Manager #13

Ron Saunders

1974-75

to

1981-82

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Manager #13

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Manager Summary

Games

394

Win Rate (%)

50

Trophies

4

Debut Season

Final Season

Games Managed

Trophies Won

Close But No Cigar - Runners Up

Win Rate (%)

Loss Rate

Unbeaten Rate

Seasons in Charge

Points per Game

1974-75

1981-82

394

4

0

50

31%

69%

8

1.68

Personal Summary

Full Name

Known as

Birth Date

Birth Place

Birth Country

International Team

Ronald Saunders

Ron Saunders

6 November 1932

Birkenhead

England

England

Management Record

Ron Saunders

Arrival

Joined

Joined From

Age

Preceded By

June 1974

Manchester City

41

Vic Crowe

Ron Saunders

Debut Match

Opening Season

First Match No.

Competitive Debut

Age

1974-75

#3325

Saturday, 17 August 1974

41

Ron Saunders took charge of Villa for the first time in the 1-1 Division Two draw against York City at Bootham Crescent on Saturday, 17 August 1974 aged 41

Club Hierarchy

Served Under

1974-75 Chairman, Herbert D. Ellis | Club Secretary, Alan Bennett |
1975-77 Chairman, Sir. William Dugdale | Club Secretary, Alan Bennett |
1977-79 Chairman, Harry Kartz | Club Secretary, Alan Bennett |
1979-82 Chairman, Ron Bendall | Club Secretary, Steve Stride |

Trainers / Supported By

Tony Barton

Villa Honours

1974-75 League Cup Winners |
1976-77 League Cup Winners |
1980-81 League Champions |
1981-82 European Cup Winners |

Runners Up

None

League Finishes

1974-75 | 2nd Division Two |
1975-76 | 16th Division One |
1976-77 | 4th Division One |
1977-78 | 8th Division One |
1978-79 | 8th Division One |
1979-80 | 7th Division One |
1980-81 | Champions Division One |
1981-82 | 11th Division One | (Part season)

FA Cup Finishes

1974-75 | 5th Round |
1975-76 | 3rd Round |
1976-77 | Quarter Final |
1977-78 | 3rd Round |
1978-79 | 3rd Round |
1979-80 | Quarter Final |
1980-81 | 3rd Round |
1981-82 | 5th Round | (Part season)

League Cup Finishes

1974-75 | Winners |
1975-76 | 3rd Round |
1976-77 | Winners |
1977-78 | 4th Round |
1978-79 | 4th Round |
1979-80 | 3rd Round |
1980-81 | 3rd Round |
1981-82 | Quarter Final | (Part season)

European Finishes

1975-76 | UEFA Cup 1st Round |
1977-78 | UEFA Cup Quarter Final |
1981-82 | European Cup Winners | (Part season)

Ron Saunders

Final Match

Final Season

Final Match No.

Final Competitive Game

Age

1981-82

#3718

Saturday, 6 February 1982

49

Ron Saunders took charge of Villa for the final time in the 1-4 Division One loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, 6 February 1982 aged 49

Ron Saunders

Notable Players

1960-76 Charlie Aitken |
1969-76 Chico Hamilton |
1971-77 Ray Graydon |
1971-80 Brian Little |
1971-76 Jimmy Cumbes |
1971-76 Ian Ross |
1971-77 Chris Nicholl |
1972-80 John Gidman |
1972-76 Keith Leonard |
1972-78 John Robson |
1974-79 Frank Carrodus |
1974-79 Leighton Phillips |
1975-77 John Burridge |
1975-87 Andy Gray |
1975-80 John Deehan |
1975-85 Dennis Mortimer |
1975-94 Gordon Cowans |
1976-80 Alex Cropley |
1977-83 Jimmy Rimmer |
1977-83 Ken McNaught |
1977-79 John Gregory |
1977-89 Allan Evans |
1978-88 Gary Shaw |
1978-87 Gary Williams |
1978-86 Brendan Ormsby |
1978-86 Colin Gibson |
1978-83 Kenny Swain |
1979-84 Tony Morley |
1979-85 Des Bremner |
1979-96 Nigel Spink |
1980-85 Peter Withe |

Ron Saunders

Departure

Left

Reason

Age

Succeeded By

February 1982

Resigned

49

Tony Barton

Management Career

Managed

1967-69 Yeovil Town |
1969 Oxford United |
1969-73 Norwich City |
1973-74 Manchester City |

Went on to manage

1982-86 Birmingham City |
1986-87 West Bromwich Albion |

Playing Career

Position

Centre Forward

 

Clubs

1951-55 Everton |
1955-57 Tonbridge Angels |
1957-58 Gillingham |
1958-64 Portsmouth |
1964-65 Watford |
1965-67 Charlton Athletic |

 

Biography

Ron passed away in Birmingham on 7 December 2019 aged 87