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Game #3966

Aston Villa

Saturday, 9 May 1987

Manchester United

3-1

Aston Villa

Division One

Manchester United

Old Trafford

Attendance: 35,179

Lost

22nd (-)

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥

Assist(s) | Stuart Ritchie | 73' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa end the season with a heavy defeat at Old Trafford falling 0-3 behind in ten second half minutes in a goalscoring burst started by one of the many trophy winners jettisoned by the club under Herbert Douglas Ellis’ incompetent and damaging chairmanship. Villa finish bottom of the first division, relegated ten points off safety.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 9 May 1987

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Bernie Gallacher
🕒 | HT Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 46' Sub off, Andy Gray, Sub on, Stuart Ritchie 🟢
🥅 | 55’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Clayton Blackmore
🥅 | 64’ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Mike Duxbury
🥅 | 65’ Goal, 0-3, (Manchester United), Bryan Robson
⚽ | 73’ Goal, 1-3, Paul Birch, Assist by Stuart Ritchie
🕒 | FT Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa

🟨 | Booking, Simon Stainrod, Foul
🟨 | Booking, Dean Glover, Foul

ON THIS DAY

Villa finished this most wretched of seasons relegated having won just three times in thirty two games, losing eighteen
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Chairman Herbert Doug Ellis’ predictably disastrous policy of gutting the League and European Cup winning team and replacing it with lesser talents; his sale of players who performed well even in this fallow period; and his poor selection of managers, saw Villa fall to inevitable and all too predictable relegation to the second tier just five seasons after being crowned Champions of Europe.

If anything summed this up any better it is hard to think than a record of fourteen wins in last sixty nine League games losing thirty three under Ellis’ men Graham Turner and Billy McNeill.

In brighter news, left back Bernie Gallacher made his Villa debut aged 20 after joining from Perthshire County Schools (Paisley Boys) in March 1985.

Whilst, midfielder Stuart Ritchie made his sole appearance for Villa as a substitute aged 18 after joining from Hampshire County Schools in May 1986. Ritchie left for Crewe Alexandra in June 1987.

However Villa would face life in the second tier without left back Tony Dorigo who made his final appearance for Villa aged just 21 before being sold to Chelsea for a fee of £475,000.

Dorigo had played for Villa between 1983-84 and 1986-87 making 133 appearances and scoring once.

Centre forward Andy Gray made his final Villa appearance aged 31 before being sold to West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £8,000.

Villa had bought Gray for his second spell with Villa two years earlier for a fee of £150,000.

Gray played for Villa in two spells between 1975-76 and 1986-87 making 251 appearances and scoring 84 goals.

Midfielder Phil Robinson made his final appearance for Villa aged 20 before moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of £5,000 in July 1987.

Robinson had made his debut for Villa in the 1986-87 season and made 3 appearances, scoring once.

Defender Dean Glover made his final appearance for Villa aged 23 before moving on to Middlesbrough for a fee of £50,000 in June 1987.

Glover had played for Villa between 1983-84 and 1986-87 making 38 appearances and scoring twice.

Aston Villa

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

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
League Cup Winners: ❌
Last Trophy: 1984-85

FIXTURE HISTORY

Villa Vs.

Manchester United

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1986-87 |
Matchday | #51 |
League Match | #42 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 9 May 1987

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Frank Upton (Caretaker) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Atherstone, 1986
Referee: Ray Guy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Liverpool, 1982–1987
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
FT Score: 🟥 1-3
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Frank Upton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Caretaker

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 1 | 🟩 | 0 🟨 | 0 🟥 1 | 0.00

Villa Career Form:

Relegation

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ray Guy | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Liverpool, 1982–1987
Matches Officiated: 3
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 2 November, Villa 2-0 Oxford, Villa Park.
Cards: 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

🟨 🟨

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TEAM NEWS

Nigel Spink, Simon Stainrod, Phil Robinson (first start) and Bernie Gallacher (debut) replace Kevin Poole, Gary Williams, Paul Elliott and Tony Daley.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.50 |

Oldest Player |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 31.46 |

Youngest Player |
M Warren Aspinall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 19.67 |

MANAGER

Frank Upton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Caretaker

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Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Bernie Gallacher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🟢 |
LB Tony Dorigo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔴 |
CB Martin Keown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Dean Glover | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔴 |
M Paul Birch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Phil Robinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔴 |
M Warren Aspinall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Steve Hunt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔴 | 🔁 |
CF Simon Stainrod | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |

MANAGER

Alex Ferguson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Manchester United

GK Gary Walsh | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Arthur Albiston | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
LB Colin Gibson (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Clayton Blackmore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | ⚽ |
CB Kevin Moran | 🇮🇪 |
CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 |
CB Billy Garton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Mike Duxbury | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Bryan Robson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Norman Whiteside | 🇬🇧 | 🔁 |
CF Peter Davenport | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Stuart Ritchie | 🟢 | 🔥 | 🔴 | for CF Andy Gray | 46' |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | W Norman Whiteside | 🇬🇧 | (M Jesper Olsen | 🇩🇰 |)

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/12

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

🟢 LB Bernie Gallacher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
🟢 M Stuart Ritchie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

🔴 M Stuart Ritchie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 1987 | 🕒 1 | 0 (1) | ⚽ 0 | 🔥 1 | 🇺 0 | #643 |
🔴 LB Tony Dorigo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 1984-87 | 🕒 135 | 129 (6) | ⚽ 1 | 🔥 6 | 🇺 2 | #627 |
🔴 CF Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 1975-87 | 🕒 210 | 206 (4) | ⚽ 78 | 🔥 27 | 🇺 0 | #577 |
🔴 M Phil Robinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 1987 | 🕒 3 | 2 (1) | ⚽ 1 | 🔥 0 | 🇺 0 | #640 |
🔴 CB Dean Glover | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 1984-87 | 🕒 39 | 31 (8) | ⚽ 1 | 🔥 1 | 🇺 9 | #624 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

“Ron Atkinson, Mr Flash of football, will be appointed manager of Aston Villa after a board meeting on Monday. “Atkinson, charged with daunting task of getting the club back into the First Division, will move in the with his loyal side-kick Mick Brown to take over from the unsuccessful partnership of Billy McNeill and Ron Wylie, who were sacked yesterday by chairman Doug Ellis. “Atkinson is keeping a low profile until Monday when, barring any last-minute hitches or a breakdown of negotiations, he will return to the club he played for as a boy. “All he would say today was: "I have always had a great affection for the club and if they want me I would gladly accept." “Ellis was equally cagy. He said: "I shall have to consult my directors before any new signing is made on the managerial front." The Birmingham Evening Mail, Saturday, 9 May 1987 --- “Meanwhile, it seemed that Atkinson, previously a red-hot tip for the job, was holding out for a better salary offer and terms that are bound to include heavy compensation should he and the club part company.” Ron Atkinson knows exactly what he would be getting in to. The Birmingham Evening Mail, Monday, 11 May 1987 --- “Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis and his three-man board have been snubbed by Second Division champions Derby County in an audacious approach for Arthur Cox. Ellis wanted to include Southam-born Cox on their short-list for the Villa Park managerial vacancy. Cox was once on Villa's coaching staff during Tommy Docherty's reign.” The Birmingham Evening Mail, Tuesday, 12 May 1987 --- “Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis is not rushing into making the most crucial decision of his near-20-year involvement with the club. Nam• ing the right manager is vital for the club's revival and maybe, even, survival. It seems that he is spreading his net after an initial plan to appoint former Albion and Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson. with Norwich asking speak with Ken Brown.” The Birmingham Evening Mail, Wednesday, 13 May 1987 --- “Graham Taylor joined Aston Villa as manager today in a sensational move from Watford. Villa announced the capture after weekend negotiations. Up to Saturday it seemed that Dave Bassett, who walked out of Wimbledon, would be moving to Villa Park but further talks led to a shuffle which brought Taylor to Villa and means that Bassett will go to Watford.“ The Birmingham Evening Mail, Monday, 18 May 1987

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