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    Vintage Video - Aston Villa v Brighton (Sept 1971)


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    From Villa Park, these are the goals from our first ever appearance on Match of the Day. It's the oldest colour footage I've found yet of the Albion. Of course, the return match at the Goldstone was the one with Willie Irvine's famous goal.



    I hope this clips brings back memories for some NSCers.

    Albion side that day was: Powney, Henderson, Spearritt, Templeman, J Napier, Gall, Lutton, K Napier, Irvine, Murray, O'Sullivan. Sub not used: Duffy.

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      Brilliant!

      Thin goal posts/bar and about 25000 standing punters!!!

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      Superb. Thanks for posting that.
      The rarity of the Albion being on telly in those days makes this a collectors item, despite the result. I would have bet money we would have played in blue shorts.
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      Superb. Thanks for posting that.
      The rarity of the Albion being on telly in those days makes this a collectors item, despite the result. I would have bet money we would have played in blue shorts.
      The blue shorts were worn for the first time at the return game v Villa that season-the 'Willie irvine match'- which was also on Match of the Day. They were actually part of a training kit. Pat Saward decided changes were needed;both in player selection and look that day. It galvanised the team and the rest is,of course, history.

      I'd love to see the blue shorts as part of our first chice kit again.
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      Glad you enjoyed the video. That packed crowd looks awesome.

      By the way, who is this 'Braydon' chap that scored Villa's first goal?

      He looks a bit useful judging from all the Villa footage from the 1970s that I've seen....
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      Glad you enjoyed the video. That packed crowd looks awesome.

      By the way, who is this 'Braydon' chap that scored Villa's first goal?

      He looks a bit useful judging from all the Villa footage from the 1970s that I've seen....

      Ray Graydon?
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      Ray Graydon?
      Thank you. That's the chap!
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      Ray Graydon came from Bristol Rovers, where he scored 33 goals in 130 appearances, and scored 15 league goals in the 71/72 season for Villa...
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      The blue shorts were worn for the first time at the return game v Villa that season-the 'Willie irvine match'- which was also on Match of the Day. They were actually part of a training kit. Pat Saward decided changes were needed;both in player selection and look that day. It galvanised the team and the rest is,of course, history.

      I'd love to see the blue shorts as part of our first chice kit again.
      I second that - we look like Leeds from the back!
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      That was my 1st visit to Villa Park & fell in love with the place, a real 'big' footie ground as Villa were a giant who had slipped from 1st to 3rd div within a couple of years. That was unusual then but seems much more common now.

      As mentioned above, Ray Graydon was quite a player with Bristol Rovers & villa and spent some years in mamagement, i believe at Villa, Walsall & Rovers

      This was fairly early 71/72 and Albion's start was steady but unspectacular. Tucked in behind the leaders, Albion picked them all off after Xmas to go up as 2nd behind Villa. It was my 1st promotion and still one of my fav seasons with many dramatic late goals and 12 away wins.
      40 years of watching the Albion makes me an official Boring Old Git.

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