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Game #3329

Aston Villa

17-8-9, 42 PTS

Lost

2nd= (-)

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟥

Saturday, 22 March 1975

Division Two

Leyton Orient

Brisbane Road

9-16-9, 34 PTS

Attendance: 9,466

Leyton Orient

1-0

Aston Villa

Assists(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa suffer a shock defeat to Orient at Brisbane Road - their first League defeat of 1975 after eleven games. Villa remain joint second but are now seven points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 22 March 1975

🕒 | HT Orient 0-0 Aston Villa
🥅 | 82’ Goal, 0-1, (Orient), Ricky Heppolette
🕒 | FT Orient 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa lose for the first time in the League in 1975 and for the first time in ten games as they fall to defeat at Orient to make it seventeen wins, eight draws and nine defeats in Saunders' first thirty four League games as Villa boss.

Aston Villa

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

Leyton Orient

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Leyton Orient

Previous 5 vs. Orient: 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #47 |
League Match | #34 |
Manager Game | #47 |
Saturday, 22 March 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Alf Grey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Great Yarmouth, 1972-1983
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 0-1
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 47 | 🟩 | 25 🟨 | 12 🟥 10 | 1.85

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Alf Grey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Great Yarmouth, 1972-1983
Matches Officiated: 2
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 27 January 1973, Villa 2-0 Cardiff, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Leyton Orient

None

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names the same line up for the fifth successive game.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.25 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.91 |

Youngest Player |
LB Bobby McDonald | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 19.95 |

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

George Petchey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Leyton Orient

GK John Jackson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Bobby Fisher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Phil Hoadley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Peter Allen | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tony Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ricky Heppolette | 🇮🇳 | ⚽ |
M Peter Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tom Walley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
W Laurie Cunningham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Mickey Bullock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gerry Queen | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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W Derek Possee | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
M Pat McMahon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Ankle
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

“Our worst performance of the year. “Mind you, they didn’t make it easy for us. I told one of my lads to mark their No. 8 He had his hands full, didn’t he? [Two Orient players wear the No. 8 shirt]“ Ron Saunders.

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 24 March 1975

It had to happen some time and the longer this game at Brisbane Road went on the more likely it became that Aston Villa’s remarkable run of success in the League would come to an end. Villa’s first League defeat of the year can be put down to a number of factors. Perhaps it was the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the pitch - one moment acting like a magnet, clutching the ball with avaricious glee; the next like a skid pan, hurrying it through at alarming trajectories and making any attempt at controlled football totally in vain. Or the double vision suffered by poor Bobby McDonald when Orient began the second half with two No. 8s on the field and stayed that way for the remainder of the game. Ricky Heppolette, caked in mud, changed his strip during the interval and reappeared wearing the same number as Peter Bennet thereby adding a touch of spice to a game that was fast becoming tasteless. Referee Alfred Grey said afterwards: “I did not notice anything until one of my linesmen drew my attention to it. But, as far as I am aware, it is not illegal. “The League’s rules state only that each player must be numbered - they don’t say they all have to have different numbers.” Or perhaps, and far more likely, it was Villa’s own lack of urgency that cost them the game. An untidy defence, in which only Chris Nicholl showed any consistent endeavour, was breached in the 11th minute when Gerry Queen headed home from a Peter Allen free kick but was judged to have fouled Nicholl. Several more unhappy moments followed for, although Villa had more of the play than Orient, they seldom did anything constructive. The pitch, of course, was partly responsible but, with Ray Graydon blotted out by Tony Grealish and lan Hamilton rarely in the game, it was left to Frank Carrodus to try to carve something out of the midfield morass. Carrodus worked hard In the first half but lost interest thereafter and gradually Orient gained the upper hand. Villa seemed to have settled for the draw when Orient scored the 82nd-minute goal they just about deserved. Micky Bullock centred from the right, Queen outjumped Nicholl to flick the ball on, and Heppolette, unmarked on the edge of the area, hit an unstoppable shot wide of Jim Cumbes. Suddenly, Villa woke up, but it was too late and Orient hung on grimly to their slender lead. “Our worst performance of the year” said manager Ron Saunders later. “Mind you, they didn’t make it easy for us. I told one of my lads to mark their No. 8 He had his hands full, didn’t he?“

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