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Game #3641

Aston Villa

Saturday, 2 May 1981

Lost

1st (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division One

Attendance: 57,472

Arsenal

Highbury

Villa win the title despite a tired and emotional loss at Highbury - perhaps the first time in the 42 game season that the pressure of the title race had got to the team. It didnโ€™t matter though as Villa had a four point lead over Ipswich going into the game and only maximum points from both their final fixtures would enable Bobby Robsonโ€™s side to draw level on points with Villa.

For their part Ipswich also lose to leave them flailing in Villaโ€™s wake and the side that had sat atop the first division for 25 of the 31 match days since October deservedly took the title as the outstanding team in the League.

Ron Saunders, working with a 14 man homegrown, dynamic and talented squad with a mixture of youth and experience had taken the honours from the expensively constructed Liverpool and the ageing imports of Ipswich.

Arsenal

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 2 May 1981

๐Ÿฅ… | 11' Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Willie Young
๐Ÿฅ… | 44' Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Brian McDermott
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ron Saunders' Villa lose their final game of the season but so do championship rivals Ipswich and in so doing hand the title to Villa despite the Portman Road outfit having another game to play.

Villa make it twenty six wins, eight draws and eight defeats in forty two League matches this season to accumulate 60 points and finish four points clear of Ipswich at the top of the Division One table.

In so going, Villa lifted the Football League Division One Championship for the seventh time and for the first time since the 1909-10 season.

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

Arsenal

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1980-81 |
Matchday | #46 |
League Match | #42 |
Manager Game | #359 |
Saturday, 2 May 1981

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: David Hutchinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | North Yorkshire, 1978-1990 ๐Ÿ†˜
HT Score:
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 359 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 165 ๐ŸŸจ | 97 ๐ŸŸฅ 97 | 1.65

Career Form:

Top 6

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

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Hutchinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | North Yorkshire, 1978-1990 ๐Ÿ†˜
๐Ÿ†˜ A truly shocking sequence of events saw the referee award a free kick to Villa but as the players walked away he changed his mind, awarded the free kick to Arsenal, allowed the kick to be taken quickly leaving Villa utterly and bewilderingly exposed.
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

Cards:

Villa

None

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ

David Hutchinson

TEAM NEWS

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

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.42 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 33.25 |

Youngest Player |
F Gary Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.46 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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 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 |
M Des Bremner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Colin Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Morley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gary Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Peter Withe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Arsenal

GK Pat Jennings | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Willie Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
LB Kenny Sansom | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John Hollins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Brian Talbot | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Brian McDermott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Alan Sunderland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Frank Stapleton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Charlie Nicholas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Brian Talbot | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (LB Sammy Nelson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

FB Eamonn Deacy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
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 : 11/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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 : 9/11

Squad:
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 : 10/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œItโ€™s been a long season and those players deserve an enormous amount of credit.

โ€œWhen weโ€™ve played badly thieve buckled down and got on with it.

Ron Saunders.



โ€œWE are the champions !

โ€œAston Villa are kings of the First Division castle.

โ€œAnd let's get one thing straightโ€”we thoroughly deserve the club's first championship for 71 years.

โ€œVilla have won more points and more matches this season than anyone else in the First Division.

โ€œThat is what makes champions in the toughest league in the world.

โ€œAnd although public sympathy has all been on the side of Ipswich, who made a marvellous bid for the treble, they did not surrender the League Championship to us.

โ€œWe won it on merit.

โ€œWe knew we had won the title when a crescendo of noise greeted our 2-0 defeat.

โ€œOur only regret was in not ending the season in style. We had a real Highbury rocky horror show yesterday.

โ€œIt wasn't a very dainty dish to put before the king of soccer, the great Pele.

โ€œThere were cheers at the news that Middlesbrough had just snuffed out Ipswich's chances of catching us. [Ipswich finished the season four points behind Villa with two points awarded for a win].

โ€œOur gaffer, Ron Saunders, said he knew when a friendly policeman told him Ipswich had lost. And he said: "That might just have saved a few of my player's lives."

โ€œYes, the tension really got to us, and against a side as good as Arsenal you have got to be at your very best to take anything.

โ€œBut we haven't played badly very often this season. I know, because I haven't missed any of our 42 matches. But the secret of our success is quite simple.

โ€œWe have a squad of fourteen honest players who have played for each other and for our gaffer all the way.

โ€œAnd now we have won the title we know that every game next season will be like a Cup Final for us.

โ€œBut that is something we are already looking forward to.

โ€œWe are the champions - and we deserve to be.โ€

Dennis Mortimer.