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Game #3814

Aston Villa

Saturday, 12 May 1984

Lost

8th= (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division One

Ipswich Town

Attendance: 20,043

Portman Road

Ipswich Town

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Dennis Mortimer | 29' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose their final game of the season to end their campaign joint eighth. The final league table however sees them classified 10th level on points with West Ham after the previous seasonโ€™s 6th placed finish. Meanwhile in an act of pure commercial, football and moral vandalism the much derided chairman Herbert Douglas Ellis sacks Tony Barton and sets Villa on course for a half decade of abject disaster.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 12 May 1984

๐Ÿฅ… | 23โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Ipswich Town), Eric Gates
โšฝ | 29โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Peter Withe, Assist by Dennis Mortimer
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Ipswich Town 1-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 75โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Ipswich Town), Jean-Michel d'Avray
๐Ÿ” | Sub off, Mark Walters, Sub on, Tony Dorigo ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Ipswich Town 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Tony Barton's Villa lose successive games and finish the season joint eighth after seventeen wins, nine draws and sixteen defeats in forty two League games this season.

Despite the inconsistency that was a hallmark of the season it was with surprise and great regret that this would prove to be the final game for Villa manager Tony Barton; having won the European Cup in his first season and achieved two top ten finishes, Barton was forced to work with an increasingly depleted squad as League title and European Cup winners were sold seemingly without a coherent replacement plan.

Indeed Bartonโ€™s departure signalled an acceleration of the break up of the squad that had conquered both England and Europe and set the club on an inevitable course of under-performance over the next three seasons as Chairman Herbert Doug Ellisโ€™ senseless policy of destruction bit hard.

Sadly Barton would not be around to help nurture a promising crop of youngsters in the Villa ranks including left back Tony Dorigo who made his Villa debut on the final day of the season aged 18 after joining from school football in 1981.

More experienced names were on their way out however as Andy Blair made his final appearance aged 27 before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday in August 1984 for a fee of ยฃ350,000.

Blair played for Villa between 1981-82 and 1983-84 before returning once again from 1985-86 to 1987-88.

Meanwhile, full back Eamonn Deacy made his final Villa appearance aged 25 before moving on to Galway United in July 1984.

Deacy played for Villa between 1979-80 and 1983-84 making 39 appearances and scoring once.

Deacy was the sixth member of the fourteen man League title winning squad to have been sold by Ellis in the two years since winning the European Cup.

Deacyโ€™s departure followed those of Kenny Swain, Jimmy Rimmer, David Geddis, Ken McNaught and Tony Morley.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa 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: 1981-82

Ipswich Town

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Ipswich Town

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season: 1983-84
Matchday: #55
League Match: #42
Manager Game: #137
Saturday, 12 May 1984

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Tony Barton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Surrey, 1982-1984
Referee: Martin Bodenham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Looe, 1981-1998
Kick off:
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Tony Barton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 137 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 63 ๐ŸŸจ | 25 ๐ŸŸฅ 49 | 1.56

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Bodenham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Looe, 1981-1998
Matches Officiated: 1
๐ŸŸฉ : 0
๐ŸŸจ : 0
๐ŸŸฅ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Ipswich Town

None

TEAM NEWS

Mark Walters and Paul Birch replace Ray Walker and Paul Kerr.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.61 |

Oldest Player |
CF Peter Withe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.72 |

Youngest Player |
M Paul Kerr | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.96 |

MANAGER

Tony Barton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Mervyn Day | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
FB Eamonn Deacy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ด |
CB Steve Foster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Brendan Ormsby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dennis Mortimer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Andy Blair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
M Steve McMahon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Mark Walters | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Peter Withe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

MANAGER

Bobby Ferguson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Ipswich Town

GK Paul Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Ian Cranson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Russell Osman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Frank Yallop | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Mark Brennan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Trevor Putney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tommy Parkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve McCall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Eric Gates | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Alan Sunderland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Jean-Michel d'Avray | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | โšฝ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | LB Tony Dorigo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for W Mark Walters | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Kevin O'Callaghan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 10/11

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

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 9/12

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 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

๐ŸŸข LB Tony Dorigo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด M Andy Blair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ”ด LB Eamon Deacy | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 1979-84 | ๐Ÿ•’ 40 | 30 (10) | โšฝ 1 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 2 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 22 | #608 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œI have [been instructed by Chairman Herbert Douglas Ellis] to prune ยฃ150,000 off the wage bill by the end of next month. โ€œWhether that puts my job on the line I do not know, but selling players these days can be very difficult. โ€œWe have the basis of a very good squad and I hope I will still be here next season to see the job through. Tony Barton, Tuesday 8 May 1984 --- โ€œWhile Barton's job should be safe, he could fall out with Ellis over the chairman's insistence on staff cuts and possible changes in the coaching set-up.โ€ Daily Mirror, Wednesday, 9 May 1984 --- After a five-hour meeting with chairman Doug Ellis last night. Barton said: "Everything was very amicable." The talks were expected to provide the answers to speculation about Barton's future but he said: โ€œWe spent most of the time discussing ways of raising money next season." There is a board meeting next Monday at which the more controversial issues of staff cuts and possible changes in the coaching set-up are expected to be raised. Daily Mirror, Thursday, 10 May 1984 --- "At today's board meeting, attended by all directors, it was unanimously decided to terminate the contracts of manager Tony Barton and his assistant Roy Maclaren. "The board wish to place on record their appreciation of the work done by Tony Barton and Roy Maclaren during their respective periods of employment at Aston Villa." "The results over the last season have not been sufficiently good for Aston Villa Football Club. "The five directors were unanimous about terminating the contracts of Tony and assistant manager Roy McLaren. "Last season's results were simply not good enough for a big club like Villa. We need to be in Europe, yet failed to qualify.โ€ Herbert Douglas Ellis on Tony Barton who had won the European Cup, recovered Villa to finish 11th (1981-82), 6th (1982-83), 7th until the penultimate game of the season (1983-84). Villaโ€™s highest finish under Ellis chairmanship without Tony Barton? Second in Division Two in 1974-75. --- โ€œI am bitterly disappointed and astonished really, because I was under no impression that this was going to happen. "The chairman called me into his office and told me that the board had decided they wanted a new manager and that was it. "I had just returned from holiday. "I'm absolutely shattered, not to mention astonished, because managers with worse records than me are still in their jobs. "Finishing tenth in the First Division was quite respectable considering all the circumstances, which included the loss of Gordon Cowans and Garry Shaw through injury, plus four others in hospital." Tony Barton. Monday, 18 June 1984 --- โ€œThe board of Aston Villa feel that Graham Turner is the man to create the successful and attractive style of soccer sought by the supporters of this great club.โ€ Tuesday, 17 July 1984 --- โ€œItโ€™s a big step. I have had no First Division experience [In six years with Shrewsbury, Turner took them from the Third Division to the Second] โ€œThere have got to be changes but I will not axe willy-nilly. โ€œThere is going to be a time of assess. The chief concern is trimming the large playing squad. "I am in full control of appointing coaches, team selection and the coming and going of players." Graham Turner. Tuesday, 17 July 1984. --- "We are delighted to have Graham. โ€œWe have a magnificent stadium, a superb squad of players and a fine administration team. โ€œWe now have completed the jigsaw." Herbert Douglas Ellis. Tuesday, 17 July 1984.

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