Game #80


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4th (-)

Football League

Wolverhampton Wanderers


Attendance: 8,000

Saturday, 21 December 1889

Dennis Hodgetts scored Villa's opener as Villa make it two unbeaten as they draw with Wolves at Molineux.



Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Dennis Hodgetts | 40’ |

Assist(s) | Albert Brown | 40’ |


Game #80

Season | 1889-90 |
Matchday | #15 |
League Match | #15 |
Manager Game | #54 |
Saturday, 21 December 1889


Manager | George Ramsay led Management Committee |
FT Score | 1-1 |
FT Result | Drew |
Last 5 Games | LLLWD |




Wolverhampton 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
| 25.77 |

Oldest Player |
F Archie Hunter | 30.27 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jimmy Cowan | 21.19 |


Frank Coulton returns after a 10 game absence; also returning are Archie Hunter, Dennis Hodgetts and Harry Devey. Batty Garvey, Jack Burton, Ike Moore and Harry Yates drop out.


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George Ramsay led Management Committee



GK Jimmy Warner |
FB Albert Aldridge |
CB Jimmy Cowan |
D Gershom Cox |
D Frank Coulton |
D Harry Devey |
F Albert Brown |
F Albert Allen |
F Archie Hunter |
F Dennis Hodgetts |
CF Billy Dickson |


No Substitutions permitted in period


No Substitutions permitted in period


Rose, Mason, Baugh, Fletcher, Allen, Mason J, Brodie, Wykes, Worrall, Booth, Wood (g).

Manager: Jack Addenbrooke.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on


Villa, unbeaten in two, now have one win in six, but remain 4th in the table.

Dennis Hodgetts scored Villa's opener, Saturday, 21 December 1889

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40’ Goal, 1-0, Dennis Hodgetts, Assist by Albert Brown
HT Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Aston Villa
Goal, 1-1, (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Wood
FT Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa



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"The game was not a brilliant exposition of football, but was a bitter struggle from start to finish."

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*Birmingham Daily Post*
Monday, 23 December 1889

Villa v. Wolverhampton Wanderers.

This League match was played at Wolverhampton, in the presence of about nine thousand spectators.

The turf of the Grounds was very soft and heavy, but, notwithstanding, the game was very fast and exciting as contests between these teams usually are.

It will be remembered that two other matches have been played this season between the Villa and the Wanderers, and each side has won the home game, the former by 2 goals to and 1 the latter by 1 goal to none.

The match on Saturday had been looked on with some apprehension by the Villa supporters, for whereas the Perry Barr team has lately been out of form, the Wanderers have been playing splendidly, and with the ground in their favour they might truly be said to have possessed by far the better chance of winning.

The Villa committee, however, determined to lose no chance, and placed in the field, fit and well, the best team that has represented the Villa for some time.

The forwards were the old five, but their positions were changed. Allen being put on the left with Hodgetts, and Dickson partnering Brown.

Cox was played amongst the half-backs, and although on Saturday he did not play a model halfback game, he did very well, and will doubtless shine in that position when he is better accustomed it.

Coulton took his old place at back, and played with all his former brilliancy.

The game was not a brilliant exposition of football, but was a bitter struggle from start to finish.

Although the match ended in a draw, the Wanderers had considerably the best of the play, and during the latter portion pressed almost continuously. They could not penetrate the Villa's defence, however, which was splendid.

The same may, of course, be said of the Wolverhampton backs and half-backs, but their forwards did not play to their usual form. This may be accounted for by the fine half-back play of the Villa, which broke the combination.

There was q great deal of feeling in the match, and the play occasionally was rather rough, but, fortunately, no one was hurt.

A noticeable feature was the small amount of work done by the goalkeepers, who handled the ball very rarely, although one goal or the other was frequently in jeopardy.

The Villa kicked off, and at once attacked. Hunter, from a nice pass by Cowan, had an opportunity score, but shot the ball outside.

From the goal-kick the Wanderers rushed away, and a sharp shot came to Warner from the left wing, and he had difficulty in punching the ball away. The Wanderers brought it back, and Brodie tried a screw shot, but he failed to truly direct the ball.

The Villa became the invaders, but were beaten by Baugh and Mason, and the home team were once more the aggressors.

Booth tried a centre whilst in full flight, but could not get the ball into goal. Allen and Hodgetts then made a pretty combined run, and pressed Mason so hardly that he gave a corner-kick, which was useless.

The players on both sides had by this time settled down to their work, and it became evident that the match would be a bitterly-contested one.

The respective forwards strained every nerve to score, but could not break down the defences, which were alike faultless.

Of the half-backs Cowan and Allen were the pick, and played as though each was anxious to outshine the other. It would be difficult to say which was the better man, for each in his way was perfect.

The game continued to be fast and evenly-contested for a time, but then the Villa forwards, to whom Hunter set a very good example, began to play a more combined game than the Wanderers, and consequently had the advantage.

The defence of Mason and Baugh was for a time impenetrable. At length, however, the Villa men broke through, but just as Allen was about to shoot for goal the whistle blew for offside.

From the kick the Wanderers made a raid the Villa's goal, but their final shot was very wild.

This, in fact, was the chief fault with the Wanderers' forwards in the first half - they played very well in the field, but in front of goal their shooting was execrable.

On several occasions they were, of course, hampered whilst making their shots, but there were times when very fine opportunities were missed through want of coolness.

The first half-hour was played without any material advantage to either side, and ten more minutes went by without anyone taking the lead, but then the Villa forwards ran away in line. They passed accurately one to another, and thus beat the half-backs, and had only Mason and Baugh opposed to them.

By some clever dodging Brown and Dickson ran by Mason, and the first-named kicked the ball into the front of goal, Hodgetts rushed in, and with his head made the first goal for the Villa, amidst loud applause from the Birmingham portion of the crowd.

Encouraged by this success, the Villa played up strongly, but could not increase their lead, and the interval found them one goal in front.

On resuming, the Wanderers commenced to play with desperate energy, and were soon swarming round the Villa goal.

Aldridge and Coulton were hard pressed for a few minutes, but at length kicked the ball to a safe distance, and Brown, by a fine run, changed the scene of the fight. The clever Villa forward beat J. Mason and C. Mason, and centred splendidly, but before Hodgetts could reach the ball Baugh was there, and quickly kicked it over the dividing line.

The left wing of the Wanderers obtained it, and Booth made a fine run, but centred outside.

From the goal-kick Allen ran away on the left, and sent in a low shot, which Rose kicked away.

Back rolled the fight, and the Wanderers, swarming round the Villa goal, seemed certain to score, but amidst a prolonged “Oh” the ball struck the crossbar and dropped at the foot of Cowan, who promptly removed it out of danger.

The Villa once more attacked, but Allen was given offside, and the Villa goal again became the scene of the fight. The ball was dropped into goal, Warner was charged through, and amidst tremendous cheering the ball rolled under the bar. The Villa appealed, and after consultation the referee disallowed the point, as the man who charged Warner was offside.

The Villa forwards played in improved form for a few minutes, and Rose stopped a nice shot from Allen. Dickson rushed in, and a second goal for the Villa seemed likely, but he failed to turn the ball between the posts.

It was the Wanderers' turn now. and down the field they went with headlong impetuosity. Nearing the Villa goal Dickson floored a man, and an appeal was made for a foul, but just at that moment Wood saw his chance, and with a lightning like shot equalised the score.

The game was greatly in favour of the Wanderers from this point up to the finish, but play as hard as they would they could not score again, and the match thus ended in a draw of 1 goal each.

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