Game #4106

1989-90

Position:

9th

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Division One

Nottingham Forest

City Ground

Attendance: 26,766

Saturday, 19 August 1989

Villa open the season with a new defensive partnership as Graham Taylor looks to improve on 1988-89's 17th place finish after an opening day draw at lively Forest. Meanwhile Nottinghamshire Police lock 500 innocent Villa fans in a cage at the railway station for no apparent reason and not an apology in sight.

Nottingham Forest

1-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Derek Mountfield | 8’ |

Assist(s) | Paul McGrath | 8' |

AT A GLANCE

Game #4106

Matchday | #1 |
League Match | #1 |
Manager Game | #99 |
Saturday, 19 August 1989

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Graham Taylor |
Referee | Keith Cooper, Pontypridd |
FT Result | Drew |
FT Score | 1-1 |
Last 5 Games | DLLDD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Keith Cooper

MATCH INCIDENTS

Keith Cooper

Villa

🟨 |

Nottingham Forest

🟨 |

🟨 | 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
| 27.76 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | 31.05 |

Youngest Player |
W Tony Daley | 21.85 |

TEAM NEWS

Graham Taylor hands debuts to a pair of footballing legends - Paul McGrath and Kent Nielsen. Adrian Heath also made his debut but the less said about that the better.

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 Derek Mountfield |
CB Kent Nielsen |
CB Paul McGrath |
M Paul Birch |
M Gordon Cowans |
M David Platt |
M Stuart Gray |
W Tony Daley |
F Adrian Heath |

SUBSTITUTES

W Nigel Callaghan for W Tony Daley | 46' |
F Ian Olney for M Gordon Cowans | 67’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

THE OPPOSITION

Sutton, Pearce, Foster, Laws, Walker, Crosby, Parker (ex) (g), Clough N, Hodge (ex), Chapman, Carr (ex). Manager: Brian Clough.

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 open the season with a freshly arrived footballing great in their ranks as Paul McGrath makes his Villa debut aged 29 after moving from Manchester United in July 1989 for a fee of £425,000.

Meanwhile, fellow centre back Kent Nielsen made his debut for Villa aged 27 after moving from Bröndby IF in July 1989 for a fee of £500,000.

And forward Adrian Heath made his Villa debut aged 28 after moving from RCD Espanyol in July 1989 for a fee of £360,000.

Kent Nielsen and Paul McGrath make their debuts as Villa boast a new look central defence in the efforts to improve on last season's 17th placed finish, Saturday, 19 August 1989.

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Paul McGrath, Kent Nielsen, Adrian Heath
8’ Goal, 1-0, Derek Mountfield, Assist Paul McGrath
HT Nottingham Forest 0-1 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, Tony Daley, Sub off, Nigel Callaghan
58’ Goal, 1-1, (Nottingham Forest), Garry Parker
67’ Sub off, Gordon Cowans, Sub on, Ian Olney
Booking, Stuart Gray, Foul
FT Nottingham Forest 1-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“lf anyone is wondering about my fitness I hope this game has game a long way to proving that I can play a full part in helping Villa's First Division progress.

“I feel fine and I really enjoyed my first League game for the club.

“I am confident that it is going to be the first of many successful games.”

Paul McGrath.

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*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 21 August 1989

"ASTON VILLA rocked Forest with an early goal but Graham Taylor's men were eventually happy to come away from the City Ground with a point."

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Sunday World (Dublin) - Sunday 20 August 1989


VILLA HOLD FOREST Match at White Had Una" NOTT FOREST 1 ASTON VILLA 1 ASTON Villa rocked Forest with an wady goal but Graham Taylor's man were ~Wally happy lo come away from the City Ground with a point. Derek Mountlield, with a little help from Paul McGrath. gave Villa an eighth minute lead, but that was only the cue for Forest to bombard the visitors' goal. Time after time, Brian Clough's men went desperately close and Steve Hodge and Lee Chapman, in particular, both squandered golden opportunities. The long-awaited equaliser ended 59 minutes of frustration for Forest, Garry Parker putting them out of their misery with an 18-yard drive But with Villa firmly on the defensive. Forest failed to make any further impression on the scoreline S Tottenham's Paul Gascoigne (le) fonds of a Luton challenge during yoshwdsys fiat division


Sunday Independent (Dublin) - Sunday 20 August 1989


NUM MUT. ASTON ELLA- ASTON VILLA rocked Forest with an early goal but Graham Taylor's men were eventually happy to come away from the City Ground with a point. Derek Mountfield gave Villa, with three new players on show, an eighth minute lead, but that was only the cue for Forest to bombard the visitors' goal. Time after time, Brian Clough's men went desperately close and Steve Hodge and Lee Chapman, in particular, both squandered golden opportunities. The long-awaited equaliser ended 59 minutes of frustration for Forest, Garry Parker putting them out of their misery with an 18-yard drive. But with Villa, who narrowly avoided relegation last May, firmly on the defensive, Forest failed to make any further impression on the scoreline.



Sandwell Evening Mail - Monday 21 August 1989

inspires By lAN WILLARS Paul McGrath strolled through his Astea Villa debut against Nottingham Forest at the City Grated looking every inch a class player. The re-year-old signing from blanches. ter United, came to Villa with a reputation of being injury-prose and something of a bell-raiser. But be looked slightly pussled when asked about the question marks concerning his Mmes. after Villa's encouraging 1.1 draw against Brian Clough's impressive young Forest side. 'lf =yam is wondering about my fitness I hope this game has game a long way to proving that I can play a full part in helping Villa's First DWlshoo propose," be said. "I feel fine and I really enjoyed my first League game for the club. I am confident that it is pin to be the first of many successful 'anion' As for the hell-raising question. it could soon emerge that he is going to prove far more troublesome creating havoc in the middle of First Division plebes this campaign. It Is not difficult to understand why Jack Charlton has moved him Into midfield from defence to help the Republic of Ireland qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Italy. Be scarcely looked like a man who was about to become a father for the third time wife, Claire, Is waiting to go a Manchester hospital this week. Nottm Fl Villa The hallmark a class player is that be flads space sad time to create room ter himself. McGrath found acres space sad still had time to help art giant DaaMb intermatioaal Kent Nielsen and Mlles/ central deleader Derek Meentrield when Foreat threatened to blitz Villa's defence. Unlike last season, when the deka°e invariably caved la under the slightest el prewar., Villa's rearguard skewed convincing commitment and costrelled emmentration. Nielsen came *magi, his baptism English League football - with credit while Mountlield looked happier with the big Dane alongside Mountfield's eighth-minute goal gave Villa the inspiration they needed and although they were lucky to hang on for their hard-earned petal their deserved their success. The frontline partnership of ex-Everten striker Adrian Heath and David Platt did not quite click. There was plenty of pace aid power from both players without quite enough attacking variatlows. Tony Daley might bave give. them more service he bad net have been clobbered out of the game by fullback Brian Laws. The departure of Mau Mclitany leaves Villa short of a big striker unless lan Ormeadreyd comes through to the ►reaek. Otherwise Tayler may have to look elsewhere for another latusloa el ------ ----- strength. Villa have the money In the bank.



Villa fans 'caged' row ‘,. t, , of et ofi v A ._,,:y.,, , ~ 1 Graham Taylor Four hundred Aston Villa fans missed Saturday's game at Nottingham after being "caged like animals" for 90 minutes at the railway station. Their train broke down and by the time it arrived in Nottingham at 2.55 pm, the visitors' end at the Forest ground -- limited under restrictions following the Hillsborough disaster - was full. So they were left penned up behind a 6ft wire fence next to the station for the duration of the match. The compound, 35 yards by 3 yards, had no toilet faciliso I was pretty uncomfortable crushed up like that." Mrs Diana Lucas, spokesman for British Rail, said: "The train got there too late so we kept the fans in a a compound, which is a bit like a cage and they were sent back. All were given refunds of their £4 fares." Villa manager Graham Taylor said: "From what I have heard, the Villa fans • are to be complimented on their behaviour. "There were 500 Villa fans locked out of the visitors' area and the Nottingham police decided to keep away another 500 from the train."

By DEREK WEEKES ties and one Villa fan, from Kingstanding, said: "We were shoved into a cage for I'. hours because there was no room at the ground. "We couldn't go to the 100 or have a drink. "Some lads had tickets for seats and they did let them out. "When we were led into the cage, we thought we were having a police escort to the ground. "I've got a broken kneecap.



Taylor title tip Aston Villa manager Graham Tay• for today unhesitatingly tipped Liver- pool for the First Division championship. Only two days before the teams meet at Villa Park. Taylor measured the toughest task in British football with the comment: "I think this season everyone is going to have their work cut out to handle Liverpool. "They were shown to be human when they lost the championship to Arsenal but I think they will win it this season." Taylor is, however, relatively optimistic about Wednesday night's By LEON HICKMAN match when more than 35.000 are expected at Villa Park. "Nothing is impossible," he said. "We couldn't have had a harder start to the season than Forest on Saturday and Liverpool. Most people thought we would get nothing from the first two games but we have already taken a point from Forest. "Few will be expecting much from Wednesday but we will try to make life difficult for Liverpool." Taylor, pleased with Saturday's de-

it's Liverpool fensive performance at Forest, paid special tribute to Kent Nielsen, the Danish international central defender who, he felt, played a vital part in the 1-1 draw. "I doubt whether last season we would have held out under the sort of pressure Forest applied." he said. "The base of the defence was very solid." Left-back Bernie Gallacher plays in tonight's Central League match against Huddersfield 17pm1 but Kevin Gage is unlikely to have a full test on his knee injury for 10 days. VILLA RESERVES (from): Butler Comyn. OaHacker, Blake. Sims, Lillis. Jones. Splnk. Or mondroyd. Williams. Small. Carruthers. Mooney. • Manager Graham Turner urged Wolves to learn from the 4-2 defeat at Middlesbrough as they set about lifting themselves for the Litticwoods Cup tie with Lincoln at Molineux tomorrow, writes MIKE WARD. "Boro' were an impressive side and this was a lesson of what to expect in the Second Division." said Turner. g 0 0 — 0 a 0 a 0 0 5 0 g. as aO ,

Injury The knee injury sustained by Tony Daley may well keep him out of the game on Wednesday and Nigel Callaghan will probably take his place.


Sunday World (Dublin) - Sunday 20 August 1989


VILLA HOLD FOREST Match at White Had Una" NOTT FOREST 1 ASTON VILLA 1 ASTON Villa rocked Forest with an wady goal but Graham Taylor's man were ~Wally happy lo come away from the City Ground with a point. Derek Mountlield, with a little help from Paul McGrath. gave Villa an eighth minute lead, but that was only the cue for Forest to bombard the visitors' goal. Time after time, Brian Clough's men went desperately close and Steve Hodge and Lee Chapman, in particular, both squandered golden opportunities. The long-awaited equaliser ended 59 minutes of frustration for Forest, Garry Parker putting them out of their misery with an 18-yard drive But with Villa firmly on the defensive. Forest failed to make any further impression on the scoreline S Tottenham's Paul Gascoigne (le) fonds of a Luton challenge during yoshwdsys fiat division


Sunday Independent (Dublin) - Sunday 20 August 1989


NUM MUT. ASTON ELLA- ASTON VILLA rocked Forest with an early goal but Graham Taylor's men were eventually happy to come away from the City Ground with a point. Derek Mountfield gave Villa, with three new players on show, an eighth minute lead, but that was only the cue for Forest to bombard the visitors' goal. Time after time, Brian Clough's men went desperately close and Steve Hodge and Lee Chapman, in particular, both squandered golden opportunities. The long-awaited equaliser ended 59 minutes of frustration for Forest, Garry Parker putting them out of their misery with an 18-yard drive. But with Villa, who narrowly avoided relegation last May, firmly on the defensive, Forest failed to make any further impression on the scoreline.



Sandwell Evening Mail - Monday 21 August 1989

inspires By lAN WILLARS Paul McGrath strolled through his Astea Villa debut against Nottingham Forest at the City Grated looking every inch a class player. The re-year-old signing from blanches. ter United, came to Villa with a reputation of being injury-prose and something of a bell-raiser. But be looked slightly pussled when asked about the question marks concerning his Mmes. after Villa's encouraging 1.1 draw against Brian Clough's impressive young Forest side. 'lf =yam is wondering about my fitness I hope this game has game a long way to proving that I can play a full part in helping Villa's First DWlshoo propose," be said. "I feel fine and I really enjoyed my first League game for the club. I am confident that it is pin to be the first of many successful 'anion' As for the hell-raising question. it could soon emerge that he is going to prove far more troublesome creating havoc in the middle of First Division plebes this campaign. It Is not difficult to understand why Jack Charlton has moved him Into midfield from defence to help the Republic of Ireland qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Italy. Be scarcely looked like a man who was about to become a father for the third time wife, Claire, Is waiting to go a Manchester hospital this week. Nottm Fl Villa The hallmark a class player is that be flads space sad time to create room ter himself. McGrath found acres space sad still had time to help art giant DaaMb intermatioaal Kent Nielsen and Mlles/ central deleader Derek Meentrield when Foreat threatened to blitz Villa's defence. Unlike last season, when the deka°e invariably caved la under the slightest el prewar., Villa's rearguard skewed convincing commitment and costrelled emmentration. Nielsen came *magi, his baptism English League football - with credit while Mountlield looked happier with the big Dane alongside Mountfield's eighth-minute goal gave Villa the inspiration they needed and although they were lucky to hang on for their hard-earned petal their deserved their success. The frontline partnership of ex-Everten striker Adrian Heath and David Platt did not quite click. There was plenty of pace aid power from both players without quite enough attacking variatlows. Tony Daley might bave give. them more service he bad net have been clobbered out of the game by fullback Brian Laws. The departure of Mau Mclitany leaves Villa short of a big striker unless lan Ormeadreyd comes through to the ►reaek. Otherwise Tayler may have to look elsewhere for another latusloa el ------ ----- strength. Villa have the money In the bank.



Villa fans 'caged' row ‘,. t, , of et ofi v A ._,,:y.,, , ~ 1 Graham Taylor Four hundred Aston Villa fans missed Saturday's game at Nottingham after being "caged like animals" for 90 minutes at the railway station. Their train broke down and by the time it arrived in Nottingham at 2.55 pm, the visitors' end at the Forest ground -- limited under restrictions following the Hillsborough disaster - was full. So they were left penned up behind a 6ft wire fence next to the station for the duration of the match. The compound, 35 yards by 3 yards, had no toilet faciliso I was pretty uncomfortable crushed up like that." Mrs Diana Lucas, spokesman for British Rail, said: "The train got there too late so we kept the fans in a a compound, which is a bit like a cage and they were sent back. All were given refunds of their £4 fares." Villa manager Graham Taylor said: "From what I have heard, the Villa fans • are to be complimented on their behaviour. "There were 500 Villa fans locked out of the visitors' area and the Nottingham police decided to keep away another 500 from the train."

By DEREK WEEKES ties and one Villa fan, from Kingstanding, said: "We were shoved into a cage for I'. hours because there was no room at the ground. "We couldn't go to the 100 or have a drink. "Some lads had tickets for seats and they did let them out. "When we were led into the cage, we thought we were having a police escort to the ground. "I've got a broken kneecap.



Taylor title tip Aston Villa manager Graham Tay• for today unhesitatingly tipped Liver- pool for the First Division championship. Only two days before the teams meet at Villa Park. Taylor measured the toughest task in British football with the comment: "I think this season everyone is going to have their work cut out to handle Liverpool. "They were shown to be human when they lost the championship to Arsenal but I think they will win it this season." Taylor is, however, relatively optimistic about Wednesday night's By LEON HICKMAN match when more than 35.000 are expected at Villa Park. "Nothing is impossible," he said. "We couldn't have had a harder start to the season than Forest on Saturday and Liverpool. Most people thought we would get nothing from the first two games but we have already taken a point from Forest. "Few will be expecting much from Wednesday but we will try to make life difficult for Liverpool." Taylor, pleased with Saturday's de-

it's Liverpool fensive performance at Forest, paid special tribute to Kent Nielsen, the Danish international central defender who, he felt, played a vital part in the 1-1 draw. "I doubt whether last season we would have held out under the sort of pressure Forest applied." he said. "The base of the defence was very solid." Left-back Bernie Gallacher plays in tonight's Central League match against Huddersfield 17pm1 but Kevin Gage is unlikely to have a full test on his knee injury for 10 days. VILLA RESERVES (from): Butler Comyn. OaHacker, Blake. Sims, Lillis. Jones. Splnk. Or mondroyd. Williams. Small. Carruthers. Mooney. • Manager Graham Turner urged Wolves to learn from the 4-2 defeat at Middlesbrough as they set about lifting themselves for the Litticwoods Cup tie with Lincoln at Molineux tomorrow, writes MIKE WARD. "Boro' were an impressive side and this was a lesson of what to expect in the Second Division." said Turner. g 0 0 — 0 a 0 a 0 0 5 0 g. as aO ,

Injury The knee injury sustained by Tony Daley may well keep him out of the game on Wednesday and Nigel Callaghan will probably take his place.