INTRODUCTION: The traditional curtain-raiser to the English soccer league season took place at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday (22 August).
GV Aston Villa kick off. Ball goes to Tottenham Hotspur. 0.16
??? PAN Corner taken by Villa - Clemence drops ball and Withe scores for Villa. 0.25
SV Scoreboard 1-0 0.27
TV Spurs' Ricky Villa passes to Ardiles, plays towards Villa goal. Goal scored by Falco (off camera). (2 SHOTS) 0.43
SV Players congratulating Falco, crowd applauding at half-time. (2 SHOTS) 0.48
GV Second half: Galvin passes from left wing across goal ball in penalty area Falco scores again. 1.06
GV Crowds and scoreboard Villa 1 Spurs 2. (2 SHOTS) 1.10
GV Gibson of Villa dummies past Spurs defence crosses and Withe scores with back-header. 1.30
SV Villa players congratulate each other. 1.32
SV Clemence injured. 1.37
SV Scoreboard 2-2. 1.39
GV PAN Spurs players robbed Villa attack and Clemence saves. 1.57 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: TEAMS: ASTON VILLA; Rimmer, Swain, Gibson, Evans, McNaught, Mortimer (Captain) Bremner, Geddis, Withe, Cowans, Morley; Sub. Blair. TOTTENHAM: Clemence, Hughton, Miller, Roberts, Villa Perryman, (Captain), Ardiles, Archibald, Galvin, Hoddle, Falco. Referee: A.W. Grey (Great Yarmouth).
Background: LONDON, UK
INTRODUCTION: The traditional curtain-raiser to the English soccer league season took place at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday (22 August). The match for the Football Association's Charity Shield was between last season's league champions Aston Villa and the FA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur. The honours were shared 2-2 before a capacity crowd.
SYNOPSIS: Villa in claret and blue playing from right to left kicked off. Ironically, it was a mistake by ex-Liverpool goal-keeper Ray Clemence -- playing for Tottenham for the first time - which presented Villa with their first goal. He collected Morley's corner on his line and promptly dropped the ball at Withe's feet. Villa's top scorer made no mistake.
Two minutes before half-time Tottenham struck back. Falco who was replacing the London club's injured black striker Garth Crocks, ran onto a pass 20 yards out and smashed a stupendous shot past Rimmer's desperate dive.
In the second half Falco set his seal on the match. The 20-year-old striker use his left foot to sweep Galvin's pass forcefully past Rimmer who could only help the ball on its way into the net. A few minutes later he was denied a hat-trick by Rimmer who blocked a firm shot.
The league champions got back on equal terms again when Withe and Geddis hurtled in after Morley's centre. Geddis crashed into 'keeper Clemence and Withe put the ball into the net. The Villa players congratulated each other while Clemence, dazed and flattened, was treated for his injuries. It was not happy debut for the England goalkeeper.
So the honours remained even at 2-2. Villa looked likelier to win and Clemence had to save from Cowans and Bremner. In the end a draw seemed the just result.
Source: REUTERS - KEN HARDING