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Game #3345

Aston Villa

3-1-3, 7 PTS

Won

14th (+3)

Saturday, 13 September 1975

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟩

Division One

Arsenal

Villa Park

2-3-2, 7 PTS

Attendance: 34,474

Aston Villa

2-0

Arsenal

Assist(s) | Sammy Morgan | 75' | Ray Graydon | 89' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa record a commendable third League victory of the season - all at Villa Park - as Arsenal are beaten in a much improved performance. Sadly however, it would prove to be goalscorer Keith Leonard's final game as injury would curtail a promising career that had seen him score four goals in eight games so far this season.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 13 September 1975

🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal
⚽ | 75’ Goal, 1-0, Leighton Phillips, Assist by Sammy Morgan
⚽ | 89’ Goal, 2-0, Keith Leonard, Assist by Ray Graydon
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Arsenal

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa beat Arsenal to make it three wins, one draw and three defeats on their return to the top flight but Keith Leonard, scorer of four of Villa's eleven goals this season, suffers a career ending injury. Leonard, 24, had played for Villa between 1972-73 and 1975-76 making 47 appearances and scoring 17.

Aston Villa

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

Arsenal

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1970–71

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 1975-76 |
Matchday | #8 |
League Match | #8 |
Manager Game | #63 |
Saturday, 13 September 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Bob Matthewson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bolton, 1968-1977
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 2-0
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 63 | 🟩 | 37 🟨 | 13 🟥 13 | 1.97

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Bob Matthewson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bolton, 1968-1977
Matches Officiated: 5
🟩 : 2
🟨 : 2
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟨 🟥 🟩 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 17 March 1971, Villa 0-0 Walsall, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Arsenal

None

TEAM NEWS

John Gidman, Sammy Morgan and Bobby McDonald replace Brian Little, Frank Carrodus and John Robson.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.02 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 33.39 |

Youngest Player |
LB Bobby McDonald | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 20.43 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jim Cumbes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Charlie Aitken | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
LB Bobby McDonald | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Chris Nicholl | 🇬🇧 |
CB Ian Ross | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Chico Hamilton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ray Graydon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
F Sammy Morgan | 🇬🇧 | 🔥 |
CF Keith Leonard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔴 |

MANAGER

Bertie Mee | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Arsenal

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Pat Rice | 🇬🇧 |
CB David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 |
CB Terry Mancini | 🇮🇪 |
LB Sammy Nelson | 🇬🇧 |
M Eddie Kelly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Liam Brady | 🇮🇪 |
M Alan Ball | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Brian Kidd | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Frank Stapleton | 🇮🇪 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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RB Peter Storey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

🔴 CF Keith Leonard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 1972-75 | 🕒 47 | 45 (2) | ⚽ 17 | 🔥 15 | 🇺 5 | #560 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

“Keith [Leonard] is improving with every game and I feel sure that he can only get better as the season proceeds. “I was annoyed that he did not have the sense to report his injury at half-time, when we might have been able to patch him up. “His trouble is that he is just too keen. “The Injury situation is worrying, I’m just hoping that the picture will be brighter in 24 hours’ time [ahead of Villa’s UEFA Cup debut].” Ron Saunders on Keith Leonard who would never play for Villa again due to injury. “My knee has swollen even more and I can scarcely move it at all. I think I must now be a very dubious starter for Wednesday. “There will have to he some considerable improvement if I am going to play. I am very disappointed and I am just hoping that I haven’t damaged the ligaments.” Keith Leonard.

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 15 September 1975

Aston Villa’s point-a-game start to their new First Division career has already provided enough evidence that they are capable of holding their own against the best clubs in the land. They have taken seven points so far and promising players like Keith Leonard, John Gidman and Bobby McDonald are showing signs of making a big impact. Leonard, who four years ago was playing as an amateur with Highgate United in the Midland Combination, has made the biggest strides. His 89th minute powerfully-headed goal was a fitting climax to a superb 90 minutes in which he tested and then exploited Arsenal’s twin central defenders, the experienced Terry Mancini and the talented David O’Leary. The 25-year-old striker, who suffered a badly twisted knee which makes him doubtful for Wednesday’s UEFA Cup-tie in Antwerp, won praise and a telling off from Villa manager Ron Saunders for his display. “Keith is improving with every game and I feel sure that he can only get better as the season proceeds,” said a happy Saunders. “But I was annoyed that he did not have the sense to report his injury at half-time, when we might have been able to patch him up. “His trouble is that he is just too keen.” Even so, Leonard’s non-stop efforts and his linking with Sammy Morgan were valuable and encouraging signs for Villa. Keeping in touch Morgan, making his First Division debut. proved his worth with his continual harassment of Arsenal’s defenders and in particular, goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer. He collided at full-speed with Rimmer after play had been in progress for just 30 seconds and earned a stern rebuke from referee Reg Matthewson, whose handling of the game was commendable. Rimmer exonerated Morgan from all blame afterwards, even though the big Irish striker up-ended him a further time in a rumbustious first half. “Sammy has his job to do and I have mine. All goalkeepers know they have to be alert when he is around,” said Rimmer. Villa again made a slow start but after the interval Villa were well on top and the stylish Gidman and Graydon combined cleverly for Leighton Phillips to score the first goal in the 75th minute. It was from Graydon’s fine, late centre that Leonard sealed the result. --- *Birmingham Daily Post” Monday, 15 September 1975 Leonard doubtful for Antwerp trip Keith Leonard, Aston Villa’s leading scorer, is extremely doubtful for the club’s first ever competitive invasion of Europe against Royal Antwerp on Wednesday because of a badly twisted right knee. Leonard was injured after ten minutes of the First Division clash with Arsenal on Saturday, when goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer fell heavily on his outstretched knee. Leonard, who has scored four goals this season, had an injection after the game and reported back for further treatment to Villa Park yesterday. But he said last night: “My knee has swollen even more and I can scarcely move it at all. I think I must now be a very dubious starter for Wednesday. “There will have to he some considerable improvement if I am going to play. I am very disappointed and I am just hoping that I haven’t damaged the ligaments.” Debut The injury to Leonard is not the only blow to Villa’s hopes of making their debut UEFA cup tie in Belgium a winning affair. Brian Little (ankle) and Frank Carrodus (sore shins), who both missed the Arsenal fixture, are making only slow progress while Chico Hamilton is suffering with a heavy cold. Ron Saunders, Villa’s manager, said: “The Injury situation is worrying, I’m just hoping that the picture will be brighter in 24 hours’ time.” Meanwhile, Leonard has an important date with the club’s doctor today to decide whether his chances of playing would be improved by draining the fluid from his damaged knee. However there was some good news for Villa. Antwerp suffered their first League defeat of the season yesterday being beaten 4-0 at home by Lierse. They have dropped from first to third place in the Belgium League table.

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