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Game #362

Aston Villa

Lost

1st

Saturday, 31 December 1898

DWLWL

Division One

Stoke

Victoria Ground

Attendance: 8,000

Stoke

3-0

Aston Villa

Assists(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

George Ramsay's Villa lost for the second time in three games. Despite the setback Villa remained top of the table on the eve of the new year and after 19 of 34 League games had a 1 point lead over their nearest rivals Everton with a game in hand.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 31 December 1898

[Exact timings not recorded]
Goal, 0-1, (Stoke)
HT Stoke 1-0 Aston Villa
Goal, 0-2, (Stoke)
Goal, 0-3, (Stoke)
FT Stoke 3-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Right back Bert Sharp made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 before moving on to Everton, as Villa lost for the second time in three games. Despite the setback Villa remained top of the table on the eve of the new year and after 19 of 34 League games had a 1 point lead over their nearest rivals Everton with a game in hand.

Aston Villa

Stoke

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 1898-99 |
Matchday | #19 |
League Match | #19 |
Manager Game | #336 |
Saturday, 31 December 1898

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 0-3 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | DWLWL |

MANAGERIAL RECORD

George Ramsay led Management Committee

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 336 | 🟩 190 🟨 52 🟥 94 | 1.85

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

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TEAM NEWS

Villa make one change from the team that beat Newcastle last time out with Jack Sharp replacing Jack Devey.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.79 |

Oldest Player |
D Jimmy Cowan | 30.22 |

Youngest Player |
W Jack Sharp | 20.89 |

MANAGER

George Ramsay led Management Committee

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Aston Villa

GK Billy George |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
FB Albert Evans |
RB Bert Sharp |
M Tommy Bowman |
M Jimmy Crabtree |
W Jack Sharp |
W Charlie Athersmith |
W Steve Smith |
F George Johnson |
F Fred Wheldon |

MANAGER

Horace Austerberry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Stoke

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions permitted in period

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Permitted in Period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions permitted in period

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Permitted in Period

SQUAD STATS

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SQUAD STATS

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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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

"The Stoke men still went straight for Villa citadel on every possible occasion, and it was quite evident they meant doing more business."

MATCH REPORT

*The Sporting Life*
Monday, 2 January 1899

STOKE v. ASTON VILLA. These League rivals met on the Victoria Grounds, Stoke, on Saturday when the potters considered they had a shot to pay off the 3-1 defeat they sustained at Birmingham on the first Saturday of the season, and they managed to do it too, for a three to nil victory over the Villa, is one of which the best club in England can be excused for being proud. The Villa played Sharp and Athersmith, The weather of the night and morning, sleet having fallen copiously, made the ground treacherous, but, for all that, the game was a hard and fast one, and the 10,000 persons who assembled had full value for their tanner. After ten minutes’ play a fine run by Maxwell enabled Kennedy to shoot through, but, unfortunately for the “Potters”, B. sharp had fouled Maxwell, and free kick only was allowed. This came to nothing, and at the other end Crabtree just missed with a cross shot. The game was well-contested, and play on either side was of a high order. Johnson put in a smart shot, which George only saved with difficulty, and Stoke continued to show more dangerous tactics in the front. Eventually the Potters found the net a second time. Evans and Maxwell were hurt about the head, and left the field for few minutes. Play after this was extremely vigorous, and the players on either side were continually penalised. The Villa could make no headway against the backs and were a goal in arrears at the change, The Villa were first down when the game was resumed, and Smith had a good chance but missed. Robertson, who had throughout played finely, then “barred” the left wing cleverly, and Clawley saved from Wheldon. Stoke now showed up and Turner shot across the goalmouth. A foul against Stoke almost brought the equalising point, but Johnson proved too slow. Their usual scientific efforts were now disregarded by the Villa. As a result of one of the free kicks against the Villa Kennedy scored a second point for the “Potters”. The Stoke men still went straight for Villa citadel on every possible occasion, and it was quite evident they meant doing more business. George dealt with shots from almost every forward and half-back, the most conspicuous efforts being those of Turner, Maxwell, and Schofield. At last, just when everybody was beginning to despair, Maxwell applied his head timely, and the ball was again netted Result :~Stoke. 3; Villa, 0.

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