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Title: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on August 25, 2020, 09:24:54 AM
Should have started this the other week.

August 15th 1970. Aston Villa are in place they have never been before in their history. We travel to Saltergate Chesterfield to play our first ever game down in the depths of division three. It's bright and sunny on the opening day of the season, a packed ground with 16,760 in the town of the twisted spire. The locals have turned up to watch the famous old club come to town but it's mostly claret and blue everywhere. Villa run out 3-2 winners with two goals from Rioch and one from McMahon.
The team that day is Dunn, Wright, Aitken, Godfrey, Curtis, Chatterley, McMahon, Rioch, Lochhead, Hamilton, Anderson.


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August 19th 1970. We have to start in the 1st round of the League Cup and win under the lights at Villa Park 4-0 against 4th division Notts County. Attendance 17,843.


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August 22nd at home to Plymouth. 29,503 turn up but we can only draw 1-1 with McMahon scoring for us. Andy Lochhead signed back in February makes his 13th appearance for us at centre forward, he hasn't scored a single goal yet.






Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on August 25, 2020, 11:27:12 AM
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THERE are some places in football that, as a club, you don’t want to visit. One of those, for Aston Villa, was Division Three but that’s where they found themselves in 1970, for the first time after 82 years as a league club.

Villa had started the 1969/70 season as promotion favourites. Strongly-fancied to leave Division Two by the happy route they ended up taking the rotten road out after a disunited dressing-room under Tommy Docherty saw the team floundering. After Docherty was sacked in mid-season, Vic Crowe was unable to bail out the sinking ship.

Down they went – and waiting for them first up in the third tier was Chesterfield. And, in the cramped confines of Saltergate, Villa were afforded a rough, rumbustious welcome to Division Three.

It was rough even before kick-off as fighting broke out behind a goal and Crowe went on to the pitch to plead for calm. Order was restored just before kick-off. Just after it, Villa scored.

With 90 seconds on the clock, Chico Hamilton’s corner reached Paddy McMahon who drilled the ball home. An explosion of noise hit the open terracing of the historic old ground.

Chesterfield equalised in the 18th minute through David Pugh’s header but as the match deepened Bruce Rioch exerted his influence.

The midfielder was signed for £100,000 from Luton the previous summer to power a promotion push only to find himself ever-present in a slide to relegation, finishing leading scorer with a paltry six goals. Now he showed his class.

On 28 minutes Rioch curled a 25-yard free-kick beautifully round the wall into the net. He pulled the strings from that point on and, in the 28th minute of the second half, netted again from long range.

The Spireites kept fighting and reduced the deficit eight minutes from time through Kevin Randall. That sparked more fighting on the terraces and it was amid a volatile atmosphere that Villa hung on for a win that said much about their desire to escape Division Three at the first attempt (it was to take them two goes).

“There is a terrific team spirit at Villa Park now,” observed Rioch. “And to start off with a win away from home was great.”

The Mail, meanwhile, had high praise for the Scot. “Rioch, who left Luton for the whimsies and predictions of Tommy Docherty, has found maturity and self-respect under the quiet guidance of Vic Crowe,” the paper reported. “He ruled Chesterfield’s ground with a lethal poise that promises to inject pride into Villa’s opening Division Three season.”

It was just a shame about the crowd trouble which also marred the opening-day programme elsewhere.

“Three coachloads of skinheads, on their way from Lincoln, were sent back home by police who intercepted them eight miles from Cambridge,” revealed the Mail.

Earlier in the week, Albion fans had been warned that if they attended The Hawthorns in “bovver boots” were they would be “ordered to take them off and watch the match in their stockinged feet”.

Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: steamer on August 25, 2020, 12:31:18 PM
Those were the days
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Godfrey Brian on August 25, 2020, 04:51:36 PM
The novelty of a 3:15 Saturday kick-off to start our Div 3 days. The midweek Notts County game was played in torrential rain-I was on the Witton End !
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on August 25, 2020, 06:29:38 PM
I was on holiday on the Norfolk Broads at the start of the first season in Division Three.  I had to find a phone box and ring home to find out the result of that League Cup game against Notts County as it was impossible to find out anywhere around where we were moored up.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on August 25, 2020, 10:56:54 PM
Paddy McMahon? -fuck me!!

Oh, and the goal he scored didn't come from a corner, so that's only two mistakes in the opening paragraphs.

Who wrote this crap -Southgate?
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: stubbsyandy on August 25, 2020, 11:25:17 PM
Pat Pat Pat Pat McMahon...
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on August 26, 2020, 08:16:01 AM
Paddy McMahon? -fuck me!!

Oh, and the goal he scored didn't come from a corner, so that's only two mistakes in the opening paragraphs.

Who wrote this crap -Southgate?

From the meaning evil site. So I didn't put the link as I normally would when quoting an article.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Pat McMahon on August 26, 2020, 09:06:29 PM
Paddy McMahon? -fuck me!!

Oh, and the goal he scored didn't come from a corner, so that's only two mistakes in the opening paragraphs.

Who wrote this crap -Southgate?

I wholeheartedly agree!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on August 27, 2020, 10:23:04 PM
Yeah, but you have a conflict of interest! Is your real name Michael Vaughan?
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: PeterWithe on August 27, 2020, 10:50:52 PM
Three coachloads of skinheads were on route from Lincoln to Chesterfield via Cambridge?

Was Mark Thatcher driving?
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: JD on August 28, 2020, 08:10:22 AM
Three coachloads of skinheads were on route from Lincoln to Chesterfield via Cambridge?

Was Mark Thatcher driving?

They were that thick they were heading in  the wrong direction.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Godfrey Brian on August 28, 2020, 10:20:43 AM
The Plymouth game was our first appearence, that season, as the main match on Star Soccer. The other two main matches in which we featured were the League Cup Final and the 3-0 win v Swansea in April. I think that these were the days that the cameras were positioned on  a ramshackle gantry of scaffolding and planks on the lower Trinity. Two or three cameras only and Hugh Johns' voice providing an extensive introduction to the highlights over close ups of the players warming up. A brief match summary from Billy Wright  and that was it until the following Sunday.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on August 28, 2020, 12:53:00 PM
I raced home from holiday on the Broads to get to that match.  As stated, it hammered rain and I got soaked down the Witton End.  On that holiday I purchased a khaki jungle hat and wore it to the game. I still have that hat and wear it when gardening.  I'm genuinely sad to say that it is now becoming a little frayed around the edges, a bit like myself.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on August 28, 2020, 11:33:58 PM
We murdered Plymouth in the first half. Five or six goals would have been a fair reflection of our superiority. By one of those bitter ironies a fluky deflection meant that the first scorer at Villa Park in a third division match was Charlie Aitken -with an own goal!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on August 30, 2020, 07:18:06 AM
29th August 1970. Back on a track with another away win at The Vetch Field, Swansea. 2-1 with goals from Chico Hamilton and Pat McMahon in front of 15,535.

https://www.11v11.com/matches/swansea-city-v-aston-villa-29-august-1970-131976/
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on August 31, 2020, 06:43:08 AM
31st August 1970. Villa 0 Mansfield 1.  Attendance 30,862.

An unexpected home defeat brings us down with a bump. Lochhead has still failed to score.


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https://www.stagsnet.net/vintage/reports/AstonVillaA_1971.html
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Godfrey Brian on August 31, 2020, 10:59:19 AM
I was only eleven but remember feeling devastated coming away from this game. I think that I'd been getting used to the novelty (in my lifetime) of Villa picking up points! I confidently believed that we would walk the league. This was a bank holiday night game and I was at the front of The Holte expecting a classy win. After their goal Villa worked hard but everything broke down- hugely frustrating.I think the Rioch injury took him out for months and was the start of his career long knee problems. 
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on August 31, 2020, 11:38:47 PM
That's right, but Pat McMahon was concussed in the first half, so Villa had to play with ten men after the break, which is when the scabs got their goal.

We played 'em four times in two seasons and only picked up one point. In one of those years they even got relegated!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 05, 2020, 06:00:13 AM
5th September 1970. Villa 3 Doncaster 2. Attendance 23,632.

Andy Lochhead finally scores. Not one, but two goals.

https://www.11v11.com/matches/aston-villa-v-doncaster-rovers-05-september-1970-131993/




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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 05, 2020, 11:47:57 PM
His first was at the Witton End, the winner was a header that fizzed inside the post at the Holte End.

Pat McMahon was brave; having gone off with concussion against Mansfield, he threw himself at a fifty-fifty header with the 'keeper. Pat headed the ball into the net, while the 'keeper's fist -or the ring on his finger-cut Pat's cheek as he scored.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 09, 2020, 06:48:00 AM
9th September 1970. Villa 2 Burnley 0. League cup round two.

Pat McMahon and Lionel Martin. 3rd division beats 1st division in front of 28,340.


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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on September 09, 2020, 09:13:39 AM
As I've posted before, I've seen many great goals down the Villa in my time; and that goal by Lionel Martin is amongst the finest of them.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Pat McMahon on September 10, 2020, 12:23:12 AM
His first was at the Witton End, the winner was a header that fizzed inside the post at the Holte End.

Pat McMahon was brave; having gone off with concussion against Mansfield, he threw himself at a fifty-fifty header with the 'keeper. Pat headed the ball into the net, while the 'keeper's fist -or the ring on his finger-cut Pat's cheek as he scored.

Play was stopped for a while for McMahon to be treated, and in those days that meant he was really hurt. I think that was the first time I really remember seeing a player covered in blood - I was only a nipper.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 10, 2020, 12:44:25 AM
Lionel Martin's  goal was superb. What a shame he couldn't harness his talent to have a good career.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Flamingo Lane on September 10, 2020, 03:26:17 PM
As I've posted before, I've seen many great goals down the Villa in my time; and that goal by Lionel Martin is amongst the finest of them.

Indeed it was, an 'I was there' moment.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 10, 2020, 11:41:41 PM
I was standing on the Holte. When he hit the ball, I thought, "What's he crossed it for? There's no-one in the middle!"

Then I realised he had chipped Tony Waiters (6ft. 3") from the corner of the box. Perfection!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on September 11, 2020, 09:26:34 AM
I was in my usual spot down the Witton and thought he'd spooned it, so much so that I had my hands in the air ready to catch it, next thing I knew I was looking at it in the bottom corner of the net.  Cue pandemonium.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 11, 2020, 01:18:44 PM

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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 11, 2020, 02:05:35 PM

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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 12, 2020, 09:29:41 PM
12th September 1970. Barnsley 1 Villa 1. Attendance 13,644.
Dave Simmons scores for us in what will prove to be his final appearance before moving to Colchester in December.

Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: JD on September 12, 2020, 10:02:14 PM
Love this thread and your posts Andy.
Fascinating stuff.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 12, 2020, 11:24:25 PM
This was the game where John Dunn saved a second-half penalty, but it had to be retaken (Barnsley scored) because the ref wasn't ready!!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: robleflaneur on September 13, 2020, 12:03:22 AM
My main recollection of the Barnsley game was the superb Barnsley Bitter in their social club at 1/11d a pint,(less than 10p  in new fangled currency).A great introduction to the wonders offered by beer.
The Mansfield game highlight for me was Stuart Boam and Lochhead  kicking lumps out of each other in front of the Witton Lane facing the Holte End.The ball was a mere 40/50 yards away.It would have made a great 'Spot the Ball ' competition .
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 13, 2020, 05:51:52 PM
This was the game where John Dunn saved a second-half penalty, but it had to be retaken (Barnsley scored) because the ref wasn't ready!!


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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 13, 2020, 06:00:03 PM
Barnsley fans recall.

http://barnsleyfc.org.uk/search/37851494/?q=aston+villa+1970&o=date&c[node]=130

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As me and my dad were queuing to get in, they were bringing bleeding fans on stretchers out. Then there was a running battle on the Ponty End for much of the match. Far more exciting than the football.

Unforgettable for a 10 year old. I thought Andy Lochhead (the only player I'd heard of) scored their goal, but I've just checked and he didn't
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The first time I saw any hooliganism was during the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, September 1970. There were quite a number of Villa fans in the Ponty End and it suddenly all kicked off. From then on, it seemed to crop up, irrespective of the opposition.

Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: b23 on September 13, 2020, 07:50:29 PM
12th September 1970. Barnsley 1 Villa 1. Attendance 13,644.
Dave Simmons scores for us in what will prove to be his final appearance before moving to Colchester in December.



5 months later, playing for 4th Division Colchester, he helped to dump Dirty Leeds, out of the FA Cup.

 https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/football/day-minnows-colchester-shocked-revies-mighty-leeds-1990126
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 13, 2020, 08:00:04 PM
12th September 1970. Barnsley 1 Villa 1. Attendance 13,644.
Dave Simmons scores for us in what will prove to be his final appearance before moving to Colchester in December.



5 months later, playing for 4th Division Colchester, he helped to dump Dirty Leeds, out of the FA Cup.

 https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/football/day-minnows-colchester-shocked-revies-mighty-leeds-1990126



Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 18, 2020, 11:56:26 PM
19th September 1970. Villa 2 Preston 0. Attendance 26,139. Lochhead (2).


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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: danno on September 19, 2020, 12:07:13 AM
19th September 1970. Villa 2 Preston 0. Attendance 26,139. Lochhead (2).

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By John Morrell
PRESTON NORTH END'S brief sojourn with
success came to an abrupt halt this afternoon
when they found little welcome from a crowd of
26,000 at Villa Park. Ex-Burnley leader Andy
Lochhead led their defence a dance in the first
half scoring twice.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Godfrey Brian on September 19, 2020, 10:00:43 AM
Really appreciating this thread Andy.  PNE were still a big club then and this was a very good win. One of my favourite Villa kits too. Also good to see the shot of the Trinity standing terrace. The absolute bonus for me though is that one of the blurry blobs behind the Holte End white exit wall has to be the twelve year old me! That was our spot! (p.s I'm still a blob these days but for entirely different reasons! 😀)
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Flamingo Lane on September 19, 2020, 11:50:41 AM
My spot on the Holte End was also behind the big white exit wall, though in the third division days I sat in the Trinity Road stand, close up to the Holte End.

Fantastic times, and I'm really enjoying this thread (I too have kept complete sets of the home programmes from our two seasons in the third, which ALITA is kindly using for us here).
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on September 19, 2020, 01:01:20 PM
I was at that game and I'm pretty sure I still have that programme.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 20, 2020, 12:21:39 AM
For some reason -don't know why- I watched this one from the Witton Lane Stand. it was a good performance against a side that finished champions, as I recall, with two well-taken goals from Big Andy.

This game was my first sighting of Archie Gemmill, who was to join Derby shortly after.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 23, 2020, 07:33:24 AM
23rd September 1970. Villa 2 Gillingham 1. Hamilton, McMahon. Attendance 29,383


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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: steamer on September 23, 2020, 08:59:39 PM
I will have to work out how to scan save and post , as I have so many , Argus, Mail, national press cuttings from this time
Along with complete sets of home programes from 69/70 up to about 84
All my away programes up to 78
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 25, 2020, 01:01:25 AM
The start of the Gills same was remarkable -we scored in the third and fourth minutes, the second a McMahon header from a rare Lochhead cross.

David Peach, who later played for Southampton at the top level got one back in the second half, but we held on.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 25, 2020, 01:06:35 PM

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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Pat McMahon on September 25, 2020, 10:32:38 PM
For some reason -don't know why- I watched this one from the Witton Lane Stand. it was a good performance against a side that finished champions, as I recall, with two well-taken goals from Big Andy.

This game was my first sighting of Archie Gemmill, who was to join Derby shortly after.

Your mention of Archie Gemmill reminded me that I was at this game. I don’t remember the goals but I do remember Archie Gemmill, mainly because my dad was impressing on me how good he was.

Few opposing players marked me back then but he and Ces Podd of Bradford were among the select few. And Mickey bloody Cave who scored the winner for Torquay against us.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 25, 2020, 11:25:56 PM
It was a cracking shot from Micky Cave, though, wasn't it, Pat. A game we should  have had sown up by the hour mark!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 26, 2020, 12:33:49 AM
26th September 1970. Wrexham 2 Villa 3. Gibson, Hamilton(pen), Lochhead. Attendance 18,335


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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on September 26, 2020, 08:47:01 AM
26th September 1970. Wrexham 2 Villa 3. Gibson, Hamilton(pen), Lochhead. Attendance 18,335


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How well I remember that.  IIRC much was made of Chico's run-up to take the penalty, began somewhere near the half-way line if some were to be believed.  I do recall it seemed a long one though.  I still have that programme.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Pat McMahon on September 26, 2020, 01:01:24 PM
Was that the game where John Dunne saved a penalty twice?
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on September 26, 2020, 01:04:04 PM
Was that the game where John Dunne saved a penalty twice?

Strangely enough I have no recollection of that Pat, I know we were much better than the scoreline suggests but we always found it difficult against Wrexham.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Flamingo Lane on September 26, 2020, 02:21:10 PM
Was that the game where John Dunne saved a penalty twice?

Strangely enough I have no recollection of that Pat, I know we were much better than the scoreline suggests but we always found it difficult against Wrexham.

Yes, this was the start of a number of games against them that were quite high scoring, including a League Cup second replay played at the Hawthorns, which was one of my favourite Villa memories.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 26, 2020, 07:43:53 PM
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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Godfrey Brian on September 26, 2020, 10:23:22 PM
He didn't play a lot of games for us but I remember Dave Gibson as a classy player.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dave shelley on September 26, 2020, 10:27:32 PM
He was a very classy player, very skillful, the only problem was, his legs had gone by the time he got to us.  Sound familiar?
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Pat McMahon on September 26, 2020, 11:34:25 PM
He didn't play a lot of games for us but I remember Dave Gibson as a classy player.

My dad was a big fan but as a nipper I was more impressed by McMahon, Lochhead, Hamilton And Anderson.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 27, 2020, 12:25:44 AM
Wrexham always gave us a good contest; they were one of the half-a-dozen teams in the Third Division who wanted to play football.

The next season, we had a memorable three-game clash with them in the first round of the League Cup, that we won 4-3 (after being 3-2 down) near the end at The Hawthorns!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: GXVilla on September 28, 2020, 01:12:28 PM
Seems crazy to think that Wrexham and Bristol Rovers were amongst our rivals 50 years ago! Had some great trips to Wrexham with thousands of Villa fans crossing the border into Wales. Remember a weird little stand that looked like it would collapse at any moment. Wrexham had a big centre half called Eddie May and he and Andy Lochead used to kick lumps out of each other! No quarter asked for or given. Fantastic to watch but they'd both be sent off after 5 minutes these days.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 29, 2020, 12:05:22 AM
Eddie May was huge, wasn't he? 6ft. 3", as I recall, but with the barrelist of barrel chests. Still, Andy was always good at looking after himself.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on September 30, 2020, 09:52:51 AM
30th September 1970. Villa 1 Bristol Rovers 1  Lochhead  Attendance 32,082

From that days programme. One of the Rovers players had caught the eye.


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Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on September 30, 2020, 11:54:13 PM
He 'caught the eye' even more in the second half when he blasted home the equaliser, the first of his many goals at B6.

Villa's goal before the break was a thing of beauty, a superb log cross from the left foot of Davie Gibson, glanced perfectly into the net by your namesake!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Godfrey Brian on October 10, 2020, 12:31:12 PM
10th October 1970 Rochdale 1 Villa 1 Attendance 7364. Following two disappointing October draws (Brighton 0-0 league and Northampton 1-1 league cup) we headed to Rochdale for our first ever fixture against them. The crowd was almost double their normal attendance. Andy Lochhead scored early but we ended with another point. Bruce Rioch was to be out for a lengthy spell having had his cartilage removed this week
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on October 10, 2020, 11:52:22 PM
Yes, the injuries were starting to pile up, Brian.

Didn't Neil Rioch feature in this game?
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Godfrey Brian on October 11, 2020, 08:30:43 AM
Yes Dave, it was one of his few starts for us.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: steamer on October 11, 2020, 05:17:58 PM
The Northampton game was midweek
I started a new school at the end of that week, my satchel was a villa bag.
I was greeted by a Villa fan who had been there, he went on to be the best man at my wedding and life long friend.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on October 12, 2020, 11:06:59 PM
Good story!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Villa Lew on November 21, 2020, 09:06:05 AM
Whilst our participation in the League Cup had continued 4 days previously with a well earned draw at Bristol Rovers, it came to an abrupt end in the FA Cup, with a first round 3-1 defeat at Torquay. Ex Villa man Dick Edwards scored one of their goals.

From a Villa point, it was most remembered for Charlie Aitken scoring his one and only goal in the competition for the club. It was also Lew Chatterley's last game for us.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on November 21, 2020, 07:00:35 PM
Yes, we were very poor at Torquay.

In fairness, the players had put a real shift in at Bristol on a mud-pitch in driving rain -the ball was sticking at times- so some of them might have been tired. No complaints about the result.

Charlie's goal was partly the result of Dick Edward's elbow apparently being more concerned with Andy Lochhead's face that the left-wing cross!
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on November 21, 2020, 08:46:02 PM
Don't remember much of the game. I just recall sitting in the coach afterwards thinking it's a long journey home.
I think Tommy Mitchinson was also at Torquay at this time.
Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: Villa Lew on November 21, 2020, 09:06:14 PM
Yes he played for them from 69-71


Title: Re: 50 years ago
Post by: dcdavecollett on November 22, 2020, 11:20:38 PM
Charlie's goal was his first for years.

Under Vic Crowe and Ron Wylie, he was used more at attacking free-kicks and corners. Charlie was quite tall for a full-back and he eventually became like our version of Chris Lawler at Liverpool, a  bloke who would get a few goals every season.

The goal at Torquay was his only one that season, but he scored quite a few in the last years of his Villa career.
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