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Game #316

Aston Villa

Won

1st

WWWWW

Saturday, 18 September 1897

Division One

Bury

Villa Park

Attendance: 18,000

Aston Villa (Champions)

3-1

Bury

Assists(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

Fred Wheldon scored his seventh in four games as reigning Champions Villa were now unbeaten in the last 22 games and had won 11 consecutive matches in all competitions to take the outright lead at the top of the early First Division table.

KEY MAN

Fred Wheldon, scored his seventh in four games, Saturday, 18 September 1897

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 18 September 1897

[Exact timings not recorded]
15’ Goal, 1-0, James Fisher
Goal, 1-1, (Bury), Howard Spencer o.g.
Goal, 2-1, James Fisher
HT Aston Villa 2-1 Bury
Goal, 3-1, Fred Wheldon
FT Aston Villa 3-1 Bury

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa were now unbeaten in the last 22 games and had won 11 consecutive matches in all competitions to take the outright lead at the top of the early First Division table.

Aston Villa

Bury

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 1897-98 |
Matchday | #4 |
League Match | #4 |
Manager Game | #290 |
Saturday, 18 September 1897

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Referee | J. West, Lincoln |
FT Score | 3-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWWWW |

MANAGERIAL RECORD

George Ramsay led Management Committee

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 290 | 🟩 168 🟨 44 🟥 78 | 1.89

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: J. West

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

Bury

TEAM NEWS

Villa make one change from the team that had secured a 10th consecutive win with Harry Wilkes replacing Jimmy Whitehouse (injury) in goal.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.66 |

Oldest Player |
F Jack Devey | 30.75 |

Youngest Player |
F James Fisher | 20.75 |

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

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Aston Villa

GK Harry Wilkes |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Albert Evans |
FB Howard Spencer |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
W Charlie Athersmith |
W Jack Cowan |
F James Fisher |
F Jack Devey |
F Fred Wheldon |
F Bob Chatt |

MANAGER

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Bury

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Permitted in Period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Permitted in Period

SQUAD STATS

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SQUAD STATS

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

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 Half


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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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"Although the weather was anything but favourable for the dribbling game another large attendance put in an appearance at the Aston Villa enclosure (which, by the way, has now been renamed Villa Park) to witness the League match between these teams."

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 20 September 1897

ASTON VILLA v. BURY. Although the weather was anything but favourable for the dribbling game another large attendance put in an appearance at the Aston Villa enclosure (which, by the way, has now been renamed Villa Park) to witness the League match between these teams. Rain fell heavily just prior to the start, but fortunately it cleared before half-past three, when the rivals took the field. At this point there were 11,000 spectators present. Bury brought their strongest eleven, but the Villa were minus Whitehouse (whose collar bone had been broken match against Derby), Wilkes filling the vacancy. Bury won the toss, and the Villa had to face a rather stiff end to end breeze which was blowing at the outset. The strangers early attached, but the home team were the first become really dangerous, and led by Fisher they made a series of attacks on the visitors’ citadel. Athersmith, Devey and Fisher all having pops at goal but the defence was good. Eventually Athersmith took the ball right up to the corner-flag, and Wheldon meeting the pass, drove at Montgomery. The custodian partially cleared, but Fisher was there and he sent the ball whizzing into the net amid the plaudits of the crowd, exactly fifteen minutes from the start. Bury were in no way disconcerted and warmed to their work, a long shot from Henderson beat the Aston Villa custodian, Spencer diverting the ball and assisting its progress into the net. The homesters now attacked with no uncertain force, and the Bury goal suffered a series of remarkable escapes. Fisher received the ball in a good position and he gave the home men the lead amid prolonged cheering. Bury attacked and gained two corners but at half time the score still stood, Aston Villa, two goals; Bury, one goal. Both goals were attacked in turn at the outset of the second half. Wheldon and Henderson being very prominent for their respective sides, both trying the goalkeeper’s mettle. Accurate placing by Spencer enabled the Villa forwards to press, and Wheldon beat Montgomery for the third time. Nothing further being registered the result was: Aston Villa, three goals; Bury, one goal.

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