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Game #3469

Aston Villa

8-4-7, 20 PTS

Lost

11th= (-1)

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥

Saturday, 17 December 1977

Division One

Middlesbrough

Ayresome Park

6-6-8, 18 PTS

Attendance: 14,999

Middlesbrough

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Almost as if it was payback for Villa’s criticism and complaints against referee Jim Bent in the match against Albion that saw Alex Cropley suffer a double fracture to his left leg and the officials subject to widespread condemnation…. Villa, in their very next game have three booked and one sent off in an atmosphere of such injustice that the opposition, officials of the home side and local TV network come out in support of the wronged player.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 17 December 1977

🟨 | 45’ Booking, John Gidman, Foul
🕒 | HT Middlesbrough 0-0 Aston Villa
🟥 | 72’ Sending off, John Gidman, Innocuous foul
🟨 | 72’ Booking, Andy Gray, Dissent
🥅 | 80’ Goal, 0-1, (Middlesbrough), Graeme Hedley
🟨 | 86’ Booking, Leighton Phillips, Foul
🕒 | FT Middlesbrough 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa have John Gidman sent off as they lose to regular bogey team Boro once again. As a result Villa make it eight wins, four draws and seven defeats in nineteen division one games this season.

Aston Villa

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1976-77

Middlesbrough

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Middlesbrough

Previous 5 vs. Middlesbrough: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥

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Season | 1977-78 |
Matchday | #28 |
League Match | #19 |
Manager Game | #187 |
Saturday, 17 December 1977

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Arnold Challinor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Maltby, 1977-1984 🆘
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 0-1
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 187 | 🟩 | 90 🟨 | 47 🟥 50 | 1.70

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Arnold Challinor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Maltby, 1977-1984 🆘
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 1
🆘 Goaded by the crowd to send off John Gidman, condemned by both sides and a TV trial
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Middlesbrough

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TEAM NEWS

Gordon Cowans replaces Alex Cropley.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.70 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 29.87 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.15 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🟥 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
FB Gordon Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🟨 |

MANAGER

John Neal | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Middlesbrough

GK Pat Cuff | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
D Ian Bailey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Stuart Boam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Alan Ramage | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Billy Ashcroft | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tony McAndrew | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB John Craggs | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Armstrong | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Graeme Hedley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
F Stan Cummins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F David Mills | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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FB Mick Buttress | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F Billy Woof | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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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Injury | 3 |
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F John Deehan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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

“The referee told me that he had sent Gidman off for deliberately chopping down and opponent from behind. “I am not allowed to criticise his decisions, so all I can say is that Gidman is sick about it, insisting that he played the ball. “I am sure you all saw if for yourselves. “Some of the Middlesbrough officials were obviously incensed about it too, and they immediately offered to support my player. “I have also watched a slow motion run of television film and I am sure it absolves Gidman. “Tyne-Tees TV have offered to let me have a copy of the film to use in evidence.” Ron Saunders. “We shall back Villa up.” John Neal, Middlesbrough manager. “In neither case did I foul him [45’ and 72’]. “In the first instance he ran into me and I caught him with my elbow. “In the second I played the ball in a tackle from the side, not from behind.” John Gidman.

MATCH REPORT