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Features / Villa Park as I know it
« Last post by martin@ on April 06, 2016, 02:23:22 PM »
Poster WittonWarrior reminisces about Villa Park.

Day by Day / Charlie Athersmith and the Umbrella
« Last post by martin@ on April 06, 2016, 01:51:53 PM »
The thing with supporting the Villa is that the club is steeped in folklore, whether it be stories of gas lamps, the melting down of a lost FA Cup trophy or a star inter-war forward keeping chickens in his front room. The list can go on and on, but the story about Charlie Athersmith and an umbrella is something that poster MorrisNielson thought he could actually look up and see if was true or not.

Features / New £5.136bn Premier League TV deal
« Last post by martin@ on February 25, 2015, 01:08:17 PM »
Only leaves Thursday nights without it being on tv now... (sigh)

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In General / Sporting Memories Network
« Last post by martin@ on February 25, 2015, 12:38:00 PM »
Le Grand Depart, Grimsby Town, Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Everton, Warrington Wolves, Newcastle United, Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Gloucestershire CCC, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, The MCC, Sunderland, England Rugby Union and many other clubs and sporting organisations have all worked closely with and benefitted from the work of Sporting Memories, several of them have made matches Sporting Memories games to raise awareness of dementia and mental health issues and to publicise the charity. The charity won three prestigious national awards for their work last year and lots of positive coverage in the national press.

In February 2015 the government launched Dementia 2020 highlighting their aims and some of the work being done. Naturally no mention is made of any of the above or the work done by Sporting Memories Network but the one football club that worked with a certain massive charity which the government provide hundreds of millions on funding to got praise for their work in the field. Funny that. Have a guess how much Sporting Memories have got in funding from the government.

Go here for more information on Sporting Memories.

In General / AVFC Announcement
« Last post by martin@ on February 11, 2015, 08:53:30 PM »
Aston Villa Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Sherwood as our new manager.

Tim, 46, joins after a long and successful coaching career with Tottenham, culminating a short but successful period as manager, and has agreed a contract that will see him take charge until the end of season 2017-18.

The club are excited to have secured the services of one of English football's most highly sought after managers.

Tom Fox, Aston Villa chief executive: "Randy and I are really pleased that Tim has decided to join the club.

"Tim had a fantastic career at Tottenham, not only in his brief spell as first-team manager but, just as importantly, in the role he played in developing young talent.

"We are determined to build a football operation with a long-term vision and a commitment to youth development.

"We strongly believe Tim has the qualities to get the best out of our current squad and help us build and develop for the future."

Tim Sherwood said: "It is a great honour to manage one of the biggest clubs in English football.

"I can't wait to get started and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

Villa chairman Randy Lerner commented: "While being forever conscious of the frustrations that we all suffer, we feel that a change that offers a positive, fresh approach will be very good for the club.

"I know that Tom and many others at Villa worked very hard to recruit Tim in the face of severely limited time constraints and pounding pressure.

"More importantly, I know further that internally we remain focused and committed to challenges we face, and I am deeply appreciative for that.".

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Day by Day / Is this the season...
« Last post by martin@ on January 13, 2015, 03:19:32 PM »
...where we go down?

Legion asks the question we are all asking ourselves.
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In General / January 2015 Transfer Rumours
« Last post by martin@ on January 13, 2015, 03:13:38 PM »
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is being offered Slovenia midfielder Josip Ilicic in January, writes Tom Hopkinson in Sunday People Sport .

The 26-year-old has fallen out of favour with Fiorentina fans and the club are looking to move him on in the new year.

Italian side Torino are also keen but the player has still not decided what his next move will be.

Ilicic joined Fiorentina from Palermo in 2012 for around £6.5million but now the Florence-based club will let him leave on loan in January with first option to buy him for around £3.5m next summer.

The midfielder has racked up 26 appearances for his country since his debut four years ago.

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Features / Sum up watching the Villa in one picture
« Last post by martin@ on January 13, 2015, 11:46:51 AM »
Day by Day / Gut wrenching defeats
« Last post by martin@ on January 13, 2015, 11:40:43 AM »
2010 cup final was an obvious one. Another one that sticks in my mind was ironically against Spurs, another 2-1 home defeat in March 2009, I knew straight after that game we wouldn't be finishing top 4 that season. Different times though and what I'd give for that now.

What other defeats have made you close to being physically sick afterwards?

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Day by Day / Villa players you forgot played for us
« Last post by martin@ on January 13, 2015, 11:37:57 AM »
Watched some highlights of our 3-0 win over Sheffield United just now, memorable day. Patrick Berger scored a nice goal which actually reminded me he played for us for apparently 3 seasons.

I think he had a good run of form round that point as apparently he still was in our squad for 2007/08 even though I can't recall him being involved in any games that year? Same for 2005/06!

Which is the one for you that apparently played for us but you can't remember them.

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