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Game #4305

Saturday, 12 February 1994

Attendance: 27,637


Premier League

6th (+2)

Swindon Town

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa hammer Swindon at Villa Park to make it seven consecutive victories in all competitions as they climb back to 6th in the table in the perfect warm up for the League Cup semi final first leg against second tier Tranmere.

Aston Villa


Swindon Town

Assist(s) | Andy Townsend | 31โ€™ | Tony Daley | 55โ€™ | Dalian Atkinson | 73' |


Dean Saunders, first hat-trick for the club.




โšฝ | 31โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dean Saunders, Assist by Andy Townsend
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Swindon Town
โšฝ | 55โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Steve Froggatt, Assist by Tony Daley
โšฝ | 66โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Dean Saunders
โšฝ | 73โ€™ Goal, 4-0, Kevin Richardson, Assist by Dalian Atkinson
๐Ÿ” | 73โ€™ Sub off, Andy Townsend, Sub on Dwight Yorke
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Paul McGrath, Sub on Ugo Ehiogu
โšฝ | 84โ€™ Goal, 5-0, Dean Saunders (pen)
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 5-0 Swindon Town


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

Swindon Town

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1968-69


Swindon Town

Previous 5 vs. Swindon: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 1993-94 |
Matchday | #38 |
League Game | #27 |
Manager Game | #140 |
Saturday, 12 February 1994


Manager: Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 1991-1994
Referee: Robbie Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darlington, 1986-1996
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 5-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Robbie Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darlington, 1986-1996
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 24 March 1993, Villa 0-1 Norwich, Carrow Road.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ




Swindon Town


Robbie Hart


Villa make two changes from the team that beat Leeds last time out with Steve Froggatt returning after a 18 game absence as well as Neil Cox. Steve Staunton and Shaun Teale drop out.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.48 |

Oldest Player |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 34.22 |

Youngest Player |
W Steve Froggatt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.95 |



Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

John Gorman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Earl Barrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Neil Cox | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Steve Froggattย | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CF Dalian Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

Swindon Town

GK Jon Sheffield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Shaun Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Adrian Whitbread | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Brian Kilcline | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Luc Nijholt | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Nicky Summerbee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M John Moncur | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Martin Ling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Kevin Horlock | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
F Keith Scott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Jan Aage Fjรธrtoft | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” | CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | for M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 73โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 78โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Adrian Whitbread | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (LB Paul Bodin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jan Aage Fjรธrtoft | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | (CB Terry Fenwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


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


GK Nick Hammond | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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 : 7/11

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 : 9/14



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

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 : 12/14



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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โ€œIn the second half we would have taken a lot of sides to the cleaners.โ€

Ron Atkinson.

*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Monday, 14 February 1994

At a time when Aston Villa may be tempted to make a grab for instant glory, itโ€™s good to see them investing in a longer term insurance policy.

European football is the ultimate target, and two obvious short cuts present themselves over the next six days as Ron Atkinsonโ€™s men resume their double Wembley assault.

But Cup trails are often littered with pitfalls which claim unsuspecting victims that the longer, more exhausting route to Europe should not be completely by passed.

The manner in which Swindon were torn apart on Saturday has left no doubt that a top three placing is still very much on Villaโ€™s agenda.

Dean Saundersโ€™ first hat-trick for the club put the gloss on a scintillating showing which would have left most Premiership clubs gasping for breath, let along struggling Swindon.

Forget the fact that two of Saundersโ€™ treble came from the penalty spot. That was merely a reflection of the incisive fashion in which Villa ripped through Swindonโ€™s bemused defence in the second half, prompting the rash challenges on both Saunders and substitute Dwight Yorke.

And if Saundersโ€™ two second half strikes had to be executed from the 12 yard mark, there was no question about the quality of his opening goal.

His single minded run and lethal shot carried all the hallmarks of a striker brim- over with confidence, which is precisely wha Villa need in the forthcoming battles at Tranmere.

Not that any member of the side should be lacking confidence right now, not after extending their unbeaten sequence to seven matches and completing their first 'double' of the season.

Itโ€™s just a pity that Dalian Atkinson could not have put his name on the scoresheet on a day when sharper finishing would have almost doubled Swindon's agony.

The enigmatic Atkinson, who claims he is always made the scapegoat when things go wrong, put one header just too high and saw a powerful drive fisted away by Jon Sheffield.

But he will be haunted by a dreadful 67th minute miss, when he shot tamely at Swindon's debut 'keeper with the goal at his mercy.

Still, you can get away with that sort of thing when your team are leading 3-0 and Holte Enders have already displayed their appreciation of your work rate.

As if to atone for his wastefulness, Atkinson's sheer tenacity paved the way for Kevin Richardson's precise shot which produced goal No 4 on 73 minutes and gave the skipper a deserved reward for his perpetual motion midfield contribution.

If Saunders was the hero and Richardson the inspiration, however, the most satisfying goal came from a young man who must have wondered if he was confined indefinitely to the treatment room.

Stephen Froggatt, troubled all season by a knee injury and sidelined for the last three-and-a-half months, celebrated his surprise recall with a lunging close range header which put the finishing touch to a beautifully crafted Saunders-Tony Daley move.

But it wasn't just Froggatt's goal which had manager Atkinson beaming.

The young winger, operating on this occasion as a fullback replacement for Steve Staunton, ensured that Villa's balance was maintained in the absence of the Ireland international.

He was, admittedly, outpaced by Swindon's most dangerous player Nicky Summerbee on a couple of occasions near the end of the first half, but otherwise Froggatt could not be faulted.

Froggatt might just have returned in time to sample a taste of cup fever.