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Game #3544

Aston Villa

Saturday, 18 August 1979

Drew

9th

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Division One

Bolton Wanderers

Attendance: 19,795

Burnden Park

Bolton Wanderers

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Brian Little | 73' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa open the season with a draw at Burnden Park.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 18 August 1979

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Tony Morley
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 73' Goal, 1-0, Gordon Cowans, Assist by Brian Little
๐Ÿฅ… | 76โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Bolton Wanderers), Neil Whatmore
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa open 1979-80 with a draw at Burnden Park as Tony Morley made his Villa debut aged 24 after moving from Burnley in June 1979 for a fee of ยฃ220,000.

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Saturday, 18 August 1979

*Villa leave out ยฃ2m stars*
By lAN WILLARS

Aston Villa have left out their ยฃ2 million rated transfer-listed internationals Andy Gray and John Gidman for their opening game of the season at Bolton today.

Manager Ron Saunders rejected the opportunity of placing them in the shop window. preferring to keep faith with the side that played in the pre-season friendly against F C Twenty Enschende.

The only comment Saunders would make on the matter was: โ€œI have selected the team I believe to be best equipped mentally and physically to do the job for me.โ€

But I understand he refrained from considering Gray and Gidman because he is anxious to field a settled side which will have to do duty when the pair have finally departed from Villa Park.

Villa have in fact received only one firm offer for Scottish centre forward Gray believed to be West Midlands rivals Wolves although several clubs have made inquiries for both players.

Gray and Gidman were originally scheduled to turn out for the reserves in the Central League fixture against Bolton until the game had to be called off yesterday because of a waterlogged pitch.

The state of the Villa Park pitch is giving cause for concern even though the club took advice from top experts two years ago and spent in excess of ยฃ80.000 laying new drains, putting in pop-up sprinklers and seeding a completely new playing surface.

But Villaโ€™s biggest problem still centres around finding top-class replacements for Gray and Gidman particularly as the transfer market has rocketed to sky-high proportions.

Saunders has already made it extremely clear that the pair will only be allowed to leave the club when realistic fees are paid. But unless he can pull off a satisfactory exchange deal Saunders will then be faced with a similar task.

Wolves could be in a position to exchange their midfield player Steve Daley for Gray plus a cash adjustment, but it is doubtful whether the centre-forward would welcome a move to Molineux.

Grayโ€™s role as leader of the attack at Bolton will go to John Deehan who has never had a better chance to prove his potential. The England Under-21 striker has often had to play second fiddle to Gray. Now he has It all to do on his own.

Ken Swain continues in Gidmanโ€™s right-back position. but even he must appreciate that this is a holding job until Villa come up with another quality defender.

Aston Villa

League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1976-77

Bolton Wanderers

League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1957-58

FIXTURE HISTORY

Bolton Wanderers

Previous 5 vs. Bolton: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1979-80 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Match | #1 |
Manager Game | #262 |
Saturday, 18 August 1979

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Gwyn Owen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Anglesey, 1972-1982
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 262 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 117 ๐ŸŸจ | 73 ๐ŸŸฅ 72 | 1.62

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Gwyn Owen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Anglesey, 1972-1982
Matches Officiated: 2
๐ŸŸฉ : 1
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 29 April 1978, Villa 6-1 Ipswich, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Bolton Wanderers

None

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders hands Tony Morley his debut.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.40 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.54 |

Youngest Player |
M Colin Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.38 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kenny Swain | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Allan Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Ken McNaught | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Colin Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gary Shelton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Morley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
F John Deehan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

MANAGER

Ian Greaves | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Bolton Wanderers

GK Seamus McDonagh | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Dave Clement | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Peter Nicholson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Mike Walsh | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Neil McNab | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Len Cantello | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Roy Greaves | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tadeusz Nowak | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Neil Whatmore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Alan Gowling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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F Gary Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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LB David Burke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 1 |
M Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Bomb Squad | 2 |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB John Gidman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 Halfโ€จ

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:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข W Tony Morley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œI have selected the team I believe to be best equipped mentally and physically to do the job for me.โ€ Ron Saunders.

MATCH REPORT