Game #46



2nd (+2)

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Football League

Blackburn Rovers

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 5,000

Saturday, 13 October 1888

Archie Goodall made a goalscoring debut to help Villa hit their 23rd goal in six games.

Aston Villa


Blackburn Rovers

Scorer(s) | Tommy Green | 35’ | Archie Goodall | Albert Brown | 46’ | Albert Allen | Albert Allen | Archie Hunter |

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Game #46

Season | 1888-89 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Match | #6 |
Manager Game | #20 |
Saturday, 13 October 1888


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 6-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWWLW |


[Exact birth dates not recorded]

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.18 |

Oldest Player |
F Archie Hunter | 29.08 |

Youngest Player |
D Frank Coulton | 20.71 |


Villa's first ever (official) paid for signing Archie Goodall makes his debut and Jack Burton makes his first appearance of the season as Fred Dawson and Harry Devey drop out.


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GK Jimmy Warner |
D Gershom Cox |
D Frank Coulton |
M Harry Yates |
M Jack Burton |
F Albert Brown |
F Tommy Green |
F Albert Allen |
F Dennis Hodgetts |
F Archie Hunter |
F Archie Goodall |


No Substitutions permitted in period


No Substitutions permitted in period


Arthur, Southworth Ja, Forbes, Douglas, Alward, Forrest, Fecitt, Townley, Southworth Jo, Walton, Haresnape.

Manager: Tom Mitchell.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Archie Goodall made a goalscoring debut to help Villa to another big win, Saturday, 13 October 1888

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[Exact chronological timings not recorded]
1’ Debut, Archie Goodall
35’ Goal, 1-0, Tommy Green
Goal, 2-0, Archie Goodall
HT Aston Villa 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
46’ Goal, 3-0, Albert Brown
Goal, 4-0, Albert Allen
Goal, 4-1, (Blackburn Rovers)
Goal, 5-1, Albert Allen
Goal, 6-1, Archie Hunter
FT Aston Villa 6-1 Blackburn Rovers


Villa get back to winning ways in the league and have now scored 23 goals in 6 games but are yet to keep a clean sheet.

Archie Goodall made a goalscoring debut for Villa aged 24 following his £100 move from Preston North End.


"Notwithstanding the great counter attraction at Moseley, fully 5,000 persons witnessed the match at Perry Barr."


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*The Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday 15 October 1888


Considerable interest was manifested in the meeting of these teams, and, notwithstanding the great counter attraction at Moseley, fully 5,000 persons witnessed the match at Perry Barr.

Both clubs played their full strength, but the Villa team included a new half-back, Goodall, brother of the famous centre forward in the North End.

The new Villa man played splendidly, and will doubtless secure a permanent position in the team, to which he will be a valuable addition on account of his skill in shooting.

In this respect he takes after his brother, and like him never hesitates to shoot when anything like a chance of scoring presents itself. On Saturday he scored one point, and had a hand in the obtaining of several others.

The win of the Villa came as a surprise, to everyone, the Rovers having lately played in brilliant form. For the first half-hour the game was in nobody’s favour, the ball travelling from end to end with marvellous rapidity. The backs and goalkeepers of both teams played splendidly. Southworth especially distinguishing himself by his brilliant heading, which saved his side on occasions too numerous to mention.

An astonishing change came over the game about ten minutes before half-time. The Villa forwards suddenly seemed to freshen up, and pressed severely.

Arthur gave a corner, and from the free kick taken by Hodgetts, Green headed the ball through goal amidst loud cheers.

The spectators had hardly finished congratulating themselves upon the Villa’s success ere the Rovers’ citadel was again captured, a splendid shot by Goodall proving too good for Arthur.

After the change over the Villa, proved themselves much the better team. Their forwards passed more accurately than the visitors; in fact, their play all round was superior.

The Villa scored a third goal immediately after the change over, Brown heading the ball past Arthur.

A fourth from Allen followed and then the Rovers played up with more spirit, and were rewarded with a goal obtained by Walton.

Their efforts did not last long, and they were again outplayed by the home team, who added a couple more goals to their score, and won by 6 goals to 1. This win places the Villa second to North End in the League Championship.

Aston Villa: Warner, goal ; Cox and Coulton, backs ; Yates, Goodall, and Burton, half-backs ; Green and Brown (right), Hunter (centre), Hodgetts and Allen (left), forwards.

Blackburn Rovers : Arthur, goal Southworth and Forbes, backs; Douglas, Alward, and Forrest, half-backs: Fecitt and Townley (left)i, Southworth (centre), Walton and Haresnape (right), forwards,


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