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Game #3312

Aston Villa

10-6-7, 26 PTS

Thursday, 26 December 1974

Won

6th= (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Division Two

Attendance: 21,557

Bristol Rovers

Villa Park

8-6-10, 22 PTS

Villa win for the second time in three League games but once again fail to convince as they sit sixth and eleven points off the top.

Aston Villa

1-0

Bristol Rovers

Assists(s) | None

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MATCH TIMELINE

Thursday, 26 December 1974

๐Ÿ’ฅ | 7' Player off the field injured, Frank Carrodus
๐Ÿ” | 13โ€™ Sub off, Frank Carrodus, Sub on, Jimmy Brown
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Bristol Rovers
โšฝ | 60โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ray Graydon
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Bristol Rovers

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa return to winning ways as they narrowly beat Bristol Rovers to make it ten wins, six draws and seven defeats in his first twenty three League games as Villa boss. Meanwhile, forward Bobby Campbell made his twelfth and final appearance for Villa aged just 18 before moving on to Huddersfield Town in April 1975.

Aston Villa

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1960-61

Bristol Rovers

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Bristol Rovers

Previous 5 vs. Bristol Rovers: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #30 |
League Match | #23 |
Manager Game | #30 |
Thursday, 26 December 1974

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Jack Rice | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leyland, 1972-1977
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 30 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 14 ๐ŸŸจ | 9 ๐ŸŸฅ 7 | 1.70

Career Form:

Top 6

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jack Rice | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leyland, 1972-1977
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None

Cards:

Villa

None

Bristol Rovers

None

Jack Rice

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.99 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 32.68 |

Youngest Player |
F Bobby Campbell | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 18.30 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Don Megson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Jim Cumbes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
FB John Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Ian Ross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Chico Hamilton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leighton Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
W Ray Graydon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿš‘ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Bobby Campbell | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ”ด |

Bristol Rovers

GK Jim Eadie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
D Phil Bater | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
FB Lindsay Parsons | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Peter Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Frankie Prince | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Tom Stanton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jeff Coombes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
F Alan Warboys | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F David Staniforth | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gordon Fearnley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Jimmy Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 13' |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Tom Stanton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (M Wayne Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
M Pat McMahon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Ankle
RB John Gidman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Eye
F Sammy Morgan | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | Stomach muscle

UNAVAILABLE

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 Halfโ€จ

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:

โ€‹

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด F Bobby Campbell | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Friday, 27 December 1974

It took a gift goal on the hour from Ray Graydon, playing against his old club, to bring faltering Villa further along on the fringe of the Second Division promotion zone.

But a Villa Park holiday entertainments travesty provided little to show that Ron Saundersโ€™s men are worthy of a place in the First Division.

Indeed, the goal apart, the biggest cheers were reserved for a bugler in the crowd who sounded an impromptu cavalry charge.

The Last Post would have been much more fitting, particularly after one of the worst first halves I have seen all season.

Both sides seemed to be suffering a Christmas Day hangover or perhaps Villa were still upset about Saturdayโ€™s defeat at The Hawthorns.

So, it was Graydon to the rescue.

Not only scoring the goal but by setting an example in the second half which saw Villa show a little more pace and determination to earn their two points.

All the more remarkable, then, that he had spent a sombre Christmas in bed, suffering from a heavy cold.

And, if Villaโ€™s overall form was not shabby enough, they suffered the added nuisance of losing Frank Carrodus because of an injury to his knee ligaments after only seven minutes.

The game might have been different if Villa had been awarded the penalty Graydon claimed as Phil Bater sent him flying after only two minutes. But referee, Jim Rice waved play on and, as the half progressed, it became obvious that had Villa been awarded a penalty they might have missed it.

It was one of those games when even Jim Cumbes seemed to have left his kicking boots at home and the temper of the disappointing 21,556 crowd was not improved by some touchline punts from โ€œscrum-halfโ€ Chico Hamilton or some badly misplaced passes from Jimmy Brown, who replaced Carrodus.

The slippery turf hampered forwards more than defenders and it was symbolic that, when Villa did launch a few moves of any worth, Chris Nicholl, with a header, was first to trouble Rovers.

His attempt sailed wide but Bobby Campbell, Villaโ€™s least ineffective striker, forced Jim Eadie to a good reflex save on the goalline after some rare hesitancy in the Bristol defence.

The biggest ovation was given to the anonymous bugler, though no doubt it was the half-time words of manager Saunders which stirred Villa to a more lively start to the second half and ultimately Graydonโ€™s 18th goal of the season.

Campbell had earlier wasted a fine cross from John Robson but Graydon found it all too easy when Roversโ€™s defence allowed a terrible back pass from their captain, Stuart Taylor, to skid across beyond goalkeeper Eadie.

Villa might have had another after 76 minutes but Brownโ€™s flick after Robsonโ€™s cross was much too oblique and Villa could have regretted their forward failings when Dave Staniforth struck Cumbesโ€™s bar with a volley four minutes from time.

Fortunately, the ball bounced into the crowd and Villa were safe with two most unsatisfactory points.