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Game #336

Aston Villa

Saturday, 5 February 1898

Won

4th

LLLLW

Division One

Attendance: 15,000

Preston North End

Villa Park

Fred Wheldon scored his 17th of the season to help Villa win for the first time in 8 and move up to 4th in the table.

Aston Villa (Champions)

4-0

Preston North End

Assists(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Fred Wheldon, scored his 17th of the season to help Villa win for the first time in 8, Saturday, 5 February 1898.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 5 February 1898

[Exact timings not recorded]
Goal, 1-0, Jimmy Suddick
Goal, 2-0, Fred Wheldon
Goal, 3-0, Charlie Athersmith
HT Aston Villa 3-0 Preston North End
Goal, 4-0, Jack Sharp
FT Aston Villa 4-0 Preston North End

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa stop a run of 7 games without a win and move up to 4th in the table as forward Jimmy Suddick makes a goalscoring final appearance aged 22 before later moving on to Nottingham Forest.

Aston Villa

Preston North End

FIXTURE HISTORY

Preston North End

Previous 5 vs. Preston: | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟥 |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1897-98 |
Matchday | #24 |
League Match | #23 |
Manager Game | #310 |
Saturday, 5 February 1898

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Referee | J.H. Strawson, Lincoln |
FT Score | 4-0 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LLLLW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: J.H. Strawson

CARDS

Villa

Preston North End

J.H. Strawson

TEAM NEWS

Villa make two changes from the team that had lost a fourth successive match for the first time since October 1892 with Jack Cowan and Bert Sharp dropping out and Bob Chatt (first appearance in 9) and Jimmy Suddick coming in.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.06 |

Oldest Player |
CB Jimmy Cowan | 29.30 |

Youngest Player |
W Jack Sharp | 19.97 |

George Ramsay led Management Committee

MANAGER

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Albert Evans |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
M Tommy Bowman |
F Bob Chatt |
W Charlie Athersmith |
W Jack Sharp |
W Steve Smith |
F Jimmy Suddick |
F Fred Wheldon |

Preston North End

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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

Match Symbols:

⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"When the poor form which Aston Villa have of late been showing is taken into consideration, the gate must be considered highly satisfactory one."

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 7 February 1898

ASTON VILLA v. PRESTON NORTH END.

Preston North End paid their first visit of the season to Aston Lower Grounds. Birmingham, on Saturday, and some 13,000 spectators viewed the encounter.

When the poor form which Aston Villa have of late been showing is taken into consideration, the gate must be considered highly satisfactory one.

Both teams showed a few alterations, Preston rearranging their front rank and introducing several new men. The home team won the toss and at the very outset the Villa assumed a dangerous attitude, Wheldon swinging the ball across to Sharp, who tested Trainer with a regular teaser. The Preston custodian cleared, and further good work enabled the visitors to get to the other end.

Chatt returned, but back came the Deepdale men, Pratt being very dangerous until Crabtree headed the ball away.

Down the field the home men rushed, and amid a ringing cheer Suddick safely piloted the ball past Trainer.

The succeeding play was very much in favour of the Villa but the grand defence of Holmes and Tait prevented further disaster. North End broke away in straggling style, but there was no sting in the play of their forwards when near the home goal, with the result that Cowan and Crabtree easily robbed them of the ball.

Smith led a rush to the other end, which was would by by Suddick shooting rather wide of the mark.

The strangers had now a look in, Pierce sending in shot which Whitehouse dealt with successfully, amid the plaudits the crowd. For a time North End hovered in dangerous proximity to the Villa goal, until James Cowan passed the ball to his left wing, which resulted in the scene of operations being completely changed.

The League champions now pressed with will, and it took all the defensive powers of Holmes and Trainer to hold them at bay.

In a little scramble Evans and Pierce “fell out”, but after a mild speech by the referee the game resumed.

The home men once more besieged the visitors’ goal, Wheldon netting the ball for the second time amid the customary round of applause.

Pratt had very hard lines at the other end, and returning, the Villa forwards again troubled Trainer, Suddick just shooting over the bar.

After Trainer had repelled a hot one from Wheldon, Athersmith dashed up but just when he seemed well set for scoring, Stevenson relieved.

Towards the interval the Villa had the best of matters, Athersmith scoring goal number three.

At half-time the game stood—Aston Villa, three goals; Preston North End, nothing.

Stevenson drew up the opening rush of the home men at the outset of the second half and the Preston left wing broke away. Off-side pulled them up; and from a well-placed kick by Bowman the Aston men came dangerously near scoring, Smith was off-side, which gave North End relief.

This was not for long, however, for back came the Birmingham front line in a body, Trainer saving in marvellous style.

Foul play by the homesters gave Preston relief, and Halsall made a good though unsuccessful attempt to score, the ball just skimming the bar.

Wheldon and Smith raced away, and J. Sharp was given the ball in a good position, but he failed to make any use of the chance. Bowman and Evans pulled up a dangerous rush on the part of Pratt and Brown, and Athersmith was soon troubling the other defenders.

Holmes cleared again, and backed up by some strong half back play on the part of the Henderson, the North End forwards were once more dangerous. Crabtree cleared, and a combined attack on Trainer terminated in Sharp scoring the Villa’s fourth goal.

After this the game slowed down considerably, until North End, headed by M’Clatchie, made a stubborn effort to break through the home defence. Evans and Crabtree returned the ball and Wheldon all but beat Trainer in the next minute.

In the closing moments the game was of a quiet character, the final score being Aston Villa, four: Preston North End, none.