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Game #4591

Saturday, 18 December 1999

Attendance: 23,885


Premier League

12th (+2)

Sheffield Wednesday

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa end their winless Premier League run with a first win in ten as Wednesday are beaten at Villa Park but the game is overshadowed by a horrible injury to Dion Dublin who is found to have broken his neck to keep him out of the first team for many months.

Aston Villa


Sheffield Wednesday

Assist(s) | Julian Joachim | 69โ€™ | Paul Merson | 82โ€™ |


Dion Dublin, penalty miss




๐Ÿฅ… | 20โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Sheffield Wednesday, pen), Gilles De Bilde
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 33' Missed Penalty, Dion Dublin
๐Ÿ” | 39โ€™ Sub off, Alan Wright, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
โšฝ | 69โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Paul Merson, Assist by Julian Joachim
๐Ÿ’ฅ | Missed Penalty, Paul Merson,
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Benito Carbone, Sub on, Darius Vassell
โšฝ | 82โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Ian Taylor, Assist by Paul Merson
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Colin Calderwood
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Taylor


Villa win a League game for the first time in 10 despite future Villa loanee Gilles De Bilde putting Wednesday ahead from the penalty spot. Despite the relief, joy was tempered by a nasty looking injury to centre forward Dion Dublin who it was subsequently revealed had broken a vertebra that would keep him out of the reckoning for a long spell.

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


Sheffield Wednesday

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


Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #24 |
League Game | #18 |
Manager Game | #81 |
Saturday, 18 December 1999


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Steve Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kent, 1995-2010
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 24 Aug 99, Villa 1-0 Watford (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Sheffield Wednesday

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Steve Bennett


Benito Carbone replaces Mark Delaney.


Starting XI Average Age
| 27.76 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.77 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.83 |



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

Danny Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |

Sheffield Wednesday

GK Pavel Srnรญฤek | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
LB Ian Nolan | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Des Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB ร‰merson Thome | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Peter Atherton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Niclas Alexandersson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Danny Sonner | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Wim Jonk | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Alan Quinn | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gilles De Bilde | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
CF Andy Booth | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” | F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 39โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 81โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Colin Calderwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Wim Jonk | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CF Gerald Sibon | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Alan Quinn | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (RB Steve Haslam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Neil Cutler | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Kevin Pressman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Kevin Nicholson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Richard Cresswell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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

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



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 : 5/11

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 : 9/16



Not recorded


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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"John Gregory emerged from the crazy, crazy game with his job safe at least until after Christmas. But if he were being paranoid he would surely believe that his penalty takers were trying to get him the sack."

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 19 December 1999

*Villa override spot of bother*

John Gregory emerged from the crazy, crazy game with his job safe at least until after Christmas. But if he were being paranoid he would surely believe that his penalty takers were trying to get him the sack.

Three days after being knocked out of the Worthington Cup at West Ham thanks to Gareth Southgateโ€™s miss in the sudden death penalty shoot out, Dion Dublin and Paul Merson contrived to muck up two more opportunities from the spot as Pavel Srnicek thought he had earned his struggling side at least a point with two fabulous saves.

But when bad luck is against you, it is really against you and Ian Taylorโ€™s late headed goal left Wednesdayโ€™s manager Danny Wilson wondering if it will be him receiving his P45 within his Christmas card from his chairman.

The vast rows of empty blue seats demonstrated what the home fans thought about coming to watch a team who hadnโ€™t won here in the Premiership for three months.

The away end was also sparsely populated but the visitors managed to muster a chorus of blood-curdling boos every time their former hero Benito Carbone touched the ball, and it wasnโ€™t long before the Italian was soon taking centre stage, pouncing upon a mistake from Srnicek when the goalkeeperโ€™s poor clearance fell at his feet and hitting a speculative shot which the red-faced keeper, desperately back-pedalling, managed to push away.

Wednesday did take the lead on 20 minutes when Danny Sonner earned them a penalty after being brought down by Ugo Ehiogu. Gilles de Bilde converted confidently.

The referee evened up the penalty count in the 32nd minute following a hand-ball from Alan Quinn. But Dublinโ€™s effort was too close to the keeper and Srnicek clawed the effort to safety.

After a long lull the match burst back into life midway through the second half. Villa equalised on 69 minutes with a curling 20-yard shot from Merson and three minutes later Emerson Thome was judged to have held down Dublin and another penalty was awarded.

Up stepped the swaggering Merson and yet, remarkably, Srnicek was again able to beat out the spot kick.

But even he was left powerless in the 82nd minute when Taylor arrived unmarked at the back post to head Mersonโ€™s cross into the net.


*The Guardian*
Monday, 20 December 1999
Match report by Duncan Mackay

*Dublin injury tempers Villaโ€™s delight*

John Gregory watched his Aston Villa team win their first Premiership game for three months and then tempted fate, saying: โ€œMaybe our luck has changed at last.โ€

Less than 24 hours later he heard Dion Dublin would be out for up to three months with a neck injury.

Just as Gregory and Villa felt they had emerged from their annus horribilis, their top scorer has been taken from them by an injury sustained late in Saturdayโ€™s game, in a seemingly innocuous challenge with Sheffield Wednesdayโ€™s Gerald Sibon. It turned out to be a broken vertebra that required surgery.

It is a devastating blow to a team which has been over-reliant on the 30-year-old striker, who has scored nine of Villaโ€™s 16 Premiership goals this season.

Dublinโ€™s loss may open yet another chapter in the Stan Collymore saga but Gregory has made it clear he has frozen the wayward striker out of his plans. So the chairman Doug Ellis may, albeit reluctantly, have to open the chequebook once more.

On Saturday a vibrant Villa performed like a team playing for a new manager, not an old one. Perhaps it was because Gregory was out of sight, banished to the directorsโ€™ box.

Seldom can the mood at Villa Park have changed so much in the space of a fretful, frenetic 90 minutes. It might have been only a doomed Wednesday who were conquered but in the afterglow Gregory spoke of a new beginning.

It seemed everyone was trying to save Gregoryโ€™s job on Saturday, from his players, eager to a fault, to the Football League, later dispensing Worthington Cup justice and cheer. This business diverted Ellis from 90 minutesโ€™ cold-eyed concentration on Villaโ€™s league predicament.

Ellis must put this down as a huge credit against so many recent Gregory debits. And the manager knew it as he dispensed jokes afterwards. Not even Villaโ€™s continuing penalty curse could darken his mood.

Gregory was indebted to his most expensive signing Paul Merson who, in 16 startling minutes, turned the game and possibly Villaโ€™s season. Few players, as Gregory said, could produce the curling shot Merson delivered to break Pavel Srnicekโ€™s acrobatic resistance. And few could have recovered from seeing a powerful penalty saved to continue creating the kind of chance, with a long cross, that produced Ian Taylorโ€™s winning header eight minutes from time.

Add Dublinโ€™s first-half penalty failure, fine saves from Gareth Barry and Merson together with a couple of strikes against the woodwork and the picture of Villaโ€™s dominance is complete. But Wednesday, yet again, felt they deserved more. For so long, encouraged by Gilles de Bildeโ€™s successful penalty, Danny Wilsonโ€™s team looked like getting it. Then came Merson.