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Game #4421

Aston Villa

Lost

Semi Final

Sunday, 31 March 1996

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥

FA Cup

Liverpool

Old Trafford

Attendance: 39,021

Aston Villa

0-3

Liverpool

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa, ascendant through out lose 0-3 to Robbie Fowler as a controversial refereeing performance sees Villa knocked out of the FA Cup semi final and the hordes at Old Trafford bewildered.

KEY MAN

Gareth Southgate, unwise

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 31 March 1996

🥅 | 16’ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool)
🔁 | 21’ Sub off, Gareth Southgate, Sub on, Steve Staunton
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Savo Milošević, Sub on, Tommy Johnson
🥅 | 86’ Goal, 0-2, (Liverpool)
🥅 | 90’+ Goal, 0-3, (Liverpool)
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-3 Liverpool

🟨 | Booking, Andy Townsend
🟨 | Booking, Gary Charles

ON THIS DAY

Future Villa centre forward Stan Collymore and future Villa ‘keeper David James lined up for Liverpool.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Liverpool

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆🏆🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1994-95

FIXTURE HISTORY

Liverpool

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Season | 1995-96 |
Matchday | #45 |
Manager Game | #75 |
Sunday, 31 March 1996

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Paul Durkin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Dorset, 1987-2004
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 0-3
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 75 | 🟩 | 34 🟨 | 22 🟥 19 | 1.65

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Durkin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Dorset, 1987-2004 🆘
Matches Officiated: 11
🟩 : 3
🟨 : 2
🟥 : 6
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 14 February 1996, League Cup, Villa 2-2 Arsenal, Highbury.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Liverpool

None

TEAM NEWS

Villa name an unchanged line up from the team that won the League Cup.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.64 |

Oldest Player |
CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 | 36.35 |

Youngest Player |
CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 | 22.59 |

MANAGER

Brian Little | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | 🇦🇺 |
RB Gary Charles | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Gareth Southgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Paul McGrath | 🇮🇪 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Mark Draper | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Ian Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Andy Townsend | 🇮🇪 |
CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 | 🔁 |
CF Dwight Yorke | 🇹🇹 |

MANAGER

Roy Evans | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Liverpool

GK David James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Rob Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Mark Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB John Scales | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Neil Ruddock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Jason McAteer | 🇮🇪 | ⚽ |
M Jamie Redknapp | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W John Barnes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Steve McManaman | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Stan Collymore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Robbie Fowler | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | ⚽ |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 | for CB Gareth Southgate | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21’ |
🔁 | CF Tommy Johnson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Savo Milošević | 🇷🇸 | 79’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Stan Collymore | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Ian Rush | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Michael Oakes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Tony Warner | 🇹🇹 |
LB Steve Harkness | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/14

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 12/14

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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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 Half


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:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"Villa would have been better off defending with 10 men, because Southgate was not fit physically or mentally to deal with Fowler. "

MATCH REPORT

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*The Irish Independent”
Monday, 1 April 1996

ROBBIE FOWLER scored two cracking goals and Jason McAteer rowed in with a third as Liverpool beat Aston Villa for third time this season to set up a 'dream' English FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley on May 11. Villa hardly deserved to lose a thrilling semi-final at Old Trafford by three goals, two of which came in the closing stages as Brian Little's went all-out in search of an equaliser, but there is no denying that Liverpool were by far the more accomplished team. Liverpool fans made the short journey back to Merseyside once again singing the praises of Fowler, who seems to be conducting a one-man campaign against Villa. Yesterday's double strike he maintained his record of scoring in every round of this season's FA Cup and brought his tally for the season to 33, five of which have come against Villa. It would be unwise, come Wembley, to bet against the best young striker in England adding to the six goals he has already scored in the competition. Liverpool took the lead in the 16th minute when, with Gareth Southgate was having treatment for a knee injury that forced him to be substituted six minutes later, Andy Townsend fouled Steve McManaman to concede a free kick on the right. The break in play enabled Southgate to come back on, which proved to be an unwise decision. Villa would have been better off defending with 10 men, because Southgate was not fit physically or mentally to deal with Fowler. Jamie Redknapp. making his first Liverpool start in 25 games, swung in the free and Fowler threw himself at the ball to claim the 32nd and most important score of a goal-laden campaign with a diving header. Villa needed a boost and they might have got one three minutes later. when lan Taylor went down under the challenge of McManaman and John Scales. McManaman clearly played the ball, but Scales' contact was only with Taylor. The Villa fans howled, but, to Taylor's astonishment and Dwight Yorke's fury, referee Paul Durkin waved play on. It was a decision that appeared to give Villa the spark to right their perceived injustice. Fowler snatched another effort wide when the flag stayed down, but this was an end-to-end thriller. a warning from an ugly clash with Jones, Scales blocked Ehiogu's strike. In the 59th minute James pulled off a fantastic repeat of his earlier save when Milosevic headed down Draper's ball and John Barnes could not have been closer to sealing it with a left-footer from 25 yards that crashed against the upright with Bosnich beaten, before, with 11 minutes left, Little sent on Tommy Johnson for Milosevic. But this was Fowler's day. With four minutes remaining another free-kick by Redknapp was floated into the Villa goal-mouth. Steve Staunton headed the ball to the edge of the penalty area to where Fowler, showing brilliant anticipation, had dropped. He allowed the ball to bounce before firing a half-volley past Mark Bosnich. Game, set and the match to Liverpool. Two minutes into stoppage time McManaman set up the opening for McAteer to rub salt into the Villa wounds.

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