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Game #3390

Aston Villa

3-0-1, 6 PTS

Won

1st= (-)

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟩

Saturday, 4 September 1976

Division One

Ipswich Town

Villa Park

1-2-1, 4 PTS

Attendance: 39,916

Aston Villa

5-2

Ipswich Town

Assist(s) | John Robson | 6' | Brian Little | 57' | Gordon Smith | 77' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa dispatch much fancied Ipswich in a devastating second half spell that sees a 19 minute hat-trick from 20 year old Andy Gray - Villa's first top flight league hat-trick since Tony Hateley in the 5-5 draw with Tottenham in March 1966.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 4 September 1976

⚽ | 6’ Goal, 1-0, Brian Little, Assist by John Robson
🥅 | 17’ Goal, 1-1, (Ipswich Town), John Wark
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Ipswich Town
⚽ | 57’ Goal, 2-1, Andy Gray, Assist by Brian Little
⚽ | 62’ Goal, 3-1, Andy Gray
🥅 | 76’ Goal, 3-2, (Ipswich Town), Keith Bertschin
⚽ | 77’ Goal, 4-2, Andy Gray, Assist by Gordon Smith
⚽ | 89’ Goal, 5-2, Ray Graydon
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 5-2 Ipswich Town

🟨 | Booking, John Robson

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it three wins and one defeat in four division one games this season as they remain top of the early table with three of the top four scorers in the League being Villa players. Meanwhile, Andy Gray became the first Villa player to score a hat-trick in the First Division since Tony Hateley when he scored four goals in the 5-5 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in March 1966.

Aston Villa

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1974-75

Ipswich Town

League Champions: 🏆
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1961-62

FIXTURE HISTORY

Ipswich Town

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Season | 1976-77 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Match | #4 |
Manager Game | #108 |
Saturday, 4 September 1976

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Ken Ridden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Shrewsbury, 1974-1977
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 5-2
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 108 | 🟩 | 49 🟨 | 30 🟥 29 | 1.64

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ken Ridden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Shrewsbury, 1974-1977
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Ipswich Town

🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.19 |

Oldest Player |
CB Chris Nicholl | 🇬🇧 | 29.92 |

Youngest Player |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 20.78 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK John Burridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Chris Nicholl | 🇬🇧 |
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 | 🟨 |
FB Gordon Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔥 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ray Graydon | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔥 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ | ⚽ | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Bobby Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Ipswich Town

GK Paul Cooper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB George Burley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Allan Hunter | 🇬🇧 |
CB Kevin Beattie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Mick Mills | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Pat Sharkey | 🇬🇧 | 🔁 |
M Brian Talbot | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John Wark | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Mick Lambert | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Clive Woods | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Keith Bertschin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Pat Sharkey | 🇬🇧 | (F Robin Turner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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W Steve Hunt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/12

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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None

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

“Brian [Little] has scored four goals this season which only he could have scored. “It’s a pleasure to play alongside hime. “I missed the easiest chance of a hat-trick when I put the ball over the bar just before I finally got my third.” Andy Gray. “He [Andy Gray] did nothing in the first half. But afterwards he ran riot and is going to be some player in two years’ time. Ron Saunders.

MATCH REPORT

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