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Game #3677

Aston Villa

Saturday, 6 February 1982

Lost

15th= (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division One

Attendance: 43,184

Manchester United

Old Trafford

David Geddis puts Villa ahead for the second successive match but despite the opposition creating nothing they go into the second half level before two goals in four minutes turn the game on its head and Villa fall back to 15th as startling news surrounds the club and Ron Saunders' future.

Manchester United

4-1

Aston Villa (Champions)

Assist(s) | Andy Blair | 21' |

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 6 February 1982

โšฝ | 21โ€™ Goal, 1-0, David Geddis, Assist by Andy Blair
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Manchester United), Kevin Moran
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester United 1-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 62โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Manchester United), Bryan Robson
๐Ÿฅ… | 66โ€™ Goal, 1-3, (Manchester United), Steve Coppell
๐Ÿฅ… | 79โ€™ Goal, 1-4, (Manchester United), Kevin Moran
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Reigning Champions Villa lose for the sixth time in eight League games to make it six wins, seven draws and ten defeats after 23 games of their title defence.

As a result past the midway point of the season, Villa are nearly twenty points off the leaders, closer to the relegation places than a second successive League title.

Since losing to leaders Ipswich in October, Villa had won seven in all competitions, losing ten and drawing two.

With a successful title defence realistically if not mathematically impossible, and acrimony behind the scenes between board and manager, this fourth defeat in six proved to be Ron Saundersโ€™ 393rd and final game in charge of Villa.

Saunders had proved a phenomenal manager of Villa, not just in his trophy achievements, but also from where the club had had to come in order to deliver those triumphs.

Although his predecessor Vic Crowe is due huge credit for creating a platform upon which Saunders could build, few expected two Cup wins, let alone a League title but a win rate of 46% between 1974-75 and 1981-82 duly delivered.

Although a contractual disagreement - as unnecessary as it was overstated - was the driving force behind his departure, perhaps even Saunders thought success in Europe was beyond him and his teamโ€™s current form. But with a quarter round tie already secured, Saunders was to leave ahead of one of Villaโ€™s greatest achievements, having set Villa on the way to European glory under his assistant and successor, Tony Barton.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1980-81

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1976-77

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

Previous 5 vs. United: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1981-82 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Match | #23 |
Manager Game | #395 |
Saturday, 6 February 1982

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Birkenhead, 1974-1982
Referee: Ken Redfern | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Whitley Bay, 1978-1993
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-4
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ken Redfern | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Whitley Bay, 1978-1993
Previous 5:
Last Match:
Cards: None

CARDS

Villa

None

Manchester United

None

Ken Redfern

TEAM NEWS

Allan Evans, Dennis Mortimer and Terry Bullivant replace Tony Morley, Brendan Ormsby and Gary Shelton.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.89 |

Oldest Player |
GK Jimmy Rimmer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 34.01 |

Youngest Player |
M Colin Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.85 |

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

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Ron Atkinson | 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 |
M Colin Gibson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andy Blair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Des Bremner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Terry Bullivant | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Peter Withe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF David Geddis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Manchester United

GK Gary Bailey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Arthur Albiston | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Buchan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Kevin Moran | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ | โšฝ |
RB John Gidman (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mike Duxbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Coppell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Ray Wilkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Bryan Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Frank Stapleton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Garry Birtles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Garry Birtles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Scott McGarvey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

RB Gary Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 : 12/12

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:

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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 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

RON SAUNDERS' future as manager of Aston Villa was placed in some doubt yesterday with a readjustment of his contract. Previously it had stated that he would always be entitled to three years' compensation on dismissal, now the club have invoked a clause under which Saundersโ€™ contract will end three years from the receipt of an official letter this week.

Daily Mirror, Saturday, 6 February 1982

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"Without a shadow of doubt the amendment does that [weakens his position with Villa].

"I have always wanted spend the rest of my career with Villa but the odds appear to against that now.

"That is now in jeopardy for the odds appear to be stacked against me."

Ron Saunders.

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"This is in no way a vote no confidence. In fact I and rather surprised that it has been taken as that.

โ€œAs a businessman I do not like roll-over contracts going on for ever.

"With the present situation in football and taking into account the recession I do like to know what our liabilities are.

โ€Nothing was further from our thoughts [than a vote of no confidence]. He [Saunders] is very good manager and has done very well. [Appointed manager in the summer of 1974, Saunders took Villa up from the second Division and won the League Cup in his first season, qualified Villa for their first ever European campaigns, won the League Cup again and won the First Division championship last season.]

โ€œWe did say that, all things being equal, we would be quite willing to negotiate with him the at end of the three years.

โ€œObviously we think of these things and are reminded of them by the fans, but this not a vote of confidence.โ€

Ron Bendall.

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"We had more or less done the job in the first half and should have been two or three up."

Ron Saunders, Saturday, 6 February 1982

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"I suppose people will look at the result and think we were murdered.

"But we could have murdered them in the first half. In the end the chances went in for Villa United and not for us.โ€

Peter Withe, Saturday, 6 February 1982

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โ€œStriker Gary Shaw is one of the players Villa could be forced to sell to raise the money which manager Ron Saunders needs to strengthen his ailing side.

โ€œVilla are nearly ยฃ1 million in debt. They say their financial situation is not critical.โ€

Daily Mirror, Tuesday, 9 February 1982

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RON SAUNDERS, manager of English league champions Aston Villa, quote the club last night.

In a heated telephone argument with chairman Ron Bendall, Saunders terminated his contract saying:

โ€œIf Iโ€™m employed to run a football club, then Iโ€™m not going to be treated like an office boy.โ€

Wednesday, 10 February 1982

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"Many things have been adding up in recent months and this is the final push in the back.

"I have now made up my mind that I want to move on. Mr. Saunders' decision is a complete shock.

โ€œI honestly thought the boss would have sorted out this problem. He has been tremendous, although we have had our disagreements in the past.

"I don't feel comfortable here any more.โ€

Tony Morley helps the situation, Wednesday, 10 February 1982.

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"I am going to spend the next four or five weeks contemplating my future.

โ€œI don't know if I will stay in football. I'm just going to have a rest, see a few relations and friends and possibly take a holiday.

"I have a few friends in most sports.

โ€œWho knows, I might even open a sports centre."

Ron Saunders.

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"As far as I am concerned there is no way the club is liable to pay compensation."

Chairman Ron Bendall.

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Triumphs cost money and a season's wage bill of ยฃ1,026,329 provided the millstone when Sanders sought his Boardโ€™s agreement to buy new players to strengthen his squad.

Wednesday, 10 February 1982.

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โ€œWe are in no hurry [to appoint a successor to Saunders].

โ€œWe have a very good squad of players who know what is expected of them and I trust they will continue to play with a professional approach.โ€

Chairman Ron Bendall.

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