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Game #3335

Wednesday, 23 April 1975

Attendance: 23,605


Division Two

2nd (-)

Sheffield Wednesday

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Villa hammer Wednesday at Hillsborough to make it six consecutive wins, thirteen second division wins in sixteen games since the turn of the year and a return to top flight football for the first time in eight years. Meanwhile, having kept four successive clean sheets, Ian Ross's penalty means that goal keeper Jimmy Cumbes is the only Villa regular who hasn't scored this season.

Sheffield Wednesday


Aston Villa

Assists(s) | Brian Little | Steve Hunt | 73' |


Brian Little, eighth goal in four games as Villa win again to secure promotion back to the top flight, Wednesday, 23 April 1975.



24โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Keith Leonard, Assist by Brian Little
31โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Brian Little
HT Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Aston Villa
Sub off, Chico Hamilton, Sub on, Steve Hunt DEBUT
73โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Brian Little, Assist by Steve Hunt
80โ€™ Goal, 4-0, Ian Ross (pen)
FT Sheffield Wednesday 0-4 Aston Villa

Booking, Charlie Aitken, Persistent fouling


Ron Saunders' Villa win promotion back to Division One after an absence of eight years having just a single defeat in seventeen League games including six successive wins and fourteen goals without reply in the last four as they make it twenty three wins, eight draws and nine defeats in Saunders' first forty League games as Villa boss.

Meanwhile, winger Steve Hunt made his Villa debut as a substitute, aged 18, after joining from school football in July 1972.

Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1934โ€“35


Previous 5 vs. Wednesday: | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ |


Season | 1974-75 |
Matchday | #53 |
League Match | #40 |
Manager Game | #53 |
Wednesday, 23 April 1975


Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: George Courtney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Spennymoor, 1974-1992
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: George Courtney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Spennymoor, 1974-1992
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Sheffield Wednesday



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


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.14 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 33.00 |

Youngest Player |
LB Bobby McDonald | 20.04 |



Ron Saunders

Aston Villa

GK Jim Cumbes |
CB Chris Nicholl |
CB Ian Ross |
FB John Robson |
LB Charlie Aitken |
M Leighton Phillips |
M Chico Hamilton |
M Bobby McDonald |
W Frank Carrodus |
F Keith Leonard |
F Brian Little |

Sheffield Wednesday

Fox, Cameron, Puinn, Mullen, Thompson, Shaw, Potts, Knighton, Sunley, Henson, Joicey.

Manager: Steve Burtenshaw.


W Steve Hunt for M Chico Hamilton | 73' |










Injury | 3 |
M Pat McMahon, Ankle |
F Sammy Morgan, Stomach muscle |
W Ray Graydon, Hamstring |


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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"I'm thrilled to bits. All my players have worked very hard for this but we couldn't have done it without our fantastic supporters."

Ron Saunders.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Thursday, 24 April 1975

Aston Villa made gloriously sure of returning to the First Division after an absence of eight years last night by thrashing Sheffield Wednesday, a club with almost as great a tradition but who must spend next season in the Third Division

The victory means that Villa can decide who takes the other promotion place - Manchester United having won the title last Saturday.

Villa who added this triumph to the League Cup won two months ago, play both the other contenders in their last two games - Sunderland on Saturday at Villa Park and Norwich at Carrow Road the following Wednesday.

It also means that the season could finish with Ron Saundersโ€™s new club beating his old and stopping them from being promoted.

I am sure after his experience there - he left after a row with the chairman - he would enjoy that.

A point last night would have been good enough to put Villa up because of their goal average but goals from Keith Leonard, Brian Little (2) and lan Ross with a penalty for his first goal of the season, made absolutely certain.

It was not one of their best performances. They had little of the masterful control they showed against Blackpool on Saturday but they never looked like losing.

Sheffield Wednesday, with nothing to lose, hustled them into errors and the occasion must also have made Villa anxious, for they were often too hurried when not under pressure.

But, when Villa held the ball and played as well as they can, they outclassed the home team.

The first goal was an example of this. Chris Nicholl headed clear to the indefatigable and magnificent Frank Carrodus, Saundersโ€™s first signing.

Carrodus played a one-two with Saundersโ€™s other buy, Leighton Phillips, and sprinted 60 yards to feed Little.

Little beat Jimmy Quinn with a body swerve and crossed.

Leonard pulled the ball down and took an age in turning but finally poked it into the net.

The second was started by Leonard with brilliant control and a pass to Chico Hamilton, who raced along the byeline.

Little ran to the near post but Hamilton missed him with his cross.

There seemed no danger to Peter Foxโ€™s goal but the ball hit a defender, bounced to Little and he prodded it over the line.

Villa and their supporters. who, as at Blackpool, comprised at least three quarters of the crowd, were relaxed now.

But, at the start of the second half, Wednesday looked as if they might score and Charlie Aitken was booked by referee George Cortney for persistent fouling.

Wednesdayโ€™s promise was an illusion.

In the 73rd minute, Steve Hunt, on for the injured Hamilton, crossed from the left and Little volleyed a stunning goal on the run for his eighth in the last four games and his 23rd of the season.

He ought to have had another with ten minutes left when he again showed outstanding skill.

He took advantage of a bad back pass by Jimmy Mullen 25 yards out and, with Fox on the edge of the penalty area, wheeled and chipped It over him.

But Alan Thompson spoiled it by knocking the ball away with his hands.

He was booked and Ross slammed in the penalty off Foxโ€™s right-hand post to make goalkeeper Jimmy Cumbes the only member of the Villa side who has not scored this season apart from Hunt, whose first taste of League football this was.

At the end, about 5,000 of the younger Villa fans flooded on to the pitch and into the main stand in an emotional wave to hear tributes from Saunders.