Game #3082

1969-70

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Position:

22nd (-1)

Division Two

Watford

Vicarage Road

Attendance: 19,118

Saturday, 13 September 1969

A week after claiming “It’s no use pulling a team apart if you haven’t got better players to come in.” Tommy Docherty makes five changes with Charlie Aitken, Mike Ferguson, Chico Hamilton, Willie Anderson and Evan Williams dropped. It doesn’t work. Villa return to sole occupier status at the bottom of the table as they are beaten at Watford, fail to score for the sixth time in eight League games, and sit two points from safety. Before the game Watford had been joint bottom with Tommy Docherty’s side, one place below on goal average. The reserves won mind you with their unexpected influx of new players.

Watford

3-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assists(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #3082

Season | 1969-70 |
Matchday | #10 |
League Match | #8 |
Manager Game | #33 |
Saturday, 13 September 1969

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Tommy Docherty |
Referee | Vincent James, York |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-3 |
Last 5 Games | LLLDL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Vincent James

MATCH INCIDENTS

Vincent James

Villa

None

Watford

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
| 24.68 |

Oldest Player |
F Brian Godfrey | 29.39 |

Youngest Player |
FB Brian Rowan | 21.22 |

TEAM NEWS

John Dunn, Dave Rudge, Pat McMahon, Brian Rowan and Lew Chatterley replace Evan Williams, Charlie Aitken, Mike Ferguson, Chico Hamilton and Willie Anderson.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Tommy Docherty

STAFF

STARTING LINE UP

GK John Dunn |
RB Mick Wright |
CB Brian Tiler |
D Dick Edwards |
FB Brian Rowan |
M Barry Hole |
M Lew Chatterley |
M Bruce Rioch |
M Pat McMahon |
M Dave Rudge |
F Brian Godfrey |

SUBSTITUTES

M John Griffiths for M Pat McMahon | 47' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

THE OPPOSITION

Walker, Welbourne, Williams, Eddy (g), Garvey, Walley (g), Scullion, Franks, Garbett, Endean, Lewis.

Manager: Ken Furphy.

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 season continues as Villa fail to score for the sixth time in ten games and make it two draws and six losses in eight division two games so far this season as they slump to defeat against bottom club Watford.

Meanwhile, full back Brian Rowan made his one and only appearance for Villa aged 21 after moving from Ballieston Rovers in April 1969 before moving on to Villa’s opposition this day, Watford, in October 1971.

Also leaving was midfielder John Griffiths who made his third and final Villa appearance aged 18 before moving to Stockport County in May 1970.

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Brian Rowan
15’ Goal, 0-1, (Watford), Brian Tiler o.g.
HT Watford 1-0 Aston Villa
47’ Sub off, Pat McMahon, Sub on, Dave Rudge
48’ Goal, 0-2, (Watford), Tom Walley
67’ Goal, 0-3, (Watford), Keith Eddy
FT Watford 3-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 15 September 1969

"Villa slumped again and there was little sign that they are capable of lifting themselves away from the foot of Division Two."

The Birmingham Post, Monday, September 15, 1969.

ASTON VILLA. bottom of the Second Division with only two points and not a single victory to show from eight League matches this season, need 31 points from their remaining 34 matches to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Two seasons ago such a gloomy situation would have been accepted with resignation.

But this is not the Aston Villa of old. It is the new. dynamic Villa the club which has promised its supporters the stars.

There is a new board of directors led by Douglas Ellis, an ambitious Birmingham businessman, a new, forceful manager in Tommy Docherty, whose name is a household word.

Their arrival at Villa Park nine months ago had a messianic flavour.

Villa had dropped into the Second Division, looked like going right through it and were on the verge of bankruptcy.

Supporters were overjoyed

They had been calling long and unavailingly for the resignation of the old board, and they saw Ellis and Docherty as the men who would save their club and lift it to the same exalted level as Liverpool; Ellis and Docherty were confident, too.

Although their public statements were tempered with caution, they left no doubt that this was to be the dawn of a bright new era at Villa Park.

"My first task must be to establish a resurgence of enthusiasm for the club Ellis declared on taking over as chairman.

"I want to get everybody talking about Aston Villa again.”

A week later Ellis said: "We want Vila Park to be a stadium of stadiums. My dream is that Villa should become another Real Madrid."

Then, at Villa's annual meeting on July 31 this year:

"We have set our sights on Europe but there is a way to go before we gat there.... We know that only the best Is good enough. We also know that a learn is not built in one season.

"We have the basis, I believe of an extremely good side already developing at Villa Park. and behind that we have a new wave of bright. determined 15 year olds whose impact on the future will be considerable.”

Docherty himself was not quite as confident. but he said: "We feel that. given our fair share of luck we shall get back in the First Division where we belong."

The bookmakers, too. shared the general euphoria and quoted Villa as second favourites for promotion.

Just before the start of this season, then, nobody was surprised when Docherty said that Villa's target was 30 points by Christmas, and that the club hoped to be among the promotion candidates by then.

How sadly these words compare with events.

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lIDLAND AND NATIONAL SPORT 13 Down at the foot of the table POST SPORTS REPORTER Watford 3. Aston Villa 0 If it is any consolation to Tommy Docherty his wholesale team changes did help Villa's reserves to their first Central League success of the season. Down at Watford, where really mattered. Villa slumped again and there Walsall was little sign that they are capable of lifting themselves away from the foot of Division Two. lose their Villa's problems were all too obvious. Watford were no more than workmanlike yet they were allowed to dominate midfield. early fire Villa gave them a 11th minute goal, when Brian Tiler turned an awkwardly bouncing ball past his own goalkeeper and from then on Watford grew in confidence. In the and Villa was fortunate to get off ao lightly sad there was no consolation for Dochery. Goalkeeper J ohn Dunn. taken off the transfer list last week, had a nightmare return to the first team and 20 years old full back Brian Rowan had a tough baptism. Rowan found himself facing Watford's star man Stuart Scullion and Ken Furphy's side should have made more of Scullion's centres. In the second half Watford switched their wingers and Rowan did better against the less dangerous Bernard Lewis. Final blow There was no respite for the unfortunate Dunn and the final blow came when he advanced much too far for a floating centre from Keith Eddy. He saw the ball sail well over his outstretched arms and into the net. That gave Watford their third goal. Their second had come two minutes after half time, when Tom Walley ran onto a free kick 25 yards out and drove it through wall of defenders before Dunn could move. Villa's attack rarely threatened. Bruce moth did get In one good shot in the first half but he badly lacked support. Not surprisingly Docherty had little to say about it afterwards. "We gave away two goals and you can't do that against anyone.' was his only comment. Garbs, Emits, e ast. SZo! Asses Wits: Nano: Roos.. Hoio. Cboboriss. Ruin. Cock Oodbm So 111.1111

lIDLAND AND NATIONAL SPORT 13 Down at the foot of the table POST SPORTS REPORTER Watford 3. Aston Villa 0 If it is any consolation to Tommy Docherty his wholesale team changes did help Villa's reserves to their first Central League success of the season. Down at Watford, where really mattered. Villa slumped again and there Walsall was little sign that they are capable of lifting themselves away from the foot of Division Two. lose their Villa's problems were all too obvious. Watford were no more than workmanlike yet they were allowed to dominate midfield. early fire Villa gave them a 11th minute goal, when Brian Tiler turned an awkwardly bouncing ball past his own goalkeeper and from then on Watford grew in confidence. In the and Villa was fortunate to get off ao lightly sad there was no consolation for Dochery. Goalkeeper J ohn Dunn. taken off the transfer list last week, had a nightmare return to the first team and 20 years old full back Brian Rowan had a tough baptism. Rowan found himself facing Watford's star man Stuart Scullion and Ken Furphy's side should have made more of Scullion's centres. In the second half Watford switched their wingers and Rowan did better against the less dangerous Bernard Lewis. Final blow There was no respite for the unfortunate Dunn and the final blow came when he advanced much too far for a floating centre from Keith Eddy. He saw the ball sail well over his outstretched arms and into the net. That gave Watford their third goal. Their second had come two minutes after half time, when Tom Walley ran onto a free kick 25 yards out and drove it through wall of defenders before Dunn could move. Villa's attack rarely threatened. Bruce moth did get In one good shot in the first half but he badly lacked support. Not surprisingly Docherty had little to say about it afterwards. "We gave away two goals and you can't do that against anyone.' was his only comment. Garbs, Emits, e ast. SZo! Asses Wits: Nano: Roos.. Hoio. Cboboriss. Ruin. Cock Oodbm So 111.1111