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Game #3899

Aston Villa

Won

Quarter Final

Tuesday, 4 February 1986

Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟩

League Cup

Arsenal

Highbury

Attendance: 33,091

Arsenal

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Tony Dorigo | 30' | Paul Birch | 54' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa earnt a shock Highbury win - only their second victory in sixteen games - to set up a two legged League Cup Semi final with Oxford thanks to an excellent display from Paul Birch.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Tuesday, 4 February 1986

⚽ | 30’ Goal, 1-0, Paul Birch, Assist by Tony Dorigo
🕒 | FT Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa
⚽ | 54’ Goal, 2-0, Allan Evans, Assist by Paul Birch
🔁 | 70' Sub off, Mark Walters, Sub on Simon Stainrod
🥅 | 79’ Goal, 2-1, (Arsenal), Paul Mariner
🕒 | FT Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Graham Turner’s Villa line up for their sixth Cup match in the last nine fixtures and win for only the second time in that run, but it is a victory at Highbury that takes them through to the League Cup semi finals.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1981-82

Arsenal

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1978–79

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

Previous 5 vs. Arsenal: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟨

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1985-86 |
Matchday | #39 |
Manager Game | #85 |
Tuesday, 4 February 1986

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Turner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Ellesmere Port, 1984-1986
Referee: Unknown
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 2-1
Last 5: 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Turner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 85 | 🟩 | 28 🟨 | 25 🟥 32 | 1.28

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Unknown
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Arsenal

None

TEAM NEWS

Paul Birch and Mark Walters replace Gary Shaw and Darren Bradley.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 23.37 |

Oldest Player |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 30.20 |

Youngest Player |
LB Tony Dorigo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.11 |

MANAGER

Graham Turner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Kevin Poole | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Tony Dorigo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
CB Dean Glover | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Paul Elliott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Paul Birch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔥 |
M David Norton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Steve Hodge | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Paul Kerr | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Mark Walters | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

MANAGER

Don Howe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Arsenal

GK John Lukic | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Viv Anderson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB David O’Leary | 🇮🇪 |
CB Tommy Caton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Kenny Sansom | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Graham Rix | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Rocastle | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Ian Allinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Paul Mariner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Charlie Nicholas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ |
CF Niall Quinn | 🇮🇪 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Simon Stainrod | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for W Mark Walters | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 70' |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | F Ian Allinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Tony Woodcock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/11

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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

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

"I could not believe the freedom and confidence of the players when you remember the pressure they were under. “It was an ordeal for them. “I just hope that we can make his the start of a run. Another couple of good results could really set us off. “My future is in other people’s hands but I was confident the chairman was behind me. We are doing a major rebuilding job and I hope I get the time to see the potential fulfilled.” Graham Turner on the ‘major rebuilding job’ needed for a club that won the European Cup four years previously. --- "Last night's result was of no surprise to those who have been closely involved at Villa Park during the last few months. "Although I have gone on record as saying that Graham Turner is building a side capable of maintaining success over a period of time. “I’m also well aware that the youngsters he has are maturing very quickly. “They have a glimpse of the exciting future which awaits Villa fans. “I am as pleased for Graham as he was about the team's performance." Herbert Douglas Ellis on a side with two wins in sixteen sitting 19th in the League table, one point off the relegation places having won the European Cup four years previously. --- "After what the boss [Graham Turner] said to me. I feel it would be best to leave quickly." “What followed was just a slanging match and I feel am forced to go on the list. “I certainly don't want to leave Villa. We are in the semi-finals of the Milk Cup at the moment and, even though I am not in the team. no player wants to leave a club in that situation. "But I don't feel I have any other choice. It is a matter of principle. "I am not asking to go because I have been dropped. I know I was rubbish at Millwall. “I am the first to admit that I had hopeless game that night. “But if I had just been dropped and it had been left at that. I would have been disappointed but no more." Gary Williams.

MATCH REPORT

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