Game #58


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2nd (-)

Football League

Bolton Wanderers

Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 2,000

Saturday, 12 January 1889

Albert Allen scored a brace to get Villa back on the victory trail.

Aston Villa


Bolton Wanderers

Scorer(s) | Albert Brown | Albert Allen | Dennis Hodgetts | Albert Allen | Tommy Green | Archie Hunter |

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Game #58

Season | 1888-89 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Match | #18 |
Manager Game | #32 |
Saturday, 12 January 1889


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 6-2 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DWWLW |


Referee: Mr. Chaplin.


Mr. Chaplin


Bolton Wanderers

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    


[Exact birth dates not recorded]

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.56 |

Oldest Player |
F Archie Hunter | 29.33 |

Youngest Player |
D Frank Coulton | 20.96 |


Archie Hunter returns to an otherwise unchanged line up and can field a full XI following the difficulties in the previous match.


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Not recorded


George Ramsay led Management Committee



GK Jimmy Warner |
D Gershom Cox |
D Frank Coulton |
D Harry Devey |
M Jack Burton |
F Albert Brown |
F Tommy Green |
F Archie Hunter |
F Archie Goodall |
F Albert Allen |
F Dennis Hodgetts |


No Substitutions permitted in period


No Substitutions permitted in period


Harrison, Robinson, Jones, Weir, Scowcroft, Roberts, Brogan, Davenport, Barbour, Owen, McCue.

Manager: John Bentley.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on


With Archie Hunter returning Villa were able to field a full XI after the selection troubles of the previous game.

Albert Allen scored a brace to get Villa back on the victory trail, Saturday, 12 January 1889

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Goal, 1-0, Albert Brown, Assist by Tommy Green
Goal, 1-1, (Bolton Wanderers)
HT Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Goal, 2-1, Albert Allen, Assist by Dennis Hodgetts
Goal, 2-2, (Bolton Wanderers)
Goal, 3-2, Dennis Hodgetts
Goal, 4-2, Albert Allen
Goal, 5-2, Tommy Green
Goal, 6-2, Archie Hunter
HT Aston Villa 6-2 Bolton Wanderers



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*The Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 14 January 1889


ASTON VILLA V. BOLTON WANDERERS - These teams met at Perry Barr. The afternoon was wet and miserable, and consequently the attendance did not number two thousand.

The Villa played a good team, the forward ranks being greatly strengthened by Hodgetts, whilst Goodall was placed at half-back, and materially improved that portion of the field.

The Villa kicked off towards Wellington Road against the wind, and at once attacked, the forwards displaying that good combination which during the last few weeks has been a far from prominent feature of their play.

Matters looked ill for the Wanderers, but their defence successfully stood the severe strain put upon it. The Villa forwards, although for a time thwarted, were not to be denied, for Brown, receiving the ball from Green, ran in and scored.

A reverse so early in the game stimulated the visitors, and the home team were in turn beaten back, their goal being menaced. Brogan mode a splendid shot, but Warner saved well. The ball was then transferred to the other end of the field, but only to be returned, and Davenport shot it through. The point was disallowed, however, on the ground of off-side.

The game became very exciting, both teams playing wonderfully well. The Wanderers’ goal was repeatedly attacked, as was the Villa’s. The latter team’s defence was very strong, but the attack was of a prolonged character, and ultimately Barbour equalised with a fine shot. Both elevens worked. hard, but neither scored again, and at half-time the game was equal.

On changing ends the visitors again played weIl, and obtained two corners, which were useless. Hodgetts dribbled cleverly, and, being well supported, the fight was again waged in the Wanderers’ quarters. A corner was given, and Hodgetts placed the ball well into the goal month, but the Villa, although they tried hard, were unable to force the ball through.

The Wanderers made an unsuccessful assault on the Villa goal, and Hodgetts then made a good run, and centred well. Allen obtained the ball, and scored a second goal.

Play now became very exciting, for the visitors made an irresistible rush, and the game was again equal. The Villa gradually wore the visitors down, and at length Hodgetts, who was playing an exceeding good game, scored a third goal.

Encouraged by their success the Villa became irresistible, and added three more goals to their score, Allen, Green, and Hunter being responsible for them. The Villa thus won by 6 goals to 2.

Aston Villa: Warner, goal; Coulton and Cox, backs; Devey, Goodall, and Burton, half-backs; Hunter, (centre), Allen, and Hodgetts (left), Brown and Green (right), forwards.

Bolton Wanderers: Harrison, goal; Robinson and Jones, backs; Weir, Scowcroft, and Roberts half-backs; Brogan and Davenport (right), Barbour (centre), Owen and McCue (left) forwards.

Referee, Mr. Chaplin.

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