1972/73 Charity Shield  

Saturday 5th August 1972

Venue: Villa Park, Aston Villa FC

Manchester City  1
(Lee pen)
Aston Villa  0

Half-time 1-0
Attendance: 34,859

Both the 1971/72 League champions (Derby County) and FA Cup winners (Leeds United) declined to take part in the Charity Shield so the curtain-raiser to the new season was between Third Division champions Aston Villa and Manchester City, fourth in the First Division in 1971/72. 

Manchester City:  J Corrigan, T Book, W Donachie (sub: D Jeffries), M Doyle, T Booth, C Bell, M Summerbee, F Lee, R Davies (sub: I Mellor), R Marsh, M Towers.  

Aston Villa:  J Cumbes, J Wright, C Aitken, B Rioch, C Nicholl, I Ross, R Graydon, P McMahon, A Lochhead (sub: A Evans), G Vowden, W Anderson.