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  1. The famous Football Factory at Legends in New York City will be the headquarters for big North American meetup in 2018. Dates to be determined ...but as always, it will be during the first month or so of the new season (2018/19). This event gets better every year & the NYC/Boston Lions Clubs are sure to do an excellent job on the festivities. Watch this space for details.
  2. 5th Annual North American Lions Club Meet Up

    A few photos from a fantastic weekend in Austin, TX. They didn't know what hit them! Got a result too. WIN WHEN WE MEETUP ...WE ONLY WIN WHEN WE MEETUP!!!
  3. 5th Annual North American Lions Club Meet Up

    Sorry to hear it. Will raise a pint in your honor.
  4. 5th Annual North American Lions Club Meet Up

    Hurricane Harvey hasn't washed us away ...Austin is 160 miles away from Houston. So if you're wondering about the big event ...it is still happening as planned. Don't miss out on the North American Villa party of the year in nine days.
  5. The 5th annual North American Lions meetup will take place from September 15 - September 17 in the great city of Austin, Texas. It gets bigger & better every year. Looking forward to meeting some new Villa friends again this year. Facebook Event Page
  6. If you're ever in Houston, join us at Bar Münich for a few pints & some Texas-style Villa suffering.

  7. Paddy's "Things that cheer you up"

    Thanks ...you'd be surprised at the following here. Not anywhere near the level of the plastic clubs ...but still, substantial. Pretty much most major cities have a supporters club. I'm chairman of the Houston supporters club (yes, that's a thing) & we consistently had several show up every week at the local pub we share with the Houston Spurs (also a Bayern Munich bar ...if the name doesn't give it away). Fewer matches on TV now after the relegation. But the regulars are there at every opportunity. We get tons of respect from other supporter groups for our level of pain tolerance. Even the local MLS radio/TV announcer gives us the occasional shout-out. On the North American meetup ...this was the fourth annual. I've made two myself. It grows every year. Around 100 or so Villans there this time. It's usually in a destination type city that people naturally want to travel to ...Chicago this year, San Diego last year ...my money's on Austin for next year. Great party town & only a three hour drive for me. Ian Taylor showed up this year & had such a good time he vowed to make it an annual tradition. See ...all yanks are not glory hunters. Oh, and just because I love it, our flag ...
  8. What do you drive?

    My 2012 Speed holding up well after 4 years of Houston traffic. Have to admit I've been asked if the plates & badges give me disabled parking privileges.
  9. Paddy's "Things that cheer you up"

    This ...from the North American meetup a couple weekends back ...
  10. A bit late, but here's a write-up on the weekend's events. Also, love the reaction on the equalizer.
  11. Birmingham Mail write-up about this weekends event ...
  12. One of the posters for the event:
  13. Anyone with a Toshiro Mifune avatar is alright with me.
  14. Knowing several of the members & chairmen from around North American, I can assure you that even a social media Luddite like yourself would be welcomed like a long lost drinking buddy. I have gathered some info from the event page for you. Here's a link to the Globe Pub, the HQ for the event. It has been confirmed that Ian Taylor will be attending. His schedule isn't fully known yet ...but it is hoped that he will be there for the Villa - Newcastle broadcast at the pub as well as participating in the Villa supporters v. Globe staff football match. The raffle looks top rate, with many items related to Villa & several of the supporters groups, as well other football items from around N. America & the Chicago sports scene. Also, here is the front/back design for the shirt for the meetup, if you're so inclined (believe it's a blue shirt this year). Finally, I have cut & paste the schedule from the event page below: Friday September 23 11:00 am - Early arrivals meet for brunch (location TBD) 1:00 pm - Arrive at the Globe for the official opening of the weekend. Ceremonial shot of Malort for those in attendance (mandatory activity) Time TBD - Head out to play a coed game of footie against The Globe team and staff. Please bring suitable footwear and a claret and blue Villa shirt (any version will do). Time TBD - those still standing return to The Globe. Saturday September 24 10:00 am - Return to The Globe 11:30 am -The big kick off. Come on, you Villa Boys! 2.30 pm - Playstation4 FIFA tournament commences. 4.00 pm - Raffle drawing 8.00 pm - 'Who's This Mary" takes to the stage ... "We play original, power pop as well as cover versions of Britpop, Post-Punk, 60's - 90's, New Wave and tributes to The Cure, The Jam, The Cars, Buzzcocks, and Echo & The Bunnymen." Sunday September 25 Open schedule. The Globe will be showing the lives games for those who want to meet and watch them. There will also be a golf tournament for Ihose who want to join. Details to follow. I highly encourage those who are able to join. It is not specific to our meetup. But it will be a fantastic event. If anyone wants to explore the lakefront or city, I can help with recommendations. General info Raffle tickets will be on sale from 1 pm Friday until 3 pm Saturday. We have already announced some prizes on the Facebook event page. More to follow. The Globe has an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, so there should be no need to leave at any point, but if you do wish to venture beyond the 4 walls for food, I can give recommendations. We strongly encourage singing of Villa songs. If you've been to a meet up for the Chicago Lions before you'll know we are loud and proud. So bring your singing voices. Banter is very good at The Globe between the fans of all teams (predominantly Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool), but be respectful. There will be a lot of alcohol flowing, so please remember this is our home. If things start to get heated, hug it out and let's continue to show our class. The Globe is also in a residential area so when leaving late at night/early morning, try to keep the noise down. There you have it. Hope you can make it. Cheers.
  15. Surprised I didn't see this posted earlier. The 4th annual N. American event is about 3 weeks away. Chicago is always a great time ...especially with 100 or so fellow Villans. Facebook event page