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Game #3295

Aston Villa

5-4-2, 14 PTS

Won

4th (+1)

Saturday, 5 October 1974

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩

Division Two

Oldham Athletic

Boundary Park

4-2-3, 10 PTS

Attendance: 15,574

Oldham Athletic

1-2

Aston Villa

Assists(s) | Keith Leonard | 88' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa record their first away League win of the campaign thanks to Ray Graydon’s 11th goal of the season despite having John Gidman sent off and a furore erupting between Ron Saunders and Oldham’s Alan Groves. Despite the distractions Villa climb back to fourth in the second division table four points off leaders Manchester United after 11 games.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 5 October 1974

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Tony Betts, Alan Little
🕒 | HT Oldham Athletic 0-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 47’ Booking, John Gidman
🥅 | 50’ Goal, 0-1, (Oldham Athletic), Colin Garwood
⚽ | 54’ Goal, 1-1, Own Goal, Keith Hicks
🟥 | 68’ Sending off, John Gidman
⚽ | 88’ Goal, 2-1, Ray Graydon, Assist by Keith Leonard
🕒 | FT Oldham Athletic 1-2 Aston Villa

🟨 | Booking, Alan Little, Foul

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it five wins, four draws and two defeats in his first eleven Division Two games as Villa boss as they record their first League away win of the season. Meanwhile, Alan Little made his Villa debut aged 19 after joining from school football in June 1971.

Aston Villa

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

Oldham Athletic

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Oldham Athletic

Previous 5 vs. Oldham: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩

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Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #13 |
League Match | #11 |
Manager Game | #13 |
Saturday, 5 October 1974

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Dave Wallace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Crewe, 1964-1976 🆘
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 2-1
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 13 | 🟩 | 6 🟨 | 5 🟥 2 | 1.77

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Dave Wallace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Crewe, 1964-1976 🆘
Matches Officiated: 7
🟩 : 4
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 2
🆘 Repeatedly conned by Oldham's Groves that led to Gidman's sending off and an unseemly spat that lasted for weeks.
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 27 October 1973, Villa 2-1 Forest, City Ground.
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨

Oldham Athletic

None

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders hands Alan Little and Tony Betts their debuts in place of John Robson and Chico Hamilton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.59 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.45 |

Youngest Player |
M Alan Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.68 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jim Cumbes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
CB Chris Nicholl | 🇬🇧 |
CB Ian Ross | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Alan Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 | 🟨 |
W Ray Graydon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Keith Leonard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
F Tony Betts | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Jimmy Frizzell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Oldham Athletic

GK Chris Ogden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Ian Wood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Keith Hicks | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Paul Edwards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Maurice Whittle | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ronnie Blair | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ian Robins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Graham Bell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F George Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Alan Groves | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Colin Garwood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F Alun Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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W George McVitie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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 | 6 |
M Pat McMahon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Ankle
F Bobby Campbell | 🇬🇧 |
F Sammy Morgan | 🇬🇧 | Stomach muscle
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Illness
M Chico Hamilton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Illness
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

🟢 M Alan Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

“It’s scandalous what he’s saying. It’s a load of rubbish. He (Gidman) was diving in all the time. “He took me for a mug. If he’d laid off, played It cool he would have done much better. “I refute what Saunders is saying [that Grove play acted to get Gidman sent off]. The player kept coming In on me and he was bound to catch me. “I love defenders coming in like that as I can slip them but then they catch me. But I can take stick like that all day. “What was the other fella [Alan Little] booked for? He was diving in too.” Alan Groves. “This was another wonderful example of one professional getting another sent off. “We didn’t know how true that was [warnings of Groves’ tendency to play act]. “Groves intimidated the ref with his high diving.” Ron Saunders. “That’s a dreadful thing to say. “I’ve only had one player, Ritson of Bolton, sent off against me and that was 2 1/2 years ago. And I took the trouble to speak up in his defence.” Alan Groves.

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