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Game #337

Aston Villa

Won

5th

LLLWW

Saturday, 5 March 1898

Division One

Derby County

Villa Park

Attendance: 11,900

Aston Villa (Champions)

4-1

Derby County

Assists(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

Steve Smith opened the scoring as owing to their lack of participation in the FA Cup, reigning champions Villa play this game one month after their last match against Preston. The break however had seemed to so them good as they swept aside a Derby side who had beaten them twice prior to the hiatus. In doing so Villa had won two consecutive games having failed to win in the previous 7 games but dropped to 5th in the table, eight points off first place but with two games in hand.

KEY MAN

Steve Smith, opened the scoring, Saturday, 5 March 1898.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 5 March 1898

[Exact timings not recorded]
15’ Goal, 1-0, Steve Smith
Goal, 2-0, James Fisher
Goal, 3-0, Jack Sharp
HT Aston Villa 3-0 Derby County
Goal, 4-0, Jack Sharp
Goal, 4-1, (Derby County)
FT Aston Villa 4-1 Derby County

ON THIS DAY

Owing to their lack of participation in the FA Cup, reigning champions Villa play this game one month after their last match against Preston. The break however had seemed to so them good as they swept aside a Derby side who had beaten them twice prior to the hiatus. In doing so Villa had won two consecutive games having failed to win in the previous 7 games but dropped to 5th in the table, eight points off first place but with two games in hand.

Aston Villa

Derby County

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1897-98 |
Matchday | #25 |
League Match | #24 |
Manager Game | #311 |
Saturday, 5 March 1898

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: George Ramsay | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Glasgow, 1886-1926 led Management Committee
Referee: Alfred Barker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Hanley
FT Score | 4-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | LLLWW |

MANAGERIAL RECORD

George Ramsay led Management Committee

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 311 | 🟩 176 🟨 48 🟥 87 | 1.85

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Alfred Barker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Hanley

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

Derby County

TEAM NEWS

Villa recall Jack Cowan, Howard Harvey and James Fisher with Jimmy Suddick, Fred Wheldon and Charlie Athersmith dropping out.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.74 |

Oldest Player |
CB Jimmy Cowan | 29.40 |

Youngest Player |
W Jack Sharp | 20.06 |

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Whitehouse |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Albert Evans |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
M Tommy Bowman |
W Jack Sharp |
W Steve Smith |
W Jack Cowan |
F Bob Chatt |
F James Fisher |
F Howard Harvey |

MANAGER

Harry Newbould | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Derby County

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Permitted in Period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Permitted in Period

SQUAD STATS

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SQUAD STATS

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

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

"In the closing moments the Villa pressed, but nothing further resulted, the final score being - Aston Villa, four goals; Derby County, one goal."

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 7 March 1898

ASTON VILLA v. DERBY COUNTY. The return League match between these teams was played at Aston Lower Grounds, Birmingham, before a huge attendance, some 15,000 spectators lining the enclosure. Both teams were weakened through their players being selected to do duty in the International match at Belfast, the Villa being without Wheldon and Athersmith, while the County were minus Turner, their half-hack. In addition, the strangers were without Methven, whose place was taken Staley, while Leach substituted Leiper. The game opened in fast style; Smith early making headway on the Villa left, although his centre was badly taken by J. Sharp, and cleared easily. Johnny Goodall led his men down the field in rattling style, and just when disaster seemed in store for the homesters the County were pulled up for off-side play. Fisher darted off to the other end, and the spectators were now treated to a bout of splendid passing amongst the home front line. For a time the game was in dangerous proximity to the Derby goal, but Fryer kicked away, although from the Press seats the ball appeared actually to have crossed the goalline before the Derby custodian cleared. The referee, however, turned a deaf ear to the home men’s claim for a goal. M’Conochie led a rush to the other end, which was wound up by J. Goodall sending in a shot which Whitehouse did well to clear. The same player sent in a beauty a minute later, but Bowman hooked the ball away, and, Cowan still further relieving the pressure, the scene of action was changed to the strangers’ quarters. Fisher was particularly prominent in the attack which followed, and Smith drew forth the plaudits of the crowd by beating Fryer some fifteen minutes from the start. The game had scarcely bean restarted when Evans and M’Conochie collided, the Villa man being apparently badly shaken. He, however, resumed shortly afterwards. An attempt to break through by the Derby right was repulsed by Bowman, and once more the Villa raised the attack, Fisher and J. Sharp having unsuccessful pops at goal. Fryer saved cleverly, and he was loudly cheered for the fashion in which he dealt with shots from Smith and Harvey. The League champions were playing with the old dash exhibited last season, and their followers were delighted with their play, cheering every little incident in refreshing style. Sharp tested Fryer with a beauty, and for fully ten minutes the Derby goal was bombarded. The Derby men broke away once, but Evans returned and Fisher beat Fryer for the second time amid deafening applause. The game had scarcely been restarted when the Villa forwards simply walked through their opponents, and Sharp registered goal number three. Derby played up in plucky style, but could make very little headway against the plucky front offered by the home defence. The Villa were pressing at half-time when the score stood: Aston Villa, three goals; Derby County, nil. The Derby men opened the second period in dashing style, John Goodall testing Whitehouse in the first minute. In turn the home men attacked, Smith and Cowan sending hard shots which Fryer cleared. Fisher was given the ball in a good position shortly afterwards, but he shot rather wide of the mark. The home men continued to assert their superiority, and when Sharp registered a fourth goal the cheering was loud and long. During the succeeding play the Derby goal suffered a series of narrow escapes. Fryer standing up to his work and repelling shot after shot in masterly style. M'Queen and Stevenson took the County over the middle line, but Crabtree arrested their progress, an in a twinkling the Villa were again attacking, a shot from Harvey being cleared by Staley. Derby broke away, and had very hard lines when near goal, Archie Goodall just heading the ball over the bar. Some tricky play by Smith might have resulted in further disaster for the strangers had the Villa centre been in time to accept the left wingers' pass. Staley cleared, and the visitors’ front line broke away, Boag scoring the first point fifteen minutes from time. This put some life into the play, and when the Villa pressed on the restart there was some excitement amongst the onlookers. Fryer just cleared from Smith, and in a scrimmage up the strangers’ goalmouth it seemed Staley fisted the ball away, but the referee simply gave a corner. This decision did not please a certain section of crowd, who jeered the referee. In the closing moments the Villa pressed, but nothing further resulted, the final score being - Aston Villa, four goals; Derby County, one goal.

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