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Game #3325

Aston Villa

Saturday, 1 March 1975

Won

Final

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

League Cup

Norwich City

Attendance: 95,946

Wembley Stadium

Aston Villa

1-0

Norwich City

Assists(s) | None |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa beat cocky John Bond's Norwich by a single goal at Wembley to lift the League Cup for the second time in their fourth final but the scoreline barely tells the story of Villa's dominance as Ron Saunders and his side show their class on and off the pitch.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 1 March 1975

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Norwich City
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 79โ€™ Missed penalty, Ray Graydon
โšฝ | 79โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ray Graydon
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa win the League Cup for the second time thanks to Ray Graydon's missed penalty rebound.

Aston Villa

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1974-75

Norwich City

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1961โ€“62

FIXTURE HISTORY

Norwich City

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #43 |
Manager Game | #43 |
Saturday, 1 March 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Gordon Hill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 1966-1975
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 43 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 23 ๐ŸŸจ | 11 ๐ŸŸฅ 9 | 1.86

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Gordon Hill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 1966-1975
Matches Officiated: 4
๐ŸŸฉ : 3
๐ŸŸจ : 0
๐ŸŸฅ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 26 December 1973, Villa 0-2 Albion, The Hawthorns.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Norwich City

None

TEAM NEWS

Chico Hamilton replaces Leighton Phillips.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.19 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 32.85 |

Youngest Player |
LB Bobby McDonald | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 19.90 |

MANAGER

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

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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 |
LB Bobby McDonald | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Chico Hamilton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ray Graydon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Keith Leonard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

John Bond | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Norwich City

GK Kevin Keelan (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Colin Sullivan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Duncan Forbes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Dave Stringer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tony Powell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Peter Morris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mel Machin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Colin Suggett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Johnny Miller | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ted MacDougall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Phil Boyer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F Alun Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Billy Steele | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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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

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SQUAD STATS

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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

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UNAVAILABLE

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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

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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 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:

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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

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œIf we win at Wembley it will light the fuse of an explosion at Villa Park. โ€œIf we win, I feel the double is well within our capabilities. I have never liked beating my own drum perhaps I should have. And perhaps I should have beaten the drum about Aston Villa earlier. โ€œBut thatโ€™s not my way. I prefer to let performances and results speak for themselves. โ€œWe all know about Villaโ€™s vast potential - itโ€™s been talked about for years but now we are on the verge of doing something about it. โ€œThis club is near to an explosion. โ€œI think this is a better balanced team. โ€œI mean that not only in terms of ability but in heart and character as well. โ€œI think there will be one or two revelations at Wembley tomorrow. โ€œTaking away the experienced professionals in the side there are five youngsters with tremendous potential. โ€œFor instance, the running power of Frank Carrodus is fantastic and itโ€™s not aimless running either, itโ€™s intelligent. โ€œOne of the mistakes I made with Manchester City last year was leaving out Frank. I can make it up to him tomorrow. โ€œAnd Brian Little has started to put his game together. Heโ€™s got tremendous ability now heโ€™s improved his work-rate.โ€ Ron Saunders, pre match. --- โ€œAs a manager Iโ€™ve had a lot of good things said about me by managers of proven ability Iike Bill Shankly, Don Revie and Dave Sexton. โ€œIโ€™m not really interested in what lesser managers have to say. โ€œHe [John Bond] was talking about things he doesnโ€™t understand. โ€œHe was under pressure and he had a lot to live up to. I felt he was whistling in the dark. โ€œAll that talk was a sign of the pressure he was under and he possibly hasnโ€™t had the experience to control it. โ€œThis game is cruel enough without people in it knocking each other. โ€œHe did the talking all the week, my players did the talking today. โ€œI have every sympathy for the players, their wives, their children, their relatives and their friends. I have every sympathy for John Bond as well [who had said pre match that he would have no sympathy for Saunders and the Villa players when Norwich won]. โ€œI knew how they felt. โ€œHaving lost twice myself it makes this victory all the sweeter. It makes you appreciate it more. โ€œThe main thing was that after getting to Wembley I stepped up training and became more critical, both with individuals and the team. The players have responded marvellously. โ€œI thought Iโ€™d made a mistake in not telling Ray [Graydon that Kevin Keelan dives to his right at penalties.] โ€œBut it bounced back to him and he hit it in.โ€ Ron Saunders, post match, --- โ€œIโ€™ve played under Bill Shankly and for my money Ron Saunders is a better manager than Shanks.โ€ Ian Ross.

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