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Game #3378

Aston Villa

9-13-13, 31 PTS

Saturday, 20 March 1976

Drew

17th= (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Division One

Attendance: 24,663

Leicester City

Filbert Street

10-16-9, 36 PTS

Chris Nicholl scores all four goals in the two all draw at Filbert Street in an incredible game that leaves Villa, now 17th in the table, still without an away win in eighteen games on their return to the top flight.

Leicester City

2-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Brian Little | 40' | Chico Hamilton | 86' |

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 20 March 1976

๐Ÿฅ… | 14โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Leicester City), Chris Nicholl o.g.
โšฝ | 40โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Chris Nicholl, Assist by Brian Little
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Leicester City 1-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 54โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Leicester City), Chris Nicholl o.g.
โšฝ | 86โ€™ Goal, 2-2, Chris Nicholl, Assist by Chico Hamilton
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Leicester City 2-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it nine wins, thirteen draws and thirteen defeats in thirty five League games following their return to the top flight as Chris Nicholl scores all four goals in a 2-2 draw.

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

Leicester City

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1963-64

FIXTURE HISTORY

Leicester City

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1975-76 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Match | #35 |
Manager Game | #96 |
Saturday, 20 March 1976

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 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 2-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 96 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 43 ๐ŸŸจ | 26 ๐ŸŸฅ 27 | 1.61

Career Form:

Top 6

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:

Cards:

Villa

None

Leicester City

None

Ivan Smith

TEAM NEWS

Chico Hamilton replaces Leighton Phillips.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.31 |

Oldest Player |
CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 29.46 |

Youngest Player |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 20.32 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Jimmy Bloomfield | 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 |
CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CB Ian Ross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB John Gidman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chico Hamilton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W Ray Graydon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Leicester City

GK Mark Wallington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Dennis Rofe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Jeff Blockley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Alan Woollett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Stephen Whitworth | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Kember | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jon Sammels | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Keith Weller | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Brian Alderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Frank Worthington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Bob Lee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

W Lenny Glover | 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 : 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 | 3 |
CF Keith Leonard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Charlie Aitken | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F John Deehan | 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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"If the worst comes to the worst. I'll do the same next week.โ€

โ€œWhen the ball comes into the six yard box you have to go for it.

โ€œOnly on very rare occasions would I deliberately leave alone a ball that was that close to goal. I might not always reach it but at least Iโ€™ve got to try.

โ€œNo goalkeeper would have stopped that [his second own goal]. It was a cracker.

"l was relieved when that one went in [the second equaliser].โ€œ

Chris Nicholl.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 22 March 1976

Chris Nicholl would do it all over again in similar circumstances and not just to see his name in the record books.

Nicholl, scorer of all four goals in Aston Villaโ€™s 2-2 draw at Leicester on Saturday, has to look back 33 years to find the last time the same thing happened in English football.

Twice he put Leicester ahead, twice he equalised the second time just four minutes from the whistle and from the way he spoke afterwards it seems we may not have to wait another 33 years for it to happen again. โ€œIf the worst comes to the worst. Iโ€™ll do the same next week,โ€ he said. โ€œWhen the ball comes into the six yard box you have to go for it. Only on very rare occasions would I deliberately leave alone a ball that was that close to goal. I might not always reach it but at least Iโ€™ve got to try.โ€

Nicholl thought his third goal was the best โ€œno goalkeeper would have stopped that. It was a crackerโ€ and his fourth the most satisfying - โ€œl was relieved when that one went Inโ€ and his achievement must cast doubts on the merits of both sides as attacking forces.

The draw, welcome though it was, means that Villa have managed only one win in their last 12 matches and the eight points collected from those 24 at stake is more like relegation form than anything else.

There is little wrong with their approach. Their willingness to move forward at Filbert Street was a refreshing reminder of what football is all about but when the goals did not come they teetered on the brink of capitulation for long periods and without the constant harassing of Nicholl and lan Ross could easily have surrendered.

They did, in fact, relinquish the midfield almost without a struggle which meant that Andy Gray saw little of the ball while Brian Little and Frank Carrodus, after a bright opening, quickly faded.

A game that promised much rarely delivered and because of Nicholl it turned into an almost unreal exercise.