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Game #3552

Aston Villa

Saturday, 22 September 1979


21st (-2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Division One

Attendance: 27,277


Villa Park

Villa extend their winless league run to five games as they are held by Arsenal at Villa Park. Jimmy Rimmer shines as Villa's new boys continue to settle in.

Aston Villa



Assist(s) | None





Saturday, 22 September 1979

๐ŸŸข | 1' Debut, Des Bremner, David Geddis
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Brian Little, No apparent reason


Ron Saunders' Villa fail to score for the fourth consecutive match to make it one win, three draws and three defeats in seven League matches this season as they slump to 21st place in the early Division One table.

Meanwhile, midfielder Des Bremner, 27, and forward David Geddis, 21, made their Villa debuts after moving from Hibernian for ยฃ275,000 plus forward Joe Ward and Ipswich Town for ยฃ300,000 respectively.

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


League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1978โ€“79



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


Season | 1979-80 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Match | #7 |
Manager Game | #270 |
Saturday, 22 September 1979


Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Ron Bridges | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Deeside, 1978-1989 ๐Ÿ†˜
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ


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


๐Ÿ•’ 270 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 119 ๐ŸŸจ | 75 ๐ŸŸฅ 76 | 1.60

Career Form:

Top 6

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


Referee: Ron Bridges | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Deeside, 1978-1989 ๐Ÿ†˜
๐Ÿ†˜ Penalised the attacking Brian Little for a non-existent offence, on it's own probably one of those things that just happen but coming on the back of two previous horror performances from the officials it couldn't be ignored.
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None

Ron Bridges







Ron Saunders hands David Geddis and Des Bremner their debuts in place of Joe Ward and John Deehan.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.93 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.64 |

Youngest Player |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.92 |



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

Terry Neill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB John Gidman | 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 |
LB Mike Pejic | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Des Bremner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF David Geddis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |


GK Paul Barron | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Sammy Nelson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Willie Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Pat Rice | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M John Hollins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Brian Talbot | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Liam Brady | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Graham Rix | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Alan Sunderland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Frank Stapleton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


No Substitutions Made


No Substitutions Made


CB Brendan Ormsby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


M Steve Gatting | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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

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



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

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



Injury | 7 |
M Alex Cropley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Colin Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gary Shelton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gary Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Frank Carrodus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Morley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


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


Match Symbols:


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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


๐ŸŸข M Des Bremner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
๐ŸŸข CF David Geddis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |



Not recorded


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"The trouble was that we had too many players looking after the new boys instead of concentrating on their game. But we put that right at half-time and I was quite encouraged with their performance in the second half.โ€

Ron Saunders

*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 24 September 1979

Arsenal's chief coach, Don Howe, an acknowledged expert on football tactics and strategies, had the look of a bemused man after watching his side amazingly held by struggling Aston Villa.

His elegant eleven completely outplayed Villa in the first half with strikers Stapleton and Sunderland both missing open goals from six yards out. But Villa somehow managed to hang on and with more discipline in the second half they just about deserved their point from the goalless draw.

Howe was philosophical about the result. "We missed some very good chances," he said. "But at least the build up and the creative work was good."

Even Villa manager Ron Saunders had to admit that Arsenal should have scored three or four goals before the interval against his new look side which included his three latest signings centre forward David Geddis, midfield player Des Bremner and full-back Mike Pejic.

"The trouble was that we had too many players looking after the new boys Instead of concentrating on their game. But we put that right at half-time and I was quite encouraged with their performance in the second half," he said.

Villa certainly did compete more after the interval. But they never impressed like Arsenal and the London side must still be kicking themselves for not taking both points.

It is too early to judge the newcomers. Geddis spent most of the game in O'Leary's pocket and he clearly lacked match fitness. But he showed his defensive qualities when he headed off the line from Stapleton and he was unlucky in the 74th minute when his header went flashing past the Arsenal post.

Lacked fitness

Bremner, who is used to the more leisurely pace of Scottish soccer with Hibernian, was always involved. But he ran out of oxygen before the end.

Pejic was the best of the trio and his defensive experience helped to stem the Arsenal tide when it was at its strongest. Of the established players, Gidman had a fine game and Rimmer pulled off several remarkable saves to keep his goal intact.

But Villa's biggest problem was in midfield where skipper Mortimer and Cowans had their work cut out to stem the danger from Brady, Hollins and Talbot.

These three dictated the proceedings and on any other day Stapleton and Sunderland would surely have scored two goals apiece.

Indeed the crowd who had given Saunders a big ovation at the start, looked on in stunned silence as first Stapleton headed tamely over from close range after a glorious through ball from Rix while Sunderland fired wide with an empty net in front of him.

It was one of those days when it could truly be said that Arsenal just could not get the ball into the net. There were two "goals" at either end. Willie Young had the ball in the net from a corner but Sunderland was ruled to be offside.

Ken McNaught also headed powerfully into the Arsenal goal from Mortimer's cross. But that too was disallowed for pushing and justice was seen to be done.


Monday, 17 September 1979
*Birmingham Daily Post*

Name the day battle for board

Aston Villa directors meet again this week to try to resolve their many differences about when they should hold an extraordinary general meeting which is being sought by Doug Ellis.

Chairman Harry Kartz said: "We cannot even agree on a date, but we will have to come to an agreement some time next week."

The crux of the problem is that Ellis, who wants to remove major shareholder Ron Bendall, his son. Don, and Kartz from the board, is anxious for the meeting to be staged in mid October.

But Kartz and the Bendalls do not want it to take place until November 1 - the proposed date of the annual meeting.

Kartz added: "Everybody now knows that Mr. Ellis will not rest until he has taken over control of this club. if he becomes the dictator he will get rid of manager Ron Saunders.

"They just do not see things the same way. Mr. Ellis is a friend of mine, but he wants to run the show."

"If he loses the battle, however. I would expect him to resign."

Kartz denied that his side in the unhappy power struggle at Villa Park had already asked Ellis to resign. But I believe that if Ellis were to lose the battle - and he has only a 16 per cent shareholding compared with the Bendall's 30 per cent - the board would demand his resignation.

One of the key figures in the fight is former chairman Sir William Dugdale, who was removed from the board in a bloodless revolution last year over the decision to give manager Saunders a six year contract.

Sir William, who controls around 7 1/2 per cent of the club's shares. will not reveal which way he is going to vote.


He said last night: "I want to see the documents and hear the arguments from both sides before I make up my mind. I most probably will not decide until two or three days before the extraordinary meeting."

Ellis. meantime, has appealed to the small shareholders to back him in his attempts to regain the chairmanship. There are around 8,000 of these shareholders, but the real key to how the battle will go remains with Sir William.

These are clearly very unhappy yet crucial days for the club and, unfortunately, the unrest appears to be affecting the team's performances.

If Villa are to climb again to become one of the major clubs in the country, peace will have to be restored in the boardroom.

But a possible solution to the whole business could be for both Ellis and Ron Bendall, who is a wealthy tax exile living in the Isle of Man, to resign. They might then consider giving the power to their sons Peter Ellis and Don Bendall.


Monday, 17 September 1979
*Birmingham Daily Post*

Rimmer to stay

โ€‹ASTON VILLA goalkeeper Jimmy Rimmer denied reports last night that he was planning to ask the club for a transfer. Rimmer said: "I've recently signed a new three-year contract. I don't see how that suggests that I want to leave."

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