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Game #3305

Aston Villa

8-5-5, 21 PTS

Won

4th= (+1)

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟩

Saturday, 23 November 1974

Division Two

Portsmouth

Villa Park

2-8-8, 12 PTS

Attendance: 16,821

Aston Villa

2-0

Portsmouth

Assists(s) | Jimmy Brown | 3' | Ray Graydon | 22' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win for the first time in four League games to climb back to joint fourth in the table and close the gap on leaders Manchester United to eight points but the welcome victory comes against bottom club Portsmouth with little sign of the dynamic panache of earlier in the season.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 23 November 1974

⚽ | 3’ Goal, 1-0, Chico Hamilton, Assist by Jimmy Brown
⚽ | 22’ Goal, 2-0, Brian Little, Assist by Ray Graydon
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa win for the first time in five to make it eight wins, five draws and five defeats in his first eighteen League games as Villa boss.

Aston Villa

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

Portsmouth

League Champions: 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1949-50

FIXTURE HISTORY

Portsmouth

Previous 5 vs. Portsmouth: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Match | #18 |
Manager Game | #23 |
Saturday, 23 November 1974

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Eric Garner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Liverpool, 1972-1977
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 2-0
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 23 | 🟩 | 10 🟨 | 8 🟥 5 | 1.65

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Eric Garner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Liverpool, 1972-1977
Matches Officiated: 2
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 29 September 1973, Villa 0-2 Notts County, Meadow Lane.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Portsmouth

None

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.16 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.59 |

Youngest Player |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.01 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jim Cumbes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Chris Nicholl | 🇬🇧 |
CB Ian Ross | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Chico Hamilton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Jimmy Brown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔥 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
W Ray Graydon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Ian St John | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Portsmouth

GK David Best | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Phil Roberts | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
RB Billy Wilson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Paul Went | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Alan Stephenson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Eoin Hand | 🇮🇪 |
M Ken Foggo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Richie Reynolds | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Mick Mellows | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Peter Marinello | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CF Ron Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Richie Reynolds | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (W Andy Stewart | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F Alun Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
M Pat McMahon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Ankle
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Eye
F Sammy Morgan | 🇬🇧 | Stomach muscle

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

“We had four or five chances like that late in the second half. “If we had put them away you would have called it magic.” Ron Saunders.

MATCH REPORT

Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. With thanks to Reach PLC. Digitised by Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited. All rights reserved. Source: British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 25 November 1974

Villa, facing the prospect of four matches in a fortnight starting tonight against Hartlepool, will be grateful that Portsmouth went under without much of a fight on Saturday. Perhaps the visitors were overcome by the air of gloom which enveloped the match, even stifling the enthusiasm of the [15,132] crowd - Villa Park’s lowest of the season. Two goals in the first 22 minutes were enough to bring In two points and, even allowing for Portsmouth’s improvement in the second half, the outcome was never in doubt. Leighton Phillips was Villa’s most impressive player in the first half, but overall it was Chico Hamilton who was the most consistent throughout the 90 minutes, and both men were deeply involved in the first goal. Phillips sent Hamilton down the left, he forced a corner, and when Portsmouth failed to clear It properly, Jimmy Brown’s chip to the far post was headed in by Hamilton. That was after only three minutes and Phillips was at the heart of the move which brought the second, forcing his way through so that the ball rebounded off the shins of a defender to Ray Graydon. His centre trapped David Rest in no man’s land and Brian Little headed in. Little could have had two more goals in the closing stages, a point manager Ron Saunders emphasised afterwards when asked why Villa had eased up in the second halt. “We had four or five chances like that late in the second half,” he said. “If we had put them away you would have called it magic.” Villa’s defence had little pressure to trouble them, and Chris Nicholl had the chance to come near to a goal once when he ventured upfield for a corner. Peter Marinello, a perpetual danger in the club’s games last season„ was quietly ineffective while Ron Davies spent more time wandering back into midfield and out to the wings than up front looking for goals. Jimmy Cumbes had only two real saves to make, the first from a header by Richard Reynolds after 23 minutes, and then a scrambling save from Marinello eight minutes before half-time. The Portsmouth defence, on the other hand, must be among the most clumsy to have appeared at Villa Park this season. Alan Stephenson and Paul Went both started in a fashion which made one fear for Little’s survival, and Sammy Morgan, had he been fit enough to play, might have given them a harder ride. Even so, Little stuck bravely to his job as central striker, giving Villa the ideal send-off to a busy couple of weeks. Alun Evans stands by to help Aston Villa into the quarter finals of the League Cup tonight and so increase his chances of a move. The former Liverpool striker has not played in the first team this season but was substitute on Saturday and either he or Alan Little will replace Cup tied Leighton Phillips against Hartlepool in the fourth round League Cup replay at Villa Park. Evans, who cost Villa £70,000 In June 1972, is one of several players for whom Villa would welcome offers but he could lose his chance of a place in the shop window if tonight’s pitch is heavy. For in that case manager Ron Saunders would probably pick Alan Little, the younger brother of Brian, who scored one of the goals which beat Portsmouth. Phillips apart, the rest of the team is likely to be the same. Top scorer Ray Graydon who hurt a knee on Saturday trained yesterday and should be fit.

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