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Game #3351

Aston Villa

4-3-4, 11 PTS

Saturday, 4 October 1975

Drew

13th= (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Division One

Attendance: 24,102

Middlesbrough

Ayresome Park

5-3-3, 13 PTS

Villa remain 13th in the table as they secure their third away point of the season with a goalless draw at an unbeaten Ayresome Park.

Middlesbrough

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 4 October 1975

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Andy Gray
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Middlesbrough 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Middlesbrough 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it four wins, three draws and four defeats on their return to the top flight as centre forward Andy Gray made his Villa debut aged 19 after moving from Dundee United earlier this week.

Aston Villa

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1974-75

Middlesbrough

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Middlesbrough

Previous 5 vs. Middlesbrough: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1975-76 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Match | #11 |
Manager Game | #69 |
Saturday, 4 October 1975

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Ivan Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Accrington, 1970-1976
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 69 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 38 ๐ŸŸจ | 15 ๐ŸŸฅ 16 | 1.87

Career Form:

Top 4

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ivan Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Accrington, 1970-1976
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None

Ivan Smith

CARDS

Villa

None

Middlesbrough

None

TEAM NEWS

John Burridge and Andy Gray (debut) replace Jake Findlay and Ray Graydon.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.55 |

Oldest Player |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 33.45 |

Youngest Player |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 19.86 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Jack Charlton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK John Burridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
FB John Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB John Gidman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Ian Ross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Chico Hamilton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leighton Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |

Middlesbrough

GK Jim Platt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Frank Spraggon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Terry Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Willie Maddren | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Stuart Boam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Graeme Souness | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Peter Brine | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M David Armstrong | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Alan Foggon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F David Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Hickton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Peter Brine | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Bobby Murdoch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

LB Bobby McDonald | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
CF Keith Leonard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

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:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œI was delighted with the result.

It was a good all-round performance and I was particularly pleased with Andy Gray, who adapted quite well.

โ€œDuring our promotion run in the Second Division last season we got into the habit of dictating the pattern of play, but since we have been in the First Division we have tended to lose this ability.

โ€œHowever, today we got back into that routine we soaked up pressure effectively, blunted their attack, and stopped them from playing the way they wanted to do without being negative. In fact, we could well have won.โ€

Ron Saunders.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 6 October 1975

The furore in Scotland over Andy Grayโ€™s transfer to Aston Villa has been matched in England by serene ignorance as to exactly who is the young man who will make his debut at Middlesbrough tomorrow, writes RANDALL NORTHAM.

People north of the border are angry that such a precocious talent should be allowed to leave, especially as the Premier Division was established this season in part to help clubs to keep star players.

But Gray, just 19 and joint leading scorer in the Scottish First Division last season, joined Villa for ยฃ110,000 which at his age should make him something of a celebrity.

His photograph was in the papers and he watched two important matches at Villa Park. But during the banquet Villa staged for Antwerp on Wednesday night an almost young lady approached Gray. โ€œAre you a Villa supporter?โ€ she asked. โ€œIf so, can you introduce me to a player? Iโ€™ve never met one.โ€

It must be stressed she was not in the official party but the fair haired Scot took it with good humour. He is used to being passed over. He started playing with Clydebank Strollers, a club within a ten minute drive from the giants of Rangers and Celtic and Gray would have loved to have worn a dark blue shirt. But it was Dundee United from the other side of Scotland who spotted him and signed him. He was capped at youth level and has made four appearances in the under 23 side.

Footballers, especially Scottish ones, become used to being uprooted when they are young, so it was no surprise to him when he was asked if he wanted to join Aston Villa.

He could have gone even further because Schalke 04 of the German Bundesllga were interested in signing him. He flew down to watch Villa play Birmingham in the first derby in the First Division for ten years and reckoned the atmosphere was similar to the Celtic versus Rangers battles he watched as a boy.

Reputation

He also saw Villa lose to Antwerp and he did not enjoy watching either game. โ€œBut they have had some value because Iโ€™ve been able to see the way Villa do things.โ€

Gray has a reputation in Scotland as a player who never gives up. His goal average is around one every two games. Last season he played 33 League games, missing only one, and scored 20 goals. He added seven more in cup competitions, which put him level with Willie Pettigrew of Motherwell.

Ron Saunders, Villaโ€™s manager, thinks It will take him a few weeks to settle to the pace of English football but Gray is more hopeful. โ€œMaybe I can score against Middlesbrough,โ€ he said: โ€œAnd then Iโ€™d be settled straight away.โ€
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*Birmingham Daily Postโ€
Monday, 6 October 1975

Gray adds a dash of colour to Villa
By LYN CALLAGHAN

The signing of Andy Gray by Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders will, without doubt, herald the start of a new era for the newly promoted Midland side. For Gray, signed from Dundee United for ยฃ110,000 last week, played remarkably well in his debut against the strong Middlesborough side and helped pave the way for a fine away point.

Said Saunders after the game: โ€œI was delighted with the result. It was a good all-round performance and I was particularly pleased with Andy Gray, who adapted quite well.

Pattern

โ€œDuring our promotion run in the Second Division last season we got into the habit of dictating the pattern of play, but since we have been in the First Division we have tended to lose this ability.

โ€œHowever, today we got back into that routine we soaked up pressure effectively, blunted their attack, and stopped them from playing the way they wanted to do without being negative. In fact, we could well have won.โ€™

The true value of Villaโ€™s achievement in gaining an away point can be measured by the fact that Middlesbrough have not been beaten at home this season and indeed have not had a single goal scored against them at Ayresome Park.

Full credit must go to Saunders for selecting a side to suit the occasion and in using the right tactics. Gray combined well with Brian Little on a number of occasions thus underlining the tremendous potential that the partnership of these two offers.

Add to that the excellence of John Burridgeโ€™s goalkeeping and you now have a Villa side of great depth and talent. Villa opened brightly with newcomer Gray nearly putting his side ahead after a neat through ball from Little.

Unlucky

The pattern continued throughout most of the first half with Villa upsetting the normally cool and reliable Middlesbrough defence. Little was unlucky not to score in the 30th minute when his angled drive was well stopped by Jim Platt.

Middlesbrough piled on the pressure after the break but Villaโ€™s defence, strengthened by the roving John Robson, who had an excellent game, survived the onslaught.

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