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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. I'm expecting around 200 or so ...maybe more. Not at liberty to give details yet ...but there will be some special guests making appearances as well. This event will not disappoint.
  3. Thanks to the mods for the update on the thread title.
  4. Dates are set ...September 14-16. Sure to be a classic. Join us as we paint the Big Apple claret & blue. Facebook event page
  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
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    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!!!
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    5th Annual North American Lions Club Meet Up

    Sorry to hear it. Will raise a pint in your honor.
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    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.
  9. If you're ever in Houston, join us at Bar Münich for a few pints & some Texas-style Villa suffering.

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

    This ...from the North American meetup a couple weekends back ...
  13. A bit late, but here's a write-up on the weekend's events. Also, love the reaction on the equalizer.
  14. 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
  15. Birmingham Mail write-up about this weekends event ...
  16. One of the posters for the event:
  17. Anyone with a Toshiro Mifune avatar is alright with me.
  18. 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.
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    Texas - Summer 2014

    So ..who's going? Official announcement Facebook event page
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    $200 Million Takeover

    That would be Mississippi ...
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    Ray Hudson

    I will not watch if Hudson is doing commentary. He's the Dick Vitale of football. Unlistenable.
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    US Tour

    Indeed ...first round's on me, Peever.
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    US Tour

    While I certainly understand WHY you'd want to go, just know that the brewery is actually located in Munster, IN and is about a 45-60 minute drive from where the Fire play depending on traffic. Yeah, thanks for the heads-up. I'm flying in from Houston Friday morning & actually going to hit FFF & stay in Munster that night (after any scheduled Villa events, of course). Moving to the Palmer House on Saturday ...just a Red line ride away from the Halsted Harp, which is the pub mentioned on the Facebook event page. The guys who set that up have done a great job. I'm going to take advantage of the coach to & from the match that they've been good enough to set up too. Going to be a long weekend of fine ales, luxury, & the Villa. I'm sure I won't get a damn thing accomplished before then.
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    US Tour

    Chicago for me ...with a visit to the Three Floyds Brewery whilst there ...taxi!
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    Stan Petrov

    Stan, you're the classiest of acts. Get well, brother.