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Game #4428

Aston Villa

Saturday, 17 August 1996

Lost

14th

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Sheffield Wednesday

Attendance: 26,861

Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Alan Wright | 88โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa open the campaign with defeat at Hillsborough to a Wednesday side who had finished eleven places below them the previous season.

KEY MAN

Tommy Johnson, consolation goal in opening day defeat

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 17 August 1996

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 56โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Sheffield Wednesday), Ritchie Humphreys
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, Scott Murray, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Sheffield Wednesday), Guy Whittingham
โšฝ | 88โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Tommy Johnson, Assist by Alan Wright
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Midfielder Scott Murray made his final appearance for Villa aged 22 before moving on to Bristol City for a fee of ยฃ203,000 in December 1997. Scott had played for Villa between 1995-96 and 1997-98 making 4 appearances.

Former Villa centre forward Guy Whittingham scored for Sheffield Wednesday on 84โ€™.

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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Sheffield Wednesday

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1990โ€“91

FIXTURE HISTORY

Sheffield Wednesday

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 1996-97 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #82 |
Saturday, 17 August 1996

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Roger Dilkes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Mossley, Lancashire, 1983-1998
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 82 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 36 ๐ŸŸจ | 23 ๐ŸŸฅ 23 | 1.60

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Roger Dilkes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Mossley, Lancashire, 1983-1998
Matches Officiated: 16
๐ŸŸฉ : 6
๐ŸŸจ : 3
๐ŸŸฅ : 7
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 31 January 1996, Villa 0-2 Liverpool, Villa Park.
Cards: None

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Sheffield Wednesday

None

TEAM NEWS

Villa hand a surprise opening day start to Scott Murray.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.89 |

Oldest Player
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.09 |

Youngest Player
M Scott Murray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 22.24 |

MANAGER

Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Scott Murray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Tommy Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

David Pleat | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Sheffield Wednesday

GK Kevin Pressman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Ian Nolan | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Des Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Dejan Stefanoviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Peter Atherton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Pembridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Wayne Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ritchie Humphreys | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Regi Blinker | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Guy Whittingham (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Andy Booth | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Scott Murray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 63โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Mark Pembridge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (M Graham Hyde | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Ritchie Humphreys | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (F Scott Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Adam Rachel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Farrelly | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Matt Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Steve Nichol | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M John Sheridan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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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 : 9/11

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 : 12/16

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 : 9/11

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 : 13/16

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 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

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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

๐Ÿ”ด M Scott Murray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 1996-97 | ๐Ÿ•’ 4 | 4 (0) | โšฝ 0 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 12 | #715 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œI wasnโ€™t too disheartened. โ€œBut I do think that our game was a bit long. โ€œBy that I mean in terms of passing, particularly after they went two up. โ€œWe resorted to too many balls over the top and that was playing into Des Walkerโ€™s hands. โ€œHe [Michael Oakes] did well, he had no chance with either of the goals.โ€ Brian Little.

MATCH REPORT