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Game #4628

Saturday, 16 September 2000

Attendance: 27,849


Premier League

7th (+7)

Bradford City

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa make it successive Premier League wins to climb to seventh in the table under John Gregory.

Aston Villa


Bradford City

Assist(s) | Lee Hendrie | 5โ€™ |


Gareth Southgate takes a rest from fomenting unrest in the camp to put Villa ahead against Bradford and help secure a second successive Premier League victory for John Gregory, Saturday, 16 September 2000.




โšฝ | 5โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Gareth Southgate, Assist by, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford City
๐Ÿ” | 58โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Ian Taylor
๐Ÿ” | 70โ€™ Sub off, David Ginola, Sub on, Julian Joachim
โšฝ | 75โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Dion Dublin (pen)
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-0 Bradford City


Villa hero of the 1999-00 FA Cup Final Benito Carbone lined up for Bradford City after his summer of discontent. Despite his mercurial presence Villa recorded a second successive win to rise to 7th in the table.

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

Bradford City

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: โŒ
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1910-11


Bradford City

Previous 5 vs. Bradford: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #119 |
Saturday, 16 September 2000


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Previous 5:
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ




Bradford City


Rob Styles


Villa recall David Ginola in the wake of Luc Nilis' injury.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.29 |

Oldest Player |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 33.67 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.58 |



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

Chris Hutchings | 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 |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿคก |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Bradford City

GK Matt Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Peter Atherton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Dan Petrescu | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด |
LB Ian Nolan | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
CB David Wetherall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Whalley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Stuart McCall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M David Hopkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Windass | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Ashley Ward | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Benito Carbone (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |


๐Ÿ” | M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 58โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 70โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Ian Nolan | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | (LB Wayne Jacobs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Gareth Whalley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Peter Beagrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Richard Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Aidan Davison | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Gunnar Halle | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Gareth Grant | 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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 2/11

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
Homegrown: 4/16



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 : 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 : 14/16



Not recorded


Not Reported

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




Not recorded


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โ€œIf Luca [Vialli] was the man behind it [Southgateโ€™s unrest], this could be the end of it.โ€

John Gregory following Gianluca Vialliโ€™s sacking as Chelsea boss.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 16 September 2000

Aston Villaโ€™s quiet progress up the Premiership table continued with an important victory over Bradford.

An early goal from Gareth Southgate settled the Villa nerves and after withstanding the Bradford fightback, Dion Dublin slotted home a second half penalty to make the win a tad more convincing.

Both teams started the game on five points and in the bottom half of the table, but Villaโ€™s second consecutive haul of three points will certainly encourage the Holte End faithful.

After a good start from Bradford where they forced a succession of corners, it was Villa who took an important early lead, with Lee Hendrie finding an unmarked Southgate loitering on the edge of the visitorsโ€™ penalty area - the England centre back, not a noted scorer, smashed the ball left footed past Matt Clarke in the fifth minute.

Five minutes later, David Ginola got free on the left wing and engineered a shooting opportunity from 10 yards, with Clarke making a vital save.

Developing into a surprisingly open game, former Villa star Benito Carbone threatened at one end with a long range shot which David James only held on the second attempt, whilst in the Bradford penalty area, Dublin should have done much better than put his header over the crossbar when he was found unmarked ten yards out.

The goal clearly had not upset Bradfordโ€™s rhythm, with a strong forward burst from Dean Windass creating an opening for Carbone, but the little Italianโ€™s shot was comfortably held.

Clear chances were being created at both ends, with a Hendrie break carving the Bradford defence apart, ultimately presenting Alan Wright with a near open goal. The left wing back hit the ball with immense power but no accuracy, managing to drive his shot wide of the far post and eventually going for a throw in.

Villaโ€™s defensive frailties have been obvious for most of the season and today was no exception. Carboneโ€™s pass to Ashley Ward resulted in a goal that was disallowed for offside. But more noticeable was the two unmarked players the Italian could have passed to on the left hand side.


The Italian was obviously in the mood to make his point to former manager John Gregory and a free-kick from 20 yards had James stretching to protect his far post, with the ball drifting just wide.

Just as they had in the first half, Bradford began the second stanza brightly, with fine work by Carbone on the left wing presenting Ashley Ward with a difficult chance at the near post. The much travelled centre forward stabbed his right footed shot into the side netting.

At the other end, Bradford skipper Stuart McCall had to be alert to prevent Dublin from adding a second from 10 yards.


Complacency on the Bradford left allowed Paul Merson in for a run on goal, but the former England international does not have the pace he once possessed and elected to play a square ball for George Boateng, who, with two touches, easily found the middle tier of the stand.

Much of Villaโ€™s best work was now exclusively coming from Merson, with a run and shot down the inside left channel raising the voice of a fairly quiet crowd.

Villa brought on Julian Joachim for the ineffective Ginola and the former England under 21 player was quickly into the action, winning a penalty after being adjudged to have been held by David Wetherall.

The decision looked dubious at best, but that was of no concern to Dublin, who smashed the ball home into the top right hand corner to take the pressure off the home side with 16 minute remaining.

From thereon, Merson attacked the Bradford defence at will, on three occasions just failing to score the goal his performance deserved. The visitors, not surprisingly given the nature of the second goal, lost heart and shape, which was a shame. For the better part of the match, they controlled the tempo of the match and in Carbone they had a player who deserved to be on the winning side.


*The Guardian*
Monday, 18 September, 2000

*Gregory bangs the drum in air of discord*

*Villa profit from their own discontent*

โ€œHard hats must be worn at all times in this area.โ€

With Doug Ellis as chairman, the instruction is good advice for Villa managers even when the Trinity Road stand does not resemble a building site.

It is especially so when Ken Bates at Chelsea is threatening to be deadlier than the Ellis.

If a reputation is worth having, it is worth defending.

This was Villaโ€™s first home game since the chairman waved his wad of shares and survived a vote of no confidence.

Player unrest has been discomfiting John Gregory. The manager needed this win and owed it to two of his disaffected men, Gareth Southgate flashing in an early strikerโ€™s goal when a corner was half cleared and Julian Joachim, newly on for David Ginola, winning a generous penalty converted by Dion Dublin.

Gregory, bare-headed, was full of praise for Southgate, who wants to play for a club that wins things. โ€œHe has a lot of pride in himselfโ€ with every sign of โ€œpassion when he pulls on a Villa shirt. He had an assured game.โ€

In another sense, Batesโ€™s axe may have worked in Gregoryโ€™s favour. โ€œIf Luca [Vialli] was the man behind it [Southgateโ€™s unrest], this could be the end of it,โ€ he added.

Ginola was playing his first home game, Benito Carbone returning after his escape from Villa. But this was no game of hair and hounds. The Frenchman was short of fitness, the Italianโ€™s flair flickered and faded for all his white boots and matching headband. The hounds were called off early.

Bradford need stronger or more acute support up front but they were the better unit, more composed than last season, their neat play matching the intricate trellis of shadows formed on the pitch by the sun behind the girders of the uncovered stand. They made shift with Stuart McCall at the back in an unaccustomed 3-5-2 line-up and were so determined not to hump the ball that they got themselves into more trouble than Villaโ€™s greater individual talents induced.

Disruption and distribution problems have been the talk of the week. Here only Paul Merson and Gareth Barry introduced special powers of wit, accuracy and penetration to overcome them for Villa.

Gregory said of Ginolaโ€™s substitution: โ€œHe was treading water.โ€

He was virtually doing that before the long cycle phase down the temporary tunnel and the running that followed. Ginola, plugging his autobiography Le Magnifique before the match, used another metaphor when questioned about his commitment, perhaps forgetting the nickname of Tchaikovskyโ€™s sixth symphony. โ€œWe are all musicians,โ€ he said. โ€œIf the concert is bad, no money.โ€

Villa are currently a bunch of soloists and Ginola ran out of puff in the first movement. Gregory, who thinks he needs money to satisfy Southgateโ€™s ambitions, may be pleased to remember that quote.