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  1. 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
  2. At 75 minutes... At 90 minutes
    76 points
  3. The absolute don.
    68 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Can you imagine if we spent £40m on Tammy? Our front 3 would be: Grealish - Watkins - Traore
    56 points
  7. 55 points
  8. NOT ANYMORE YOU AREN'T...
    54 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I can't wait for the window to shut so I can stop checking this thread daily for transfer updates, but instead find myself reading page after page of the doom mongers spewing the same garbage for the last 8+ seasons. Some of you moaners must be great at parties... Unbelievable. This culture of instant gratification/entitlement makes me hate being a fan of sports. Nothing is good enough for some people... This is the strongest Villa team we've had during my 15 years of following the Premier League, and yes that includes our 07-08 squad. We have the best youth team setup in the country with several superb talents on the verge of breaking through, and just brought in 4 quality players this summer. Yeah, we sold Jack... Boo hoo... We got the 6th highest transfer fee of all time for him, when we nearly sold him for Josh Onomah and a bag of crisps 3 summers ago. We finally have some smart men who have business sense in control of the club, along with a fantastic manager who worked his way up to the Premier League from League 1 and hasn't let us down yet. If they've decided to not spend more money or not to buy this magical brick shithouse defensive midfielder who will magically allow us to qualify for the Champions League, I trust them. UTV!!!
    47 points
  13. Old Fanatics had a farm. O.
    47 points
  14. I couldn't resist
    44 points
  15. Strange,you'd think he'd have met Marv before now.
    44 points
  16. Fantastic day. It's so good to be back, there's something about it that feels like the end of something and the start of real life again, when the players first came out there was a big roar of applause and noise and there was something genuinely moving about it - a reconnection of so many things, fans and players, people and life. There was an almost celebratory feel about the game, the players seemed to enjoy it and the crowd responded. My throat was gone after about ten minutes, my smile is still here. Chelsea are horrible; getting onto the ref early and constantly, niggly fouls, nasty fouls, standing over players, Rudiger shoving Watkins in the box, Kovacic fouling then threatening Grealish, Mount launching a dive that would have seen him clear a VW beetle and their skipper leading from the front, snarling, stopping the game for long arguments with the referee, pushing, threatening and fouling players, then eventually getting himself sent off. For ninety minutes they were aggressive, unpleasant and right on the edge of what the rules allow. I still hope they beat United. There were some lovely moments: El Ghazi left waiting for four minutes to take his penalty while seemingly every Chelsea player gave their opinion on it, planted it with utter confidence and then got a load of love with the best singing of "ain't nobody" that I've heard - when he was substituted later he looked genuinely delighted with the ovation he got as he walked around the pitch - a bit of love goes a long way - and he deserved it. Emi giving out waves on request, and not half hearted hand raises, but proper waves where it looked like he was trying really hard to make sure he'd included everyone in the ground - he's an absolutely diamond that one. Tyrone Mings being the best big brother in the world when Azpilacueta decided that Jack needed a slap was fantastic - he was on his way over there to sort it out and woe betide anyone that felt like getting into it with him, We could all do with a Tyrone Mings from time to time. Singing Tammy Abaraham's song when Havertz came on was great, and it's amazing that Tammy has taken the time to say he appreciated it - I'm not sure Chelsea did and I do not care. The gaffer had his name sung loud and often and responded with a couple of sub-Maritnez waves, he looked like he loved it. Today was a good Smith day. On the field, the game was strange, Chelsea created a lot of chances, but I never felt that we were panicked - we're unusual in this league, we can defend and not just defend, we can defend by defending - not by keeping the ball or just being organised, we can defend with blocks, tackles and headers, by defenders putting their heads in, putting their bodies on the line and beyond all that by having a goalkeeper that keeps out just about anything you fire at him. I thought we planned to defend and then hit them on the break and that's what we did. In the first half particularly, I thought a lot of our best moments came from McGinn and Nakamba terrorising Kovacic and Jorginho - they were at em like seagulls on chip paper - closing them, hitting them and coming away with the ball on a number of occasions - and I can tell you friends, they do not like it up em. Traore is even more Traore in person - he gets the ball out wide in a little bit of space and what follows could be absolutely anything, beat three men, sublime touch, fall over the ball, shuffle it about and play a forty yard backpass, outrageous no look rainbow flick, who knows? Anything. Absolutely anything. I don't think he knows and I haven't got a clue. Once you get used to forgiving the bad touches, it is so much fun to watch him play. It was good to hear Traore, Emi and Watkins get their names sung - I'm sure when we're full we'll get a bit more imaginative, but they knew they were appreciated. With twenty minutes left, Chelsea were playing the strangest formation, a sort of 4-1-5 with James their only real holding midfielder - when they were on the ball, Pulisic, Ziyech and Mount behind Werner and Havertz was scary, but we didn't flap always carried a threat. When they scored, the lack of away fans, and therefore the lack of reaction to the goal, gave us the surreal sight of the Holte End still applauding what they thought was an Emi save with Chelsea's players halfway back to the half way line to restart. These are strange times. Grealish isn't quite fluent yet, but the little dribble he did to relieve the pressure on us with a few minutes left that lead to Azpilacueta's sending off was something that very few players can do. He makes everyone else in claret and blue happier, more confident and a better player. I've never seen a game change so suddenly as this one did on ninety minutes - when Chelsea got the news that Spurs were winning, they just stopped - I think Kepa was booked for time wasting in added time - they'd been frantic, charging around everywhere for most of the half and it was like someone had switched them off for the five added minutes - weird. I thought that while the stats will tell you Chelsea dominated and had lots of shots, we deserved to win - that was our plan - they came at us, we bent but didn't break and every time we went forward we looked a threat. There's fight and guts and character and talent in this side - they need some reinforcements, but what we have is very good, there's ambition, there's a plan and there's the will to progress and grow.I loved being back at Villa Park today. I think the players loved it too.These are good times to be a Villa fan and there is a very big future ahead. You will hear us singing from the stands of Villa Park.
    43 points
  17. 1.8m you robbing bastards
    43 points
  18. Today marks the 9th anniversary of my cousin (and VT’s own Paddy) passing away. As the years pass by it still makes me so happy to see this thread he started hovering around the top of the list in this forum each time I visit. Thank you VillaTalk members for cheering me up
    43 points
  19. Didn't get to watch the match tonight, but I thought Mason Mount played very well.
    43 points
  20. Oh the irony of what just happened!
    42 points
  21. #SmithOut. 11th is simply unacceptable after having nearly been relegated. Should have made subs before the game. Why doesn’t he give the kids a chance.
    41 points
  22. If you can’t derive joy or positivity from that, football may not be for you.
    41 points
  23. 40 points
  24. Was it under the name LeedsLad21? That’s my troll account where I’ve made 10k posts winding them up.
    40 points
  25. Gents. We're all excited. But can I again ask that you try to keep the thread on Rashica, and the potential transfer of Rashica. Thank you.
    40 points
  26. Bullet points from Talk Sport interview 1. Got no choice on Jack going - close friend - skipper and best player - disappointing but have good recruitment team and sporting director 2. Chance for a number of players to step forward and take more responsibility on the pitch..no more one man team 3. Have massively strengthened squad..would have laughed if would have been told 2 yrs ago who his current team mates are 4. Goals and assists spread more around the team 5. Come back fitter this season and in the best shape possible - facilities keep getting better to be an athlete 6. Excited about Buendia , Bailey , Ings etc. 7. Got 2 of the best owners in football who want progression, bringing in top class players.. We will be a threat 8. Adding individual bits of quality to a strong core should not take long to gel 9. Target is to finish higher, very disappointed not to be top 10 last season last season 10. Loves it at Villa , still pinches himself every day - settled on and off the park 11. Aiming to start well, first 3 games are important but there are no easy games 12. Playing for Deano - Top class Manager, made him think about football in a completely different way - has improved him
    39 points
  27. So imagine how the abused black players who play football, to enjoy football feel?
    39 points
  28. What point is it that you're actually trying to make? Are you guessing that Grealish didn't want to take one? What is that based on? Because all the evidence suggests otherwise... Are you saying he doesn't have the bottle to take one? Because again the evidence suggests otherwise... Proven he can do it in the most pressurised scenario. In what very well might have been his last kick for the club, had we lost. Is your evidence that he is not Villa's first choice taker? Is that all you've got? Well... 18/19 - Abraham was our designated taker because he's a penalty specialist. 19/20 - We only had 3 penalties all season. Grealish took one. Wesley was given one of the others to try and give him a hat trick. El Ghazi took the other and was designated penalty taker at that stage. 20/21 - Watkins started as designated penalty taker as Smith wanted his first choice striker to get goals early on in his career for us. He missed and then El Ghazi has taken over since because he has a 100% record from the penalty spot. Are you saying that every penalty we've had last season that Grealish should have disobeyed the manager's instructions and taken the ball off a player who has literally never missed from the spot? Just so he can take one himself and prove that he's got the heart for it? Is that what a captain is meant to do? Be selfish like that? Grealish actually handed the ball to El Ghazi for the 90th minute penalty against Wolves because he'd just had a load of unacceptable stick from our fans online and he wanted to give him the chance to re-build his confidence. That is what a captain does. They don't take the ball off a player whose confidence is rock bottom just to prove they can do it themselves. Are you saying he should go against manager's orders for club and country and just forcibly take one himself? Need I remind you what his manager thought the last time someone did that... And before you say otherwise, it was Southgate's decision who took them... So, back to this post... Tell me where I've used one instance to prove my "narrative" and "conveniently forgotten the rest of the evidence". You said you're not my mother and to do some research. Well, how's my research? Still waiting for your evidence...
    39 points
  29. You assume I care about trying to “win over” or “be inclusive” to racists. That would be a mistake, I’m not trying to be inclusive. I don’t give a bollix about them. What I want is anyone wearing a Villa shirt, white or black, is not subject to racist abuse. When the abuse stops being endemic, the lads will get off their knees. Not before. One hundred percent. We can then move on to calling Tyrone a muppet or a liability or whatever we want, once it’s not about race. Just look at the comments Saka got the other night. Just look at them. Did Southgate or Waddle get that? This isn’t Tory versus Labour. This isn’t the national anthem. This isn’t even WWI commemoration and poppies. This is players in our squad saying they want the racism to stop, and for the good people in the Holte to have their back. It’s not a big ask.
    38 points
  30. Dad passed yesterday. Mum slept through her symptoms and seems ok so far. I was allowed to see them, the first time since April. Stayed with him overnight on Thursday. Got to say goodbye. There's been tears, but it's easier to be philosophical about Dad than it was my Sister. 3 others died from Covid in their residential place. Another home in Worcester lost 14 after an outbreak.
    38 points
  31. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, especially after browsing Villa twitter. I know that place is an absolute cesspool, but there's a running theme of our fans getting spoilt by our good form this season. I'm seeing it all over; talk of some players not being good enough, despite us residing in the top six half a season after avoiding the drop by one point. People saying anything less than an EL spot this season would be a failure, considering the general consensus originally was an upper bottom half finish with no relegation concerns would be a successful season. We're in danger of becoming a spoilt fanbase, and I'm worried it's going to happen soon. Look at Wolves - they've tasted some success, now they've hit hard times there all turning in Nuno. That could easily happen to us too. I don't know where I'm going with this, but it's something that needs to be said and remembered. We're doing extremely well. This next month will be very tough, probably the toughest period of the whole season. Things might not go well, but it does not erase the good work we've already done. Let's just temper or expectations a little, ok? 10th would've been a fantastic finish at the start of the season, and that hasn't changed.
    38 points
  32. We've found us the perfect DM Marvelous Luiz
    37 points
  33. I’ve been stitched up here
    37 points
  34. I'm not sure whether Jack sneaks a quick peek at these pages, but I'm pretty sure his brother Kevan does. So here goes a heartfelt message to our Jack. I'm an old fella who's supported the Villa since the late 1950's. I've loved the club and been there through both it's ups and downs. Message to Kevan, tell your brother this .... I watched Jack play in what I believe was his first match at the beginning of 2015 against Blackpool at VP, and I've been a huge fan ever since. I can't imagine a Villa team without Jack's name being the first on the list, but I can imagine him as team captain leading us to the very top of the Premier league with the huge support of Nassef and Wes. These guys are consummate professionals at achieving goals and Jack is the guy that's going to make it happen for them. They're building a top quality team around Jack, and if he's as frustrated as I and most Villa Talk posters are about being recently sidelined by an international manager with his own agenda, and concerned about signing for another manager who thinks he's bigger than his players, then now's the time to sign an improved and extended contract with AVFC and become both the most iconic Aston Vila player ever, and possibly the worlds greatest player also. See you next season Jack.
    37 points
  35. We invite the Albion to Villa Park on Friday evening for the FA Youth Cup Semi Final in what should be a heck of a game. Unlike at senior level, the FA Youth Cup remains the biggest competition for young players in England and it comes with massive prestige. The game will be broadcast on BT Sport live on Friday but sadly won't be available through AVTV as BT have bought exclusivity. This is the furthest we've been in the competition since 2010-11 when a team featuring Callum Robinson, Samir Carruthers and Daniel Johnson lost a two legged fixture against a Sheffield United side captained by Harry Maguire. Friday should see some of the youth players that we've got used to being excited by this season playing at their natural level. Most of the players that will feature play regularly for our U23 side and it really shows when they go back to U18 football. For me, the three stars from our squad we'll see on Friday are: Carney Chukwuemeka; tall, playmaking midfielder with the ability to glide through teams and an eye for goal, he's been compared to Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira in style and was the player Christian Purslow described as the best sixteen year old in the country at the start of the season. He's got the potential to dominate and he's still young enough to be eligible to play in this tournament next season! Louie Barry; stolen from the Hawthorns by Barcelona, who still refuse to pay the fee they agreed for him, he was rescued by Villa last summer and bought home to the club he supports. He'll play as a wide striker on the left and he's sharper than a Chef's knife. Quick, busy and with eighteen goals to his name this season, Jurgen Klopp called him a 'little Vardy'. Kaine Kesler; a swashbuckling full back with incredible energy and great ability who you can expect to see spend most of his time in the Albion half. Confident, combative and quick, he'll Captain us on the night. Hopefully we might also see Aaron Ramsey, younger brother of Jacob and a playyer who has been exceptional this season in creating and scoring goals as a number ten - he's been out injured for a little while and it looks like he might struggle to make this one, but if he's available he'll be a real asset to us. That quartet are ably assisted by a really talented group that at the back will include growing goalkeeper Filip Marschll, Lamar Bogarde, a centre half with real quality on the ball, Seb Revan at left back who has captained the U18's and either young prospect Sil Swinkels or the powerful Paul Appiah next to Bogarde. In midfield we'll see Arjan Raikhy, who for me is our most improved young player of the season, his ability to steal a ball off the opposition with his harrying and his range of passing are huge strengths for the team, if the other midfield position doesn't go to Ramsey, it'll be quite open with Hayden Linley having played in the quarter final. Up top we'll include our other eighteen goal man, Brad Young, a battling centre forward with plenty of talent who gives us a focal point and has masses of energy. Between them they've scored an incredible 22 goals in four Youth Cup games so far with our journey to the semi-final looking like this: 3rd Rnd - Reading 3 - Aston Villa 4 (Chukwuemeka 22, Young 37, 68, Barry 90+3) 4th Rnd - Aston Villa 3 - Brighton 0 (Kesler 72, Ramsey 76, 82) 5th Rnd - Aston Villa 9 - Burton Albion 0 (Redfern OG 7, Ramsey 10, Barry 11, 44, 80, Chukwuemeka, 32, 45, Young 61, Revan 87) Qtr Final - Newcastle 1 - Aston Villa 6 (Appiah 1, Young 8, Chukwuemeka 28, 61, 64, Reddin 75) Albion are no mugs, and they'll be the toughest opposition we've faced in the tournament so far. They've beaten Tottenham and Everton along the way to the semi final and they'll be confident coming in to this one. Over the last couple of seasons we've taken their academy director Mark Harrison and some of their top staff to Bodymoor Heath as we've looked to re-assert ourselves as the top academy in the region after a few years where Albion had stolen a march on us and there will be plenty of chat this week between two sets of staff that know each other very well. Our last league meeting was something of a thriller with Brad Young scoring four in a 6-4 victory - a victory that was made all the more remarkable because we were down to ten men with centre back Swinkels in goal for most of the second half and we were 4-3 down with 25 minutes to go! There will be plenty on this game and it should give us a real indication as to whether we've regained that place as the Midlands best academy. The other semi final will be contested between Ipswich Town and Liverpool and if we can allow ourselves to dream a little, we'd be the home team for the Final which would be played at Villa Park at the end of May, potentially in front of a few thousand fans. So yeah, it's a massive one, a real test for this crop of youngsters which is as talented as any I've seen coming through in the last fifteen or twenty years, it should be a really good game with goals galore and the chance to see some brilliant individuals tested on a big stage, it's a chance to see players who could be the future of the football club and a chance to see us put one over the Albion and reach the final of the country's biggest youth competition - what's not to like? Watch it. BT Sport 18:00 Friday 14th May.
    37 points
  36. A lad from Bahia state in Brazil, which is notoriously impoverished, who lost his Dad aged 9, sorted screws in a factory whilst going through trials at his first club, came to England and was severely injured when showing some signs of early promise and is still only 24. Villa fans:- cAn We LoAn ThIs WaStEr To A dOnKeY sAnCtUaRy
    37 points
  37. Jack grealish is the best player I've ever seen in a villa shirt.
    37 points
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