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Game #4075

Aston Villa

Won

10th (+3)

Saturday, 14 October 1989

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟩

Division One

Luton Town

Kenilworth Road

Attendance: 9,433

Luton Town

0-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Gordon Cowans | 45' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa make is successive first division wins as they overcome the terror of the 80's plastic pitch to beat Luton and climb to 10th in the table under Graham Taylor.

KEY MAN

Derek Mountfield, scored for the second successive game to send Villa tenth in the first division, three games after the local rag tipped them for relegation. Saturday, 14 October 1989.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 14 October 1989

🟢 | 1’ Debut, Mark Blake
⚽ | 45’ Goal, 1-0, Derek Mountfield, Assist by Gordon Cowans
🕒 | HT Luton Town 0-1 Aston Villa
🔁 | 58’ Sub off, Bernie Gallacher, Sub on, Tony Daley
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Adrian Heath, Sub on, Paul Birch
🕒 | FT Luton Town 0-1 Aston Villa

🟨 | Booking, Adrian Heath, Off the ball incident

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor’s Villa win for the third time in nine top flight games after a slow start to the campaign and climb to 11th as a result. Meanwhile, midfielder Mark Blake makes his Villa debut aged 18 after joining from school football.

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 | 1989-90 |
Matchday | #11 |
League Match | #9 |
Manager Game | #109 |
Saturday, 14 October 1989

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Philip Don | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesex, 1986–1995
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 1-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
FT Score: 🟩 1-0
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 109 | 🟩 | 45 🟨 | 28 🟥 36 | 1.50

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Philip Don | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesex, 1986–1995
Matches Officiated: 3
🟩 : 2
🟨 : 1
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 22 October 1988, Villa 2-0 Everton, Villa Park.
Cards: 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Luton Town

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TEAM NEWS

Kent Nielsen (first start in 7), Adrian Heath and Mark Blake (debut) replace Paul McGrath, Tony Daley and Kevin Gage.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.32 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 31.21 |

Youngest Player |
M Mark Blake | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 18.84 |

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Chris Price | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Derek Mountfield | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
CB Kent Nielsen | 🇩🇰 |
LB Bernie Gallacher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Mark Blake | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟢 |
M Gordon Cowans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
M David Platt | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stuart Gray | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Adrian Heath | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CF Ian Olney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Ray Harford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Luton Town

GK Alec Chamberlain | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Dave Beaumont | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CB Graham Rodger | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB John Dreyer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Tim Breacker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Robert Wilson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Steve Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M David Preece | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Kingsley Black | 🇬🇧 |
F Roy Wegerle | 🇺🇸 | 🔁 |
CF Lars Elstrup | 🇩🇰 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 W Tony Daley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for LB Bernie Gallacher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 58’ |
🔁 M Paul Birch | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for F Adrian Heath | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 76’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CB Graham Rodger | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (D Richard Harvey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | F Roy Wegerle | 🇺🇸 | (F Richard Cooke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/13

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/11

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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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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

🟢 M Mark Blake | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

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MATCH QUOTES

"You get your pleasure from playing on these pitches with the result. "You have to sacrifice certain things. "But I am not apologising for It. Artificial pitches never have been, and never will be a substitute for the real thing." Graham Taylor.

MATCH REPORT

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*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 16 October 1989

Villa turn tables on hated surface The end justified the means, but provided precious little satisfaction for Graham Taylor. Villa's manager detests plastic pitches and is merely grateful to grab what he can when his teams have to play on them. That was why there was never any likelihood of Villa displaying a spirit of adventure at Kenilworth Road. "You get your pleasure from playing on these pitches with the result," admitted Taylor. "You have to sacrifice certain things. "But I am not apologising for it. Artificial pitches never have been, and never will be, a substitute for the real thing." The small group of Villa fans, who found a way round Luton's ban on visiting supporters, only saw two things to send them home with something to celebrate - Derek Mountfield's left-foot stab on the stroke of halftime and an encouraging debut from 18-year-old Mark Blake.

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