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Game #4023

Aston Villa

Won

2nd Round

Tuesday, 27 September 1988

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟩

League Cup

Birmingham City

St Andrew's

Attendance: 21,177

Birmingham City

0-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa see off neighbours blues on their own patch with a fine brace of first half goals before second half complacency prevents the tie being put beyond all doubt.

KEY MAN

Kevin Gage, gave Villa the lead for the second successive game as Villa dispatch their neighbours in typical fashion.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Tuesday, 27 September 1988

⚽ | 6’ Goal, 1-0, Kevin Gage
⚽ | 45’ Goal, 2-0, Andy Gray
🕒 | HT Birmingham City 0-2 Aston Villa
🕒 | FT Birmingham City 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor's Villa beat near neighbours Birmingham in the first leg of the second round of the League Cup.

Aston Villa

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

Birmingham City

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1962-63

FIXTURE HISTORY

Birmingham City

Previous 5 vs. Birmingham: 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟩

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1988-89 |
Matchday | #6 |
Manager Game | #57 |
Tuesday, 27 September 1988

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Howard King | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Merthyr Tydfil, 1980-1994
HT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 2-0
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 57 | 🟩 | 28 🟨 | 16 🟥 13 | 1.75

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Howard King | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Merthyr Tydfil, 1980-1994
Matches Officiated: 6
🟩 : 3
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 3 October 1987, Villa 3-1 Plymouth, Home Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Birmingham City

None

TEAM NEWS

Garry Thompson and Bernie Gallacher make their first starts of the season in place of Alan McInally (injury) and Stuart Gray.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.43 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 30.16 |

Youngest Player |
W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.96 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Chris Price | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Derek Mountfield | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Martin Keown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Bernie Gallacher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
RB Kevin Gage | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M David Platt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Garry Thompson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Garry Pendrey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Birmingham City

GK Tony Godden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Ray Ranson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Brian Roberts | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Ian Clarkson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Ian Atkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Vince Overson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Kevin Langley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Mark Yates | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ronnie Morris | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Steve Wigley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Colin Robinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB Ian Clarkson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (M Des Bremner (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |)
🔁 | F Colin Robinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (W Steve Whitton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
F Ian Olney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 13/13

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 13/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Alan McInally

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

“The second half was our worst performance of the season, and that's no disrespect to Birmingham. “We didn't do anything to suggest we were 2-0 up, and the players are disappointed that we didn't put the tie out of reach." Graham Taylor.

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham News*
Wednesday, 28 September 1988

BIRMINGHAM City’s early season nightmare continued here last night when they were beaten by arch rivals Aston Villa in the first leg of their Littlewoods Cup local derby duel. Blues battled bravely against their First Division opponents but they were rocked by goals from Kevin Gage and Andy Gray in the first-half and never recovered. Despite a spirited second-half display Villa won with a little to spare and now take a two-goal cushion into the second leg at Villa Park next month. Blues’ boss Garry Pendrey took a gamble by drafting in four youngsters after his side’s dismal run in the Second Division. But it was Villa who got off to a fine start when they took the lead after just five minutes. Blues failed to clear a Thompson header from Gray’s comer on the right and Gage nipped in to slam home the loose ball. Blues kept battling and after 12 minutes a blistering Ian Atkins’ shot from just outside the area flashed past the post. Villa goalkeeper Spink was forced to dash off his line in the 25th minute to punch away a menacing Wigley cross as Blues searched desperately for an equaliser. But Villa ended the half firmly in control and they snatched a glorious second just a minute before the break when Gray fired home a screaming 20-yard drive after Clarkson had only half-cleared a Gallacher cross. Just four minutes into the second half Villa should have added a third when a mistake by Overson set up Platt whose shot was turned away by Godden for a corner. Six minutes later substitute Whitton replaced Robinson in an attempt to boost the Blues’ attack The switch signalled a spell of Blues pressure as Pendrey’s men fired by their home crowd fought to get back into the game. But it was Villa who came closest to scoring in the 77th minute when Mountfield saw a close-range shot hit the underside of the crossbar before Godden gathered the ball safely.

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