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Offline GXVilla

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #60 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.

Offline dcdavecollett

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #61 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.

Offline Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #62 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.




Offline dcdavecollett

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #63 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!

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #64 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

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #65 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?

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #66 on: October 11, 2020, 08:30:43 AM »
Yes Dave, it was one of his few starts for us.

Offline steamer

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #67 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.

Offline dcdavecollett

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #68 on: October 12, 2020, 11:06:59 PM »
Good story!

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #69 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.

Offline dcdavecollett

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #70 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!

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #71 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.

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #72 on: November 21, 2020, 09:06:14 PM »
Yes he played for them from 69-71


« Last Edit: November 22, 2020, 11:22:35 PM by Villa Lew »

Offline dcdavecollett

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Re: 50 years ago
« Reply #73 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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