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Game #3531

Aston Villa

10-12-8, 32 PTS

Lost

13th (-2)

Wednesday, 4 April 1979

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟥

Division One

Nottingham Forest

City Ground

14-14-2, 42 PTS

Attendance: 27,056

Nottingham Forest

4-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa hold their own in the first half without looking like they would threaten high flying Forest but are obliterated in the second half to leave them languishing in thirteenth in the table. More worrying than the result and second half collapse were the murmuring behind the scenes of player problems.... not something Ron Saunders was ever going to allow to continue.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 4 April 1979

🥅 | 13’ Goal, 0-1, (Nottingham Forest), Allan Evans o.g.
🕒 | HT Nottingham Forest 1-0 Aston Villa
🥅 | 49’ Goal, 0-2, (Nottingham Forest), Tony Woodcock
🥅 | 55’ Goal, 0-3, (Nottingham Forest), Trevor Francis
🥅 | 71’ Goal, 0-4, (Nottingham Forest), Martin O’Neill
🕒 | FT Nottingham Forest 4-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa suffer their heaviest defeat of the season to make it ten wins, twelve draws and eight defeats in thirty division one games this season.

Casualties abounded as the Forest debacle would prove to be centre forward Andy Gray’s final Villa appearance.

Villa had signed Gray from Dundee United for a fee of £110,000 as a 19 year old and he went on to represent Villa between 1975-76 and 1978-79 but was significantly out of favour with boss Ron Saunders in 1978-79 and ostracised in 1979-80 before his departure from the club to Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1979 for a fee of £1,469,000.

Also seeing his Villa career end was midfielder Tommy Craig who made his final appearance aged 26 before moving on to Swansea City in July 1979 for a fee of £150,000.

Villa had signed Craig from Newcastle United in January 1978 for £270,000 and he played for the club between 1977-78 and 1978-79 making 32 appearances and scoring twice.

Aston Villa

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

Nottingham Forest

League Champions: 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1978-79

FIXTURE HISTORY

Nottingham Forest

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Season | 1978-79 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Match | #30 |
Manager Game | #249 |
Wednesday, 4 April 1979

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Pat Partridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | County Durham, 1966-1981
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 0-4
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 249 | 🟩 | 112 🟨 | 68 🟥 69 | 1.62

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Pat Partridge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | County Durham, 1966-1981
Matches Officiated: 16
🟩 : 6
🟨 : 4
🟥 : 6
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 10 January 1979, Villa 0-2 Forest, City Ground. 🆘
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Nottingham Forest

None

TEAM NEWS

John Gidman, Ken McNaught and Alex Cropley replace Gordon Cowans, Gary Williams and Ivor Linton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.04 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 31.17 |

Youngest Player |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 22.49 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB Kenny Swain | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommy Craig | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔴 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔴 |

MANAGER

Brian Clough | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Nottingham Forest

GK Peter Shilton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB David Needham | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Larry Lloyd | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Viv Anderson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ian Bowyer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John McGovern | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Archie Gemmill | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 | ⚽ |
W John Robertson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CF Tony Woodcock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Trevor Francis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

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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 Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F John O'Hare | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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 | 1 |
W Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

🔴 M Tommy Craig | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 1978-79 | 🕒 32 | 32 (0) | ⚽ 2 | 🔥 1 | 🇺 0 | #591 |
🔴 CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

MATCH REPORT

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