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Game #4627

Aston Villa

Saturday, 9 September 2000

Won

14th (+5)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Ipswich Town

Attendance: 22,065

Portman Road

Ipswich Town

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Darius Vassell | 28โ€™ | Paul Merson | 54โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa win for the first time in four Premier League games this season to climb to 14th in the table but it comes at a horrendous cost as Luc Nilis suffers a career ending injury.

KEY MAN

Luc Nilis suffers a career ending injury as Villa record their first Premier League victory of the season against Ipswich at Portman Road, Saturday, 9 September 2000.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 9 September 2000

๐Ÿ” | 7โ€™ Sub off, Luc Nilis ๐Ÿ”ด Sub on, Darius Vassell
๐ŸŸจ | 20โ€™ Booking, George Boateng
๐Ÿ” | 27โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Southgate, Sub on, Ugo Ehiogu ๐Ÿ”ด
โšฝ | 28โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Lee Hendrie, Assist by Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Ipswich Town 0-1 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 53โ€™ Booking, Steve Stone
โšฝ | 54โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Dion Dublin, Assist by Paul Merson
๐Ÿ” | 60โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, David Ginola
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™ Booking, David Ginola
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Ipswich Town), Marcus Stewart
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Ipswich Town 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Forward Luc Nilis made his final appearance for Villa aged 33 after just 5 games having suffered a sickening and career ending injury in the 7th minute of the game at Portman Road.

In his short time with the club Nilis had shown skill and touch to add a new dimension to John Gregoryโ€™s Villa and his loss was felt keenly as those characteristics proved difficult to replace.

Centre back Ugo Ehiogu played his final game for Villa as a substitute aged 27 after 9 years in the Villa side.

Ehioguโ€™s choice to move to mid-table also rans Middlesbrough raised eye-brows at the time and unsurprisingly his career was never to again reach the heights he had seen at Villa.

Ehiogu premature departure was surrounded by innuendo but it is believed that he did not see eye to eye with Gregory and chose a lucrative Middlesbrough contract as a way out. Villa received ยฃ8,000,000 in the deal, a handsome profit on the ยฃ40,000 they paid West Bromwich Albion for the 19 year old however most fansโ€™ preference would have been to keep the man and forego the money.

Along with other disruptive influences including David James, Gareth Southgate, George Boateng, Alpay ร–zalan, Julian Joachim and David Ginola; Ugo Ehiogu agitation for a move stood in stark contrast to the behaviour of model professionals such as Dion Dublin, Gareth Barry, Alan Wright and Ian Taylor and illustrated just how haphazardly and fractiously John Gregory had built a largely talented, but underperforming, and unharmonious squad.

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

Ipswich Town

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1980-81

FIXTURE HISTORY

Ipswich Town

Previous 5 vs. Ipswich: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #8 |
League Game | #4 |
Manager Game | #118 |
Saturday, 9 September 2000

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Andy D'Urso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Essex, 1994-2015
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 117 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 56 ๐ŸŸจ | 27 ๐ŸŸฅ 34 | 1.67

Villa Career Form:

Top 6

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy D'Urso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Essex, 1994-2015
Matches Officiated: 3
๐ŸŸฉ : 1
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 1
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 29 April 2000, Villa 1-1 Sunderland, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Ipswich Town

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Lee Hendrie and Alan Wright come in for Ugo Ehiogu and Ian Taylor.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.24 |

Oldest Player |
F Luc Nilis | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.32 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.56 |

MANAGER

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

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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 |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
F Luc Nilis | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” | ๐Ÿ”ด |

MANAGER

George Burley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

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Ipswich Town

GK Richard Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Jamie Clapham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Hermann Hreiรฐarsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Titus Bramble | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Mark Venus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Fabian Wilnis | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Jim Magilton | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Matt Holland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Jermaine Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W David Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF James Scowcroft | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for F Luc Nilis | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 7โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 27โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | for F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 60โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CB Mark Venus | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CB John McGreal | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Jermaine Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Martijn Reuser | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)
๐Ÿ” | W David Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Marcus Stewart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Mike Salmon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Gary Croft | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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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: 4/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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SQUAD STATS

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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 : 7/11

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 : 11/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด CF Luc Nilis | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 2000 | ๐Ÿ•’ 5 | 5 (0) | โšฝ 2 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 0 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 0 | #744 |
๐Ÿ”ด CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 1991-00 | ๐Ÿ•’ 303 | 286 (17) | โšฝ 15 | ๐Ÿ”ฅ 6 | ๐Ÿ‡บ 29 | #675 |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œLucโ€™s injury looks like a very nasty one. โ€œItโ€™s a compound fracture - a very nasty one - and he was taken to hospital straight away. โ€œIโ€™m no expert and I donโ€™t know any details but I expect heโ€™ll stay in hospital overnight. โ€œIt was a compound break and the players told me there was blood on the pitch. โ€œIt was just one of those things. He had his eye on the ball and so did the keeper and a few other players. He was in a lot of pain. Nobody was to blame.โ€ Aston Villa assistant manager, Steve Harrison. --- โ€œHe got to the ball before me and hooked it against me. My momentum took me through into him. He was in a lot of pain.โ€ Richard Wright, Ipswich โ€˜Keeper.

MATCH REPORT