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Game #4577

Saturday, 18 September 1999

Attendance: 28,083

Won

Premier League

3rd= (+1)

Bradford City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa win for the fifth time in eight Premier League games, winning one nil for the fourth time as they climb back to third in the table under John Gregory.

Aston Villa

1-0

Bradford City

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin, scored on 71' to win it for Villa, Saturday, 18 September 1999.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford City
๐Ÿ” | 55โ€™ Sub off, Alan Thompson, Sub on, Paul Merson
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Julian Joachim, Sub on, Darius Vassell
โšฝ | 71โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dion Dublin
๐Ÿ” | 84โ€™ Sub off, George Boateng, Sub on, Steve Stone
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford City

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Gareth Barry
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, George Boateng

ON THIS DAY

Villa win for the fifth time in eight Premier League games, winning one nil for the fourth time as they climb back to third in the table under John Gregory.

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

Bradford City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1910-11

FIXTURE HISTORY

Bradford City

Previous 5 vs. Bradford: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Game | #8 |
Manager Game | #67 |
Saturday, 18 September 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Steve Lodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1987-2001
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Last 5 Games | WWLWW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Lodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1987-2001
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 6 April 1999, Villa 2-2 Leicester, Filbert Street.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Bradford City

๐ŸŸจ

Steve Lodge

TEAM NEWS

Colin Calderwood, Paul Merson and Najwan Ghrayib drop out as Gareth Southgate, Dion Dublin and George Boateng return.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.59 |

Oldest Player |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.31 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.58 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Paul Jewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Bradford City

GK Gary Walsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Andy Myers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
D Andy O'Brien | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB David Wetherall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gunnar Halle | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Gareth Whalley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stuart McCall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Peter Beagrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Windass | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Saunders (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Lee Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 55โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 84โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Lee Mills | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Bruno Rodriguez | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Matt Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Wayne Jacobs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Stephen Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CB John Dreyer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

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 : 14/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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 : 10/11

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 : 14/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Villa, below-par and poor in their passing, hardly presented them with a Herculean test but Bradford showed more organisation and a better grasp of the duties required of them than had been evident on previous outings."

*The Guardian*
Monday, 21 September 1999

*Merson proves crucial*

Paul Mersonโ€™s second-half introduction as a substitute breathed life into a sterile Villa performance and paved the way for Dion Dublin to score his fifth goal of the season and earn his team maximum points.

The rejuvenated former England player helped Villa step up their attacking momentum before Dublin struck in the 70th minute. A cross from another substitute, Darius Vassell, reached Lee Hendrie, whose strike was superbly parried by keeper Gary Walsh but only as far as Dublin, who converted into the open goal from close range.

Bradfordโ€™s assimilation into Premiership life has been a slow and painful one but, in the defensive part of the game at least, the first half demonstrated that they are beginning to cope with some aspects of the top flight.

Villa, below-par and poor in their passing, hardly presented them with a Herculean test but Bradford showed more organisation and a better grasp of the duties required of them than had been evident on previous outings.

The one quality certainly not lacking in Paul Jewellโ€™s team is its determination and spirit. Of Cityโ€™s five points this season, two have come with last-minute home goals against Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham earning draws, and their one victory came with a last-minute goal at Middlesbrough.

Stuart McCall, the veteran Scottish midfielder, exemplifies that spirit and his over-enthusiasm earned him an early booking for a foul on the tricky Hendrie. A foul on the same player in the 21st minute, sprinkled with a liberal dose of dissent, could have brought McCall a red card.

But another statistic - three goals in six games before yesterday - underlines the telling weakness of the Bradford line-up.

Ugo Ehiogu came closest to really testing Finnish keeper Peter Enckelman, making his full league debut in place of injured David James, with a defensive header from Andy Myersโ€™ cross which flashed across the face of goal. That aside, Villa enjoyed the glut of possession without the quality to make it count for much. The fact that it took until the 34th minute for a moribund first half to produce a corner told its own story.

The quality of football scarcely improved after the break as the respective managers altered their personnel in an attempt to breath life into the alleged contest.

Bruno Rodriguez, a striker signed on loan from Paris SG for the remainder of the season, was brought on for the visitors as a half-time replacement for the ineffective Lee Mills while, nine minutes later, Merson substituted Villa midfielder Alan Thompson.

It was Merson who at last began to assert some influence, making himself available with some intelligent running and movement, two basic facets of the game curiously beyond many others on the field.

He nearly scored on the hour after Watsonโ€™s shot was blocked, and the ball broke kindly to Merson, whose first-time drive from 12 yards was superbly parried by Gary Walsh.