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Game #4017

Aston Villa

Saturday, 7 May 1988

Drew

2nd (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Division Two

Swindon Town

Attendance: 10,959

County Ground

Swindon Town

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa clinch promotion with a goalless final day draw at Swindon to take second place level on points and goal difference with Boro but having scored more goals. Having been first with four games to play and consistently top since January, Villa sneak through by the narrowest of margins.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 7 May 1988

HT Swindon Town 0-0 Aston Villa
FT Swindon Town 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor's Villa secure a goal-less draw at the County Ground to earn promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.

The Second Division Championship was however beyond them as a run of one defeat in twenty five was followed by six defeats in thirteen that let the title slip.

Meanwhile, forward Warren Aspinall made his final appearance for Villa aged just 20 before moving on to recently relegated Portsmouth in August 1988 for a fee of ยฃ350,000.

Aspinall played for Villa in 1986-87 and 1987-88 making 50 appearances and scoring 16 goals after joining from Everton in February 1987 for a fee of ยฃ350,000.

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

Swindon Town

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1968-69

FIXTURE HISTORY

Swindon Town

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1987-88 |
Matchday | #51 |
League Match | #44 |
Manager Game | #51 |
Saturday, 7 May 1988

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Neil Midgley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Salford, 1977-1992
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 51 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 26 ๐ŸŸจ | 12 ๐ŸŸฅ 13 | 1.76

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Neil Midgley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Salford, 1977-1992
Matches Officiated: 11
๐ŸŸฉ : 4
๐ŸŸจ : 4
๐ŸŸฅ : 3
๐Ÿ†˜ : 4
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 1 November 1986, Villa 2-0 Leicester, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Swindon Town

None

TEAM NEWS

Paul Birch replaces Alan McInally.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.04 |

Oldest Player |
CB Allan Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 31.59 |

Youngest Player |
M Warren Aspinall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.66 |

MANAGER

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

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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 Allan Evans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ 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 | ๐Ÿ”ด |
M Paul Birch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stuart Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andy Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Platt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Garry Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Lou Macari | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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Swindon Town

GK Fraser Digby | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Dave Hockaday | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Tim Parkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB Jonathan Gittens | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Phil King | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Kieran O'Regan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Steve Foley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Steve White | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dave Bamber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Jimmy Quinn | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Alan McInally | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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W Bobby Barnes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan McLoughlin | 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 : 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

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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 : 11/13

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 F Warren Aspinall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1987-88 | ๐Ÿ•’ 50 | 45 (5) | โšฝ 16 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 4 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 4 | #639 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œI cannot really believe it. โ€œThe thought that we'll be back at Old Trafford next season makes me very happy. "We nearly blew It, didn't we? Then this happens. โ€œ I wonder how they're feeling at Middlesbrough and Bradford. Terrible, I bet. "The pressure wasn't on us so much, here. We knew we were in the play-offs at least." Bernie Gallacher. โ€œFor me this is a bigger occasion than the European Cup final. โ€œI wasn't quite one of the team then. just a lad called up for the second match of his life to win a medalโ€™. โ€œThis one is very different. I'm one of the old hands now, an ever-present. โ€œSuccess like this shows you football is full of surprises and in the end we got what we deserved. "The manager has done brilliantly. โ€œWe all know Villa could have gone straight out the bottom." Nigel Spink. โ€œThe boss has already made it clear he is going to have to buy during the summer. โ€œHe's right about that. "It was a difficult game out there. He told us it would be a scramble as soon as we saw the bumpy pitch in this wind. "We were not really aware of the other scores, except that as we went out at half-time he told us that at of the moment we were in the promotion place. โ€œWe followed our supporters' cheers but we couldn't tell which match it was about. โ€œThis has been a hard, hard season. much more difficult than winning the European Cup and on a par with the championship. โ€œThink of it over a season four goals are the only difference.โ€ Allan Evans. "I told you we were the best team In the league. "We should have won the title but it doesn't matter now. We're there." Andy Gray. "We just had to keep going without a real idea of what the position was." David Platt. "In my opinion, if we are going to compete with Liverpool and Manchester United next season for a top spot, I have got to be found ยฃ2million now.โ€ โ€œI think I am going to need all of my three-year contract to make them a top club. โ€œBut if we are going to get back into Europe we have got to decide how big we want this club to become.' "I have been told there is money available. "But I have obviously got to go out and buy better quality players if we are going to progress. Better players than we have here now. 'We are light years away from what I want the team to be - a really good all-round squad of top-liners. โ€œAt the end of my three years I want to be able to turn round and say 'Look, there's your squadโ€™. "There will have been no point in my coming to Aston Villa unless there is going to be a big push or else I might as well have stayed at Watford." Graham Taylor. โ€œMoney will be made available to strengthen the side. But don't ask me how much." Herbert Ellis.

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