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  1. One of the images of our season was Steve Bruce crying after the first goal. In the last two weeks his Mom has been hospitalised and his Dad has passed away, but today he got everything absolutely spot on. When Sky showed this, I cried with him. What a massive effort he's put into this football club.
    102 points
  2. Hi all you villains Just thought I'd give you my thoughts on the imminent transfer of our most gifted player into your ranks. Conor has been the best signing we have made in decades when we pinched him from Plymouth. His vision is superb, his attitude immense (if you can get the video of the Leeds match in full you will see him launching into a team mate who sold him short, I kid you not his neck veins are half an inch thick in his rant.) He does not suffer fools and non performers. When we first got him he used that wand of a left foot to great effect, but not much else (in terms of getting involved in defensive duties) Since then he has been taught how to tackle as well, that it is ALL the teams responsibility to throw themselves in, and he has become a much better all round player for it. He's now not afraid to get stuck in (hence his booking yesterday) You've bought a gem, and usually you'll get some rancour and sour grapes from the team you get them from, but in this case we wish Conor all the very best. We know Barnsley is a small club with a small fan base surrounded by much bigger teams, we live with that, we cannot match your spending power nor wage payments. If Conor turns out for you guys next season at Oakwell, he will be warmly applauded, he has been a huge part of our achievements in the last 60 weeks, bottom of league 1 to Wembley winners twice in one season and promotion to the Championship, plus in 8th place at the moment. I'll never see a repeat of that but as he plays for you I will always take a keen interest in his performances Thanks Conor for the memories, you will become the favourite at Villa Park just as you did at Oakwell
    96 points
  3. And here he is, a new addition to the Villa family - Rafe William Woodcock Just remember boys, whatever Jack decides, it’s only football!
    93 points
  4. After my long trip from Sweden I finally got here! I was looking forward to my first visit at the Holte End and boy was it great! Have to be one of the greatest days in my life! Singing all the Villa songs, calling the referee a wan*** and just enjoying the atmosphere! As if that wasn't enough, managed to fill my autograph book with every players autograph (besides Zog who raced out from the parking) and get to meet Fabian Delph, my favorite player! Thank you Aston Villa and every player for this great experience, till next time!
    80 points
  5. At 75 minutes... At 90 minutes
    76 points
  6. First off, apologies. This is going to be long, but I’m sure you’ll find it interesting. Last night I was very, very fortunate to represent VillaTalk at what Aston Villa described as “an exclusive training session” at Bodymoor Heath. A selection of media, supporter groups and websites including Vital Villa, avillafan, Heroes and Villains, and obviously VT, were asked to send someone who would be given full training kit and put through their paces by some of the strength and conditioning coaches at the club. There was also mention of “kit launch” in the invitation too. And who doesn’t want to be first to see the new kit? Now, I haven’t kicked a football in over 20 years. Some of you will know that I had a nasty football injury as a teenager and until medical science caught up a few years ago I was unable to do anything but light activity. Quite how I wasn’t enormous at that point is a miracle, but nonetheless I had surgery, started to get active, but bottled out of playing football in case I got a recurrence of the injury. This time, though, I just couldn’t refuse. Scott (OBE) and Simon (Limpid) put it to me that they’d like me to go on behalf of VT. Not as a little treat for being a good Mod, or because of my X Factor-esque sob story, but because of my career history. Again, those of you who know me will already know my background. I studied fashion back in the 90s and went on to spend 6 years working for Puma in Nuremberg (hence the name on here). During that time I headed up the design of performance products for the brand, with a huge focus on football. I designed the Italy kit which won the World Cup in 2006, and Usain Bolt’s kit in Beijing 2008. A few years later I was back in the UK and recruited by Umbro where I was eventually Creative Director. I was honoured to work on kits for England, and also Manchester City during the first few years of the Abu Dhabi ownership period. It was a phenomenal experience. My initial response was - I can’t do it. I was worried about the fitness aspect (Scott glibly put it as “You may have to dress up and run around a bit”), and also felt that having been to several kit launch events of my own over the years it would be nice for someone else to get the chance. My mission though, should I choose to accept it, was to go in as a stalking horse on behalf of VT. These events are invariably a high quality charm offensive. We’re all honoured to be working together, lots of things in common, great opportunity, love the club, love the brand, etc. The ask of me was to cast an educated eye over the proceedings and see what it might reveal, and if there are any indicators of positive change within the corridors of Aston Villa. So that’s the background. It gives you an idea of how I’ve formed my views, and why I was so fortunate to be chosen. It’s been a long time since I was at Bodymoor Heath. Last time I was there I was collecting autographs from the likes Derek Mountfield and Graham Taylor. It’s fair to say the place in unrecognisable apart from the beautifully crafted gates that welcome you into what is now a world class facility. On arrival at 5.30 we waited at the lower car park, and were able to see some of the younger lads training in the distance. By younger lads, they were maybe 6 or 7 years old. Either that or they were very, very far away. After a few minutes we were told to drive round to the main building where everything was waiting for us. Even the road that takes you through to the training HQ brings it home to you the scale of Aston Villa Football Club. I’ve worked at the training grounds of Manchester City, Lazio, Bordeaux and others but this place is something else. Quintessentially English with it’s open space and imposing trees, but unmistakably modern once you get down to business. For all of the failings of the previous custodian, this is quite the legacy. Walking through the main doors, I felt a little like I was on Sky Sports News. Sadly I wasn’t getting out of a Ferrari and carrying a Louis Vuitton washbag, but nonetheless the presence of a club photographer gave me a split second of “what if”. Overseeing our reception alongside the Villa marketing team was Michael Taylor, the Senior Marketing Manager for Under Armour in the UK. I’ve known Mike for a number of years, but haven’t seen him in a while so it was nice to get a familiar face amidst my nervousness about if I’d have a cardiac arrest at some point during the evening. The other important factor in Mike being there is that he’s good at his job. He’s well thought of and well connected within the industry, so from an Under Armour standpoint, and more importantly from a Villa one, it’s reassuring to know that he’s key to the relationship. He’s a football fan and a talented marketeer, which bodes well for the management of our profile in the coming years. The assembled group were led upstairs for refreshments and sandwiches. The sarnies looked good, but I declined for fear of puking up on the pitch like Tommy Johnson all those years before me. From there we were taken into a briefing room which was decked in imposing imagery featuring the club crest and the UA logo. Fight like lions was emblazoned across it, and at the bottom reference to UA’s current campaign “I Will”. We were given a full understanding of why we were there (to celebrate the beginning of the UA relationship, and experience a taster of life as a professional athlete) and the agenda for the evening. Keith Wyness then took the floor to say a few words. He comes across as a confident man, reassured by his own experience. He talked passionately about the club, about the desire to get things back on track as quickly as possible and, importantly from my perspective, that this is a football club and not a brand. The crest is valuable and meaningful, and alongside a strong team on the pitch, and supported by UA it will have global resonance. Our new CEO was followed by Mike who gave us a clearer understanding of the Under Armour brand, its history and its current position. Aggressive growth plans across all sports, and a clearly defined portfolio of football clubs who share common values with the brand. Yeah, yeah, they all say that. But looking at the roster it was clear to see that it was populated by storied clubs with a lot to look forward to - Spurs, Southampton, Colo Colo, and more. It was nice to see us positioned alongside them. Mike told us about this being the 20th anniversary of the brand, and 10th anniversary of being in the UK. He even fronted up about the challenges they faced when the US speed skating team complained that their kit wasn’t functioning at the Olympics in Sochi. They ditched the kit and wore an old one, which must have been embarrassing for the brand. He explained how they’d learned from failure and were moving forward having extended their contract with the team. 20 years in, he said, and we’ve only just started. Sounds like Villa, but a bit older than just 20, I thought. Right then, niceties over. Time for training! We were led to the U21 changing room along a corridor with doors to gyms and physios, and bearing posters with helpful information for players about the danger signs of depression, and the importance of understanding what’s in any supplements they might take. In the changing room the attention to detail was superb. Lockers with specially created signs featuring our names, and full Under Armour training gear, and boots, to wear during the session. Sadly it didn’t carry the Villa crest so it wasn’t clear whether this was exactly what the players will be using, but it would certainly give an indication of the quality we could expect. Looking around the room it was encouraging to see I wasn’t going to be the most out of shape person there. It was disappointing to see that there were a few lads there who really look after themselves. The coaching team were led by Ben Petty, and our first exercise inside the huge, covered 4G arena was to warm up. We were taken through our paces in what would constitute a typical opening session for the Villa squad. It was hard. I certainly wouldn’t fancy having a go at it after a week of partying in Dubai, that’s for sure. But I guess we’ve already established I’m no professional athlete! Simple jogs, followed by jogs with more complex movement, running technique, sprints, and finally sprints pushing the metal frames you may have seen, and for those brave enough the same again with added weights. Credit to Gregg Evans of the Mail who absolutely blasted his way through it. Next were some ball drills. Not a medieval torture device, but high tempo pass and move. There was a mix of ability around the group of perhaps 20 of us. Some looking like they’d be pretty competent semi-pros, others only looking like they’d be good enough to play for England. Again, it was interesting to note the level of complexity that was brought into the exercise. Pass and go, change direction, pass to their left foot, pass to their right. It was a lot more cerebral than you’d perhaps expect. Finally we got the chance to move over to the pitch for some 7-a-side. From what I'd seen, and for the effort that had already been put in, this had nil nil written all over it. Already half broken, I took the wise choice of going in nets. I was fortunate to have been partnered with some fairly handy players and kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win. I was excited to find myself kicking a ball again for the first time in over 20 years. And what a place to do it... Time for a final warm down with the physio, and some booklets giving us information on post workout recovery. This is part of a pack that is usually given to the younger players. Back in the changing room I had the chance to evaluate the kit. It's good quality. There's no doubt about that. I wore base layer shorts and top under some perforated training shorts and a regular training tee. We were given socks, pads and boots too. The boots performed well. UA's "speed" proposition, they were comfortable, light, and provided good traction. The heels of the boots use the same technology as that which creates a moulded bra cup - which means perfect shaping without seams. There was nothing overly fancy or tricky with the gear, but it was clearly designed and made to a high standard. My only feedback to the guys was the shorts were a little long - a few of the lads, myself included, had folded the waistband over, and the socks were quite hot because of the cotton footbed. Being honest, socks are one of the hardest parts of a kit to design. Trying to find the perfect balance of cushioning, traction, feel and moisture management is nigh on impossible, and everyone has their own preference. As an indicator for the kit, I think you can buy with confidence. And the players can wear it with confidence too. From what we saw (and we only saw pictures, the actual kit wasn't there, which was a shame and felt like a missed opportunity) the kit is detailed, innovative (the match shirt weighs in at just over 107g) and unlike some of the other big kit suppliers - it's not a template. Talking to Mike afterwards he assured me that Villa will be getting the full treatment and won't be just a team on a to-do list. Good. After all we've been through it's the least we deserve. The night was wrapped up with some exposure to the campaign that will be run - Fight Like Lions, and a talk from Jon Fear of Vital Villa. He's featured in the campaign, and I have to say it's impactful, and meaningful. I'm looking forward to see what you all think too. In closing, there are two clear messages which align between Under Armour and the club. Villa will stand for Pride, Passion and Purpose. Under Armour say "I Will". They're about the athlete, the preparation, and the willingness to achieve. Something we desperately need at VP. If you combine Fight Like Lions, with the idea of I Will, you get a potent combination. If the evening was an indicator of life under new ownership and with our new kit supplier, I'm pleased to report it looks very promising. Attention to detail in both the experience and the product. A strong mission, bold messaging, and an emphasis on carrying it out. A belief and a desire to get us back to where we belong. It's time to leave the past behind, to accept it and move forward into what we know is possible. Are you up for it? I am. I Will. TLDR; privileged Villa fan has another privileged experience, this time at Aston Villa. Enjoyed himself, very excited by what he saw. Feels like it really, truly is a fresh start. And one that brings with it a great deal of hope.
    70 points
  7. I’ve got hearts on fire and burning heart from Rocky going on in my head lol the songs while moving leg again first Time in nearly 3 weeks I feel like Rocky balboa lads been pushing myself since 5am to move Leg and worked thanks for all your kind words. It means a lot
    69 points
  8. The absolute don.
    68 points
  9. What a day to be both Jamaican and a Villa fan! Clean sweep in the 100 m Womens at the Olympics, then Jamaicas best player joins my beloved club!!!! Truly an overjoyed Jamaican Villan here!
    67 points
  10. Hi from Germany! I finally registered here. Villa is my favorite team in England, since like forever. I remember the times with Gabby, Young, Downing, Milner, Bent etc like it was Yesterday. Im glad the possible transfer from Milot finally brought me here and I will stay active here. If wanted I can write a summary about Milot and why He would be the perfect fit in your system. Best Lukas
    66 points
  11. Hello from Bremen! Finally managed to come through to this thread so a big thank you to your admins. I've seen some here being confused why the people at the Werder forum seem so happy with the rumour linking you guys to a signing of our beloved #7 Milot "Rocket" Rashica, and the simple reason is that he wants to leave Bremen this summer, there was a rumor of him joining RB Leipzig for just under 20 million €. So apparently you guys are offering more money (something 33 million €) and you have the biiig advantage of not being RB Leipzig (that really is a big plus). We really do hope that the deal goes trough, not because Milot is bad (he was our best player in a shit season) but because we need to make as much money as possible to recover from last season and rebuild a competent team. Heres to a better next season for both our clubs.
    60 points
  12. A while back I smugly declared Jack wouldnt leave Villa this summer and I pledged to donate 20 quid to Acorns if he did. Well, it's very bad karma not to follow that up so seeing as Jack has left the building, so has 20 quid from my wallet. No bother of course, great charity! UTV.
    59 points
  13. Congratulations Villa - on holiday in Majorca, bought a Sky subscription just to be able to watch the game on my mobile phone while at the beach, fell out with the Mrs, who screamed at me, saying, “I thought you were a Hibby”, and went mental when SJM leapt like a fine Scottish salmon to head the ball out of the flailing arms of the statuesque Rams keeper - cue the most lusty rendition of the SJM song ever heard in the Med! Now very much looking forward to following Villa next season in the Premiership. Occasionally I look back at the original post at the start of the season when you were thinking of signing John McGinn. I think it says something like, “Anyone know much about him?”... Aye, you do now! UTV!
    58 points
  14. Right then folks, I can confirm that Sanchez has arrived this afternoon and things although not done yet are looking good. I've stayed a bit quiet on this one because the name came out very early and the speculation has often been ahead of events, with some quite imaginative stuff doing the rounds in the media and elsewhere. But he has arrived, with his team of representatives It isn't done yet and shouldn't be taken for granted as its been a complicated one from the start, not least because he has more than one agent and a lot of hard works gone into getting it this far. But, should things go to plan it should go through later tonight. I wouldn't expect to see him in action on Saturday though as he will need to be assessed in training first. I expect a Birmingham Mail exclusive shortly telling us its all fallen through
    58 points
  15. Can you imagine if we spent £40m on Tammy? Our front 3 would be: Grealish - Watkins - Traore
    56 points
  16. 55 points
  17. So, another weekend has come and gone. A weekend that most people in the world won't have ny memory of in a few years time or so. But for 69 swedish Villans it will probably stay in their memories forever. Although, some will probably never remember some parts at all. But we've had a great time. For me it started on Wednesday. Flight to Manchester, with what I suspect was a couple of manure-fans going over to watch their game against barcelona. I think I know which one of us who was the happier later that night. Their I met a friend from the really grim north of Sweden, Gällivare which is north of the pole circle, and then a train to Rotherham. A nice little town. There we met two more friends from Stockholm to get to the hotel. A hotel I'd booked and of course I never checked out how close to the arena or train station it was. It was at the other end of Rotherham. We spent some time in taxi's that night. Suffice to say I won't book the next hotel. But in the end, after the game, we didn't think much about it. You saw the game, you know how it was. We were just chuffed. I have to say that I felt a bit robbed by the ref when he gave them a penalty which we thought never was a penalty and upon that sent Mings off. I guess we all did. But in the end it didn't matter much. But I guess this was shortly after that: Oh, and I met Drat in a pub just before the game. Then it's Thursday and time to go to good ol' Brum and meet up with around 20 newly arrived swedish Villans. Two beer on the train, and then we're off. That's pretty much about it. A rather quiet night with a few beer. A few new ones who settled in. No scandals. Then on Friday it all kicked off officially. The rest arrived and by the time they did, around 10, we took a taxi to VP and then Aston Tavern and never looked back. We were all having dinner together at the hotel and were told to expect one or more secret guests. And they came: So we had a few beers with these guys. I bought them all one. I think they got a bit pissed, actually. I know Shaw did. But they were great to hang out with. And after they left we left for Craven arms. I don't know why, but we always go there at least once. For me, I don't think this was the best idea, but it wasn't the worst that night. I came, took a piss, had a beer, and then it wasn't hard for my friend to talk me into going back to the hotel. The thing was that I'd promised another friend that he could stay in my room that night. He was meant to stay at couple of friends place but they weren't at home, or something, and I was alone in a single room. Of course I said yes, but somewhere along the night I forgot about that. Can't understand why. He called me about 5 times, knocked on the door, and in the end he just walked down to the reception and got a new key. When he came into the room I was lying on the bed fully clothed as if I'd just taken two steps in and fallen down on the bed. And was pretty much how I woke up but with a nagging thought in my head: "Where the hell is my jacket?" I had a vague memory of me thinking that I'd left my jacket on the room which I was quite sure that I hadn't. And I hadn't. It was gone. With my match ticket and slightly less important my passport. I felt a little panic for a while, but I was quite sure that if I'd left it anywhere it was at the hotel and then there could be a chance that someone had found it and left it in the reception. Someone had. One of us said that they'd called out in the speakers to ask if someone had forgot his jacket. I never heard that, of course. But Saturday, match day, no problem with the jacket so back to Aston Tavern to knock on the door. They didn't open untill 11, so of course we were a bit too early. But we got in in the end so we could drink our beer. Then up to Holte pub and, well, you know. Then it was time for kickoff. But before that I met the great Blandy, great even though his taste for music is less than great. Always nice to meet you, sir. 2nd time ever, but still. That's when I had my 2nd burger and that plus breakfast was pretty much what I had that day. I think I've taken the phrase "Eating Guiness" a bit too far. Anyway, game on! And again, you were there, you know how it was. We could've won 4-1, and apparently it was because their fans were sat on Witton. As good an excuse can ever get. And McGinn was still runinng. The best thing for me apart from the 3 points was that we showed that we could play quite well without Jack and Mings. And here are the Villa Sweden after the game: And I think you can guess what happened next. Holte Suit, Hyatt's hotel bar, then I went up to my room to change my shirt before I left for some pub or somewhere to eat. My mistake was that I sat down on the bed. And then I lay down just for a few minutes. Sunday, rehab day. Not much to tell. 8 of us left for Leicester as my friends son, the former Villa youth keepr Viktor Johansson, plays for leicester now and they had a game against liverpool that day. Unfortunately the scousers won 6-0. Not that good. Back again, and then I had a bus leaving for Stansted at 1 am and a flight 8:15, which of course was delayed, and now I'm back home. A bit tired. The thing is that this might seem like a lot of grown ups just on the piss, but there are som many funny things happening, and so many injokes that would take too long time to explain and it would still be hard for you to understand the fun in it, but we always have a great time. Always. Most of these people I only meet this one time a year, maybe two, a few more often as we live close, but we spend so much time together when we're over, more or less every awaken second, and we shair so many stories and do so many funny and silly things during these weekends that some of us are more or less like best friends. And when we meet there are always big smiles and I can't remember anyone ever getting angry at another person. We're simply just having a great time. And we'll be back in a year. Just wanted to share this with you all. It got very long, and if you're still reading I'm quite impressed you're still awake, but I thank you! UTV
    55 points
  18. Piss off glory hunter!!! ?
    55 points
  19. NOT ANYMORE YOU AREN'T...
    54 points
  20. Well that was just silly. We've won, kept a clean sheet, played all the defenders, looked rubbish at times and ordained a Scotsman as a superhero. I figured we might manage a point if we played well and of course, so long as we didn't get any more injuries - five minutes in I noticed Gary Gardner was playing - who's missing? Lansbury - bugger - that's our chances gone. We looked sort of half switched on, half switched off without him, keeping Wednesday pretty much where we wanted them but not creating anything. Anything at all. In fact, struggling to pass the ball out of our own half quite a lot. A strange game in which not much of anything was happening. And then obviously, if we're going to have a load of players injured, Nathan Baker isn't going to miss out - he found someone to bang into and off he went...but...there was a thing...a strange light...a peculiar moment; special you might say - because as Alan Hutton stood up off the bench a noise went around the ground, an excitement, something magical - the ground came to life, the players found some sort of spirit - picture if you will the statue of liberty only with Alan Hutton's face. That happened. Honestly. Galvanised, we started to get at them - the fact that we had a midfielder at centre half, a right back at right wing, a left back at left wing and a winger playing up front didn't seem to matter - the spirit of Hutton was upon us - and emboldened we pressed forward. Inspired by Alan's example, we still couldn't pass, but we did manage to look a bit more dangerous - and from a clever corner the Kodj rose like a Scottish salmon and nodded past the bloke in a hi-vis jacket to put us ahead. We had about seven added minutes because of the injuries and because the ref was a clown and off we went for half time. Second half opened with more oddness - a nasty challenge on Hourihane - definite yellow - and under this ref an unsurprising red - I didn't see it very clearly, but I think it could have been either - a tequila sunrise of a challenge. It upset their manager who joined his player in the naughty corner - eventually, once everyone on the bench had helped to steer him in the right direction. Against ten men - passing teams take charge and dominate - so it was never going to make it much easier for us - and the game remained pretty even. What's strange is that for the second home game running, I felt fairly comfortable about our defence (even though it was a different defence) - we looked relaxed about things - we weren't so much solid as comfortable. And so we nurdled along until Adomah managed to do something subtle and slid in Kodjia for what I think might be his 15th Villa goal - fair play to him. He also managed to stay on his feet after light contact from the keeper - good for him, although I think they'd used all of their subs and I'd have loved to see an outfield player in goal for the penalty and remaining fifteen minutes. They should have had a penalty, Bannan looked neat, Davis came on and looked quite bright for us and we were done. Winning again. I like it. Only one thing remained - the official coronation of King Al - the players came to the Holte End to generous applause - Alan came last and got the kind of ovation usually reserved for the truly great and good - I'm not sure when it happened, I'm not sure how it happened, I'm not sure why it happened - but it has happened - Alan Hutton; Holte End hero. I hope he loved it. it was a strange day. Silly. Let's have more of these. Some ratings: Johnstone (7) - he's not done anything daft for a couple of weeks and he looks much more confident for it - in fact, the team look a bit more confident for it. It's making me happy too. Solid today. Bree (7) - solid sensible full back play - he looks like an experienced, capable player- and he's only nineteen. Chester (7) - a leader, a tough character and a very decent defender - I never feel like I say enough good things about him - he never does more than his job and absolutely never does less than it. Baker (6) - looked a bit uncomfortable before he came off - but we could do with him fit. Hopefully nothing too serious. Taylor (7) - solid sensible full back play - he looks like an experienced, capable player - he's twenty eight. Jedinak (7) - decent in midfield and decent at centre half too - he makes everyone else happier - like playing with your big brother. One poor pass put us in trouble in the second half, but he was otherwise excellent. Hourihane (7) - buzzed about and created and poked and harried - needs to find his shooting boots and maybe missed Lansbury a bit, but he looks settled and he's helping. Gardner (6) - I dunno - he didn't do much of anything that influenced the game, he didn't create or threaten - but he always seemed to be where you'd expect him to be, he was always chasing the right things and he was always available and supporting - in short, I'm not sure if he was crap or if he did a really good job of something. Adomah (7) - just keeps going - looked a bit confused at times with his responsibilities when he was the support striker, but that's to be expected - I like his energy and I like that if he loses it this time, he'll come back at you exactly the same next time. Amavi (6) - he'll never be a left winger, but you can't fault his effort and his workrate - he's doing a job for the team - not something you associate with 22 year old French players - in the long term, this period of his career will serve him well I think. Kodjia (7) - he can sometimes look disinterested, but he's excellent on his own, he doesn't mind taking on a whole defence and he has the legs and the strength to be a threat - he's scored pretty much every type of goal this season and he's scored lots. Long may it continue. Subs Hutton ( 8 ) - he changed the game, not just by playing well, but just by being in it - right now he can do no wrong. The Scottish Cafu indeed. Davis (7) - looked quick and bright if not quite a threat. Elphick (6) - no errors - that's enough. We didn't play great, we look disjointed still, we can't pass the ball - but we've got something, even it's not immediately apparent what it is. This isn't the eleven that will get us promoted, there are players that will come back into this team. it's not the finished squad, there will be reinforcements in the summer - but there's an attitude building that we haven't had for a while - every player worked today - not necessarily together, but they worked - everyone had dirty shorts - everyone put a tackle in - that's something we can keep, we should keep, that's something to build on.
    54 points
  21. Here's what you've all been waiting for:
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  22. Hugs!!! thanks for the love peeps I am about to go out and get completely smashed. Vodka time!
    53 points
  23. I'm not suggesting we will by any means but just imagine if we went and broke our transfer record again now before the end of the window on one of Sarr/Edouard/Benrahma/Rachica.... I think we'd go into absolute meltdown. Even if we don't add another player though what a summer it has been considering all the added issues in the game/world at the moment. - We've improved in terms of recruitment staff - Added Craig Shakespear to the coaching team - Signed countless young players for the academy and recruited a number of additional staff for it - Improved all the key areas of our squad (other than LB) - Signed Jack and Mings to new long term deals - We even got a new website! I mean, it doesn't get a lot better than that does it? In just about every aspect of the club we've improved despite the considerable challenges of these times. Meanwhile our owners are paying for it and seeking no limelight. No guarantees of anything of course but nobody can say the club isn't really genuinely trying to drive forward.
    52 points
  24. Looks like he has no problems with gates, that's #1 recruitment criteria for forwards at Villa!
    52 points
  25. I feel really sad, so I made this...
    52 points
  26. Yeah so the time has come for me to hang up my VT boots. After extending my loan from after the man city game it is now time. Firstly would like to say thanks to everyone so far thats given Jack support on VT. Secondly is that I just beg people give Jack time. It took a while for him to get into the swing of things from u18,u21 and even being at notts it took him a while. The first team will be the same. People are right, including PL about putting too much pressure on young talented players as it can of course make or break them sometimes. And just finally I think Jacks doing brilliant so far. Finally im starting to believe he can go very far and become a talented professional within the game. He looks like one of the most natural footballers in the whole squad at such a young age IMO. Its like whenever someone tells me how good Jack is I just shrug it off and say hes got to keep doing it. Us as a family have never been hyping him up ourselves as we are the closest people around him. I hope he can let the football do the talking from now on and get on with the job in hand. Because he is villa through and through and you can tell the way he admires the fans that they are most important to him. He's living the dream and he needs to keep his head screwed on. If he does that I'm confident he will go far. No matter what villa's in his heart. Big shoutout to Limpid and the rest of the team for making such a great forum. I hope to see many of you down the games in the near future and you can all buy me a pint or two for giving you exclusive info the past few years ;D. Peace out & UTV.
    51 points
  27. Morning all, I'm a Hibs season ticket holder so thought I'd join your forum to give you an insight in to John McGinn and what to expect if you manager to sign him which I sincerely hope you do. John McGinn is probably the most loved Hibs player within the support and the club and has been since he joined 4 years ago. During this time we've seen him develop from a rough diamond with potential to a genuinely top quality midfielder who IMO should be Scotland's first choice midfielder right now. John's biggest attribute is his spirit, you get these players every so often like your Gerrard's, Schole's etc that have the ability to lift a team and drive them on. John will bring that in abundance, if a game is going against you he will single handedly give everything he's got to drag the team back in to it through grit, determination and fight. On the flipside, if you're winning a game well John has the classy side of his game as well, excellent strength, ability to spray 50 yard passes with ease and a very decent turn of pace. He also has a wicked left foot on him and the majority of his goals tend to come from drives from outside the box including two 25 yard strikes in a 2-2 draw at Celtic Park last season. He will dominate the midfield in most games he plays and Scott Brown who's been the Celtic captain for 10 years said last season McGinn was the most difficult midfielder he's ever played against in Scotland. The bigger the game, the bigger the performance you'll get from McGinn and he will never ever be accused of hiding. In my opinion John McGinn will be an English premiership player within 2-3 years whether it be with Villa or another club. From a Hibs fans perspective Villa would be a cracking move though. Best of luck for the season ahead and hopefully you guys get promotion!
    50 points
  28. Banana has posted DONE deal you lucky buggers hope this helps to keep Jack at the club good luck this season will be watching closely your results.Just hope we can cap the week off with a victory at Small,Heath Saturday.
    49 points
  29. Hi, visiting KRC Genk and (biased) Samatta fan. Is Samatta good enough a striker for Villa and the Premier League? I think he will be sufficient for your needs. He isn't a clinical finisher, but I'm sure he'll score his goals. He's a fairly good allrounder. He's quick, a good header, pretty much two-footed. His biggest attribute is his work ethic. He's a very dynamic striker, in games he doesn't score or he isn't efficient, he's a constant threat for defenders. He always will do his defensive work and never hides in games. Last season he had a big amount in our league titel. With his goals, work amount and leadership. He will be missed, not only for what he did on the field, but especially outside of it. He's an absolute fan favoriete. He's always positive, always smiling, a great teamplayer and a leader on the pitch. In Genk he already has his song on the tune of KC and the Sunshine band - give it up. Nanananananana Sama-goal, Sama-goal, Sama Sama goaaal. Please keep this in honour
    49 points
  30. Everton fan here - thank you, thank you, thank you! Good luck for the rest of the season (apart from against us lol). Seriously though, you looked really good & Ollie Watkins looks a great signing. Everton & Villa for the title race!
    48 points
  31. Right, F*ck it. We agreed terms with the player weeks ago and tabled a bid with the club. Bremen have held out to see if anyone else came in.. Player told Werder/Baumann weeks ago to accept our offer. Now slipping in is A. They're pissed they letting him go for peanuts and trying to claw as much £££ from him whatever way they can in the transfer. B. They also sadly desperately need the money - and quickly, if they're to conduct any further business, all whilst keeping a player and still paying him whilst not playing and has already agreed personal terms with Aston Villa! Werder are running out of time in this one. They are gutted to be letting him go so cheap, understandably, and we would all be the same if it this was Grealish! As I say, Announced soon...
    48 points
  32. Well that was an interesting evening. Genuinely not pissing about here. Felt fine until Tuesday despite wife showing symptoms over the weekend but mild dry throat & occasional cough appeared before relatively light chest pains & difficulty breathing kicked in. Actually seemed to improve a little by the time i woke up but cough & breathing worsened during the day to the point where i am struggling to take any sort of meaningful deep breath at all. Doesn't feel like i am about to collapse or anything but breathing isn't fun and having to stand up every few minutes to try and get some sort of deeper gulp of air.Standing in the garden definitely seems to aid this at least somewhat. Assessed & told it looks like i definitely have it but not tested or hospitalised. Repeatedly asked about any blood coming from either end (there isn't) & still able to hold a conversation without having to stop to try and breathe every few words and this seems to be the cut-off point at the moment for whether you are going to end up in hospital or not. Treatment/advice is drink water, take paracetamol, wash hands, do not leave the house for 14 days, avoid other people. If breathing difficulties worsen over the next 3 or 4 days and/or any signs of blood call 111 (999 in extremes). Unless you are pretty much about to drop dead (which hopefully i am not) it seems you are not getting tested or going anywhere near a hospital. Now off to bed & will hopefully wake up in the morning Cheers to those who showed concern & stay safe out there. This isn't much fun.
    48 points
  33. Dean Smith when asked, "Why were you shouting at your players to get up whilst 2-0 up? Surely you could have sat back and played it safe? Why take the risk?" " My philosophy is this : 1-0, 2-0 or 5-0 up: never ever settle for it, you must be hungry for more. If you do sit back not only are you inviting the opposition to get back into the game but you are showing them mercy. You have to look at the bigger picture, I don't only want us to destroy our current opponent's. I want to breed fear into our next ones "?
    48 points
  34. Jareth, I started to follow Villa, simply because of Tony. To be precise, because of him taking over Villa. Well, that was how it started, at least - now, I am well beyond that level as a Villa fan. I have been living overseas (from China) for many years, and like all of you, I am proud of my own country. Very often I came across some negative comments about my country (some do have grounds, some don't), and when that happened, I feel quite sad, and sometimes furious and helpless. I always want to prove a point, but sometime I actually think (and know) it is worthless to prove that point. Nevertheless when I saw Xia was about to takeover Villa, I came here to observe how people think about him. I want him to be successful (so to Villa ofc). Soon I became a villa fan, naturally and happily. I don't mind people call me Tony, not at all - I know people are having fun with it, so it is cool- although I don't think I have to clarify I am not Tony. To me, Tony is very different to normal Chinese businessmen (especially those who own football clubs), possibly due to his education background in western countries as well as his family background. That is key for him to be successful in European football imo, and why he may not be successful in football in China. It is just a pity that he does not have too many links with Chinese football, either through business or links between clubs. I have mentioned at VT a few times that I hope that his ownership of Villa can help football in China (in its most general sense). This was really my motivation of supporting Villa at the beginning, and still is. Last, let me say this forum is really a great place to be in. You guys' enthusiasm in football is simply amazing. Last season I saw how you 'celebrated' in the last home match, and I absolutely admire your love to your club. A club like this deserves, and needs, a top owner. Let's hope Xia is that person - he is not there yet, and certainly needs to do a lot more.
    48 points
  35. To be honest, I am not a fan of Villa club, at least not yet. I became interested in the villa’s take over by Tony Xia, not only because I am a Chinese who lives in the UK for many years and a football fan myself, but more importantly I am a long time supporter of Chinese football in general (20 plus years) and wish my home country can win world cup sometime in my life (quite ambitious I know lol). So I joined this forum and wanted to see how people react to the take over. I found, not surprisingly, most people don’t seem to have a clue of how business is run in China (why would you? J), or more relevant-ly, how Xia may run Villa in the future. I therefore decided to write something about Chinese football. I have followed the Chinese top 2 division leagues in the last 15 years. Here I will try to tell you about how football as a business is run in China, based on that I will leave you to do your own prediction of Villa’s future. When talking anything about China, my own experience is most Western people won’t understand the way we do things – and I found it is mostly due to the huge difference culture we have. So I will also try to include some explanation of the difference in way how people do things, which hopefully can make your reading much easier. Happy to take any questions you may have – I always enjoyed to talk about football with my colleagues and friends from different countries and background.
    48 points
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