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Game #3965

Aston Villa

Monday, 4 May 1987

Lost

22nd (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division One

Sheffield Wednesday

Attendance: 15,007

Villa Park

Aston Villa

1-2

Sheffield Wednesday

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa are relegated after 41 games, bottom of the table, and six points from safety as Herbert Douglas Ellis sacks then gags the hapless Billy McNeill in order to continue extracting riches from the club.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 4 May 1987

๐Ÿ’ฅ | Paul Elliott leaves field of play with injury
๐Ÿฅ… | 11โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Sheffield Wednesday), Lee Chapman
๐Ÿ’ฅ | Paul Elliott returns to field of play after treatment
๐Ÿฅ… | 36โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Sheffield Wednesday), David Hirst
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Paul Elliott, Sub on, Phil Robinson
โšฝ | 51โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Phil Robinson
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

ON THIS DAY

Billy McNeill's Villa lose for the fourth time in five games and now have fourteen wins in their last sixty eight League games losing thirty three.

As a result Villa remain bottom of the table, nine points off safety and five points off the relegation play off place with one game to play and three points available.

With relegation confirmed, Billy McNeill leaves his post after just forty two games having won just three in thirty one and losing seventeen.

Meanwhile, the indefensible and utterly culpable Herbert Douglas Ellis, who had led Villa from the Champions of Europe to the second tier in just five seasons, decides now was the right point to scream: "It's time for action."

Because of Ellis' continued folly, Villa would play in the second tier in 1987-88 and would do so with a new manager and without their better players as League and European Cup winning defender Gary Williams made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before moving on to Leeds United in July 1987 for a fee of ยฃ250,000.

Williams had played for Villa between 1978-79 and 1986-87 making 301 appearances and scoring twice.

Also leaving would be centre back Paul Elliott who made his final appearance for Villa aged just 23 before moving on to Pisa in July 1987 for a fee of ยฃ400,000.

Villa had signed Elliott just 18 months earlier for the same fee from Luton Town. Elliott played for Villa in 1985-86 and 1986-87 making 68 appearances and scoring 7 times.

And goalkeeper Kevin Poole who made his final appearance for Villa aged 23 before moving on to Middlesbrough in August 1987 for a fee of ยฃ50,000. Poole played for Villa between 1984-85 and 1986-87 making 33 appearances.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
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

Sheffield Wednesday

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1934โ€“35

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sheffield Wednesday

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1986-87 |
Matchday | #50 |
League Match | #41 |
Manager Game | #43 |
Monday, 4 May 1987

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Billy McNeill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Bellshill, 1986-1987
Referee: Unknown
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Billy McNeill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 43 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 10 ๐ŸŸจ | 15 ๐ŸŸฅ 18 | 1.05

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Unknown
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Sheffield Wednesday

None

TEAM NEWS

Tony Daley and Dean Glover replace Mark Walters and Simon Stainrod.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.07 |

Oldest Player |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 31.45 |

Youngest Player |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.56 |

MANAGER

Billy McNeill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Kevin Poole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
LB Tony Dorigo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
CB Dean Glover | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” | ๐Ÿš‘ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
CB Martin Keown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Warren Aspinall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Steve Hunt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Howard Wilkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Sheffield Wednesday

GK Martin Hodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nigel Worthington | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Mark Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Larry May | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Lawrie Madden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mel Sterland | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gary Shelton (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Brian Marwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Sigurdur Jรณnsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Lee Chapman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF David Hirst | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Phil Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for CB Paul Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46' |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Sigurdur Jรณnsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | (M Mark Chamberlain | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

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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 : 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

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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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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 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:

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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

๐Ÿ”ด RB Gary Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1977-87 | ๐Ÿ•’ 302 | 297 (5) | โšฝ 2 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 10 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 17 | #597 |
๐Ÿ”ด CB Paul Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1985-87 | ๐Ÿ•’ 69 | 68 (1) | โšฝ 7 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 1 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 0 | #635 |
๐Ÿ”ด GK Kevin Poole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1985-87 | ๐Ÿ•’ 32 | 32 (0) | โšฝ 0 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 0 | #631 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œLittle more needs to be said except this: โ€œIn those five years [since Villa won the European Cup], the Chairman [Ellis] has changed the manager three times [Barton, Turner, McNeill] and the first team squad almost totallyโ€ฆ Ellis should be careful about making [McNeill] a sacrificial victim.โ€ Birmingham Evening Mail. --- "We have a board meeting fixed for next Monday and we will be fully discussing a number of situations. "The overall situation of being relegated will be questioned and decisions will be made. "At this stage I can't say any more than that. The board are all individuals and will all have their say. "I will not quit. There is a job to be done here. "I have put a lot of money into this club [a ยฃ100,000 interest free loan in the 1970s since repaid whilst multiple thousands have been taken by Ellis as salary over the period]. โ€œI am not aware of anybody else who is prepared to become involved in our affairs to the same extent." Herbert Douglas Ellis. --- "if I had to put my finger on the decisive point of the season, it would be the Littlewoods Cup-tie at Southampton in November. "Elliott went over the top on disciplinary points, Keown and Williams were sent off and we had a crop of injuries. That broke our rhythm. "Most of all, I feel for our fans because they deserve better. โ€œThey have not been given the fare they were entitled to expect. Billy McNeill. --- "In the best interests of Aston Villa football club the contract of the manager, Billy McNeill, has been terminated today. โ€œThe manager Is bound by his contract not to make any public statement. โ€œTherefore it is only reasonable that the club make no further comment on the reasons for his dismissal to which he would not have the right of reply." Herbert Ellis gags Billy McNeill after making the hapless manager the โ€˜sacrificial victim; he was warned against. ---- "I did not have time to tell the players. โ€œI did not quit. It is the first time I have been sacked. "I feel very sad because I could not save Villa from relegation. โ€œThey were bottom when I arrived and although we had a bright start after my arrival, everything went wrong after the Southampton game. "The Second Division? When a big club slides it is hard to stop it. โ€œI don't see the job being a short-term one." Billy McNeill. ---- "I have no axe to grind. I enjoyed working with the players." Ron Wylie ---

MATCH REPORT