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Game #3506

Aston Villa

3-3-3, 9 PTS

Drew

10th= (+1)

Saturday, 7 October 1978

Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟨

Division One

Arsenal

Highbury

3-3-3, 9 PTS

Attendance: 34,537

Arsenal

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Dennis Mortimer | 84' |

MATCH SUMMARY

With Villa’s injury crisis not improving the club applied to the League to postpone their weekend fixture with Arsenal only for the League’s Alan Hardaker to refuse the request out of hand. To compound the insult Hardaker visited Highbury to watch a decimated Villa, forced to field players carrying injury and barely fit, face off against a full strength Arsenal side. Happily for Villa, Arsenal were awful and John Gregory’s late equaliser gave Villa a point to leave them 10th in the table.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 7 October 1978

🥅 | 20’ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Alan Sunderland
🕒 | HT Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa
⚽ | 84’ Goal, 1-1, John Gregory, Assist by Dennis Mortimer
🕒 | FT Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa

🟨 | Booking, Ken McNaught, Pulling back

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa end a run of two league defeats to make it three wins, three draws and three defeats in nine division one games this season. Meanwhile, 18 year old midfielder Ian Hendry makes his first appearance in the Villa squad having joined from Eastercraigs.

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 | 1978-79 |
Matchday | #11 |
League Match | #9 |
Manager Game | #224 |
Saturday, 7 October 1978

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Les Burden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Poole, 1975-1985
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 224 | 🟩 | 104 🟨 | 58 🟥 62 | 1.65

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Les Burden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Poole, 1975-1985
Matches Officiated: 1
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Arsenal

🟨

TEAM NEWS

Leighton Phillips replaces Gary Shelton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.23 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 30.68 |

Youngest Player |
RB Gary Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 17.82 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Gary Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommy Craig | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Leighton Phillips | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
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 | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Steve Walford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Sammy Nelson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Price | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Liam Brady | 🇮🇪 |
M Graham Rix | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Alan Sunderland | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
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 Ian Hendry

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F John Kosmina | 🇦🇺 |

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 6 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
FB Gordon Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gary Shelton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

“I don't enjoy watching a spoiling game, but in the circumstances what else could we do? “Normally Allan Evans, Brian Little and John Deehan wouldn't have been considered but they virtually had to play because of our injury situation." Ron Saunders.

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