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Game #3967

Saturday, 15 August 1987

Attendance: 14,580

Drew

Division Two

Ipswich Town

๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Portman Road

Villa open their second division campaign with a draw at Portman Road despite dominating as Simon Stainrod misses a hat-trick opportunity to put a first win on the board.

Ipswich Town

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Kevin Gage, forced the first goal but Villa were pegged back.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Steve Sims, Kevin Gage, David Hunt
โšฝ | 29โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Chris Oโ€™Donnell
๐Ÿฅ… | 37โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Ipswich Town), Nigel Gleghorn
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Ipswich Town 1-1 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Ipswich Town 1-1 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Mark Walters, Late tackle
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Neale Cooper, Ungentlemanly conduct

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor took change of Villa for the first time, after leaving First Division Watford - a team he had taken to ninth in the top flight the previous season - to take over freshly relegated and poorly resourced Villa.

Taylor embarked on a major restructure of the club to remedy the multiple poor decisions on and off the pitch since Chairman Herbert Douglas Ellis took over the club after the European Cup triumph in 1982.

Right back Kevin Gage made his Villa debut aged 23 after moving from Wimbledon in July 1987 for a fee of ยฃ110,000.

Central defender Steve Sims made his Villa debut aged 30 after joining from Watford in June 1987 for a fee of ยฃ50,000.

Midfielder David Hunt made his debut for Villa aged 28 after moving from Notts County in June 1987.

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 ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1987-88 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Match | #1 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 15 August 1987

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Ray Lewis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Surrey, 1975-1993
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | WLLLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ray Lewis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Surrey, 1975-1993
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 21 February 1987, Villa 2-2, Liverpool, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Ipswich Town

None

Ray Lewis

TEAM NEWS

New boss Graham Taylor hands debuts to Kevin Gage, Steve Sims and David Hunt.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 24.78 |

Oldest Player |
CB Steve Sims | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.14 |

Youngest Player |
M Warren Aspinall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.93 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

John Duncan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kevin Gage | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Neale Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Martin Keown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Steve Sims | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Bernie Gallacher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Warren Aspinall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Hunt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Mark Walters | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Simon Stainrod | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Ipswich Town

GK John Hallworth | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Frank Yallop | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
D Chris O'Donnell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
D Ian Cranson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Graham Harbey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Brennan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Romeo Zondervan | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Nigel Gleghorn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Jason Dozzell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Neil Woods | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F David Lowe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | D Chris O'Donnell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Mick Stockwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

W Steve Hunt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Mark Burke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Simon Milton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 : 13/13

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 : 11/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

RB Kevin Gage | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Steve Sims | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Hunt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œThe first thing we have to establish is that we are going to be a hard side to beat.

โ€œI think we showed signs today.

โ€œIt might not have looked particularly pretty.

โ€œBut if we had scored a second goal at the right time, as we should have, then I believe we would have won comfortably.โ€

Graham Taylor.

*Birmingham Weekly Mercury*
Sunday, 16 August 1987

GRAHAM TAYLORโ€™S new look Aston Villa came within inches of marking their return to the Second Division with victory at Portman Road yesterday.

Only the width of post prevented Simon Stainrod from heading a 77th minute winner Ipswich Town happy about their late let-off.

It was still a smart Division Two return for Villa after their proud 12 year stay in the First Division.

They certainly deserved their point against the East Anglian outfit only just missed out in the Second Division play offs last season.

Villa played with tremendous discipline and determination and they made a dream start with Kevin Gage, their new ยฃ110,000 full back from Wimbledon forcing the opening goal after 29 minutes.

Gage crossed powerfully from the right and Ipswich defender Chris Oโ€™Donnell turned ball own past bemused goalkeeper Hallworth.

But Ipswich hit back with a clever equaliser minutes later from Nigel Gleghorn after brilliant right wing cross from new winger David Lowe.

Villa might well have been three up by interval if their finishing had matched their quick approach work towards their opponents penalty area.

Unsettled winger Mark Walters hooked a close range effort over the bar from four yards. Paul Birch forced a save from Hallworth and Stainrod dallied too long losing another opportunity before the interval.

But it was a different story afterwards with Ipswich changing their tactics and pushing Jason Dozzell more forward to assist strikers Neil Woods and Lowe.

Acting skipper Steve Sims was forced to sort out one or two tangles in Villaโ€™s defence but they survived the Ipswich rally and then came back strongly themselves.

Stainrodโ€™s header after brilliant run into the area and cross to the far post should have sealed it.

The chunky striker seemed to meet the ball perfectly but then held his head in his hands as he saw his effort crash against the post.

Stainrod, showing neat control and vision still found time to curl another shot over bar with Villa sensing that victory was in their grasp.