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Game #4040

Aston Villa

Drew

15th (-1)

Saturday, 17 December 1988

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨

Division One

Luton Town

Kenilworth Road

Attendance: 8,785

Luton Town

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa secure their fifth away draw of the season on the horrendous Kenilworth Road plastic pitch the pathetic result of the interference of Thatcher, Colin Moynihan and David Evans in a century old game they are simply incapable of understanding. With no shortage of irony a 25 yard own goal from an uncontrolled clearance gifts Villa their equaliser.

KEY MAN

Colin Moynihan, incapable, Saturday, 17 December 1988.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 17 December 1988

🥅 | 41’ Goal, 0-1, (Luton Town), Roy Wegerle
🕒 | HT Luton Town 1-0 Aston Villa
⚽ | 61’ Goal, 1-1, Own Goal, Marvin Johnson
🔁 | 73’ Sub off, Tony Daley, Sub on, Paul Birch
🕒 | FT Luton Town 1-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor's Villa make it three games unbeaten in the League and had now lost just six of the last twenty seven, winning eleven and drawing ten. Yet they fell to 15th in the table.

Aston Villa

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

Luton Town

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: ❌
FA Cup Winners: ❌
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1987-88

FIXTURE HISTORY

Luton Town

Previous 5 vs. Luton: 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1988-89 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Match | #17 |
Manager Game | #74 |
Saturday, 17 December 1988

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Allan Gunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Sussex, 1977-1994
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 74 | 🟩 | 35 🟨 | 20 🟥 19 | 1.69

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Allan Gunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Sussex, 1977-1994
Matches Officiated: 5
🟩 : 1
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 22 November 1986, Villa 1-1 West Ham, Upton Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Luton Town

None

TEAM NEWS

Graham Taylor names an unchanged line up.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.52 |

Oldest Player |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 32.20 |

Youngest Player |
W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.18 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Chris Price | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Allan Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Martin Keown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Kevin Gage | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stuart Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Andy Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Platt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Alan McInally | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

MANAGER

Ray Harford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Luton Town

GK Les Sealey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB Rob Johnson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Marvin Johnson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Steve Foster (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
D Richard Harvey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Kingsley Black | 🇬🇧 |
M Robert Wilson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Preece | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ricky Hill | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Roy Wegerle | 🇺🇸 | ⚽ |
CF Mick Harford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Paul Birch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 73' |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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CB Derek Mountfield | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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CB John Dreyer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Oldfield | 🇦🇺 |

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 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/13

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"The 61st minute own-goal was such a stunner that even the Villa players were too shocked to celebrate."

MATCH REPORT

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*Sunday Mirror*
Sunday, 18 December 1988

LUTON'S Marvin Johnson chose the last game before Christmas to hand Villa the perfect gift. And his 61st minute own-goal was such a stunner that even the Villa players were too shocked to celebrate. The 20-year-old defender tried to clear a harmless high ball but to miskicked it backwards and high into his own net. If Villa's equaliser was met with a ghostly silence, Luton' s first-half goal nearly brought the house down. Johnson started a five man move that swept the ball the full length of the pitch for Roy Wegerle to turn in his sixth goal in six games. Luton keeper Les Sealey rarely had a shot to save, while Steve Foster gave, the First Division's leading marksman, Alan Mclnally, a torrid time. The Hatters' burly forward Mick Harford was also a constant worry to the Villa defence with his running and tackles. And Kingsley Black and Danny Wilson both had fine chances to put the game beyond the visitors’ reach.

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