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Game #328

Aston Villa

Won

1st=

Saturday, 11 December 1897

LWLWW

Division One

Blackburn Rovers

Villa Park

Attendance: 22,000

Aston Villa (Champions)

5-1

Blackburn Rovers

Assists(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

Jimmy Crabtree opened the scoring as reigning Champions Villa secure a second consecutive, and much more convincing, victory over lowly Blackburn - the team that had surprisingly beaten the Champions earlier in the campaign. As a result Villa go level on points at the top of the table having played a game more than fellow leaders Sheffield United.

KEY MAN

Jimmy Crabtree, opened the scoring for Villa, Saturday, 11 December 1897.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 11 December 1897

[Exact timings not recorded]
15’ Goal, 0-1, (Blackburn Rovers)
30’ Goal, 1-1, Jimmy Crabtree
Goal, 2-1, Fred Wheldon, Assist by Charlie Athersmith
HT Aston Villa 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
Goal, 3-1, Charlie Athersmith
Goal, 4-1, Jimmy Cowan
Goal, 5-1, Jack Cowan
FT Aston Villa 5-1 Blackburn Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa secure a second consecutive, and much more convincing, victory over lowly Blackburn - the team that had surprisingly beaten the Champions earlier in the campaign. As a result Villa go level on points at the top of the table having played a game more than fellow leaders Sheffield United.

Aston Villa

Blackburn Rovers

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1890–91

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 1897-98 |
Matchday | #16 |
League Match | #16 |
Manager Game | #302 |
Saturday, 11 December 1897

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Referee | T. Armitt, Leek |
FT Score | 5-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LWLWW |

MANAGERIAL RECORD

George Ramsay led Management Committee

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 302 | 🟩 174 🟨 46 🟥 82 | 1.88

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: T. Armitt

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

Blackburn Rovers

TEAM NEWS

After a 12 game absence, Jimmy Whitehouse replaces Billy George whilst Jimmy Suddick drops out with James Fisher returning.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.92 |

Oldest Player |
CB Jimmy Cowan | 29.17 |

Youngest Player |
F James Fisher | 20.98 |

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
RB Bert Sharp |
FB Albert Evans |
M Tommy Bowman |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
W Charlie Athersmith |
W Jack Cowan |
F Howard Harvey |
F James Fisher |
F Fred Wheldon |

MANAGER

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Blackburn Rovers

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

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Player

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

"The closing play was all favour of the League champions, who eventually ran out easy winners, the result being Aston Villa, five goals: Blackburn Rovers, one goal."

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 13 December 1897

VILLA v. BLACKBURN ROVERS. The return League match between these old opponents drew out a crowd of 20,000 people to Villa Park, Birmingham, the weather being very favourable. The Rovers brought their strongest eleven, but Aston Villa were still without the services of Spencer and Devey, Bowman and Fisher filling the vacancies. Against a slight the champions opened the game, Athersmith being dangerous in the first minute, Proudfoot just relieving in the nick of time. In turn the Rovers had a look in, but the home defence was very safe, and the strangers failed to make the acquaintance of Whitehouse. Keeping at it with vigour the Ewood Park men forced a corner and for a time the home goal was jeopardised, relief eventually being brought by Evans. The struggle proceeded on exceptionally even lines, first one goal and then the other undergoing narrow escapes. After Harvey had had hard lines with a really grand shot the visitors once more changed the scene action, and Whitehouse was tested by Proudfoot. The home guardsman cleared, but Wilkie met the ball and banged it into the net. This little incident taking place some fifteen minutes’ from the start. The champions now played up to some tune, but luck seemed dead against thorn, a hard shot from Fisher just grazing the upright. A further attempt on the part of the Rovers was checked by Crabtree, and some smart work by James Cowan placed the strangers on the defensive. The succeeding play was very much in favour of the Villa, but aided by the grand defence of Brandon and Knowles, the strangers were able for a time to keep their goal intact, Athersmith, Wheldon, and John Cowan in rapid succession all but broke through, but it was left to the home half backs to equalise matters, Crabtree putting the rivals terms of equality with long shot that seemed take Knowles by surprise. Fifteen minutes of this half still remained, and both teams played up with praiseworthy determination. Whitehouse cleared a good effort by Wilkie, and Athersmith careered to the other end. Swinging the ball into the goal, Wheldon was there and headed past Knowles. At half time the score stood—Aston Villa, two goals ; Blackburn Rovers, one goal. John Cowan led the home men on a restart, but Glover came to the relief of his side, and although Knowles was shortly afterwards bothered he got the ball away clever style. The home men continued to press, Athersmith on one occasion being within an ace of scoring. Wilkie and Campbell broke away, but they failed to beat down the opposition held out by Crabtree and the other half-backs. For ten minutes the game was very stubbornly contested, neither side being able to claim any decided advantage. Gradually the champions asserted their superiority, a long shot by Athersmith eluding the watchful eye of Knowles for the third time. Crabtree fouled Booth, and from the free kick the Rovers had a chance, of which, however, they made nothing. Athersmith again netted the ball, but was ruled off-side, and at this point the Villa were doing all the pressing, the Rovers, to all appearance having shot their bolt. James Cowan banged through a fourth goal, and keeping hard at it John Cowan managed to plant the ball in the net a fifth time. The closing play was all favour of the League champions, who eventually ran out easy winners, the result being Aston Villa, five goals: Blackburn Rovers, one goal.

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