Stephen_Evans

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  1. Stephen_Evans

    Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce himself used to trot out this nonsense. We must have slipped into the bottom 3 without anybody noticing!
  2. Stephen_Evans

    Villa Kit 2018-19

    This shirt reminds me of the ridiculous "away goals" rule. It helped us against Dynamo Berlin in the European Cup (1982) and Arsenal in the League Cup (1996) but other than that, the rule has been a pain in the backside for our club about 4 or 5 times!
  3. Stephen_Evans

    Villa Kit 2018-19

    I guess it depends what the club give him to choose from in the first place.
  4. Stephen_Evans

    Villa Kit 2018-19

    Well one myth got nailed on Saturday. Villa and Stoke wore white shorts AT THE SAME TIME . So who makes this decision to switch to claret shorts at places like West Brom instead of white (which Saturday's game suggests is permissible) or blue (which are available)? There is a new youtube clip under Villa Boy showing a Baggies-Villa game in the late 70s and there we are in home shirt and blue shorts - it just looks more like Villa.
  5. Stephen_Evans

    Villa Kit 2018-19

    I'm one of those who think claret shorts with the home shirt is too much and the aesthetic balance is wrong (i.e. too much claret). To me, the first choice should be to change to blue shorts if we are wearing the home shirt but the shorts clash. It somehow looks more "Villa". All opinions, I know. As an aside, I have no idea what the point of the alternative blue "home" shorts was this season if we are not going to wear them in games such as West Brom away, Blackburn away and QPR away, where each time claret shorts were chosen.
  6. Stephen_Evans

    18/19 Race for Promotion

    We cannot get more than 18 points from 6 games but I get your drift.
  7. Stephen_Evans

    Fans Consultancy Group Meeting

    I would settle for a revamped exterior for the absolutely dreadful Trinity Road Stand. I am sure some clever architects could modify it in a proper "Villa" style without needing to pull the thing down. Obviously much of the corporate areas internally are first class but the exterior is shocking. I remember speaking to Mark Ansell, who blamed the council planning department for the design, but surely they did not make all those grey corrugated steel panels compulsory!
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    Fans Consultancy Group Meeting

    I wonder if the club could do some research as to why so many supporters leave the ground early (unless we've been rubbish and losing badly of course). It's usually to do with transport. If those who leave early can provide information via a survey about how they travel, where they park, which trains or buses they use, etc etc there might be ways for the club to help.
  9. Stephen_Evans

    Dean Smith

    Here's hoping for the Dean Smith interpretation of this phrase rather than the Steve Bruce version! I understand and support what you are saying by the way.
  10. Stephen_Evans

    Jack Grealish

    I love the guy. It was just a comment. Anyway I actually think it’s dangerous. They stop a player wearing a ring without tape round it but it’s ok to chew something that could choke you in a collision.
  11. Look how nicely blue shorts go with the home shirt when a colour clash means we can't wear white shorts.
  12. Stephen_Evans

    Jack Grealish

    Did he always chew gum during games? The impression is all a bit "I'm too good for all this". Plus his body language has definitely changed since the summer.
  13. Stephen_Evans

    Fans Consultancy Group Meeting

    Can we have: a programme editor who can actually proof-read (this one often can't even get the wordsearch right ? let alone the serious stuff) and can conduct decent interviews (fed up of variations on "you must be really keen to score a goal / win the next game") blue shorts as a first alternative to the white ones where the home shirt is being used - all claret is not right
  14. Stephen_Evans

    Dean Smith

    Here's the thing about Dean Smith - if things are going wrong within a game or from game to game, he might not be able to provide a quick fix BUT he will actually understand what's going wrong and have a strategy for improving. If we lost badly under Bruce, you could see from his face that he had no idea how it had happened.
  15. Stephen_Evans

    Dean Smith

    Gareth Barry probably deserves a mention, as he arrived at about 16 years of age. And then in no particular order: Darius Vassell, Steve Froggatt, Tony Daley, Graham Fenton, Michael Oakes, Riccardo Scimeca, Luke Moore, Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton, Callum Robinson, Daniel Johnson, Jonathan Hogg....there are more but I'm supposed to be working! Whether people rate them I suppose is another debate, but in youth development terms, they definitely "made it", playing in the top two divisions of English football.