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Game #4081

Aston Villa

Saturday, 11 November 1989

Lost

5th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Division One

Norwich City

Attendance: 18,186

Carrow Road

Norwich City

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose to a vibrant Norwich side at Carrow Road as the Birmingham Evening Mail plays the age old cliche of building them up to knock 'em down.

KEY MAN

Graham Taylor: "outplayed, out-gunned and out-manoeuvred", Saturday, 11 November 1989.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 11 November 1989

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Norwich City 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 46โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Norwich City), Derek Mountfield o.g.
๐Ÿฅ… | 69โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Norwich City), Andy Linighan
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Ian Ormondroyd, Sub on, Gareth Williams
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Paul McGrath, Sub on, Mark Blake
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylorโ€™s Villa lose in Division One for the first time in six games as they fall back to 5th place in the table but all eyes were on the local rag again with their barely concealed contempt for the club they reported on.

It made no sense. The Evening Mail, champions of every negative thought about Villa and eager to drain any semblance of optimism surrounding the club were at it again.

Like wild animals to fresh meat, a defeat away to a top 6 rival was too juicy to ignore.

How could they? This was their bread and butter with a slice of sizzling stake.

But after calling Villaโ€™s relegation as early as the fourth game of the season, then damning Taylorโ€™s side with the faintest of praise - whilst inflating the self worth of just about every opposition team - a defeat in the League Cup was just too salivating.

The defeat to West Ham was not โ€œunluckyโ€ but โ€œembarrassingโ€.

If that was an over-reaction and mis-reading of a cold night in East London, just days needed to be waited by the hacks of the rag to fire up another damning indictment on B6โ€™s pretensions.

No longer tipping Villa for relegation they were certainly โ€œstill not fooledโ€ by Villaโ€™s achievements in 1989-90 and now could proudly condemn a title challenge to the waste bin besides their cigarette smoke infested desks.

One defeat, a first in six League games that had seen Villa climb to fourth, was enough to set the poison pen letters to B6 ablaze once again.

We were told Villaโ€™s โ€œstrengths were exaggeratedโ€ and โ€œweaknessesโ€ ignored.

If that wasnโ€™t enough we were reliably informed Villa didnโ€™t score enough.

Despite having failed to score in the League for the first time in seven games and only the second time this season.

No matter that in the last six League games Villa had scored twelve goals.

No matter that Villa had won five of those six games.

Worse was to come.. the goals conceded โ€œwere a jokeโ€.

Was that irony? Did they mean they were literally laughably unfortunate? or were they serious when they claimed Villaโ€™s internationals were more bothered about playing Malta and Romania than winning the League?

Yet their own goal descriptions of โ€œdreadfully unluckyโ€ and โ€œgoing into the net off the centre-halfโ€™s backsideโ€ simply did not chime with all that preceded. Was it wilful contradiction or just an inability to ever say anything positive about the club they were paid to follow?

Just what were these self appointed โ€˜Judgesโ€™ watching?

What were they thinking?

Why report on a club when any potential objectivity, or even support, or - whisper it quietly - partisan tribalism, as displayed by the Liverpool Echo or Manchester Evening News, was total anathema to them?

Doubtless in time they came to love the club in their strange way.

Doubtless they soon told us how they believed in Villa all along and help drive them to a top two berth once again.

Doubtless they received recognition by virtue of the relationship with the club.

But supporters? Never.

The sad fact is it didnโ€™t start in November 1989 and neither did it end.

They had form through good times and bad. Always unhelpful, always prompting a new โ€˜crisisโ€™

This, not the worst example or the most vicious, was certainly the most detached from reality given what supporters had witnessed over the last three months under Graham Taylor.

Promoted the previous season to successfully fight for survival, just 12 months later the same team were troubling the top 6 of the League but even then we couldnโ€™t count on their support and encouragement. Shameful.

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

Norwich City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1984โ€“85

FIXTURE HISTORY

Norwich City

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1989-90 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Match | #13 |
Manager Game | #115 |
Saturday, 11 November 1989

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Howard King | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Merthyr Tydfil, 1980-1994
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 115 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 48 ๐ŸŸจ | 29 ๐ŸŸฅ 38 | 1.50

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Howard King | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Merthyr Tydfil, 1980-1994
Matches Officiated: 7
๐ŸŸฉ : 3
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 3
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 27 September 1988, League Cup, Villa 2-0 Birmingham, St Andrews'.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Norwich City

None

TEAM NEWS

Nigel Callaghan and Andy Comyn replace Tony Daley and Kevin Gage.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.72 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.28 |

Youngest Player |
CF Ian Olney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.92 |

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 Chris Price | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Derek Mountfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kent Nielsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Platt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Nigel Callaghan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ian Olney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ian Ormondroyd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Dave Stringer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Norwich City

GK Bryan Gunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
RB Ian Culverhouse | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andy Linighan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Ian Butterworth | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Mark Bowen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M David Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Tim Sherwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dale Gordon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Malcolm Allen (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Coney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” M Gareth Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Ian Ormondroyd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 75' |
๐Ÿ” M Mark Blake | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 75' |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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None

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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M Jeremy Goss | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Henrik Mortensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

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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 : 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

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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:

โ€‹

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

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"Norwich thoroughly deserved to win. โ€We were outplayed, out-gunned and out-manoeuvred by a team who could go on to win the title." Graham Taylor.

MATCH REPORT