Game #3230

1972-73

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Position:

Final

Charity Shield

Manchester City

Villa Park

Attendance: 34,890

Saturday, 5 August 1972

Another season, another example of the debilitating and self interested behaviour of Herbert Douglas Ellis. The ex-Birmingham City director, unpopular in just about every circle he has been within distance of, tries to force Villa men off the board and strengthen his own position despite his reign having been utterly catastrophic as he led Villa into the third tier of English football for the first time in their history. Villa remain fortunate however that the likes of manager Vic Crowe and Villa great Harry Parkes have the club’s best interests at heart and vow to protect Villa from the “leading travel agent’s” destructive behaviour.

Meanwhile, on the pitch Villa lose narrowly to first division Manchester City in the Charity Shield.

Aston Villa

0-1

Manchester City

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #3230

Season | 1972-73 |
Matchday | #1 |
Manager Game | #128 |
Saturday, 5 August 1972

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Vic Crowe |
Referee | Norman Burtenshaw, Great Yarmouth |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-1 |
Last 5 Games | WDWWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Norman Burtenshaw

MATCH INCIDENTS

Norman Burtenshaw

Villa

💥- |

Manchester City

🟨 |

🟨 | 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
| 27.36 |

Oldest Player |
CF Andy Lochhead | 31.43 |

Youngest Player |
M Bruce Rioch | 24.93 |

TEAM NEWS

Vic Crowe hands Alun Evans his squad debut.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Vic Crowe

STAFF

STARTING LINE UP

GK Jim Cumbes |
RB Mick Wright |
CB Chris Nicholl |
CB Ian Ross |
LB Charlie Aitken |
M Pat McMahon |
M Bruce Rioch |
M Willie Anderson |
W Ray Graydon |
CF Andy Lochhead |
F Geoff Vowden |

SUBSTITUTES

F Alun Evans for CF Andy Lochhead | 46' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

THE OPPOSITION

Corrigan, Brook, Donachie (Jeffries), Doyle, Booth, Bell, Summerbee, Lee (g), Davies (Mellor), Marsh, Towers.

Manager: Malcolm Allison.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Vic Crowe's Villa open the season with a Charity Shield game despite having no reason to be there other than numerous division one sides declining the invitation. Meanwhile, Alun Evans made his Villa debut aged 22 having joined Villa from Liverpool for a fee of £72,000 in June 1972.

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Alun Evans
HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester City
46’ Sub off, Alun Evans, Sub on, Andy Lochhead
70’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester City, pen), Francis Lee
FT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester City

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 7 August 1972

“Villa looked almost ready for the top flight, almost, but the extra sharpness of Summerbee, Marsh and Doyle showed that Villa still have a way to go.”

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'I shall from Doug Ellis, chairman of Aston Villa since the old board were deposed in 1968, may be voted out of office at an emergency meeting of the directors today. This aenutional development could be the outcome of disputes within Villa's five-man board of directors. It was reported on Saturday that Harry Parkes, also a director since 1968, had been asked to resign and that Alan Smith. the Warwickshire captain and England cricket selector, had been approached to join the board. Parkes, a former Villa player, said yesterday: "I shall not resign, I am confident that I have support," and Smith would not deny that he had been unofficially approached. The reasons for Parkes being asked to resign were, I believed, that he has had difference of opinion with Ellis. Both are due to come


By RANDALL NORTHAM DICK GREENHALGH: "What I shall do will be In DOUG ELLIS: "From time HARRY PARKES: "I dull the best interests of Aston to time differences of opinion not resign. I am confident that Villa." arise In every boardroom." I have support." up for re-election at Thursday's annual meeting. the matter cannot be resolved within the board, in the last resort the matter must be placed before shareholders. ness interests, was a director of Birmingham before he took over at Villa. Ellis refused to comment on suggestions that he will be the one to go but on Saturday he said: "It has been suggested to me by the Press that there is a dispute within the boardroom of Aston Villa and I have been asked to make a statement. "From time to ti me differences of opinion arise in every boardroom and if "Unless and until this situation arises I think It would be wrong for any member of the board, and particularly the chairman, to make public statements about this matter." Another of the five man board, Dick Groenhalgh, the newest director, said: "Whatever happens tomorrow will be in the best interests of Aston Villa. We have given this matter a lot of serious thought." Ellis, a leading travel agent with many other busi- Brian Evans, an influential shareholder and one of the leaders of the revolu-

not resign' ultimatum Villa director Parkes tion that deposed the old board said: "This dispute has come at ■ most unfortunate time. "For the first time for many years the Villa supporters have something to cheer about on the field. The present board have worked with the manager in the past two years and I can see no reason for change. Evans's opinion is sure to be endorsed by the majority of the shareholders who will feel that board room unrest can only unsettle the team as they start the new season in the Second Division. The club have a history of board-room rows and supporters had hoped that the board of the last three and a half years had settled. They had to sack Tommy Docherty as manager a year after the takeover but they appointed Vic Crowe and since then he has laid the foundations for an exciting future.

'I shall from Doug Ellis, chairman of Aston Villa since the old board were deposed in 1968, may be voted out of office at an emergency meeting of the directors today. This aenutional development could be the outcome of disputes within Villa's five-man board of directors. It was reported on Saturday that Harry Parkes, also a director since 1968, had been asked to resign and that Alan Smith. the Warwickshire captain and England cricket selector, had been approached to join the board. Parkes, a former Villa player, said yesterday: "I shall not resign, I am confident that I have support," and Smith would not deny that he had been unofficially approached. The reasons for Parkes being asked to resign were, I believed, that he has had difference of opinion with Ellis. Both are due to come


By RANDALL NORTHAM DICK GREENHALGH: "What I shall do will be In DOUG ELLIS: "From time HARRY PARKES: "I dull the best interests of Aston to time differences of opinion not resign. I am confident that Villa." arise In every boardroom." I have support." up for re-election at Thursday's annual meeting. the matter cannot be resolved within the board, in the last resort the matter must be placed before shareholders. ness interests, was a director of Birmingham before he took over at Villa. Ellis refused to comment on suggestions that he will be the one to go but on Saturday he said: "It has been suggested to me by the Press that there is a dispute within the boardroom of Aston Villa and I have been asked to make a statement. "From time to ti me differences of opinion arise in every boardroom and if "Unless and until this situation arises I think It would be wrong for any member of the board, and particularly the chairman, to make public statements about this matter." Another of the five man board, Dick Groenhalgh, the newest director, said: "Whatever happens tomorrow will be in the best interests of Aston Villa. We have given this matter a lot of serious thought." Ellis, a leading travel agent with many other busi- Brian Evans, an influential shareholder and one of the leaders of the revolu-

not resign' ultimatum Villa director Parkes tion that deposed the old board said: "This dispute has come at ■ most unfortunate time. "For the first time for many years the Villa supporters have something to cheer about on the field. The present board have worked with the manager in the past two years and I can see no reason for change. Evans's opinion is sure to be endorsed by the majority of the shareholders who will feel that board room unrest can only unsettle the team as they start the new season in the Second Division. The club have a history of board-room rows and supporters had hoped that the board of the last three and a half years had settled. They had to sack Tommy Docherty as manager a year after the takeover but they appointed Vic Crowe and since then he has laid the foundations for an exciting future.