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Game #3370

Aston Villa

8-9-10, 25 PTS

Saturday, 31 January 1976

Lost

15th= (-2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division One

Attendance: 32,223

Queens Park Rangers

Villa Park

12-10-6, 34 PTS

Villa suffer defeat on an unplayable pitch at Villa Park as Chris Nicholl suffers a dislocated shoulder and Charlie Aitken slips to concede a last minute winner to QPR.

Aston Villa

0-2

Queens Park Rangers

Assist(s) | None

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 31 January 1976

๐Ÿ” | 34โ€™ Sub off, Chris Nicholl, Sub on, John Deehan
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Queens Park Rangers
๐Ÿฅ… | 76โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Queens Park Rangers), John Hollins
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Queens Park Rangers), Gerry Francis
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Queens Park Rangers

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it eight wins, nine draws and ten defeats in twenty seven League games following their return to the top flight. Meanwhile, Left back Charlie Aitken made his final appearance for Villa aged 33 before moving on to New York Cosmos in May 1976. Aitken played for Villa between 1960-61 and 1975-76 making 660 appearances and scoring 16 goals to become the record appearance holder for the club.

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

Queens Park Rangers

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1966-67

FIXTURE HISTORY

Queens Park Rangers

Previous 5 vs. QPR: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1975-76 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Match | #27 |
Manager Game | #88 |
Saturday, 31 January 1976

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Trevor Spencer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Salisbury, 1971-1985
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 88 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 42 ๐ŸŸจ | 22 ๐ŸŸฅ 24 | 1.68

Career Form:

Top 6

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

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Trevor Spencer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Salisbury, 1971-1985
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None

Trevor Spencer

CARDS

Villa

None

Queens Park Rangers

None

TEAM NEWS

Leighton Phillips and Ray Graydon replace Dennis Mortimer and John Deehan.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.45 |

Oldest Player |
CB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 33.78 |

Youngest Player |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 20.18 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Dave Sexton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

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

Queens Park Rangers

GK Phil Parkes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Ian Gillard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Frank McLintock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB David Webb | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Dave Clement | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mick Leach | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John Hollins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Gerry Francis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Don Masson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Dave Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Don Givens | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | F John Deehan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 34' |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M John Beck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 : 10/11

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 : 11/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
CF Keith Leonard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | 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

โ€‹

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIf I could have my own way I would not have played in these conditions. although this is no excuse for losing.

โ€œAt the end of the day we have to admit that the more polished team won because they showed better control in the difficult conditions.

โ€œThe loss of Nicholl is a very big blow. He is a difficult player to replace. But I have an open mind on the subject at the moment.

โ€œA lot will depend on how various players perform in training this week and I shall also have to consider what the ground conditions are going to be at Maine Road.โ€

Ron Saunders.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 2 February 1976

ENGLAND skipper Gerry Francis laughed at 32,000 Jeering Villa fans as he sealed a great win. Francis, taking over a striking role, grabbed the late, late goal that killed off the Villa's hopes. A mistake by Aitken allowed Masson to set up the chance. But it couldn't have been a sweeter goal for Francis, who had spent the afternoon being booed by the fans, as well as facing tough marking from Villa skipper Ross. In these conditions it was a day for tough men. And they don't come much tougher than Ross. But Francis finally emerged the winner, and earned a tribute from manager Dave Sexton. " Gerry made the difference." he said. Our big problem away is that we haven't had any punch up


out for month By lAN Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders will not decide until later this week who replaces injured Irish international Chris Nicholl at centre-half for the First Division clash at Manchester City on Saturday. Nichol'. who dislocated his left shoulder in a heavy fall against Queen's Park Rangers, is WILLARS unlikely to play again for at least three to four weeks. Three candidates come into mind Welsh international Leighton Phillips, reserve centrehalf Charlie Young and utility player Bobby McDonald. Saunders said last night: "The loss of Nichol! is a very big blow. He is a difficult player to replace. But I have an open mind on the subject at the moment.- "A lot will depend on how various players perform in training this week and I shall also have to consider what the ground conditions are going to be at Maine Road." Saunders is obviously being cagey about his plans. But it would seem most unlikely that he is going to rush into the transfer market before he returns to Manchester City where he was manager until his shock dismissal 22 months ago. Favourite to take over from Nicholl would appear to be the experienced Phillips. He has played in defence for both Wales and his former club, Cardiff, and he did well in the role after Nicholl had departed on Saturday. Surprise debut But there is still a possibility that 18-year-old Young, who hails from Chester. could make a surprise debut. He has been a regular in the Central League this season and he was almost called into the side when there was a scare about Nicholl's fitness in October. McDonald is another obvious candidate, although if Phillips is given the centre-half's job the young Scot, who was married yesterday, would be under consideration to come in as a midfield player. It Is quite clear, however, that Saunders will be looking for a fighting performance against his former club who ever he chooses. He is most anxious to see Villa score their first away victory of the season to make amends for Saturday's disappointing home defeat.

As soccer stumbles through ever-increasing financial crises, the futility of playing the game on ice was more than emphasised at Villa Park with a whole series of unhappy mishaps writes lAN WILLARS.

Examine the facts of Aston Villaโ€™s 2-0 defeat by Queenโ€™s Park Rangers, which was their first in 13 home League games since the opening day of the season.

Irish centre-half Chris Nicholl could be out of action for three to four weeks after dislocating his shoulder in a heavy goalmouth fall; Scottish centre-forward Andy Gray Is almost certain to miss Scotlandโ€™s Under 23 international against Wales on Wednesday because of a groin strain; Veteran defender Charlie Aitken slipped on the rock-hard surface and involuntarily gave away the second goal like a novice schoolboy; And the Villa Park attendance of 32,223 on a bitterly cold afternoon was 8,000 below their home average.

No wonder Villa manager Ron Saunders declared afterwards:

โ€œIf I could have my own way I would not have played in these conditions. although this is no excuse for losing.

โ€œAt the end of the day we have to admit that the more polished team won because they showed better control in the difficult conditions.โ€

Dave Sexton, Queenโ€™s Park Rangersโ€™ manager, agreed and said:

โ€œIt was obviously difficult for both sides and considering the conditions this was one of our best performancesโ€

Sexton was also delighted with the experiment of playing England skipper, Gerry Francis, in the attack.

โ€œHe likes the idea and he will continue to play up front for us,โ€ he added.

Leighton Phillips did well as an emergency defender after Nicholl had been taken off in the 34th minute and Frank Carrodus again worked tirelessly throughout without any luck.

But Rangers always looked as if they might win and after John Hollins had scored his first goal for the club in the 76th minute they just skated home to keep alive their faint championship hopes.


*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 2 February 1976

Search on for Nicholl Deputy By lAN WILLARS

Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders will not decide until later this week who replaces injured Irish international Chris Nicholl at centre-half for the First Division clash at Manchester City on Saturday.

Nicholl, who dislocated his left shoulder in a heavy fall against Queenโ€™s Park Rangers, is unlikely to play again for at least three to four weeks.

Three candidates come into mind Welsh International Leighton Phillips, reserve centre half Charlie Young and utility player Bobby McDonald.

Saunders said last night: โ€œThe loss of Nicholl is a very big blow. He is a difficult player to replace. But I have an open mind on the subject at the moment.

โ€œA lot will depend on how various players perform in training this week and I shall also have to consider what the ground conditions are going to be at Maine Road.โ€

Saunders is obviously being cagey about his plans. But it would seem most unlikely that he is going to rush into the transfer market before he returns to Manchester City where he was manager until his shock dismissal 22 months ago.

Favourite to take over from Nicholl would appear to be the experienced Phillips. He has played in defence for both Wales and his former club. Cardiff, and he did well in the role after Nicholl had departed on Saturday.

But there is still a possibility that 18-year-old Young, who hails from Chester, could make a surprise debut. He has been a regular in the Central League this season and he was almost called into the side when there was a scare about Nichollโ€™s fitness in October.

McDonald is another obvious candidate, although if Phillips is given the centre-halfโ€™s job the young Scot, who was married yesterday, would be under consideration to come in as a midfield player.

It is quite dear, however, that Saunders will be looking for a fighting performance against his former club whoever he chooses. He is most anxious to see Villa score their first away victory of the season to make amends for Saturdayโ€™s disappointing home defeat.

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