrete fence in the second half trying to score the equaliser Blues deserved, his heading. speed and enthusiasm presented Blackpool with problems they could never begin to solve. Walsall waste chances Geoff Vowden also shone in what could become an impressive twin spearhead, and his injury. 20 minutes from the end (Wylie substituted) was probably the deciding factor in Birmingham's defeat. He has an ankle inj ury and at may Hull miss Wednesdays match . POST SPORTS REPORTER Mansfield Town S Walsall • Walsall's cool methodical defence of a point at Field Mill was further proof that they will be one of the most difilcu:t sides to beet in the Third Division this season. Whether or not they stay with the front runners they are now a comfortable fourthwill ,depend on how soon the forwards develop a "killer" punch Lkin the game, the Mansfield defence was torn apart by some excellent moves, but the dames created were all wasted. It should have been two points for Walsall against unimpressive opposition and it was a pity all the good work done by the defence was not used by the strikers to set up the first sway win. Although Phil Parkes had to make a couple of smart saves. from Partridge and filiarkeY. he was usually given excellent cover by a capable back line. in which Jones was a key figure. When Walsall cut loose in the last 20 minutes, the man who caused most of the trouble was lett winger Geoff Morris. watched for the second successive week by a Newcastle United representative. Johnny Vincent and Malcolm Beard, both out on Saturday through injury, are expected to be fit for selection. tables Maelord Ow Heel4[44l I. mewln Nes core C. • Cberlekkeld • York C, Colchakter 4 Non /tamp°. • Pon Vale ... Brearlord ... Wrexham. Coldwater Work as Clreste lav r 1 2 7 2 NovDarlmre. 1 2 3 Nolo o Exeter 3. 6 000 ti c kets %Torte Vtd I. Aston Villa sold only 6.000 . OIL 0. Pan tickets yesterday for their tie with Albion at Mltibliers I. O. POMO r. Villa Pa cu g on September 3. 2 ... t. con manager C. Orem 5.. ... 1 Wood ward announced last Tore I. ....oar T. o. night that terrace tickets (Ss) io. veto. aif=sl Nordin. and enclosure tickets (7s) will : be on sale between 9 a.m. and IV 5 p.m. every weekday. He re- Add Il i Leak • . . minde dti c ket holders Less cure s. seas on '..... Md. . 31 . that they have until tonight to . 17. as own on thei r seat. Yak 12. wns 4.