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Game #4615

Saturday, 22 April 2000

Attendance: 31,229


Premier League

6th (-)

Leicester City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa extend their run to one defeat in eighteen Premier League games but they are held by Leicester.

Aston Villa


Leicester City

Assist(s) | Dion Dublin | 31โ€™ | Steve Watson | 48โ€™ |


Paul Merson, gave Villa the lead early in the second half, Saturday, 22 April 2000.




โšฝ | 31โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Alan Thompson, Assist by Dion Dublin
๐Ÿฅ… | 36โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Leicester City), Matt Elliott
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Leicester City
โšฝ | 48โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Paul Merson, Assist by Steve Watson
๐Ÿฅ… | 67โ€™ Goal, 2-2, (Leicester City), Neil Lennon
๐Ÿ” | 72โ€™ Sub off, Alan Thompson, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Julian Joachim
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-2 Leicester City

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, George Boateng
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Steve Watson


Full back Steve Watson made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before moving on to Everton for ยฃ3,380,000 in July 2000. Villa had signed Watson 18 months earlier from Newcastle United for ยฃ5,400,000 and during his time with Villa made 54 appearances and scoring once.

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

Leicester City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: โŒ
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1999-00


Leicester City

Previous 5 vs. Leicester: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #48 |
League Game | #35 |
Manager Game | #105 |
Saturday, 22 April 2000


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Graham Barber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Tring, 1994-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 2-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Referee: Graham Barber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Tring, 1994-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 30 January 2000, FA Cup, Villa 3-2 Leeds, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Leicester City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Graham Barber


Villa name an unchanged line up.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.63 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.11 |

Youngest Player |
FB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.08 |



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

Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 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 |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Benito Carbone | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |

Leicester City

GK Tim Flowers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Phil Gilchrist | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Frank Sinclair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gerry Taggart | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Matt Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Andy Impey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Muzzy Izzet | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Neil Lennon | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Robbie Savage | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Stefan Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Tony Cottee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” | M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Muzzy Izzet | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Theo Zagorakis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Stefan Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Lawrie Dudfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Najwan Ghrayib | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
D Jonathan Bewers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Pegguy Arphexad | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Steve Walsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ian Marshall | 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 : 12/16



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 : 10/11

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 : 13/16



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



RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Not recorded


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"If Leicester played against everyone like they do against us then they would win the Premiership."

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 23 April 2000

*Elliott tames Villa again*

Aston Villa do not like playing Leicester - after all, they havenโ€™t beaten them for 13 years. They were the better side for long stretches of yesterdayโ€™s encounter, but still Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s side battled back twice to avoid defeat.

โ€˜If Leicester played against everyone like they do against us then they would win the Premiership,โ€™ said a disgruntled John Gregory after the game. โ€˜I donโ€™t know why he says that,โ€™ countered Oโ€™Neill, โ€˜because our record is very good against a lot of teams.โ€™ Good, but not that good.

The only great moment of controversy came in injury time, when Robbie Savage was clattered over by Villaโ€™s substitute Lee Hendrie, who was booked. Leicester reacted with fury, and soon 12 players were arguing at the touchline, with Leicesterโ€™s assistant manager John Robertson joining in for good measure. Oโ€™Neill was still furious at the post-match press conference; Gregory was more philosophical. โ€˜These things happen,โ€™ he said. โ€˜There is nothing to worry about.โ€™

Indeed, just about the only thing Gregory did have to worry about was Leicesterโ€™s talismanic captain Matt Elliott, who scored one goal and claimed an assist for the other.

Elliott started at centre-back, leaving the diminutive partnership of Tony Cottee and Muzzy Izzet up front. It didnโ€™t go well, and Leicester rarely threatened before they fell behind.

The only surprise was that it took the home side so long to score. They tested Tim Flowers several times before, just past the half-hour, Dublin back-heeled the ball neatly into the path of Alan Thompson, who drilled home his second goal in three starts.

Oโ€™Neill swiftly reorganised, moving Elliott up front with Izzet moving back. The move paid almost immediate dividends, Gareth Barry failing to clear a right-wing cross which duly fell to Elliottโ€™s feet for an emphatic finish.

Villa regrouped at half-time and started the second period much as they had the first. This time it took them only three minutes to score, Mersonโ€™s late run timed perfectly to meet Steve Watsonโ€™s deep cross from the right. But while they threatened to extend their lead further , they were again caught out as Elliott nodded Izzetโ€™s cross into the path of Neil Lennon, who scored. As Villa pushed for the winner Elliott returned to the defence to keep Leicesterโ€™s 13-year-old record intact, until next season at least.


*The Guardian*
Monday, 24 April 2000

*Jinxed Villa fail again to run Foxes to earth*

Throw together two managers who rarely see eye to eye and two teams keen on winding each other up and what do you get? Four goals, a 12-man scrap and an unhealthy dose of petty bickering.

Aston Villa last beat Leicester 13 years ago and twice passed up chances to end that run on Saturday. โ€œIf they played against everybody like they play against us, theyโ€™d win the Premiership,โ€ grumbled Villaโ€™s manager John Gregory.

His opposite number Martin Oโ€™Neill retorted: โ€œWe donโ€™t get worked up more for games against Villa. Jinx? They canโ€™t beat us, thatโ€™s the jinx.โ€

The melรฉe which ensued seconds from the end was indicative of Villaโ€™s lack of killer instinct. Even Lee Hendrieโ€™s lunge at Robbie Savage, which prompted the handbags, failed to finish the Leicester man off.

Such a finale seemed unlikely after a drab opening half-hour which failed to disturb a flock of pigeons inside the Leicester half. It took Alan Thompson to scatter them, his charge and exchange of passes with Dion Dublin ending in a thunderous shot which ripped past Tim Flowers.

Leicester sent Matt Elliott up front and the man who ousted Villa from the Worthington Cup duly struck again. Stefan Oakesโ€™ centre should have been cleared by Gareth Barry but the defender kicked air and Elliott pounced. โ€œThey feed off the scraps,โ€ said Gregory, referring not to the pigeons but the Foxes.

Paul Mersonโ€™s header from a Steve Watson cross suggested Villa had learned their lesson before Neil Lennon, profiting from another Elliott knockdown, turned inside Alan Wright to find the top corner.

โ€œIf ever there was a day when Aston Villa should have beaten us, it was today,โ€ added Oโ€™Neill. For once, his opposite number may just have agreed.