Game #4105

1988-89

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Position:

17th (-3)

Division One

Coventry City

Villa Park

Attendance: 29,906

Saturday, 13 May 1989

Villa secure a final day draw against a Coventry side who have never won at Villa Park but it is not enough to stop Villa finishing worst of the rest as they tumble to seventeenth in the table, one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Aston Villa

1-1

Coventry City

Scorer(s) | David Platt | 18' |

Assist(s) | Paul Birch | 18' |

AT A GLANCE

Game #4105

Matchday | #47 |
League Match | #38 |
Manager Game | #98 |
Saturday, 13 May 1989

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Graham Taylor |
Referee | Ron Bridges, Deeside |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | DDLLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Ron Bridges

MATCH INCIDENTS

Ron Bridges

Villa

None

Coventry City

None

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.12 |

Oldest Player |
CB Allan Evans | 32.61 |

Youngest Player |
CB Martin Keown | 22.82 |

TEAM NEWS

Allan Evans, Chris Price, Martin Keown, Paul Birch and Gordon Cowans replace Tony Daley, Ian Olney, Mark Lillis, Darrell Duffy and David Hunt.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

Graham Taylor

STAFF

Assistant Manager: John Ward

STARTING LINE UP

GK Nigel Spink |
RB Chris Price |
CB Allan Evans |
CB Martin Keown |
CB Steve Sims |
M Stuart Gray |
M Paul Birch |
M Gordon Cowans |
M David Platt |
W Nigel Callaghan |
CF Alan McInally |

SUBSTITUTES

F Ian Olney for CF Alan McInally | 76' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

CB Derek Mountfield |

THE OPPOSITION

Ogrizović, Kilcline, Dobson, Peake, Borrows, Smith, Emerson, Speedie, Phillips, Bannister (g), Regis (ex). Manager: John Sillett.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylor's Villa draw their final game of the season to finish the season 17th in the table, one point clear of the final relegation place.

Villa’s first season in the top flight after one year in the second tier saw Graham Taylor’s side consistently in mid-table for much of the season but such was the tight nature of the League that they were rarely more than a defeat away from falling into the drop zone.

Conversely they were also rarely more than a win away from securing safety and had Alan McInally’s form from the first half of the season continued, would in all likelihood have finished far higher up the table.

As it was McInally scored just once after January, having scored twenty one in the first five months of the season.

Sadly Villa wouldn’t get to see McInally in a much improved squad for 1989-90 as he made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before moving on to to Bayern Munich in July 1989 for a fee of £1,100,000.

McInally had played for Villa in 1987-88 and 1988-89 making 69 appearances and scoring 25 goals after his arrival from Celtic for £225,000 in July 1987.

Also moving on as part of Graham Taylor’s squad overhaul was long time defender Allan Evans who made his final Villa appearance aged 32 before moving on to Leicester City in August 1989.

Evans was the last of the League and European Cup winning team to leave Villa.

Evans played for Villa between 1977-78 and 1988-89 making 466 appearances and scoring 60 goals.

Centre back Martin Keown made his final appearance for Villa aged just 22 before moving on to Everton in July 1989 for a fee of £750,000.

Keown had played for Villa between 1986-87 and 1988-89 making 130 appearances and scoring 3 goals following his arrival from Arsenal for £200,000 in June 1986.

Central defender Steve Sims made his final Villa appearance aged 31 before moving on to Burton Albion in October 1990.

Sims played for Villa in 1987-88 and 1988-89 making 46 appearances.

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MATCH TIMELINE

18’ Goal, 1-0, David Platt, Assist by Paul Birch
HT Aston Villa 1-0 Coventry City
68’ Goal, 1-1, (Coventry City), Gary Bannister
76’ Sub off, Alan McInally, Sub on, Ian Olney
FT Aston Villa 1-1 Coventry City

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

"I can assure everyone that I am going nowhere.

"I don't think the manager Is going to let me go now I have scored 22 goals In my first season in the First Division."

Alan McInally.

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*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 15 May 1989

"Why will Villa finish fourth from bottom? Because they are the fourth worst team and that may even be putting it kindly."

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sad Villa An end of term test An unsatisfactory season for Villa ended unsatisfactorily, questions hanging like fiery signs in the blue sky of spring. Aston Villa 1 Coventry City 1 By LEON HICKMAN pacity, although it would be unfair to say that on this occasion they were ever less than competitive. The question that bothers us most at the moment is whether West Ham can perform the football equivalent of breaking out of the Bastille with a toothpick and beat Forest and Liverpool. Funnier things have happened. though I fancy the Hammers arc all but wearing the iron mask. Nevertheless, 40 minutes of scintillating football in the first half had Coventry scuttling around their penalty area in deep confusion. The result? One David Platt goal. With Villa, this is never enough. Indeed. the scoring of two goals prompts in me thoughts that even when the Archbishop visited there was a Tutu draw . It must be reasonable to assume that either Clough's or Dalglish's men will do what Villa could not on Saturday and make them safe for a second consecutive season in the First Division Manager Graham Taylor, becoming more enigmatic by the hour, complained that the problem throughout the season was that play had not been sustained by "certain players" in the opposition half. They have earned this right in a most curious manner. for their variety of performance has ranged from thrillingly good to appallingly bad. often within 10 minutes. uestion: they? Who are Saturday's match under lined this chameleon ca Alan Mclnally seems the prime candidate. Melnally. it is true, has always been more likely to hold up a bank than the ball, yet he has scored 22 goals and on Saturday was consistently the most danger-01IM player on the pitch. Question: Is Mclnally leaving this summer for Scotland or Europe? Taylor said there was no truth whatsoever in a story that Dundee United had bid for Mclnally? He criticised the Midlands Press for not being fair to him, Taylor. in what they had written about a possible resignation offer. Fair or not, the manager opened the can of worms himself. Few Villa people in their right senses want him to leave, so why doesn't he tell them he is not? question: Were we seeing Allan Evans, exac y a dozen years with Villa, and Martin Keown in claret and blue for the last time? It seems that way. Keown was as sharp and determined as ever but is Where they belong It

sad Villa An end of term test An unsatisfactory season for Villa ended unsatisfactorily, questions hanging like fiery signs in the blue sky of spring. Aston Villa 1 Coventry City 1 By LEON HICKMAN pacity, although it would be unfair to say that on this occasion they were ever less than competitive. The question that bothers us most at the moment is whether West Ham can perform the football equivalent of breaking out of the Bastille with a toothpick and beat Forest and Liverpool. Funnier things have happened. though I fancy the Hammers arc all but wearing the iron mask. Nevertheless, 40 minutes of scintillating football in the first half had Coventry scuttling around their penalty area in deep confusion. The result? One David Platt goal. With Villa, this is never enough. Indeed. the scoring of two goals prompts in me thoughts that even when the Archbishop visited there was a Tutu draw . It must be reasonable to assume that either Clough's or Dalglish's men will do what Villa could not on Saturday and make them safe for a second consecutive season in the First Division Manager Graham Taylor, becoming more enigmatic by the hour, complained that the problem throughout the season was that play had not been sustained by "certain players" in the opposition half. They have earned this right in a most curious manner. for their variety of performance has ranged from thrillingly good to appallingly bad. often within 10 minutes. uestion: they? Who are Saturday's match under lined this chameleon ca Alan Mclnally seems the prime candidate. Melnally. it is true, has always been more likely to hold up a bank than the ball, yet he has scored 22 goals and on Saturday was consistently the most danger-01IM player on the pitch. Question: Is Mclnally leaving this summer for Scotland or Europe? Taylor said there was no truth whatsoever in a story that Dundee United had bid for Mclnally? He criticised the Midlands Press for not being fair to him, Taylor. in what they had written about a possible resignation offer. Fair or not, the manager opened the can of worms himself. Few Villa people in their right senses want him to leave, so why doesn't he tell them he is not? question: Were we seeing Allan Evans, exac y a dozen years with Villa, and Martin Keown in claret and blue for the last time? It seems that way. Keown was as sharp and determined as ever but is Where they belong It