Saturday, 26 January 1974
FA Cup 4th Round
Bob Wilson's "rank professionalism" gets Villa's Sammy Morgan booked and sent off at Highbury to allow first division Arsenal to secure an underserved FA Cup fourth round replay as Clive Thomas puts in another highly questionable performance.
Assist(s) | Chico Hamilton | 11' |
11’ Goal, 1-0, Sammy Morgan, Assist by Chico Hamilton
HT Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa
63’ Sending off, Sammy Morgan
65’ Goal, 1-1, (Arsenal), Ray Kennedy
FT Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa
Booking, Jimmy Cumbes, Kicking ball away
58’ Booking, Sammy Morgan, Foul
71’ Booking, Alun Evans, Dissent
ON THIS DAY
Vic Crowe's Villa, earn a creditable draw at first division Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round despite being reduced to ten men after Sammy Morgan's 63' sending off.
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1970–71
Previous 5 vs. Arsenal: | 🟩 | 🟨 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟥 |
Season | 1973-74 |
Matchday | #29 |
Manager Game | #204 |
Saturday, 26 January 1974
Manager | Vic Crowe |
Referee | Clive Thomas, Treorchy |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | DWDDD |
Referee: Clive Thomas | 🏴 | Treorchy, 1966–1984 🆘
🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨
Alun Evans and Pat McMahon replace Trevor Hockey and Ray Graydon.
Starting XI Average Age
| 27.11 |
Oldest Player |
F Geoff Vowden | 32.77 |
Youngest Player |
RB John Gidman | 20.06 |
GK Jim Cumbes |
CB Chris Nicholl |
CB Ian Ross |
RB John Gidman |
LB Charlie Aitken |
M Chico Hamilton |
M Bruce Rioch |
M Pat McMahon |
F Geoff Vowden |
F Sammy Morgan |
F Alun Evans |
Wilson, Rice, Storey, Blockley, Simpson, McNab, Armstrong, Ball, Kelly, Kennedy (g), Radford. Manager: Bertie Mee.
F Brian Little |
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
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
“I shall be reporting them [Vic Crowe and Ron Wylie] for encroaching on the pitch when Morgan was sent off.”
“If we are reported it can only be foe grabbing Morgan and pulling him off the pitch.”
“I pass judgement on Thomas and find him guilty of worsening an explosive situation by his weak handling of the game.
“And I believe he was totally wrong to send off Morgan for kicking the ball as Arsenal ‘keeper Wilson dived to save.”
Sam Bartram, The Sunday People.
“I will appeal.
“It was a 50-50 ball and I think Wilson lost his cool.”
“Wilson made a meal of it.
“I will obviously want to see what the referee’s report says concerning this controversial FA Cup tie.
“But at this time I feel that we must appeal and fight against every decision that was given against us in this game.
“I don’t know about encroaching on the pitch.
“All Ron Wylie and I were trying to do was to get Sammy off the field as peaceably as possible to allow the game to continue.
“Neither Ron nor I said anything to the referee at that stage so I fail to see why he should report us to the FA for trying to cool everything.
“Morgan will definitely play against Arsenal on Wednesday.
“We will obviously appeal against his dismissal.
“And, I think we will appeal against all the cautions against us involving Cumbes, Evans and Morgan again.
“We have no alternative.
“If Wilson was concussed, how on earth did he manager to save Bruce Rioch’s 76th minute free kick and also Alun Evans’ follow up?
“Wilson made a meal of it, and, don’t forget, it was his wild antics which were responsible for Morgan being booked four minutes before his dismissal.”
“I don’t remember anything.”
*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 28 January 1974