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Game #3441

Aston Villa

22-7-13, 51 PTS

Monday, 23 May 1977

Won

4th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Division One

West Bromwich Albion

Attendance: 42,542

Villa Park

Aston Villa

4-0

West Brom

Assist(s) | Alex Cropley | 2' | John Deehan | 43' | Brian Little | 78' | 81' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa hammer Albion in their final game of the season as Andy Gray scores a hat-trick to make it 29 goals in 1976-77 including a barren two month spell. Villa finish the season fourth in the table but have had to contend with significant injuries and the need to cram fifteen games into just 50 days with little to no recovery time meaning that their title challenge - just one year after being promoted from the second division - faltered late in the campaign but little could detract from their status as the outstanding footballing side in the division and as the record, three time winners of the League Cup. This was just Ron Saundersโ€™ third season in charge.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 23 May 1977

โšฝ | 2โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Chris Nicholl, Assist by Alex Cropley
โšฝ | 43' Goal, 2-0 Andy Gray, Assist by John Deehan
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
โšฝ | 78โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Andy Gray, Assist by Brian Little
โšฝ | 81โ€™ Goal, 4-0, Andy Gray, Assist by Brian Little
๐Ÿ” | 83' Sub off, Andy Gray, Sub on, Ivor Linton
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 4-0 West Bromwich Albion

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa finish the season with the sort of resounding win they were stacking up for fun earlier in the season.

Andy Grayโ€™s final day hat-trick meant Villa finished 4th, one point off 3rd, and their best League standing since finishing runners up in 1932-33 under Billy Smith.

Ron Saundersโ€™ wasnโ€™t resting on his laurels however as he again began to reshape the squad ahead of 1977-78.

Goalkeeper John Burridge made his final for Villa appearance aged 25 before moving on to Crystal Palace in March 1978 for a fee of ยฃ65,000.

Although Burridge remained with the club for much of the following season he was out on loan for a period and made just a single, non-playing squad appearance.

Burridge played for Villa in 1975-76 and 1976-77 making 80 appearances.

Also leaving was centre back Chris Nicholl who made his final Villa appearance aged 30 before moving on to Southampton for a fee of ยฃ60,000 in June 1977.

Nicholl, a fan favourite with his committed displays, played for Villa between 1971-72 and 1976-77 making 251 appearances and scoring 20 goals.

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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1976-77

West Bromwich Albion

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1967-68

FIXTURE HISTORY

West Bromwich Albion

Previous 5 vs. Albion: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1976-77 |
Matchday | #56 |
League Match | #42 |
Manager Game | #159 |
Monday, 23 May 1977

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Unknown
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 159 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 76 ๐ŸŸจ | 41 ๐ŸŸฅ 42 | 1.69

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Unknown
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

West Bromwich Albion

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.41 |

Oldest Player |
CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 30.63 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.58 |

MANAGER

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

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Aston Villa

GK John Burridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
FB Gordon Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
FB John Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leighton Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Alex Cropley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
F John Deehan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Johnny Giles | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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West Bromwich Albion

GK John Osborne | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Aly Robertson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
D John Wile | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Paddy Mulligan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Mick Martin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Johnny Giles | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Willie Johnston | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Alistair Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF David Cross | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Ray Treacy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Ivor Linton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 83' |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CB Aly Robertson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (M Wayne Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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SQUAD STATS

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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

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 7/11

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 : 8/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
W Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB John Gidman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ray Graydon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 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

๐Ÿ”ด GK John Burridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1975-77 | ๐Ÿ•’ 80 | 80 (0) | โšฝ 0 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 1 | #576 |
๐Ÿ”ด CB Chris Nicholl | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 1972-77 | ๐Ÿ•’ 253 | 253 (0) | โšฝ 19 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 7 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 0 | #557 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

MATCH REPORT