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Game #3317

Aston Villa

12-6-8, 30 PTS

Saturday, 18 January 1975

Won

4th= (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Division Two

Attendance: 9,872

Oxford United

Manor Ground

11-5-11, 27 PTS

Villa make it successive League wins for the first time since October and are now unbeaten in four games in all competitions in 1975 as they climb back to fourth in the second division table.

Oxford United

1-2

Aston Villa

Assists(s) | Keith Leonard | 89' |

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 18 January 1975

๐Ÿ’ฅ | 36โ€™ Missed penalty, (Oxford United), Derek Clarke
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Oxford United 0-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 60โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Brian Little
๐Ÿฅ… | 84' Goal, 1-1, (Oxford United), Derek Clarke
โšฝ | 89โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Chris Nicholl, Assist by Keith Leonard
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Oxford United 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it three wins in three in 1975 to make it twelve wins, six draws and eight defeats in his first twenty six League games as Villa boss.

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

Oxford United

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Oxford United

Previous 5 vs. Oxford: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #35 |
League Match | #26 |
Manager Game | #35 |
Saturday, 18 January 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Ivan Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Accrington, 1970-1976
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 35 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 17 ๐ŸŸจ | 10 ๐ŸŸฅ 8 | 1.74

Career Form:

Top 6

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

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ivan Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Accrington, 1970-1976
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards:

Cards:

Villa

None

Oxford United

None

Ivan Smith

TEAM NEWS

Frank Carrodus returns from injury in place of Frank Pimblett.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.08 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 32.74 |

Youngest Player |
LB Bobby McDonald | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 19.78 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Gerry Summers | 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 | โšฝ |
CB Ian Ross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Bobby McDonald | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Chico Hamilton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ray Graydon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Keith Leonard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Oxford United

GK Roy Burton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jimmy Light | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
FB John Shuker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB David Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Max Briggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Aylott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Colin Duncan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Keith Gough | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Brian Heron | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Derek Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | W Keith Gough | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (F Geoff Bray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Frank Pimblett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 | 4 |
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
M Leighton Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Heel

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 20 January 1975

The troublesome players who have plagued soccer with increasing malevolence in recent years were shown up for the petty clowns they are by a simple, impromptu act by the referee Ivan Smith, at the end of Saturdayโ€™s game at the Manor Ground.

When Smith blew the final whistle he was standing in the centre circle - something to do with custom and practice - and then he walked half the length of the pitch to shake hands with the Oxford goalkeeper, Roy Burton.

In only his sixth League appearance of the season, Burton produced one of the most remarkable displays of goalkeeping it has been my good fortune to see for a considerable time and Smith must have enjoyed it as much. His was a simple move, but one that encapsulates so much.

It was Burton, and the uncanny positional play of his left back, John Shuker, who kept Aston Villa waiting until the 89th minute for their second away League win of the season.

Villa were tremendous. They outplayed Oxford throughout a match of incident and excitement, and, for the most part, Burton matched them.

When Chico Hamilton tore Jimmy Light to shreds, Burton was there; when Keith Leonard and Brian Little proved too much for Dave Robertson and a desperately slow Colin Clarke, Burton was there; when Little beat the goalkeeper to a Ray Graydon cross, Shuker was there to clear off the line.

It was like that for a long time. Oxford were hardly on the same pitch let alone the same class as Villa pushed forward with a delightful arrogance and a wealth of ability.

If there must be a criticism would be of their finishing power for Graydon, Leonard, Little, Bobby McDonald and Chris Nicholl should all have scored in the first half.

But, rather than point out tenuous weaknesses, I prefer to give credit to the acrobatic Burton who, on the the day, made Peter Stilton look like an apprentice.

The Villa defence had so little to do that Nicholl was able to spend much of his time foraging up field and it was partly because of this that Oxford were awaited a penalty in the 36th minute.

In one of Oxfordโ€™s rare attacks, Charlie Aitken, with no-one to help him, tapped Derek Clarkeโ€™s ankles and then pushed him in the back to make sure.

Jimmy Cumbes, with so much time on his hands probably revelling in Burtonโ€™s performance as much as the rest of us, had a chance for his own moment of glory and took it beautifully, diving to his left to punch away Derek Clarkeโ€™s spot kick and earn a quick burst of applause from his opposite number.

Four minutes later Little at last beat Burton to give Villa the lead they so richly deserved but just when the remainder of the game seemed a formality, Cumbes dropped a high Light centre and Derek Clarice pushed home the equaliser.

Oxford did not deserve to be level and Nicholl decided to do something about it.

He collected a Leonard throw-in with barely a minute remaining and, from outside the box, put a gentle but finely placed lob over the Oxford defence and wide of the unlucky Burton.