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Game #324

Saturday, 6 November 1897

Attendance: 5,000

Lost

Division One

2nd

Preston North End

DWDWL

Deepdale

Charlie Athersmith's second goal in two games is just a consolation as reigning Champions Villa lose for the first time in 6 games as their title defence takes a hit.

Preston North End

3-1

Aston Villa (Champions)

Assists(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Charlie Athersmith, second goal in two games just a consolation, Saturday, 6 November 1897.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

[Exact timings not recorded]
Goal, 0-1, (Preston North End), Bert Sharp o.g.
Goal, 0-2, (Preston North End)
Goal, 1-2, Charlie Athersmith
HT Preston North End 2-1 Aston Villa
Goal, 1-3, (Preston North End)
FT Preston North End 3-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa lose for the first time in 6 games as their title defence takes a hit.

Aston Villa

Preston North End

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. Preston: | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1897-98 |
Matchday | #12 |
League Match | #12 |
Manager Game | #298 |
Saturday, 6 November 1897

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Referee | Aaron Scragg, Crewe |
FT Score | 1-3 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | DWDWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Aaron Scragg

CARDS

Villa

Preston North End

TEAM NEWS

In one change from the team that beat Liverpool last time out, James Fisher comes in for Fred Wheldon (Representative duty).

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.20 |

Oldest Player |
F Jack Devey | 30.88 |

Youngest Player |
W Jack Sharp | 19.74 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

Aston Villa

GK Billy George |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Albert Evans |
RB Bert Sharp |
M Fred Burton |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
W Charlie Athersmith |
W Jack Sharp |
W Jack Cowan |
F Jack Devey |
F James Fisher |

Preston North End

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"In the second half the Prestonians time after time got down, but could not do what they wanted, until at length Hassall scored a third goal with a rattling shot. This quite upset the Villa, and they fell to bits. They at times showed some good work, but they never once got properly together, and had to retire defeated three goals to one."

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 8 November 1897

PRESTON NORTH END v. ASTON VILLA.

These teams met for the first time this season on the Deepdale ground, on Saturday, in raw autumnal weather, but on firm ground and no wind, so that the conditions were satisfactory for a hard and good match.

The Villa had Wheldon off, playing for the English League at Manchester, and North End tried Halsall and Pierce on the left wing, the latter taking the place of Boyd (inside).

The Villa having won the toss set North End off up the hill, and the visitors were at once on the defensive. The game waged fast for a while, Sharp at back twice clearing capitally when hard pressed. Still the North End were not to be sat upon, for when the Villa did get into their quarters Holmes and Dunn quickly sent them to the rightabout.

Athersmith who essayed several runs was summarily treated by Hunter, who had him weighed up.

The home side were having a lot the best of the argument, run after run to the Villa quarters being most dangerous. The home side could not however finish well at all and many began to fear a repetition of the performance against the Blackburn Rovers.

At length when the game was just under half an hour old, the break came in the Villa defence. North End had been passing for a time gained a free kick. Holmes played so grandly that Sharp could not help putting through his own goal, and the spectators were wild with delight.

Thus encouraged the home lot began their work with redoubled earnestness, and time after time George had to work hard to clear his lines. Once he thumped right out, and then Eccleston hitting the Villa custodian hand got the ball again, and this time sent hard and true into the net.

This set the crowd on good terms with players, and every bit of play was cheered lustily. Just on half-time Dunn gave Athersmith a chance, and he placed the ball into the net in grand style.

Half-time, North End two. Aston Villa one.

In the second half the Prestonians time after time got down, but could not do what they wanted, until at length Hassall scored a third goal with a rattling shot. This quite upset the Villa, and they fell to bits. They at times showed some good work, but they never once got properly together, and had to retire defeated three goals to one.