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Game #3496

Aston Villa

1-0-0, 2 PTS

Won

6th=

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩

Saturday, 19 August 1978

Division One

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Villa Park

0-0-1, 0 PTS

Attendance: 43,922

Aston Villa

1-0

Wolves

Assist(s) | Gordon Smith | 60' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa open the season with victory over Wolves as Andy Gray scores his 50th League goal before leaving the field injured.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 19 August 1978

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Gary Shelton
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
⚽ | 60’ Goal, 1-0, Andy Gray, Assist by Gordon Smith
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

🔁 | Sub off, Andy Gray (Injury), Sub on, John Gregory

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa open the season with a derby win over Wolves as midfielder Gary Shelton made his first start for Villa after making an unused substitute appearance in 1977-78. Shelton had moved from Walsall in January 1978 for a fee of £60,000. Centre forward Andy Gray scores his 50th League goal in the 60' to win it for Villa.

Aston Villa

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers

League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1973-74

FIXTURE HISTORY

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1978-79 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Match | #1 |
Manager Game | #214 |
Saturday, 19 August 1978

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Clive Thomas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Treorchy, 1966–1984
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 1-0
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 214 | 🟩 | 101 🟨 | 54 🟥 59 | 1.67

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Clive Thomas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Treorchy, 1966–1984
Matches Officiated: 18
🟩 : 9
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 6
🆘 : 4
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 7 January 1978, Villa 1-4 Everton, Goodison Park. 🆘
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Wolverhampton Wanderers

None

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders hands Gary Shelton his debut.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.38 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 30.54 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.82 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
FB Gordon Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔥 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gary Shelton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Sammy Chung | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

GK Paul Bradshaw | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Geoffrey Palmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Bob Hazell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Derek Parkin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB John McAlle | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Willie Carr | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Steve Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Peter Daniel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Kenny Hibbitt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Billy Rafferty | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CF Melvyn Eves | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Melvyn Eves | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Norman Bell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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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 | 4 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
F John Deehan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommy Craig | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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

🟢 M Gary Shelton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 21 August 1978

Two centre forwards with plenty to prove provided the most memorable opening day moments as Aston Villa and Wolves endeavoured to overcome a stifling, steamy heat which almost suffocated the players and the game. Scottish international Andy Gray scored his 50th league goal which gave Villa their narrow 1-0 win to remind watching Scotland manager, Ally MacLeod the he still the best man for the dark blue international shirt. And Wolves lanky striker Norman Bell, a 69th minute substitute for Mel Eves, misses an open goal which would have given the Molineux men a point that nobody could have begrudged them. Macleod will shortly have to select his side for the European Championship game against Austria in three weeks time, and the 22-year-old Villa Park goal-ace could not have chosen a better occasion to reach his half century. Gray timed his 60th minute run perfectly to connect with full back Gordon Smith’s left wing cross and put it over the line before Bob Hazell and John McAlle realised the danger. In the process Gray injured his thigh, and was soon pulled off. But manager Ron Saunders is confident that he will be fit for Wednesday’s game at Tottenham. It was a different story for the luckless Bell who toe-ended a 76 minute equalising chance high over Villa’s crossbar from just five yards out with only goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer to beat. Apart from Gray’s goal there was little else to get excited about in Villa’s display after Wolves had won territorial advantage in the first half with their unusual 3-5-2 formation.

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