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Game #4345

Aston Villa

Wednesday, 9 November 1994

Lost

19th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Wimbledon

Attendance: 6,221

Selhurst Park

Wimbledon

4-3

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Dwight Yorke | 19โ€™ | Dalian Atkinson | 50โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa fall behind within ten minutes, recover to be leading by 38โ€™ before Andy Townsend is sent off two minutes later. Being down to ten men didnโ€™t stop Villa opening up a 3-1 lead shortly after half time before a bizarre incident as referee David Elleray - never a subtle individual - sends Townsend off for a second time as the midfielder tried to take a seat with the substitutes. That proved the trigger for the fightback as Wimbledon scored three including a last minute winner to condemn Villa to an eighth defeat in nine Premier League games under Ron Atkinson. Even so few expected what was to happen next as Chairman Herbert Douglas Ellis exacted a long simmering revenge for what he saw as the dismissive and flippant attitude to the Chairmanโ€™s embarrassing pomposity and sacked Ron Atkinson. In doing so Ellis could only reference results, avoiding mentioning the continued high standards of performance even during the fallow period following Villaโ€™s famous victory over Inter Milan just weeks before.

KEY MAN

Andy Townsend, sent off, twice

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 9 November 1994

๐Ÿฅ… | 8โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Wimbledon, pen)
โšฝ | 19โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Garry Parker, Assist by Dwight Yorke
โšฝ | 38โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Dean Saunders
๐ŸŸฅ | 40โ€™ Sending off, Andy Townsend, Violent conduct
๐Ÿ” | 45โ€™ Sub off, Ray Houghton, Sub on, Kevin Richardson
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Wimbledon 1-2 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 50โ€™ Goal, 3-1, Dean Saunders, Assist by Dalian Atkinson
๐ŸŸฅ | 59โ€™ Sending off, Andy Townsend, Making way to subs bench
๐Ÿฅ… | 65โ€™ Goal, 3-2, (Wimbledon)
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Dean Saunders, Sub on, Graham Fenton
๐Ÿฅ… | 83โ€™ Goal, 3-3, (Wimbledon)
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 3-4, (Wimbledon) ร˜yvind Leonhardsen
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Wimbledon 4-3 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Phil King, Foul
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Graham Fenton, Foul
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ugo Ehiogu, Foul
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Mark Bosnich, Time-wasting

ON THIS DAY

Following a truly wretched first few months of the season with bad results coming thick and fast and with an ageing squad ailing almost regardless of opposition, Ron Atkinson was sacked.

Ron Atkinsonโ€™s final game in charge of Villa came after the team under his stewardship had lost 8 of their last 9 Premier League fixtures to remain in 19th place of 22 teams in a season where the bottom four would be relegated to Division One.

Atkinsonโ€™s departure however was not universally welcomed and the charismatic boss still had plenty of credit left from his Premier League Runners Up achievement in 1992-93 and League Cup win in 1993-94.

Atkinsonโ€™s team however was showing its age and results were increasingly concerning making the decision of the Villa chairman one of his more understandable moves. Although a shame for his reign to end this way, Atkinson is fondly remembered.

Future Villa midfielder ร˜yvind Leonhardsen scored an 89โ€™ winner for Wimbledon.

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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1993-94

Wimbledon

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1987-88

FIXTURE HISTORY

Wimbledon

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1994-95 |
Matchday | #21 |
League Match | #14 |
Manager Game | #180 |
Wednesday, 9 November 1994

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 1991-1994
Referee: David Elleray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Harrow, 1986-2003
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 3-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 180 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 78 ๐ŸŸจ | 45 ๐ŸŸฅ 57 | 1.55

Villa Career Form:

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Elleray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Harrow, 1986-2003
Matches Officiated: 9
๐ŸŸฉ : 5
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 3
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 29 December 1993, Villa 2-1 Norwich, Carrow Road.
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Wimbledon

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Mark Bosnich returns in goal, Garry Parker replaces Kevin Richardson, Steve Staunton drops out and Dwight Yorke returns.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.97 |

Oldest Player |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 34.96 |

Youngest Player |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.03 |

MANAGER

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

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Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Phil King | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Earl Barrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Garry Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸฅ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CF Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dalian Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Dwight Yorke |ย ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |

MANAGER

Joe Kinnear | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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Wimbledon

GK Hans Segers | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Gary Elkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Andy Thorn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Alan Reeves | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Warren Barton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Neal Ardley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M ร˜yvind Leonhardsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Vinnie Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Steve Talboys | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Andy Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Efan Ekoku | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 45โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Graham Fenton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |ย ๐ŸŸจ | for CF Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Steve Talboys | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Mick Harford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Andy Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Scott Fitzgerald | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Neil Sullivan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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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 : 6/11

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 : 9/14

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 : 8/11

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 : 10/14

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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LB Steve Staunton
CF John Fashanu
GK Michael Oakes
M Nii Lamptey
CB Shaun Teale
CF Guy Whittingham
M Dave Farrell
D Chris Boden
LB Bryan Small

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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

โ€‹

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

"This decision has not been taken lightly but the reason will be self-evident and it is essential for the future of the club that the present run of disastrous results is reversed as soon as possible. โ€œ Herbert Douglas Ellis. "To say I was stunned is, I can assure you, an understatement.โ€ โ€œI appreciate that we've had a bad run of results. No-one knew that better than me and I've been slogging my guts out to put that right. "But I was very confident that we would turn the corner. Make no mistake that whoever takes over has got a good enough team at Aston Villa and the results will soon come back again." Ron Atkinson.

MATCH REPORT