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Game #3290

Aston Villa

2-3-2, 7 PTS

Lost

6th= (-3)

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟥

Saturday, 14 September 1974

Division Two

Bristol Rovers

Eastville Stadium

2-2-1, 4 PTS

Attendance: 14,035

Bristol Rovers

2-0

Aston Villa

Assists(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose for the second time under Ron Saunders as they are beaten at Eastville to fall back to 6th in the table ahead of their League Cup replay at Goodison.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 14 September 1974

🕒 | HT Bristol Rovers 0-0 Aston Villa
🥅 | 55’ Goal, 0-1, (Bristol Rovers), Alan Warboys
🥅 | 85’ Goal, 0-2, (Bristol Rovers), Alan Warboys
🕒 | FT Bristol Rovers 2-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa lose to Bristol Rovers to make it two wins, three draws and two defeats in his first seven League games as Villa boss.

Meanwhile, Goalkeeper Graham Moseley made the final appearance of his loan spell aged 20 after a challenging third game for Villa before returning to Derby County.

Also departing was midfielder Pat McMahon who made his final appearance for Villa aged 29 before moving on to Portland Timbers in March 1976. McMahon played for Villa between 1969-70 and 1974-75 making 149 appearances and scoring 30 goals.

Aston Villa

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1960-61

Bristol Rovers

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Bristol Rovers

Previous 5 vs. Bristol Rovers: 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #8 |
League Match | #7 |
Manager Game | #8 |
Saturday, 14 September 1974

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Alan Robinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Portsmouth, 1973-1986
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 0-2
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 8 | 🟩 | 2 🟨 | 4 🟥 2 | 1.25

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Alan Robinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Portsmouth, 1973-1986
Matches Officiated: 2
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 16 March 1974, Villa 1-0 Bristol City, Ashton Gate.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Bristol Rovers

None

TEAM NEWS

Graham Moseley replaces Jim Cumbes in goal as Pat McMahon and Bobby Campbell (first appearance of the season) come in for Chico Hamilton and Brian Little.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.55 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.39 |

Youngest Player |
F Bobby Campbell | 🇬🇧 | 18.01 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Graham Moseley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔴 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Chris Nicholl | 🇬🇧 |
CB Ian Ross | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Pat McMahon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔴 |
W Ray Graydon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Sammy Morgan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Bobby Campbell | 🇬🇧 |

MANAGER

Don Megson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Bristol Rovers

GK Jim Eadie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB Trevor Jacobs | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Peter Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
CB Stuart Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
D Phil Bater | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Frankie Prince | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Tom Stanton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
W Kenny Stephens | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Alan Warboys | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | ⚽ |
F Gordon Fearnley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Bruce Bannister | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | D Phil Bater | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | (F John Rudge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Chico Hamilton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/12

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
GK Jake Findlay | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

🔴 GK Graham Moseley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 1974 | 🕒 3 | 3 (0) | ⚽ 0 | 🔥 0 | 🇺 0 | #570 |
🔴 M Pat McMahon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 1969-74 | 🕒 149 | 141 (8) | ⚽ 30 | 🔥 6 | 🇺 7 | #537 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

“Both teams were giving the ball away too much in midfield. “That may be all right for the public, but not for the professionals. “I think he [new signing Leighton Phillips] will both help in the development of the side and help our forwards to score more goals. “Any manager today will sign good players when they become available. ”Leighton came on the market and I was only Inn eager to sign him without too much bother. ”I have always believed that the best way to improve any side is by bolstering the midfield department, and this boy will do just that for us. Ron Saunders. “I knew last Thursday that I might be moving to Villa shortly. ”The Cardiff team manager, Jimmy Andrews, purposely left me out of the squad for the European Cup Winners Cup match In Hungary and I was told to report to Villa Park on Monday. ”I read that Liverpool were showing Interest in me, but really my heart was made up about joining Villa if the terms were right. ”I dismissed reports about Liverpool’s interest as newspaper talk, having already been genuinely informed that Villa wanted to sign me. ”They are a great club and I don’t have to talk about their potential. ”Former Aston Villa player, Willie Anderson, who was a great buddy of mine at Cardiff convinced me that I could do no wrong by signing for them. ”Ever since I heard of Villa’s interest I have been checking on results closely and I feel that Villa could easily win promotion.” Leighton Phillips.

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Tuesday, 17 September 1974

Aston Villa last night completed the £100,000 signing of Welsh international midfield player Leighton Phillips, from Cardiff City, to signal what could be another major spending spree as Villa go for promotion to the First Division. Ron Saunders. Villa’s manager, said after completing the signing: “I think he will both help in the development of the side and help our forwards to score more goals.” Saunders, who could face criticism for not signing a striker, said: “Any manager today will sign good players when they become available. ”Leighton came on the market and I was only Inn eager to sign him without too much bother. ”I have always believed that the best way to improve any side is by bolstering the midfield department, and this boy will do just that for us.” Villa chairman Doug Ellis. who was present at the signing, hinted that, although funds were running low, further money could be made available for new signings. Villa are intent on making their centenary year a promotion affair and despite a fall in attendances, the board are anxious to assist Saunders. Phillips, who Is 24 and has won ten Welsh International caps, said “I knew last Thursday that I might be moving to Villa shortly. ”The Cardiff team manager, Jimmy Andrews, purposely left me out of the squad for the European Cup Winners Cup match In Hungary and I was told to report to Villa Park on Monday. ”I read that Liverpool were showing Interest in me, but really my heart was made up about joining Villa if the terms were right. ”I dismissed reports about Liverpool’s interest as newspaper talk, having already been genuinely informed that Villa wanted to sign me. ”They are a great club and I don’t have to talk about their potential. ”Former Aston Villa player, Willie Anderson, who was a great buddy of mine at Cardiff convinced me that I could do no wrong by signing for them. ”Ever since I heard of Villa’s interest I have been checking on results closely and I feel that Villa could easily win promotion.” --- *Birmingham Daily Post* Monday, 16 September 1974 Aston Villa forget about their bread and butter By KEIR RADNEDGE Bristol Rovers, the filling in the Everton sandwich, were clearly not to Villa’s taste on Saturday. Perhaps Villa were suffering some reaction from last week’s efforts, or had their sights too firmly fixed on Wednesday’s League Cup replay. Either way the result was disappointing for manager Ron Saunders. In the first half Villa played as if one point would be enough with some excellent covering in defence but little force in attack. Strangely it was in the second half, when they did try to apply some pre