Game #66


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Not recorded

Football League


Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 4,000

Saturday, 7 September 1889

Dennis Hodgetts scored an opening day brace but Villa open the season with a draw against last season's bottom club Burnley.

Aston Villa



Scorer(s) | Dennis Hodgetts | Dennis Hodgetts |

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Game #66

Season | 1889-90 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Match | #1 |
Manager Game | #40 |
Saturday, 7 September 1889


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 2-2 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | LWLLD |





🟨 | 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
| 25.53 |

Oldest Player |
F Archie Hunter | 29.98 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jimmy Cowan | 20.90 |


Villa hand debuts to new signings Albert Aldridge, Tom Clarkson and Jimmy Cowan.


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George Ramsay led Management Committee



GK Jimmy Warner |
D Frank Coulton |
FB Albert Aldridge |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
D Harry Devey |
M Tom Clarkson |
F Albert Brown |
F Albert Allen |
F Archie Hunter |
F Batty Garvey |
F Dennis Hodgetts |


No Substitutions permitted in period


No Substitutions permitted in period


Cox, Bury, White, McFetridge, Land, Norman, Campbell, Haresnape (g), Caldow, Heyes (g), Yates.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on


Full back Albert Aldridge made his Villa debut aged 25 after joining from Walsall Town Swifts.

Midfielder Tom Clarkson made his Villa debut aged 24 after joining from Halesowen Town.

Centre back Jimmy Cowan made his Villa debut aged 20 after joining from Vale of Leven FC.

Dennis Hodgetts scored an opening day brace but it wasn't enough to overcome Burnley, Saturday, 7 September 1889

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1’ Debut, Albert Aldridge, Jimmy Cowan, Tom Clarkson
Goal, 1-0, Dennis Hodgetts
Goal, 1-1, (Burnley), Heyes
Goal, 2-1, Dennis Hodgetts
HT Aston Villa 2-1 Burnley
Goal, 2-2, (Burnley), Haresnape
FT Aston Villa 2-2 Burnley



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"The game was but a few minutes old when Hodgetts scored the first goal with a very fine shot from the left wing."

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 9 September 1889

The football season at Perry Barr was opened on Saturday with a League match between the home team and Burnley. The Villa were not fully represented, Dickson being absent on account injury sustained Wolverhampton, and Gray being engaged elsewhere.

Gray's place on the left was filled by Garvey.

There were about 5,000 persons present when Archie Hunter kicked off towards the Wellington Road goal.

The game was but a few minutes old when Hodgetts scored the first goal with a very fine shot from the left wing.

Tho Burnley men then attacked the Villa goal, but were checked in their rush by Coulton, who kicked the ball well down the field. It was there taken possession of by Garvey, who tried a long shot, which went, however, on the wrong the post.

Some pretty passing by Allen and Brown caused the visitors' backs a deal trouble, but they proved equal the occasion. The Burnley forwards, with a united effort, ran the ball well up to the Villa goal, but only to be defeated in their intentions by Aldridge.

They were not to denied, however, and returning to the attack with great persistence succeeded in equalising matters, a shot by Heyes being too good for Warner.

For some tine after the Burnley men had decidedly the best of the game, and on two or three occasions very nearly repeated their success.

At length, however, the Villa forwards ran the ball well down the field, and Hodgetts, with a particularly good shot, again placed the Villa front of their opponents.

The Burnley men tried their level best to score, but, owing to the good play of Cowan, Aldridge, and Coulton, failed to get level before half-time.

On resuming the Villa at once attacked, and a corner was conceded them. They failed, however, to make any use it.

Immediately afterwards Villa again ran the ball up the Burnley goal, and Hodgetts tried another long shot, but this time the ball went outside.

After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to score had been made by the visitors the home team forwards again pressed, but could not succeed in adding to their score.

Their opponents were more successful, for Haresnape, with a splendid shot, once more placed Burnley on equal terms with the Villa. The latter team were now thoroughly aroused, and played hard as they could to once more obtain the lead.

They pressed severely, and attack followed attack with bewildering rapidity, but, owing to the good play of the backs, the Villa did not succeed in scoring again, and the match ended a draw, each side having made a couple of goals.

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