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Game #4624

Saturday, 19 August 2000

Attendance: 21,455

Drew

Premier League

11th=

Leicester City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Filbert Street

Villa open their Premier League season with a goalless draw against Leicester.

Leicester City

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

David Ginola, made his Villa debut but could only contribute a booking, Saturday, 19 August 2000.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Alpay ร–zalan, David Ginola
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™ Booking, David Ginola
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Leicester City 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 60โ€™ Sub off, David Ginola, Sub on, Darius Vassell
๐ŸŸจ | 75โ€™ Booking, Paul Merson
๐ŸŸจ | 84โ€™ Booking, Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Leicester City 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa's first League game came over a month after their first competitive outing but their was little sign that an early start to the campaign had enabled Villa to build up form for the Premier League season as disgraced former Villa centre forward, Stan Collymore, lined up against his old club for the first time.

Turkey international centre back Alpay ร–zalan made his Villa debut aged 27 after joining from Fenerbahรงe S.K. for a fee of ยฃ8,100,000 in July 2000.

Former french international winger David Ginola made his Villa debut aged 33 after joining from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of ยฃ3,000,000 in July 2000.

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Leicester City

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #115 |
Saturday, 19 August 2000

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 18 Mar 00, Villa 0-1 Southampton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Leicester City

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Riley

TEAM NEWS

Villa's ageing squad got that little bit older as David Ginola (33) and Alpay ร–zalan (27) were handed their debuts. Villa fielded seven players over 28 and 4 over 30.

As well as the debutants Dion Dublin (31) and Lee Hendrie (23) returned in place of Richard Walker (22), Julian Joachim (25), Ian Taylor (32) and Jlloyd Samuel (19), as boss John Gregory continued to focus on experience.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.21 |

Oldest Player |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 33.59 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.50 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Peter Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸข | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” | ๐Ÿคก |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Leicester City

GK Tim Flowers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gary Rowett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Gerry Taggart | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Callum Davidson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Matt Elliott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Andy Impey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Muzzy Izzet | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Neil Lennon | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Robbie Savage | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Stan Collymore (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ade Akinbiyi | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | for W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 60โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Gary Rowett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB Steve Walsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CB Callum Davidson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (M Darren Eadie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Simon Royce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Phil Gilchrist | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Cottee | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
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
Homegrown: 3/17

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

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

Squad:
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 : 15/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œThereโ€™s no sentiment. You have to make the decision for the team.

โ€œAway from home it is always more difficult for him [Ginola], and I felt Vassell could win it for us.โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 21 August, 2000

*Savage and desperate stuff*

When these sides met in last yearโ€™s Worthington Cup, rival fans chanted โ€œBoring, boringโ€ at each other. On Saturday they did not.

That cup semi-final must have been bad. This was the cream of Midlands football. Already it tastes sour.

The match was full of good prospects - Peter Taylorโ€™s first game in charge of Leicester, Stan Collymoreโ€™s return against the last club to misunderstand him, the predictable fitness of Neil Lennon (and Gerry Taggart) after withdrawal from Northern Irelandโ€™s midweek game, debuts for Villa by David Ginola and the Turk Alpay Ozalan, who sounds like a cure for depression; he could be useful.

Instead Robbie Savage seized the spotlight early, set the mood and soon they were all playing like savages. It was the law of the jungle with no clear path through and hacking the only way, desperate more than dirty. Only when the ball was with Paul Merson or Muzzy Izzet did there seem to be light. They consistently found space and team-mates but were often obliged to turn back for want of options from formations more 5-3-2 than 3-5-2.

Closing down was top priority, so Ginola got little look-in, a testy booking and only an hour to play with. The attacks were less of a lessness. Dion Dublin should have hit the target with two late headers over. Collymore and Ade Akinbiyi are short of understanding. But Akinbiyi disconcerted with his pace, first leading to a cross that Collymore met unconvincingly, later going clear and blasting David James into action.

James was last seen flapping the Cup to Chelsea at Wembley. Now he was clad in silver, which was fine for that save, embarrassingly eyecatching when he came for a cross that Collymore beat him to without the power to score. Collymore lacks match sharpness.

Taylor felt Villaโ€™s tougher pre-season, going out of the Intertoto Cup, showed; so he was โ€œpleased with a pointโ€. He started last season, his first at Gillingham, with two defeats, then three draws, and ended it in promotion. But he needs Steve Guppy for skilled width.

Villa, too, need enlightenment. John Gregory received a driving ban last week. Chastened could turn to beleaguered if they do not show better against Chelsea and Liverpool. Though Gareth Southgate showed no lack of commitment, too many players in a squad from one to 40 (Matthew Ghent) failed to escape in the summer.

It all amounted to a joyless game, which paid no heed to the reminder from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to โ€œkill speed and reduce carnageโ€. Decemberโ€™s return match could aptly be sponsored by The Priory.