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Game #4644

Monday, 1 January 2001

Attendance: 33,159


Premier League

11th (-2)


Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Stamford Bridge

David James gifts the points to Chelsea to leave Villa with Boxing Day and New Year defeats as they tumble back to eleventh in the Premier League table.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


David James, calamity




๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Dion Dublin, Sub on, Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Steve Staunton, Sub on, John McGrath ๐ŸŸข
๐ŸŸจ | 86โ€™ Booking, Ian Taylor
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa


David James makes another mistake against Chelsea to have now lost Villa the last three games against the West London side. In doing so Villa open 2001 with a defeat to close rivals Chelsea as left back Steve Staunton appeared for Villa for the first time since rejoining from Liverpool on a free transfer. Meanwhile, forward Gilles De Bilde made his final appearance for Villa before returning to Sheffield Wednesday after his 3 month loan ended. De Bilde had made 4 appearances for Villa. And midfielder John McGrath made his Villa debut aged 20 after signing professional forms with the club in August 1999. McGrath had joined Villa from Belvedere FC.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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


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



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


Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #25 |
League Game | #20 |
Manager Game | #135 |
Monday, 1 January 2001


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 27 August 2000, Villa 1-1 Chelsea, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ






Paul Durkin


Mark Delaney (first start since the opening game of the season in July), Dion Dublin, Ian Taylor (first start in 6) and Steve Staunton (first start since returning to the club in December) come in with Gareth Barry, Lee Hendrie, Alpay ร–zalan and David Ginola drop out.


Starting XI Average Age
| 29.83 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 32.81 |

Youngest Player |
FB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 24.65 |



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

Claudio Ranieri | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿคก |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Gilles De Bilde | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Carlo Cudicini | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
LB Jon Harley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Frank Leboeuf | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB John Terry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mario Melchiot | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Gustavo Poyet | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ |
M Slavisa Jokanovic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Jody Morris | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Samuele Dalla Bona | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Eidur Guรฐjohnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” | CF Darius Vassell ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M John McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸข | for LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 82โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Jon Harley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Dennis Wise | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (F Gianfranco Zola | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Eidur Guรฐjohnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | RB Albert Ferrer | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |


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


GK Ed De Goey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Bernard Lambourde | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |


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: โญ•/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 : 11/16
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 : 3/11

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 : 4/16



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




Not recorded


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โ€œI have to confess I was on my way down to the dressing room for the half-time chat so I havenโ€™t seen it [David Jamesโ€™ latest mistake], but I gather it was pretty horrific.โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Tuesday, 1 January, 2001

*James calamity spurs Chelsea*

The Football Association must be tempted to investigate whether David James is on the payroll at Stamford Bridge. In May the Aston Villa goalkeeper dropped a free-kick to hand Chelsea the FA Cup. Yesterday his embarrassing blunder gave Claudio Ranieriโ€™s side three points.

The expression on the 30-year-oldโ€™s face as he handed his gloves to a Villa supporter at the end told the story. In striking a clearance at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink just before half-time he had offered the Dutch striker an open goal and decided the match in favour of a fitful Chelsea.

Neither Jamesโ€™s otherwise impressive performance nor a late foray forward for a corner could undo the damage. A fine early save from Gus Poyet will soon be forgotten and his talent seems certain forever to be undermined by these flashes of incompetence. No doubt the England keeper will be making as grovelling an apology to his manager John Gregory as Gregory did to Doug Ellis last week.

โ€œI have to confess I was on my way down to the dressing room for the half-time chat so I havenโ€™t seen it,โ€ Gregory said, โ€œbut I gather it was pretty horrific.โ€ He knows the impact this will have on a man who has been gradually shaking off the โ€œCalamity Jamesโ€ tag he earned during his time at Anfield.

James must hope Sven-Goran Eriksson does not get a copy of the video and he will take little comfort from learning that Poyet, Chelseaโ€™s captain in place of the dropped Dennis Wise, described the mistake as โ€œthe differenceโ€ between the teams.

Ranieriโ€™s side just about deserved to win, having created the better chances and struck the bar, but they gave a far from convincing performance and were becoming increasingly frustrated by Villaโ€™s defensive approach at the time the goal arrived.

When Chelsea moved the ball at pace with one or two touches, as they did at the start of both halves, they looked impressive. Yet too often they failed to find that fluency. After Hasselbaink had hit the woodwork early in the second half they created almost nothing.

It was their good fortune that the long spells of possession Villa enjoyed after the interval produced little end product. Gilles de Bilde, playing the last game of his three-month loan from Sheffield Wednesday, should have equalised and Gregory will hope Juan Pablo Angel gets clearance to make his debut soon. The Colombian will play in a fortnight at the earliest, Gregory says.

It will help Chelsea in their desire to get back into Europe if they can start to replicate their success at home on their travels. It is seven wins and a draw at Stamford Bridge since Ranieri took over and still not a victory has been gained away. After the collapse from 2-0 up at Ipswich, the Italian at least showed his ruthlessness.

Dropped to the bench were not only Wise but Gianfranco Zola and the goalkeeper Ed de Goey. In a glimpse of the future, Chelsea paraded their young Danish signing Jesper Gronkjaer before kick-off and fielded six outfield players aged 24 or under, half of them English.

One of those, Jon Harley, was involved in much of Chelseaโ€™s good early work as they created four chances inside 20 minutes. James was forced off his line to clear as Hasselbaink bore down on goal and then made his fine stop when Poyet headed a Harley cross goalwards.

But all that was to be undermined as half-time loomed. Booting a Steve Staunton back pass upfield seemed simple enough but James struck the ball straight at Hasselbainkโ€™s feet and the striker, despite mishitting his shot, squeezed a looping effort just over the line before Gareth Southgate could clear. For James, memories of the dropped free-kick that allowed Roberto di Matteo that Wembley winner may have flooded back.

After Hasselbainkโ€™s thunderous shot had struck the bar, with Sam Dalla Bona volleying the rebound over, Villa threatened with new adventure. But De Bilde allowed Carlo Cudicini to save at his near post when Mario Melchiot underhit a backpass and James was left to contemplate a very unhappy new year.