Steve Cooper and Marco Silva, managers of Nottingham Forest and Fulham respectively, led their teams into the center circle before a pre-match minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth II at the City Ground.
Across Villa Park, the lights were dimmed, the middle of the pitch lit up, and tributes to the late King were shown on the screens. Later, the sopranos sang “God Save the King” in front of Aston Villa and Southampton players.
When the clock reached 70 minutes in both games, fans stood and applauded in memory of the Queen – who died last week after 70 years on the throne. The game was even stopped for a short time.
The Queen was remembered and honored with a warm tribute as the English Premier League resumed after a two-week break – prompted by the death of the long-time monarch – with victories for Fulham and Villa on Friday.
They were the first two of seven games in the top flight from Friday-Sunday, with three games canceled due to logistical issues and safety concerns while officials prepare for the Queen’s funeral on Monday. catch
The entire round of fixtures was postponed last week as a mark of respect.
“We honor Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary life and dedication to the nation and the world,” the league said.
Fulham bided their time after the break, then scored three goals in six second-half minutes on the back of a 3-2 win at Forest in a thrilling match between two promoted teams.
Tossin Adrabio, Joao Paulina and Harrison Reid were the scorers in this flurry of goals on the hour mark, and Fulham moved up to sixth place.
“We’re happy with how we started but we have to keep going,” Silva said of his team, who were widely predicted to win this season. Fighting relegation.
Forest, who are in last place, went ahead through Taiwo Owinyi in the 11th, while Lewis O’Brien’s goal in the 77th marked a tight end.
“Goals change the game and then we can’t stop them,” said Forest midfielder Ryan Yates, “and before you know it, the game is on.”
Jacob Ramsey scored Villa’s winner in the 41st minute against Southampton, a 1-0 victory that eased the pressure on manager Steven Gerrard after his side’s slow start to the season.
After a 1-1 draw with Manchester City two weeks ago, Villa dropped to 13th place after a game that was forgettable after the pre-match ovation to the Queen.
“It wasn’t pretty but it feels good,” Villa captain John McGinn said of his team’s performance.
“If I had seen it on TV, I would have turned it off.”
Gerrard said he was happy to leave the entertainment in pursuit of points.
“It wasn’t pretty or stylish, but with where we were in the league, we knew we had to do it practically,” said the former Liverpool captain.