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Game #3518

Saturday, 9 December 1978

Attendance: 19,080

Won

Division One

9th= (-)

Chelsea

WWLDW

Stamford Bridge

A still injury ravaged Villa luck in at Stamford Bridge as they benefit from a curious power play between referee and linesman as Allan Evans strikes from an offside position to put Villa ahead with the ultimately crucial winning goal. Meanwhile, Ron Saunders is busy buying in new players to try and offset the injury crisis that has plagued the club since the start of the campaign.

Chelsea

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gary Shaw | 15' |

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15โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Allan Evans, Assist by Gary Shaw
HT Chelsea 0-1 Aston Villa
Sub off, Gary Shaw, Sub on, Alex Cropley
FT Chelsea 0-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa win for the first time in three to make it seven wins, six draws and five defeats in eighteen division one games this season. Meanwhile, full back Gordon Smith made his final Villa appearance age 24 before moving on to Spurs in February 1979 for a fee of ยฃ150,000. Smith played for Villa between 1976-77 and 1978-79 making 96 appearances.

Aston Villa

Chelsea

UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1970-71

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

Previous 5 vs. Chelsea: | ๐ŸŸฉ | ๐ŸŸฅ | ๐ŸŸฅ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฉ |

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1978-79 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Match | #18 |
Manager Game | #236 |
Saturday, 9 December 1978

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Clive Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Treorchy, 1966โ€“1984
Kick off: 3.00pm
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 1-0 |
Last 5 Games | WWLDW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Clive Thomas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Treorchy, 1966โ€“1984 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Chelsea

None

Clive Thomas

TEAM NEWS

Gordon Smith replaces Gary Williams.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.02 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 30.85 |

Youngest Player |
F Gary Shaw | 17.06 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Saunders

Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer |
RB John Gidman |
FB Gordon Smith |
CB Allan Evans |
CB Ken McNaught |
M Tommy Craig |
M Gordon Cowans |
M John Gregory |
M Dennis Mortimer |
F John Deehan |
F Gary Shaw |

Chelsea

Iles, Stride, Wilkins G, Wicks, Harris, Wilkins R, Bumstead, Britton, Stanley, Aylott, McKenzie (Walker). Manager: Ken Shellito.

SUBSTITUTES

M Alex Cropley for F Gary Shaw |

SUBSTITUTES

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
Frank Carrodus |
Andy Gray |
Brian Little |
Gary Shelton |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œI have agreed terms with Chelsea for [Kenny Swain].

โ€œThere is a slight problem at their end, but I do not envisage any difficulties.

"Clyde have also agreed to sell [Joe] Ward and I am hoping he will travel down to sign in the next day or so."

โ€œI believe that with our game in hand we can now move into the top six of the First Division.

"Our position in the League speaks for the character of our players.

โ€œWe have had terrible luck with injuries and several youngsters have come into the side and performed nobly.

โ€œBut it is not always possible to pin all your hopes on young players immediately.

โ€œThey need to be nursed carefully and used sparingly at the start of their careers.

"We played very well and should have won much more easily."

Ron Saunders.

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 11 December 1978