top of page

Game #3437

Tuesday, 10 May 1977

Attendance: 43,721

Lost

Division One

5th (-)

Birmingham City

LLDWL

St Andrew's

Villa play their twelfth game in 38 days as they are robbed at St Andrewโ€™s by shameful play-acting from a desperate Trevor Francis and another poor refereeing performance. Villa sit 5th in the first division table with four to play as Liverpool, ten points ahead, are crowned champions as a result. Amazingly Birmingham, and ten miles away, Coventry, at a reserve game, celebrate wildly at the news that Villa can no longer win the title. The difference between the stations of the other midlands teams to Villa can rarely have been more vividly illustrated than on this disappointing May night.

Birmingham City

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

PREVIOUS MATCH

NEXT MATCH

MATCH TIMELINE

30โ€™ Sending off, Leighton Phillips, Dissent
HT Birmingham City 0-0 Aston Villa
53โ€™ Goal, John Deehan
Goal, (Birmingham City)
Goal, 1-2, (Birmingham City, pen), Trevor Francis
78โ€™ Sending off, (Birmingham City), Joe Gallagher, Kick
FT Birmingham City 2-1 Aston Villa

Cards.
Booking, Chris Nicholl
Booking, John Robson

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa lose to lowly neighbours Birmingham after they are reduced to ten men. As a result Villa make it twenty wins, six draws and twelve defeats in thirty eight division one games this season. Villa have two games in hand but the lead of Liverpool at the top of the table means that only a top four finish is realistic for Villa.

Aston Villa

Birmingham City

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1962-63

FIXTURE HISTORY

Birmingham City

Previous 5 vs. Birmingham City: | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฅ | ๐ŸŸฅ |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1976-77 |
Matchday | #52 |
League Match | #38 |
Manager Game | #155 |
Tuesday, 10 May 1977

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Ron Saunders |
Referee | Peter Reeves, Leicester |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | LLDWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Reeves | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leicester, 1972-1981 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Birmingham City

๐ŸŸฅ

Peter Reeves

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.37 |

Oldest Player |
CB Chris Nicholl | 30.60 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | 18.55 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Saunders

Aston Villa

GK John Burridge |
CB Chris Nicholl |
FB Gordon Smith |
FB John Robson |
M Dennis Mortimer |
M Leighton Phillips |
M Alex Cropley |
M Gordon Cowans |
F Brian Little |
F John Deehan |
CF Andy Gray |

Birmingham City

Latchford, Burns, Pendrey, Gallagher, Page, Sbragia, Calderwood, Hibbitt (g), Jones, Connolly, Francis (g). Manager: Willie Bell.

SUBSTITUTES

None

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

D David Evans |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
Frank Carrodus
John Gidman
Ray Graydon

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

2021-22 Matchweek 38.jpg

PROGRAMME

Quotation Marks.png

MATCHDAY QUOTES

"He [Trevor Francis] conned the referee [Peter Reeves], particularly in the incident that led to Leighton Phillips being sent off, and then the spot kick.โ€

Ron Saunders.

*Daily Mirror*
Wednesday, 11 May 1977