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Game #3546

Aston Villa

Lost

13th (-6)

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟥

Saturday, 25 August 1979

Division One

Bristol City

Villa Park

Attendance: 25,526

Aston Villa

0-2

Bristol City

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

An already depleted Villa lose for the first time this season as their injury list grows longer, ending the game with 10-men after Brian Little's early kidney injury and Gary Williams a second half casualty.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 25 August 1979

🥅 | 18’ Goal, 0-1, (Bristol City), Kevin Mabbutt
🔁 | 25’ Sub off, Brian Little, Sub on, Ivor Linton
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Bristol City
💥 | 75’ Villa reduced to 10 men, Gary Williams left field of play injured
🥅 | 90’ Goal, 0-2, (Bristol City, pen)
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Bristol City

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose for the first time this season as they are beaten at Villa Park by Bristol City.

Aston Villa

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

Bristol City

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: ❌

FIXTURE HISTORY

Bristol City

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Season | 1979-80 |
Matchday | #3 |
League Match | #3 |
Manager Game | #264 |
Saturday, 25 August 1979

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: George Nolan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stockport, 1974-1981
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 0-2
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 264 | 🟩 | 118 🟨 | 73 🟥 73 | 1.62

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: George Nolan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stockport, 1974-1981
Matches Officiated: 4
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟩 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 28 March 1979, Villa 1-1 Coventry, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Bristol City

None

TEAM NEWS

Gary Williams replaces Alex Cropley.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 23.63 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 31.56 |

Youngest Player |
RB Gary Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 18.70 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Kenny Swain | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Gary Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ❌ |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Colin Gibson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gary Shelton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Tony Morley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F John Deehan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

MANAGER

Alan Dicks | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Bristol City

GK John Shaw | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Geoff Merrick | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Gerry Sweeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Tony Fitzpatrick | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Clive Whitehead | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Trevor Tainton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Pertti Jantunen | 🇫🇮 |
M Gerry Gow | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
F Tom Ritchie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Kevin Mabbutt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
CF Joe Royle | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Ivor Linton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for F Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 25’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Kevin Mabbutt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Jimmy Mann | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Alex Cropley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Frank Carrodus | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Bomb Squad | 2 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB John Gidman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

"We lost 2-0 and our goalkeeper never had a shot to save. We are trying to play more open football but in doing that we are being pulled apart in the middle "It's as frustrating for us as it is for the supporters . But you can't expect to win championships with kids. We hare so many injuries at. the moment that there is no-one left to take the weight off the youngsters." Ron Saunders

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 27 August 1979

Aston Villa manager Ron Saunders this morning sets about the task of finding 11 fit men to play in tomorrow night's Football League Cup second round, first leg tie at Colchester. Brian Little, Alex Cropley and Gary Williams are out of the reckoning, victims of the injury jinx which continues to plague Villa Park. Little pulled a muscle high up in his back in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Bristol City and Saunders confessed after the game: "It's such an unusual injury we have no idea how long it will take to heal. "It could turn out to be one of those niggling things that takes three or four months to clear, or it may take only three or four days." Williams must await the results of an X-ray on a badly-bruised ankle which forced him off the field five minutes from the end of Saturday's game, and Cropley, whose ankle is back in plaster, looks like having another lengthy spell out of action. But there is some brighter news for Saunders. Mortimer has shaken off the effects of a groin strain and should return to give much-needed drive and guidance in mid-field. Villa's problems do not end with the injury crisis. Saturday's performance was their worst in two years, casting doubts about their ability to hold their own in the First Division this season. Once again, Villa paid for relying too heavily on inexperience, losing a game that should have provided an easy two points. Saunders recognised the deficiency: "We lost 2-0 and our goalkeeper never had a shot to save. We are trying to play more open football but in doing that we are being pulled apart in the middle "It's as frustrating for us as it is for the supporters . But you can't expect to win championships with kids. We hare so many injuries at. the moment that there is no-one left to take the weight off the youngsters." It was Villa's inexperience that cost them the lead after 18 minutes. Finnish international Pertti Jantunen hit a hard, low cross in from the right, two defenders stuck out a boot and the ball bobbed up nicely for the unmarked Mabutt to loop a header over Rimmer. City added the final touch in the last minute when Ritchie scored from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by substitute Linton.

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