Game #4610

1999-00

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Position:

1st=

Premier League

Newcastle United

St James' Park

Attendance: 36,376

Saturday, 7 August 1999

Villa open the season with victory at St James' Park.

Newcastle United

0-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Julian Joachim | 75’ |

Assist(s) | Mark Delaney | 75’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #4610

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #59 |
Saturday, 7 August 1999

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | John Gregory |
Referee | Uriah Rennie, Sheffield |
FT Result | Won |
FT Score | 1-0 |
Last 5 Games | WLLLW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Uriah Rennie

MATCH INCIDENTS

Uriah Rennie

Villa

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

Newcastle United

🟥 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.86 |

Oldest Player |
CB Colin Calderwood | 34.57 |

Youngest Player |
FB Mark Delaney | 23.25 |

TEAM NEWS

Villa hand debuts to David James and George Boateng as well as giving Mark Delaney his first start.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

John Gregory

STAFF

Assistant Manager: John Deehan

STARTING LINE UP

GK David James |
FB Mark Delaney |
CB Colin Calderwood |
CB Ugo Ehiogu |
CB Gareth Southgate |
LB Alan Wright |
M George Boateng |
M Ian Taylor |
M Alan Thompson |
F Julian Joachim |
CF Dion Dublin |

SUBSTITUTES

M Lee Hendrie for M George Boateng | 56’ |
M Steve Stone for CB Colin Calderwood | 87’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes
FB Najwan Ghrayib
M Paul Merson

THE OPPOSITION

Harper, Dumas, Serrant (Marić), Domi, Goma, Barton, Marcelino (Dyer), Ketsbaia, Solano (ex) (Robinson), Speed, Shearer. Manager: Ruud Gullit.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Goalkeeper David James made his Villa debut aged 29 after joining from Liverpool for a fee of £2,160,000 in June 1999.

Midfielder George Boateng made his Villa debut aged 24 after joining from Coventry City for a fee of £5,580,000 in July 1999.

Villa look on astonished as Alan Shearer is sent off by Uriah Rennie after a tussle with Colin Calderwood as Villa win at Newcastle on the opening day of the Premier League season, Saturday, 7 August 1999.

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, David James, George Boateng
HT Newcastle United 0-0 Aston Villa
56’ Sub off, George Boateng, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
70’ Sending off (Newcastle United)
75’ Goal, 1-0, Julian Joachim, Assist by Mark Delaney
87’ Sub off, Colin Calderwood, Sub on, Steve Stone
Booking, Ugo Ehiogu
Booking, Mark Delaney
Booking, Alan Thompson
FT Newcastle United 0-1 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*The Guardian*
Saturday, 7 August 1999

"But then controversy struck. Shearer and Colin Calderwood challenged for the ball. With the defender on the ground, referee Rennie, brandished a red card at Shearer, to the astonishment of even Villa players."

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*Shearer sent off in 100th match*

Villa snatched the points having been second best most of the game but the talking point surrounded referee Uriah Rennie, who booked seven players and controversially sent off Newcastle and England skipper Alan Shearer late in the second half. It is the first time in his career that the England captain has been dismissed and this was his 100th appearance for Newcastle.

After losing the FA Cup final and finishing 13th in successive seasons, Newcastle fans were expecting their underachieving Magpies to raise the roof this season, but the club have taken them literally at their word: half the stadium - including the press box and the visitors’ end - will be exposed to the elements until January at the earliest as part of the £40 milion expansion of St James’ Park’s to a capacity of 51,900. The building work has not been at the expense of team building. Although manager Ruud Gullit has sold or released 12 professionals in the close season, raising £11 million - assuming Nicos Dabizas’ projected move to Leicester is completed next week - he has also brought in £17 million worth of new talent. Elena Marcelino, Alain Goma, Franck Dumas all started here, Kieron Dyer was on the bench after suffering a slight hamstring strain.

Despite six of yesterday’s starting eleven having been bought under Kevin Keegan or Kenny Dalglish, Gullit knows this is now his team. The pressure is also on Aston Villa boss John Gregory to match the progress made last season, although his close season spending is somewhat more modest than Gullit’s. He handed debuts to £4.5 million capture from Coventry George Boateng and ex-Liverpool goalkeeper David James.

Newcastle enjoyed the best of a scrappy first period, which somehow witnessed five yellow cards. Goma hit the bar with a header from Serrant’s cross in their most significant attack, though the approach play, especially from Nolberto Solano, was occasionally thrilling. Dyer was introduced at half time for Marcelino, and his presence immediately galvanised Newcastle. Ketsbaia drew two brilliant saves from James before Dyer himself shot over from the Georgian’s cut-back. But the failure to score allowed Villa back in the game.

But then controversy struck. Shearer and Colin Calderwood challenged for the ball. With the defender on the ground, referee Rennie, brandished a red card at Shearer, to the astonishment of even Villa players. With the boos still ringing around the ground, Mark Delaney found Joachim free in the box and his stooped header crept in.

*Shearer sent off in 100th match*

Villa snatched the points having been second best most of the game but the talking point surrounded referee Uriah Rennie, who booked seven players and controversially sent off Newcastle and England skipper Alan Shearer late in the second half. It is the first time in his career that the England captain has been dismissed and this was his 100th appearance for Newcastle.

After losing the FA Cup final and finishing 13th in successive seasons, Newcastle fans were expecting their underachieving Magpies to raise the roof this season, but the club have taken them literally at their word: half the stadium - including the press box and the visitors’ end - will be exposed to the elements until January at the earliest as part of the £40 milion expansion of St James’ Park’s to a capacity of 51,900. The building work has not been at the expense of team building. Although manager Ruud Gullit has sold or released 12 professionals in the close season, raising £11 million - assuming Nicos Dabizas’ projected move to Leicester is completed next week - he has also brought in £17 million worth of new talent. Elena Marcelino, Alain Goma, Franck Dumas all started here, Kieron Dyer was on the bench after suffering a slight hamstring strain.

Despite six of yesterday’s starting eleven having been bought under Kevin Keegan or Kenny Dalglish, Gullit knows this is now his team. The pressure is also on Aston Villa boss John Gregory to match the progress made last season, although his close season spending is somewhat more modest than Gullit’s. He handed debuts to £4.5 million capture from Coventry George Boateng and ex-Liverpool goalkeeper David James.

Newcastle enjoyed the best of a scrappy first period, which somehow witnessed five yellow cards. Goma hit the bar with a header from Serrant’s cross in their most significant attack, though the approach play, especially from Nolberto Solano, was occasionally thrilling. Dyer was introduced at half time for Marcelino, and his presence immediately galvanised Newcastle. Ketsbaia drew two brilliant saves from James before Dyer himself shot over from the Georgian’s cut-back. But the failure to score allowed Villa back in the game.

But then controversy struck. Shearer and Colin Calderwood challenged for the ball. With the defender on the ground, referee Rennie, brandished a red card at Shearer, to the astonishment of even Villa players. With the boos still ringing around the ground, Mark Delaney found Joachim free in the box and his stooped header crept in.