Game #79


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4th (+2)

Football League


Wellington Road, Perry Barr

Attendance: 4,000

Saturday, 7 December 1889

Batty Garvey scored a hat-trick on his return to the side as Villa end a run of three defeats with a big win over Stoke.

Aston Villa



Scorer(s) | Billy Dickson | Batty Garvey | Billy Dickson | Batty Garvey | Batty Garvey | Albert Allen |

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Game #79

Season | 1889-90 |
Matchday | #14 |
League Match | #14 |
Manager Game | #53 |
Saturday, 7 December 1889


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 6-1 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DLLLW |





🟨 | 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
| 25.24 |

Oldest Player |
RH Harry Yates | 28.37 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jimmy Cowan | 21.15 |


Harry Devey, Arthur Hickton and Dennis Hodgetts (suspended) miss out as Ike Moore makes only his second appearance after his brace on debut the previous month whilst Batty Garvey and Harry Yates also return.


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George Ramsay led Management Committee



GK Jimmy Warner |
FB Albert Aldridge |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
D Gershom Cox |
M Harry Yates |
M Jack Burton |
F Batty Garvey |
F Ike Moore |
F Albert Brown |
F Albert Allen |
CF Billy Dickson |


No Substitutions permitted in period


No Substitutions permitted in period


Rowley, Monford, Underwood, Ramsey, Farmer, Brodie, Simpson, McCormick, Hendry (g), McReddie, Dunn.

Manager: Harry Lockett.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on


Villa stop a run of three consecutive League defeats with a strong win over Stoke as they climb back to 4th in the table. Meanwhile, midfielder Harry Yates made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before moving on to Walsall.

Batty Garvey scored a hat-trick on his return to the side, Saturday, 7 December 1889

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Goal, 1-0, Billy Dickson
Goal, 2-0, Batty Garvey
HT Aston Villa 2-0 Stoke
Goal, 2-1, (Stoke), Hendry
Goal, 3-1, Billy Dickson
Goal, 4-1, Batty Garvey
Goal, 5-1, Batty Garvey
Goal, 6-1, Albert Allen
FT Aston Villa 6-1 Stoke



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"The weather was miserable, and the field covered with melting snow to the depth of a couple of inches, fast and accurate play was out of the question."

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 9 December 1889

Aston Villa v. Stoke.

These teams met at Perry Barr in the presence of a few hundred spectators. The weather was miserable, and the field covered with melting snow to the depth of a couple of inches, fast and accurate play was out of the question.

The match was an interesting one from many points of view, however, but chiefly because of the altered constitution of the Villa team.

Hunter was absent, and so was Hodgetts, whose suspension by the Birmingham Football Association rendered him ineligible.

A thorough reorganisation of the forwards had consequently to be made.

Moore was placed on the right wing with Brown, Allen went over to the left and had Garvey for a partner, whilst the centre position was occupied by Dickson.

The rearrangement worked admirably, and the forward play was very much better than it has been for a long time.

Dickson, in the centre, did capitally, whilst both wings played good goal-getting if not a showy game, as the result testified.

The whole of the Villa men acquitted themselves well, with the exception of Yates, whose leg is not yet thoroughly sound.

Cox played a grand defensive game, and, indeed, the team as a whole exhibited greatly improved form.

The Stoke men played a plucky game, but were manifestly outclassed.

The Villa lost no time in attacking, and several good shots were directed into the Stoke goal, but were cleverly kept out by Rowley.

At length, however, he failed to properly clear the goal, and Dickson dashing up shot the ball through.

A few moments later Mountford missed his kick, and Garvey was thus enabled to direct the ball obliquely through the post, making the second point for the home team.

Then the Stoke forwards played up splendidly and did most of the attacking but owing to the stubborn defence of Cox, and the difficulty in shooting correctly, owing to the state the ground, they could not score, and half-time found them two goals behind.

Upon resuming the Villa, led by Dickson, swooped down in a body on the Stoke goal, but the Scotchman's shot, went wide.

From the kick the Stoke forwards were enabled to break away, and as the result of some pretty passing Hendry scored.

The visitors tried to repeat their success, but were checked by Cox, and a moment later the Villa forwards came with an irresistible rush, and a grand shot by Dickson worsted Rowley.

The game then went all one way with the Villa attacking persistently.

The fourth goal came as the result of a splendid centre by Brown. The ball struck the bar, and whilst Rowley was endeavouring to clear, Garvey rushed in and breasted it through.

Further misfortunes befell the visitors, and before time was called Garvey and Allen each scored again.

The Villa thus won by 6 goals to 1.

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