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Game #3468

Aston Villa

8-4-6, 20 PTS

Saturday, 10 December 1977

Won

10th (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Division One

West Bromwich Albion

Attendance: 41,631

Villa Park

8-7-4, 23 PTS

Aston Villa

3-0

West Brom

Assist(s) | John Gidman | 39' | 44' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa suffer at the hands of "Albionโ€™s over-aggressive display" as another poor refereeing performance - this one widely condemned - sees Alex Cropley's career all but ended as Villa cruise to victory over Ronnie Allen's thugs.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 10 December 1977

๐Ÿ” | 18โ€™ Sub off, Ken McNaught, Sub on, Gordon Cowans
โšฝ | 35โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Gordon Cowans, Assist by John Gidman
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 44โ€™ Villa reduced to 10 men, Player retired injured, Alex Cropley
โšฝ | 44โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Andy Gray, Assist by John Gidman
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
โšฝ | 54โ€™ Goal, 3-0, John Gidman
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Leighton Phillips, Heavy tackle.

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa hammer Albion despite playing the second half with 10 men following Alex Cropley's injury. As a result Villa make it eight wins, four draws and six defeats in eighteen division one games this season.

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 ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1977-78 |
Matchday | #27 |
League Match | #18 |
Manager Game | #186 |
Saturday, 10 December 1977

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Jim Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hemel Hempstead, 1972-1978 ๐Ÿ†˜
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 186 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 90 ๐ŸŸจ | 47 ๐ŸŸฅ 49 | 1.70

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jim Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hemel Hempstead, 1972-1978 ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 3
๐ŸŸฉ : 3
๐ŸŸจ : 0
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ Total failure to stop vile Albion's feverish physical intimidation. An awful, shameful performance that allowed the animals of Albion to take man not ball throughout the game. To make matters worse Bent defended himself and made light of the physicality in an appalling post game statement. Bent would never referee Villa again and disappeared off the football scene shortly after. A disgrace.
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 16 May 1977, Villa 1-0 Stoke, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

West Bromwich Albion

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Alex Cropley replaces Gordon Cowans.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.39 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 29.85 |

Youngest Player |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 22.04 |

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 | ๐Ÿ” |
FB Gordon Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB John Gidman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ |
M Leighton Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Alex Cropley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โŒ |
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 | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Ronnie Allen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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West Bromwich Albion

GK Tony Godden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Paddy Mulligan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Aly Robertson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
D John Wile | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Derek Statham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Bryan Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Len Cantello | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Laurie Cunningham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Alistair Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Cyrille Regis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for CB Ken McNaught | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 18' |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | W Laurie Cunningham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Mick Martin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

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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 : 10/11

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 : 10/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
FB John Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F John Deehan | 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:

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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

"I don't want to disappoint anybody, but these things take time [signing a replace for Alex Cropley]. "I am not at all certain now that I will be able to sign a new player before Thursdayโ€™s midnight UEFA Cup Quarter Final deadline. โ€œI am not allowed to comment on the referee [Jim Bentโ€™s handling of the game. โ€œBut we shall be making an official complaint through the appropriate channels. โ€œIt was a late tackle. It was over zealous. โ€œBut there was no way the tBrown could have done that on purpose.โ€ Ron Saunders. โ€œAs soon as I was tackled I knew what had happened [broken tibula and fibula in the left leg] because I heard the cracks. โ€œThe tackles was late and a bit high. โ€œBut he didnโ€™t go over the top of the ball. โ€œI thought the referee was right to book him. But that was enough. โ€œI have played with Ally Brown since we were 14 year olds in Scottish Junior Football and he is not an over the top merchant. โ€œI nipped in to beat him to the ball. But he carried through with his tackle. โ€œI had all my weight on my left leg when he connected. โ€œI felt I had been playing quite well this season and there had been talk about Argentine [World Cup]. โ€œBut I must forget about that now and concentrate on my recovery. โ€œI am not bitter about it and I have no hard feelings. โ€œYou have to be prepared to accept knocks in this game.โ€ Alex Cropley. โ€œIt was an accident. I was the cause of the injury and I was as sick as anyone about it. โ€œBut anybody who knows me must also know that I have never gone over the top intentionally in my life. Ally Brown. โ€œI suppose on reflection, I might have been stricter at the start. But it is easy to say that after the event. โ€œI could see no intent on his [Ally Brownโ€™s] part and I checked this with my linesman. โ€œCropley jumped over Brown to win the ball, Brown followed through catching Cropley at the back of the leg.โ€ Referee Jim Bent.

MATCH REPORT