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Offline in exile

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2019, 12:06:55 PM »
Tommy Hughes and Evan Williams* were the two worst goalkeepers I ever saw play for the Villa.

*He was only on loan

Don't remember Evan Williams on loan.
The only loan 'keeper I can remember is Graham Moseley (Derby County) who deputised for Jim Cumbes

Offline Oscar Arce

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2019, 01:32:36 PM »
Tommy Hughes and Evan Williams* were the two worst goalkeepers I ever saw play for the Villa.

*He was only on loan

Agreed, Evan Williams was poor, but he went from loan to us back to Wolves, then to Celtic where he played a lot of games.
Think he only played about 9 or 10 games for us, it was because of an injury crisis to our goalkeepers at the time and Dunn was out of favour with Docherty.
He signed the Shrewsbury keeper John Phillips, who was 18 at the time, and threw him into the Blues Derby a few days after signing him.
Phillips was a good shot stopper but prone to mistakes and dropped the ball regularly, I remember.
He played for the rest of that terrible season that saw us relegated to the third division, before Vic Crowe took over from Docherty and reinstated Dunn for the last games as we went down.
Phillips went on to be a good keeper at Chelsea, he passed away in the last year.

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2019, 08:31:54 PM »
Evan Williams was a terrible goalkeeper, by some distance the worst we have ever had.

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2019, 11:08:27 PM »
And yet, the same season he spent a short spell on loan to us, he also played in a European Cup Final with Celtic!

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2019, 07:53:11 AM »
On goalkeepers - anyone remember, or have any info on a keeper with the surname of Sadler? Sorry I donít know his first name. Early 60ís Iíd guess.

Iíve looked in a few reference books but cannot find anything

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2019, 01:57:00 PM »
On goalkeepers - anyone remember, or have any info on a keeper with the surname of Sadler? Sorry I donít know his first name. Early 60ís Iíd guess.

Iíve looked in a few reference books but cannot find anything

Not ringing any bells. The below is probably the most extensive database listing.

http://astonvillaplayerdatabase.com/
 

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2019, 02:39:21 PM »
On goalkeepers - anyone remember, or have any info on a keeper with the surname of Sadler? Sorry I donít know his first name. Early 60ís Iíd guess.

Iíve looked in a few reference books but cannot find anything

Not ringing any bells. The below is probably the most extensive database listing.

http://astonvillaplayerdatabase.com/
 


thanks. it was a name that got mentioned in passing whilst on other topics. Chap had his relatives telegrams telling him he was playing, meet time etc.

I will see what else i can get off him.

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2019, 07:41:46 PM »
On goalkeepers - anyone remember, or have any info on a keeper with the surname of Sadler? Sorry I donít know his first name. Early 60ís Iíd guess.

Iíve looked in a few reference books but cannot find anything
PJ Sadler
Was on our books for 2 seasons: 1954-55 & 1955-56
Played for various youth/colts teams.
Played in the first youth cup games.
Mainly used in Birmingham & District Amateur League games.
Played in the Warwickshire Combination League & the Midland Midweek League.

Also, a quick internet search shows a Peter J Sadler born 1937 in Sutton Coldfield may well be a Ďgood fití.

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2019, 07:50:42 PM »
On goalkeepers - anyone remember, or have any info on a keeper with the surname of Sadler? Sorry I donít know his first name. Early 60ís Iíd guess.

Iíve looked in a few reference books but cannot find anything
PJ Sadler
Was on our books for 2 seasons: 1954-55 & 1955-56
Played for various youth/colts teams.
Played in the first youth cup games.
Mainly used in Birmingham & District Amateur League games.
Played in the Warwickshire Combination League & the Midland Midweek League.

Also, a quick internet search shows a Peter J Sadler born 1937 in Sutton Coldfield may well be a Ďgood fití.


Thatís him I think. Thanks.

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2019, 07:58:46 PM »
I sometimes wonder how many players were on the Villa's books in the fifteen or twenty years from the end of the war. There must have been thousands.

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #25 on: September 12, 2019, 08:10:32 PM »
I sometimes wonder how many players were on the Villa's books in the fifteen or twenty years from the end of the war. There must have been thousands.
Most likely. To think at its peak, the club were involved in 7 (seven) different leagues.
If I had access to 1940's programmes its probably something I could calculate.
So its probably best for my own sanity I don't!

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Re: John Dunne
« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2019, 08:16:29 PM »
I sometimes wonder how many players were on the Villa's books in the fifteen or twenty years from the end of the war. There must have been thousands.
Most likely. To think at its peak, the club were involved in 7 (seven) different leagues.
If I had access to 1940's programmes its probably something I could calculate.
So its probably best for my own sanity I don't!

Then there's all the teams who played at Villa Park during the war and in local cup finals. There's been a few occasions when someone's been convinced a deceased relative played for the Villa and point blank refused to believe that they didn't.