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Game #3467

Aston Villa

Wednesday, 7 December 1977

Drew

3rd Round

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

UEFA Cup

Athletic Bilbao

Attendance: 39,000

San Mamรฉs Stadium

Athletic Bilbao

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | John Gidman | 43' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa take the lead at the San Mamรฉs and hold it until the final five minutes on a ground where Bilbao had not lost a European tie in eleven years. Bilbaoโ€™s late equaliser though could not stop Villa progressing to the UEFA Cup quarter finals.

KEY MAN

Dennis Mortimer, scored to send Villa into the UEFA Cup Quarter Finals, Wednesday, 7 December 1977.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 7 December 1977

โšฝ | 43โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dennis Mortimer, Assist by John Gidman
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 85โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Athletic Bilbao), Dani
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Gordon Smith, Dissent
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Andy Gray, Dissent

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa qualify for the UEFA Cup quarter finals.

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

Athletic Bilbao

La Liga Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
Copa del Rey Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1972-73

FIXTURE HISTORY

Athletic Bilbao

Previous 5 vs. Bilbao: ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1977-78 |
Matchday | #26 |
Manager Game | #185 |
Wednesday, 7 December 1977

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Jean Dubach | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | Nidau, 1972-1978 ๐Ÿ†˜
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Aggregate Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Aggregate Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 185 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 89 ๐ŸŸจ | 47 ๐ŸŸฅ 49 | 1.70

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jean Dubach | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | Nidau, 1972-1978 ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 1
๐ŸŸฉ : 0
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ Bilbao's physical intimidation went unpunished, Villa's complaints about it did not.
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Athletic Bilbao

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.67 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.84 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.13 |

MANAGER

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

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ken McNaught | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
FB Gordon Smith | 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 Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | 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 |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Koldo Aguirre | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Athletic Bilbao

GK Josรฉ รngel Iribar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Javier Escalza | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
D Josรฉ Marรญa Lasa | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
D Daniel Astrain | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Josรฉ Ramรณn Alexanko | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Fernando Tirapu | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Javier Irureta | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Ignacio Churruca | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
W Dani | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
W Josรฉ Mari Amorrortu | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
F Aitor Aguirre | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | F Aitor Aguirre | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (RB รngel Marรญa Villar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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Not recorded

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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Not Recorded

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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 : 11/11

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ: 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
FB John Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F John Deehan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alex Cropley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ 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

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"Cropley is obviously my biggest worry. โ€œWe are leaving for Spain early and he will be receiving treatment right until the last possible moment. โ€œThere must be a slight chance for him. I would not be taking him if I didnโ€™t think he might respond to treatment. โ€œWe realise that this is going to be a test of the sideโ€™s character and determination to succeed against a very experienced European club. โ€œBilbao have a ground advantage and they will also have the backing of their loyal Basque followers. โ€œWe know how fanatical their fans can be having played there in a pre-season triangular contest in early August.โ€ Ron Saunders, Pre Match. --- โ€œWe were a bit special in the first half when we produced some of the best football we have played all season. โ€œIn the second half we let them play a bit but I was really thrilled with the way we performed. โ€œOur midfield was magnificent and Mortimer and John Gregory were our stars.โ€ Ron Saunders.

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