Game #70


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4th (+4)

Football League


Turf Moor

Attendance: 8,000

Saturday, 5 October 1889

Albert Allen hit 4 goals as Villa beat Burnley at Turf Moor hitting six in their best result of the season to date.



Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Albert Allen | 10' | 11' | Unknown | Archie Hunter | 35' | Albert Allen | Albert Allen |

Assist(s) | Dennis Hodgetts | Dennis Hodgetts |


Game #70

Season | 1889-90 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Match | #5 |
Manager Game | #44 |
Saturday, 5 October 1889


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





🟨 | 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
| 25.57 |

Oldest Player |
F Archie Hunter | 30.05 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jimmy Cowan | 20.98 |


Jimmy Warner, Frank Coulton and Sammy Gray drop out with George Davis brought in for his debut, Archie Hunter returning and Gershom Cox getting his first appearance of the campaign.


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George Ramsay led Management Committee



GK George Davis |
FB Albert Aldridge |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
D Gershom Cox |
D Harry Devey |
M Tom Clarkson |
F Albert Brown |
F Albert Allen |
F Dennis Hodgetts |
F Archie Hunter |
CF Billy Dickson |


No Substitutions permitted in period


No Substitutions permitted in period


Cox, White, Bury, McFetridge, Friel (g), Keenan, Haresnape, Duckworth, Yates, Heyes, Campbell.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on


Goalkeeper George Davis made his only appearance for Villa aged 21 after joining from St. Phillip's FC before moving on to Witton White Star.

Albert Allen hit 4 goals to crush Burnley, Saturday, 5 October 1889

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1’ Debut, George Davis
10’ Goal, 1-0, Albert Allen, Assist by Dennis Hodgetts
11’ Goal, 2-0, Albert Allen
Goal, 2-1, (Burnley), Friel
Goal, 3-1, Unknown
35’ Goal, 4-1, Archie Hunter
HT Burnley 1-4 Aston Villa
Goal, 5-1, Albert Allen
Goal, 6-1, Albert Allen, Assist by Dennis Hodgetts
Goal, 6-2, (Burnley)
FT Burnley 2-6 Aston Villa



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"The Villa had the best of the game at all points, passing superbly, the Burnley backs only saving them from more crushing defeat."

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 7 October 1889

Burnley v. Aston Villa.
Played at Turf Moor

Six thousand spectators were present. The Villa took the lead, but Burnley retaliated, and the game became very fast.

Villa then scored a goal, which was claimed “offside” and immediately afterwards got a second point.

From a foul Burnley scored, and the Villa soon obtained a third point, their passing being superior to Burnley’s.

The home team then attacked and Heyes was hurt, but soon resumed.

A fourth point fell to theVilla, and several chances were missed by the Burnley forwards.

On resuming Allen scored for the Villa then Burnley had then a look in, but it came to nothing.

The Villa continued to hold the upper hand, and Burnley could not break through their defence, despite several good spurts.

A splendid run by Duckworth was not taken advantage of, and White and Bury played well to avert disaster, but the visitors gained their sixth goal.

The Burnley goalkeeper immediately after effected a good save, and was almost rushed through directly afterwards.

The Villa had the best of the game at all points, passing superbly, the Burnley backs only saving them from more crushing defeat. The result was a win for the visitors by 6 goals 2.
Hodgetts now got possession and with one of his brilliant runs took the ball well up, then crossing to Allen enabled that player, always on the alert to draw first blood.

A claim for offside was set to, but was not allowed.

Just ten minutes has elapsed when the first goal was obtained, but a minute later, as the result of a remarkable piece of strategy on behalf of the forward, Allen notched the second point.

Breaking away, the visitors’ left wing took the ball smartly up the filled and secured the third goal from a header.

Ten minutes before the whistle blew for half time Hunter was mainly instrumental in securing the fourth goal for his team.

In the second half the Villain’s made a capital start and pressed very early on. Burnley, by a combined effort managed to transfer the scene of hostilities and for two or three minutes kept up a perpetual but ineffectual bombardment. They seemed on the point of surmounting all difficult, when Allen seized the ball, and dodging the half backs, made right for the goal, which he lowered with one of those lightning shots which no keeper could stop.

Hodgetts centred to Allen, who had no much difficult in heading through.

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