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Game #3477

Aston Villa

11-6-9, 28 PTS

Won

8th= (+2)

Saturday, 4 February 1978

Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩

Division One

Arsenal

Highbury

14-5-8, 33 PTS

Attendance: 30,127

Arsenal

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Played in terrible conditions that only the referee - and apparently Ron Saunders - believed was appropriate for football, Villa secure victory to move to back to 8th in the table for the first time since November.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 4 February 1978

⚽ | 22’ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Malcolm MacDonald
🕒 | HT Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa
🕒 | FT Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa record successive League wins for the first time since November to make it eleven wins, six draws and nine defeats in twenty six division one games this season. Meanwhile, midfielder Gary Shelton made his first appearance in the Villa squad aged 19 after joining from Walsall in January for a fee of £60,000.

Aston Villa

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

Arsenal

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1970–71

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1977-78 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Match-week | #26 |
Manager Game | #195 |
Saturday, 4 February 1978

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Lester Shapter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Torquay, 1974-1992 🆘
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 1-0
Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 195 | 🟩 | 93 🟨 | 49 🟥 53 | 1.68

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lester Shapter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Torquay, 1974-1992 🆘
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 1
🆘 Shapter should never have allowed proceedings to go ahead.
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Arsenal

None

TEAM NEWS

John Gregory replaces John Gidman.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.97 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 30.01 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.29 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
FB Gordon Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Tommy Craig | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F John Deehan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Terry Neill | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Arsenal

GK Pat Jennings | 🇬🇧 |
RB Pat Rice | 🇬🇧 |
CB David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 |
CB Willie Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
LB Sammy Nelson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Price | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Alan Hudson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Liam Brady | 🇮🇪 |
M Graham Rix | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Malcolm Macdonald | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Frank Stapleton | 🇮🇪 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Gary Shelton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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W Mark Heeley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
FB John Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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 goal was a bit fortunate but, at that stage we should have been ahead anyway because I thought we were a bit special in the first half. "The conditions were bad but at no stage did I think the game should have been stopped. “The continual rain kept the surface playable." Ron Saunders.

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