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Game #3326

Aston Villa

15-8-8, 38 PTS

Drew

3rd= (+1)

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨

Wednesday, 5 March 1975

Division Two

Bolton Wanderers

Villa Park

13-9-10, 35 PTS

Attendance: 39,322

Aston Villa

0-0

Bolton Wanderers

Assists(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa can't break down the massed ranks of Bolton's defence at Villa Park but climb to joint third, six points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 5 March 1975

🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it seven unbeaten games in League football in 1975 to record fifteen wins, eight draws and eight defeats in his first thirty one League games as Villa boss.

Aston Villa

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1974-75

Bolton Wanderers

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1957-58

FIXTURE HISTORY

Bolton Wanderers

Previous 5 vs. Bolton: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟥

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #44 |
League Match | #31 |
Manager Game | #44 |
Wednesday, 5 March 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Harold Davey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Nottinghamshire, 1965-1976
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
FT Score: 🟨 0-0
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 44 | 🟩 | 23 🟨 | 12 🟥 9 | 1.84

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Harold Davey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Nottinghamshire, 1965-1976
Matches Officiated: 5
🟩 : 2
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 4 January 1975, Villa 3-0 Oldham, Boundary Park.
Cards: 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Bolton Wanderers

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TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.20 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.87 |

Youngest Player |
LB Bobby McDonald | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 19.91 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jim Cumbes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Chris Nicholl | 🇬🇧 |
CB Ian Ross | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
LB Bobby McDonald | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Chico Hamilton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ray Graydon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Keith Leonard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Jimmy Armfield | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Bolton Wanderers

GK Barry Siddall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB John Ritson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Paul Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Sam Allardyce | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Tony Dunne | 🇮🇪 |
M Roy Greaves | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Peter Reid | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Peter Thompson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F John Byrom | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Hugh Curran | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
F Stewart Lee | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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 Ron Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Thursday, 6 March 1975

Aston Villa saluted their biggest crowd of the season before match last night by parading around Villa Park the League Cup and placards which read: “You are the greatest” and “We salute our fans.” Then they proceeded to try their patience for next 90 minutes. They should have won by several but a mixture of bad luck, bad finishing and Bolton’s defensive tactics, sent the fans home quietly with a sense of anti-climax. Still, the point puts Villa into third place above Norwich, whom they beat at Wembley on Saturday, on goal average. But this was the second point they have dropped at home in their last three games. Fortunately, they have won three away games in that time, so they can go to Nottingham Forest on Saturday with confidence. And with Sunderland playing at Norwich on the same day, Villa may even improve their position. Bolton, defeated only once in their last nine games, still reckon to have aspirations towards the First Division themselves. But if they do go up, they will be unwelcome. They were dour visitors, dull, unambitious, wasting time at every opportunity. In the context of the modern game they played capably, but it seemed sad that someone as talented as Peter Thompson, the former Liverpool and England winger, has to play in a team with such a negative philosophy. But it worked and no doubt Bolton’s manager, lan Greaves, having been sacked by Huddersfield after taking them into the First Division and then down into the Third, will continue to employ it as long as it winkles out points away from home. Even so, Villa, should have scored at least three times in the first half, when they were close to their dazzling best. They overwhelmed Bolton and started as if they intended to score a goal for every one of the 39,322 supporters in the ground. And when Sam Allardyce, Bolton’s Dudley born defender, went off with a cut head after only three minutes, their chances looked bright. By the time he came back, 18 minutes later, Villa almost scored through two of Bolton’s mistakes. First, a lobbed back-pass from John Ritson bounced too awkwardly for Keith Leonard and Barry Siddall saved. Then Ritson saved his goalkeeper when he palmed Ray Graydon’s free kick towards his own goal and the right-back headed clear. Villa’s forwards were guilty of wanting too much time and space, but in the 24th minute Graydon was unlucky when he finished a sweeping 90-yard move, which he started, by firing Leonard’s header wide of the post. There were other chances, but Bolton stifled most of the creativity, crowding out Brian Little and Graydon. Not surprisingly, they were booed off the field at half time, and when they came back on, but they started to control the play in the second half, although Siddall looked to be booked by Nottingham’s Harold Davey, presumably for time wasting. But Bolton continued to waste time when the ball was out of play or to play possession football when it was in play. But it was Villa who catapulted themselves back into the game around the hour mark. Leonard sent a brilliant header just wide, and then Chico Hamilton, Little and Leonard all missed chances as the ball ricocheted crazily around the six-yard area. Graydon just reached a free kick from lan Ross, but toe ended the ball over the bar in the 83rd minute, but strangely enough it was Bolton who ended the match most aggressively. Roy Greaves was wide with a 30-yard shot and then almost on time Thompson made a brilliant run, but Stuart Lee headed the perfect cross straight at Cumbes.

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