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Game #3632

Aston Villa

Drew

2nd (-1)

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨

Saturday, 14 March 1981

Division One

Manchester United

Villa Park

Attendance: 42,182

Aston Villa

3-3

Manchester United

Assist(s) | Kenny Swain | 16' | Dennis Mortimer | 68' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Gary Shaw, crowned PFA young player of the year, puts Villa ahead having seen his side run United ragged but ultimately Villa are held to a 3-3 draw for the second time this season by their opponents thanks to a last minute penalty. Meanwhile, Bobby Robson continues to show his fear with a new round of strange, self-entitled after match comments, all of which come as music to Ron Saunders' ears. Following his latest utterings, Robson's Ipswich are accused of being “petulant”, “histrionic” and “rolling round... trying to get others booked” by their opponents. Although Ipswich take a one point lead over Villa at the top of the table but it's clear that Ron Saunders’ men have by far the cooler heads, focus and talent in a head to head title race with Bobby Robson’s talented but petulant and precious side.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 14 March 1981

⚽ | 16' Goal, 1-0, Peter Withe, Assist by Kenny Swain
⚽ | 28' Goal, 2-0, Peter Withe
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 2-0 Manchester United
🥅 | 46' Goal, 2-1, (Manchester United), Joe Jordan
🥅 | 66' Goal, 2-2, (Manchester United), Joe Jordan
⚽ | 68' Goal, 3-2, Gary Shaw, Assist by Dennis Mortimer
🥅 | 88' Goal, 2-3, (Manchester United, pen), Sammy McIlroy
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 3-3 Manchester United

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa end a run of seven wins with a high-scoring draw despite being two up at half time. As a result, Villa make it twenty one wins, seven draws and five defeats in thirty three League matches this season. Courtesy of Ipswich's win, Villa fall back to second in the Division One table, a point behind the Portman Road outfit.

Aston Villa

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

Manchester United

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

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Season | 1980-81 |
Matchday | #37 |
League Match | #33 |
Manager Game | #350 |
Saturday, 14 March 1981

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Darryl Reeves | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Uxbridge, 1975-1989
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
FT Score: 🟨 3-3
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 350 | 🟩 | 160 🟨 | 96 🟥 94 | 1.65

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Darryl Reeves | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Uxbridge, 1975-1989
Matches Officiated: 3
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟨 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 3 March 1980, Villa 1-1 Brighton, Goldstone Ground.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Manchester United

None

TEAM NEWS

Ron Saunders names the same line up for a fifth successive match.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.22 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.11 |

Youngest Player |
F Gary Shaw | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.32 |

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 Des Bremner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
W Tony Morley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gary Shaw | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Peter Withe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Dave Sexton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Manchester United

GK Gary Bailey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Arthur Albiston | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Kevin Moran | 🇮🇪 |
CB Martin Buchan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB Jimmy Nicholl | 🇬🇧 |
M Lou Macari | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Steve Coppell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Sammy McIlroy | 🇬🇧 | ⚽ |
M Ray Wilkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Joe Jordan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ | ⚽ |
CF Garry Birtles | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Colin Gibson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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RB Mike Duxbury | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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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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 threw it away. “We stopped concentrating in the second half and allowed Coppell too much room. "But it shows how far have come when we draw 3-3 with Manchester United, have more chances but people are still sick we haven’t won. “One dropped point doesn't mean the championship is over.’’ Ron Saunders.

MATCH REPORT

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