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Game #3332

Aston Villa

20-8-9, 48 PTS

Won

3rd (-)

Wednesday, 9 April 1975

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟩

Division Two

Cardiff City

Villa Park

9-13-16, 31 PTS

Attendance: 32,748

Aston Villa

2-0

Cardiff City

Assists(s) | Chris Nicholl | 65' | Chico Hamilton | 76' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Brian Little scores a brace to make it 17 goals for the season as Villa win for the third consecutive game to make it ten second division wins in thirteen games since the turn of the year but remain third, a point behind second placed Sunderland with two games in hand.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 9 April 1975

🔁 | 8’ Sub off, Ray Graydon, Sub on, Bobby McDonald
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Cardiff
⚽ | 65’ Goal, 1-0, Brian Little, Assist by Chris Nicholl
⚽ | 76’ Goal, 2-0, Brian Little, Assist by Chico Hamilton
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Cardiff

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa now have just a single defeat in fourteen League games and three successive wins as they make it twenty wins, eight draws and nine defeats in Saunders' first thirty seven League games as Villa boss.

Aston Villa

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

Cardiff City

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1926-27

FIXTURE HISTORY

Cardiff City

Previous 5 vs. Cardiff: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #50 |
League Match | #37 |
Manager Game | #50 |
Wednesday, 9 April 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Unknown
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 2-0
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 50 | 🟩 | 28 🟨 | 12 🟥 10 | 1.92

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Unknown
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Cardiff City

None

TEAM NEWS

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

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.80 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.96 |

Youngest Player |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.38 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

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

MANAGER

Jimmy Andrews | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Cardiff City

GK Bill Irwin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB Brian Attley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Peter Morgan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
D Albert Larmour | 🇬🇧 |
D Freddie Pethard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
D Philip Dwyer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
LB Clive Charles | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John Buchanan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Johnny Vincent | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Peter Sayer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Jack Witham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Bobby McDonald | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | for W Ray Graydon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 8' |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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D John Impey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Thursday, 10 April 1975

Brian Little kept Aston Villa on the First Division promotion path at Villa Park last night with two superb second half goals to increase Cardiff’s relegation fears. Little, who has emerged this season as a striker of lethal ability, came to Villa’s aid just when it seemed they would never crack Cardiff’s resolute defence. His two goals, which took his tally this season. for the campaign to 17, helped Villa to jump back into third spot in the Second Division promotion race above Norwich City. Little so nearly crowned his masterful display by grabbing a hat-trick with four minutes remaining. But his first-time shot from a cross by Keith Leonard struck the crossbar with goalkeeper Bill Irwin completely beaten and bounced away for Cardiff to clear. The crowd of 32,748 rose to Little at the end in warm recognition of his non-stop efforts throughout a gripping contest. His first goal, in the 65th minute, came as a tremendous relief to the large crowd and it broke Cardiff’s brave resistance. Chico Hamilton took a corner on the his right and Chris Nicholl jumped superbly to head the ball. Little sneaked behind the defence and nodded the ball past Irwin. Eleven minutes later the 20-year-old striker scored a brilliant goal after possibly the best move seen on the ground this season. Leighton Phillips, a £90,000 transfer buy from Cardiff earlier this season, inspired the move with a through-ball to Hamilton on the left. Hamilton crossed into the penalty area and Little dived forward to head the ball into the corner of the net. It almost brought the house down. Villa, who had displayed quite a lot of nervous tension in the earlier stages, were good value for their victory. They had an early shock in the eighth minute when leading goalscorer Ray Graydon had to go off with a hamstring injury. It clearly unsettled the whole side and they took time to get back into their stride. Substitute Bobby McDonald had to play on the left wing, obviously not to his liking. He was seldom in the game in the first half and it came as no surprise the when he reverted to his more familiar midfield role after the interval. Cardiff, who are in dire danger of dropping into the Third Division, were handicapped when centre half Richie Morgan had to leave the field after 18 minutes, also with a hamstring injury, he was replaced by John Impey. Villa had made all the early running, with Hamilton heading over the bar from a right-wing cross by Carrodus after two minutes, and Little headed straight into Irwin’s arms three minutes later. Little and Hamilton were the most effective forwards and the latter was desperately unlucky not to have scored in the 24th minute when Irwin tipped his fierce left-foot drive from 20-yards the end away for a corner.

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