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Game #4590

Saturday, 11 December 1999

Attendance: 22,101

Won

FA Cup 3rd Round

3rd Round

Darlington

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa scrape through in an unusually early FA Cup third round tie with Darlington as Benito Carbone scores his first for the club but John Gregory alienates a new old foe.

Aston Villa

2-1

Darlington

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Benito Carbone, opened the scoring, Saturday, 11 December 1999.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 43โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Benito Carbone
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Darlington
โšฝ | 63โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Dion Dublin
๐Ÿฅ… | 71โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Darlington), Paul Heckingbottom
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Alan Thompson, Sub on, Steve Stone
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Benito Carbone, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Darlington

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Taylor

ON THIS DAY

Villa scrape through in an unusually early FA Cup third round tie with Darlington as Benito Carbone scores his first for the club but John Gregory alienates a new old foe.

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

Darlington

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: โŒ

FIXTURE HISTORY

Darlington

Previous 5 vs. Darlington: None

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #22 |
Manager Game | #80 |
Saturday, 11 December 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Phil Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 1994โ€“2002
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Phil Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston, 1994โ€“2002
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Darlington

๐ŸŸจ

Phil Richards

TEAM NEWS

Colin Calderwood, George Boateng, Julian Joachim, Lee Hendrie drop out with Alan Thompson (first start in 5) , Paul Merson (first start in 5) , Benito Carbone (first start in 5) and Ugo Ehiogu (first start in 9) returning.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.70 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.75 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.81 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

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

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

Darlington

GK Mark Samways | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Paul Heckingbottom | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Steve Tutill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Craig Liddle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Neil Aspin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Brian Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Martin Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Neil Heaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Lee Nogan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Peter Duffield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 82โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Brian Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Phil Brumwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Lee Nogan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (CF Jesper Hjorth | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Martin Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (D Adam Reed | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Neil Cutler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Keith Finch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB John Leah | 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 : 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 : 15/16

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 : 11/11

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 : 15/16

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

โ€œIt should have been easier; it should have been four or five. I thought the score flattered them [Darlington]โ€.

John Gregory.


โ€œJohn Gregory said that?

โ€œIf he thinks that, perhaps thatโ€™s why Aston Villa are where they are in the table.

โ€œPerhaps he should ask Villa fans what they think.

โ€œPerhaps that should tell him something.

โ€œI donโ€™t like the bloke.

โ€œI never have.โ€

David Hodgson, Darlington manager.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 12 December 1999

*Lucky losers no pushover for Villa*

Darlingtonโ€™s ebullient chairman George Reynolds had described this game as Samson and Goliath. And he was nearly right with the match proving every bit as tight as that top-of-the-bill biblical confrontation might have been. But Villa survived, just, thereby consigning Darlington to their second F.A. Cup defeat in a month, but it was the Third Division team that earned the glory.

Spurred on by 4,500 fans they produced a performance that worried the life out of their illustrious opponents and, after Paul Heckingbottom had scored the goal which put them back in the game, provided a very worrying last 20 minutes for Villa manager John Gregory.

The home side started nervously. None more so than David James in goal, who, as early as the third minute, received a back pass, hesi tated for long enough to allow Lee Nogan to close him down and at the last moment pulled himself together and cleared the ball. For the first 15 minutes Darlington, with Neil Aspin big, bald and imposing at the back, had little difficulty containing their Premiership opponents. A concerned Gregory implored his team to use their heads.

They responded with a little bit more heart and forced a couple of corners, both of which caused Mark Samways to flutter in the Darlington goal. Then they faded again. Carboneโ€™s passing was awry, Merson tried to be too fancy and Southgate, on one occasion, strolled forward 50 yards and promptly sprayed the ball into touch.

On the half-hour, Darling ton almost seized their chance. Heaney shot from 30 yards, James inexplicably opted to palm the ball away and was only just alert enough to block Duffieldโ€™s follow-up effort.

With three minutes to half-time the man from Radio Darlington, who throughout pronounced Carbone as Car-bone, felt confident enough to announce: โ€˜Darlington have done their fans proud.โ€™ A minute later, Car-bone chested the ball down, moved forward and sent a dipping 25 yard half-volley looping into the net.

Darlington immediately fought back, a Nogan header drawing a fine save from James. But Villaโ€™s lead had relaxed them and they eased into the second-half. In the first 15 minutes of which Tay lor should have scored a hat-trick. His best effort was a shot which hit the post after he had wriggled through the area. Eventually they increased their lead when a Thompson corner was flick-headed by Dublin into the net.

Game over? Not quite. Duffield was upended by Barry in the area and took the penalty himself. James parried it and Heckingbottom swept the rebound into the net. Once again Villa became edgy, ending the game as nervously as they had started it.

At the end the man from Radio Darlington hailed it as โ€˜a wonderful performanceโ€™, and the players clapped the fans as their supporters gave them a standing ovation. Samson had lost on points but gained the plaudits.

---

*The Guardian*
Monday, 13 December 1999
Match report by Russell Thomas

*Gregory wins another life but loses a little respect*

From today John Gregory must view Aston Villa from a different perspective as he begins his 28-day ban from the dug-out. Perhaps he will now see his Villans in their true colours.

Gregory is in need of a dose of realism, according to his Darlington counterpart David Hodgson, whose angry reaction to a perceived put-down of his teamโ€™s challenge descended into an admission of personal animosity. โ€œI donโ€™t like the bloke,โ€ he said of Gregory. โ€œI never have.โ€

Minutes earlier Gregory had declared that his sideโ€™s victory โ€œshould have been easier; it should have been four or five. I thought the score flattered themโ€. Hodgson took offence.

โ€œJohn Gregory said that?โ€ he asked, so taken aback that he wheeled away towards the Darlington team bus. โ€œIf he thinks that, perhaps thatโ€™s why Aston Villa are where they are in the table. Perhaps he should ask Villa fans what they think.โ€ Referring to the rows of empty seats, he added: โ€œPerhaps that should tell him something.โ€

The Cup can do strange things. It can insert a knocked-out back into a knockout competition and, in the space of 90 minutes, can drain one managerโ€™s sympathy for another. After all, Hodgson had offered Gregory a modicum of support before the match. โ€œAs a human being I feel for him โ€ฆ but, if he loses his job, it wonโ€™t be because of Darlington.โ€

Perhaps, like Darlington, everybody deserves a second chance, including Gregory. On Saturday he was indebted to Benito Carboneโ€™s eye for the spectacular, illustrated by his first goal for the club, a crushing 20-yard volley, and to a cleverly placed Dion Dublin header amid the peak of home pressure in the second half.

That seemed insurance enough against the AXA wild cards but Darlington had not yet run out of lives. Paul Heckingbottom drove home the rebound after Peter Duffieldโ€™s penalty was parried by David James, ensuring a nervous final 18 minutes for Villa. Even if Gregory did not agree, Hodgson and the Quakersโ€™ 5,000 fans felt their team deserved yet another chance.