Game #4609

1998-99

Position:

6th (-1)

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Premier League

Arsenal

Highbury

Attendance: 38,308

Sunday, 16 May 1999

Villa end a most remarkable season on three consecutive defeats as a team that had sat top of the Premier League for six months suffered eleven losses in seventeen games in 1999 to finish 6th in the table.

Arsenal

1-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None

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AT A GLANCE

Game #4609

Season | 1998-99 |
Matchday | #45 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #58 |
Sunday, 16 May 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | John Gregory |
Referee | Dermot Gallagher |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-1 |
Last 5 Games | WWLLL |

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.79 |

Oldest Player |
CB Colin Calderwood | 34.34 |

Youngest Player |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | 23.94 |

TEAM NEWS

Gareth Barry, Ian Taylor and Steve Stone drop out with Ugo Ehiogu (first start in 15), Simon Grayson (first start in 11) and Riccardo Scimeca (first start in 8) coming in.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Michael Oakes |
FB Simon Grayson |
FB Steve Watson |
CB Ugo Ehiogu |
CB Riccardo Scimeca |
CB Colin Calderwood |
CB Gareth Southgate |
LB Alan Wright |
M Paul Merson |
M Mark Draper |
F Julian Joachim |

SUBSTITUTES

F Darius Vassell for FB Steve Watson | 72’ |
FB Mark Delaney for FB Simon Grayson | 72’ |
M Steve Stone for CB Colin Calderwood | 79’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Gareth Barry
GK Peter Enckelman

THE OPPOSITION

Seaman, Dixon, Adams, Vivas (Ljungberg), Keown (ex), Viera, Parlour, Petit, Anelka (Kanu (g)), Bergkamp, Overmars (Diawara). Manager: Arsène Wenger.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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MATCH TIMELINE

HT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa
66’ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal)
72’ Sub off, Steve Watson, Sub on, Darius Vassell
72’ Sub off, Simon Grayson, Sub on, Mark Delaney
79’ Sub off, Colin Calderwood, Sub on, Steve Stone
Booking, Riccardo Scimeca
Booking, Gareth Southgate
Booking, Steve Watson
Booking, Mark Draper
FT Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

A polarised season came to a close and John Gregory’s fascinating, thrilling, entertaining boom or bust style had been seen in full effect. Although not creative geniuses 1998 Villa were virtually unbeatable and able to win against any opposition in any circumstances. 1999 Villa looked bereft and bewildered and firmly in relegation form. Even an end of season up-turn saw the polar opposite to the end of the season and Villa dropped back from 1st to 5th and then to 6th at the last. There was never a dull moment under John Gregory.

Centre back Riccardo Scimeca made his final appearance for Villa aged 23 before moving on to Nottingham Forest for a fee of £4,050,000 in July 1999. Scimeca played for Villa between 1995-96 and 1998-99 making 96 appearances and scoring twice.

Grumpy full back Simon Grayson played his final game for Villa aged 28 before moving on to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £750,000 in July 1999. Grayson made 63 appearances, scoring twice in his 2 seasons with the club.

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