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Game #3639

Aston Villa

Drew

1st (-)

Monday, 20 April 1981

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨

Division One

Stoke

Victoria Ground

Attendance: 23,500

Stoke City

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Dennis Mortimer | 23' |

MATCH SUMMARY

An exhausted Villa just keep going and despite being held at Stoke they open up a four point lead at the top of the table. Although Ron Saunders continued to take nothing for granted, Villa are all but crowned champions, as Ipswich concede the - mathematically still possible - title as their strange mixture of overblown arrogance and naivety haunts them once again.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 20 April 1981

⚽ | 23’ Goal, 1-0, Peter Withe, Assist by Dennis Mortimer
🥅 | 26’ Goal, 1-1, (Stoke City), Brendan O’Callaghan
🕒 | HT Stoke City 1-1 Aston Villa
🕒 | FT Stoke City 1-1 Aston Villa

🔁 | Sub off, Kenny Swain, Sub on, Eamonn Deacy

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa make it twenty five wins, eight draws and seven defeats in forty League matches this season as they sit four points clear of Ipswich at the top of the Division One table with just two games, and four points to play for. Ipswich however have three games to play.

Aston Villa

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

Stoke

League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1971-72

FIXTURE HISTORY

Stoke

Previous 5 vs. Stoke: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1980-81 |
Matchday | #44 |
League Match | #40 |
Manager Game | #357 |
Monday, 20 April 1981

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Peter Willis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bishop Auckland, 1972-1986
HT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 357 | 🟩 | 164 🟨 | 97 🟥 96 | 1.65

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Willis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bishop Auckland, 1972-1986
Matches Officiated: 6
🟩 : 2
🟨 : 4
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟨 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 31 January 1979, Villa 1-1 Everton, Goodison Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Stoke

None

TEAM NEWS

Allan Evans replaces Gary Williams.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.39 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.21 |

Youngest Player |
F Gary Shaw | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.42 |

MANAGER

Ron Saunders | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Jimmy Rimmer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Kenny Swain | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Ken McNaught | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Des Bremner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Dennis Mortimer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
M Colin Gibson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Tony Morley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gary Shaw | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Peter Withe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

MANAGER

Alan Durban | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |

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Stoke

GK Peter Fox | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Iain Munro | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Alan Dodd | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Mike Doyle | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Ray Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Paul Bracewell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Paul Maguire | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Adrian Heath | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Loek Ursem | 🇳🇱 |
CF Lee Chapman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Brendan O'Callaghan | 🇮🇪 | ⚽ |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | FB Eamonn Deacy | 🇮🇪 | for RB Kenny Swain | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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LB Paul Johnson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

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

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/12

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

"They [Stoke] played very well while we were a degree or two under. "But playing our second match in three days under difficult conditions, I've got to be satisfied with a point. “At the moment it's all about eleven men grafting like hell for a result. That's what we are doing." Ron Saunders. “When we beat Villa last week we thought we had won it.” Ipswich captain Mick Mills lifts the lid on the prima donna dressing room under Bobby Robson.

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