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  1. TRO

    Paul McGrath

    I went to an evening with the great man last night.....he simply doesn't know how good he was. it was very interesting, fuelled by a few sherbets. what struck me was his admission that he would willingly coach the defence for nothing, if he had the call. blimey, it's like having Elvis as your vocal coach. we all know Paul likes a tot......but if we as a football club could turn down such an offer from the great man, we must be missing something. He clearly loves Villa, made great references to Sid and Dean Saunders. one of the last of the talented players not driven by money. the room was Full of fans in full voice in support of the big man......how many of the current squad could attract a table full never mind a large room.
  2. Passed today according to Twitter and Burnley Andy Lochhead in the air. RIP big man
  3. According to BBC Sport Brian Little has been appointed to the board along with David Bernstein. A step in the right direction at least Little cares about Villa.
  4. Apparent heart attack. Report here. Sorry for short link. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39660196 Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu is in hospital after collapsing at Tottenham's training centre on Thursday. The 44-year-old, who is Spurs' Under-23s coach, received medical treatment on site being transferred to hospital by ambulance, the Premier League club confirmed. "Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Ugo and his family," Tottenham added in a statement. Ehiogu has been at Spurs since 2014. He made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 before spending seven years at Middlesbrough. Ehiogu, who was capped four times by England, also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United before retiring in 2009.
  5. Given that we are all bored / fed up / excited / overwhelmed / underwhelmed / <insert random other emotion> by possible links, dubious rumours, lazy journalists, fake ITKs, possible ITKs, etc - I thought I would try to spark a separate stream of debate, argument, controversy and hopefully some interest too. So here is the basic premise - I have invented a time machine that allows me to go back in time to "collect" some Villa legends and bring them into a timeless world where we can arrange an All Time Villa Inter Generation Cup (kind of like a "Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Villa Adventure" if you like). Basically, five teams, five eras. I haven't decided the format of the competition yet - quite frankly that can be sorted later or not at all. Just for the sheer hell of it I have set the generations as Team A: Pre 1930, Team B: 1930-1970, Team 1970 - 1985, Team 1985 - 2000, Team E: Post 2000. I have also elected to use a default 4-4-2 formation which causes some problems assigning players to positions (particularly for the earlier teams when the formations were completely different and detailed information about players' attributes are less complete (so apologies to any proper Villa historians if I have selected any players in a completely unsuitable position - or have created a team that has no balance whatsoever!!). I will post the Team line ups over the next few days and invite constructive (or if merited, abusive) feedback and alternate suggestions for different positions. Obviously football is all about personal opinions so I am sure that some of my selections and some players I have excluded will not sit well with all. I do hope that everyone enjoys it and hopefully I will be able to introduce the names of some Villa legends that may have slipped people's minds. Needless to say there is no actual way to compare players from different dynasties and there is no guarantee that stars of yesteryear would cope with modern football. So this is why I have tried to keep the generations together. Oh and please no suggestions for other team lineups until they are published - it would be useful to keep debate largely limited to one team at a time! Thanks. Oh and obviously if this has been done to death in the past then get a mod to close me down before I bore everyone!!
  6. Thought it's about time he had his own thread. I never really got to see him a player (his last season in the 90's I don't think he played much). I her he was a fantastic passer of the ball. So he has been in and around the coaching set up for a long time. What's his style?
  7. sidcow

    Ian Taylor

    I note the OS states that Ian Taylor and SBL are part of the official new kit launch tomorrow. I believe Ian Taylor was kicked off official club duties by the Lerner regime after criticising the running of the club? Seems to be welcomed back in by the new Chinese overlords (who I for one welcome) which is great news I sat behind him in the stands last year on a corporate doo and he was genuinely very pleasant and down to earth. A true Villa Man through and through and if he criticises the running of club he should be listened to and not kicked out. Welcome back Ian.
  8. Just a quick post to wish our oldest living former player (and last survivor of the 57 Cup team) a very Happy 85th Birthday on Thursday 25th . .
  9. Come on then, which one of you dickheads did it? Fess up.
  10. didn't see this posted already ? but the Mail had a nice article about Ron Saunders in it over the weekend
  11. It has been reported in the Birmingham Mail that Ron Saunders has been placed in a residential care home near Solihull. He has been there since May. Ron, who is now 85, has dementia. His son Ronnie gave an interview to The Portsmouth News. Ronnie said that, “It crept up very slowly, he now struggles with every aspect of his life, everything he does.” He continued, “I saw it starting 20 odd years ago, there were certain things dad did that made us realise.” Ronnie added, “We knew his brain was quite damaged. We feel quite lucky he has lasted this long because we never thought he would. Mum couldn’t cope with him anymore his brain had gone.” The family have spoken to Dawn Astle (Geoff’s daughter) about the links between football and dementia. What a cruel illness dementia is. It hits a family so very hard to see their once strong family member become dependant on the care of others and to forget so much of their past. We really should have a Ron Saunders Stand by now. I felt that we should have had one many years ago when Ron could have been there at the ground to see it unveiled. Ron was the greatest Villa manager during my time as a Villa fan and he built our league championship and European Cup winning team. I thank him for what he did for us and my thoughts are with his family at this so difficult time. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/heartbreaking-story-one-aston-villas-15020929
  12. Not strictly on topic but I thought there would be enough interest the put it in this forum. Prostate Cancer UK, in partnership with the Aston Villa Foundation, are bringing you an evening with Tony Daley and Brian Little at Villa Park. Hosted by BBC 5Live reporter Pat Murphy, it’s sure to be a lively night of football chat with two former Villans. All three men are lending their supporting to Prostate Cancer UK’s Stronger Knowing More campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer within black communities, and to reach men at most risk (black men, men over 50 and men with a family history of the disease). Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm. It’s set to be a fantastic evening. DATE AND TIME Wed 7 March 2018 18:30 – 21:00 LOCATION The Directors Suite Villa Park Stadium Trinity Road Aston B6 6HE Book tickets here (free)
  13. sidcow

    Tony Morley

    I have seen on another forum which shall not be named that Tony is in hospital for a knee replacement. My ultimate hero is Sid Cowans obviously.. Truth be told I am unfortunately a couple of years short of really seeing the League/European champions teams in action, I only started going with my mates in the mid 80's but I saw them a couple of times when my dad took me to Villa Park and started the obsession. Sid is my ultimate hero because I had the privilege of seeing him play regularly in his second and third stints with us and my god he was beyond supreme. Still for me better in his position than McGrath. HOWEVER when I was 10 years old I was ALWAYS Tony Morley when playing football. I was shocked to not find a thread specifically about him when I went to write about his hospital appointment *. This guy is a true Villa legend. He crossed the ball to Withe for our greatest ever moment. Anyway I wish him well and hope his new knees provides a better quality of life for him, bad knees are a real downer for people who suffer. I once met him and like all the old players I have met seemed a really decent fella. Good luck Tony. * it may actually exist as I am technology incompetent but I did search for a thread with his name in the title which came up blank. Apologies if this is me in the wrong!
  14. Absolutely loved these guys and they loved this fixture. I would love it and i mean absolutely love it if they came over for this game. In fact whilst spirits are high, i think we should invite them over as guests of honour for this game and take a pre-match lap of appreciation. Just thinking about Big John's song bellowing round the ground still gives me goose bumps. Can someone tweet the Doc and Wyness and make it happen
  15. rjw63

    Nigel Sims

    One of the 1957 cup winners has passed.
  16. Shattering news confirmed by the evening mail - Link
  17. With the links to Henri Lansbury and his remarkable man-bun, and with Amavi and Bacuna already sporting more tramlines than Snow Hill, are we entering a new golden era of hairstyles at Villa Park? As a kid, the summers were filled with three moments of excitement - new signing, new kit, Tony Daley's new lid. So this thread is a chance to post your favourite (or least favourite) Villa barnets, from Andy Lochhead's half-a-combover to Nigel Callaghan's spikes to Kevin Gage's mullet. Have at it!
  18. We can all probably agree on some of the all time greats. The likes of Cowans, Mortimer, Little, McGrath, but do we have any players in recent history (sorry old 'uns, those listed don't count as recent ) who in years to come we'll consider up there with the all time greats? To kick things off, this post is partly inspired by conversations about Petrov in the RHM thread, about whether he's a club legend. I'd say he absolutely isn't, purely because he didn't do anywhere near enough on the pitch, despite being a stand up guy, unifying the club, and bringing some pride back to supporting the Villa. However, I think even in 10-20 years time I'll remember the contributions of Benteke even though he spent far less time at the club.He might not have done as much in a Villa shirt as many of our all time best strikers, but in terms of the impact he had while he was here, he's not far off, IMO.
  19. Apologies if already posted, but Jackie Sewell, part of AVFCs 1957 Cup winning side, passed away today. Even I'm not old enough to have seen him play, but I could quote that 57 side from a very young age. Legends each one. RIP Jackie
  20. Thought I'd try something different. Interested to hear thoughts on this. I, like many others on the forum I presume, am a reletively young fan, who has properly followed the club since the mid 90s. Therefore, I havent seen any of our captains in action since before them, and could name precious few - 80/81 being the exception, of course. Not specifically the official 'club captain', memories of odd players picking up the armband would be fun too.Therefore, with the thread title in mind, the first two that came to mind are; Best - Gareth Barry The consumate professional, composed, effective, level-headed (mostly), role model - and during his time as captain commanded well from the centre of the park. Worst - Darren Bent What was that all about? Leading by example? Furrgedaboudit.
  21. Can anyone help settle a debate please? I feel pretty sure that Gary Shaw got an England cap on the Bobby Robson managed tour down under in 1983? My friend said it was only Spinksy who got a cap on this tour- any thoughts please?
  22. Just read on Facebook that legendary defender Ken McNaught of the 1982 European Cup winning side, is waiting to undergo a major heart transplant. His operation was cancelled today and he's having to wait a bit longer for it. Speedy recovery Ken, could do with someone like you in the side today.
  23. There is a case for putting this topic in an existing thread or even in a different forum, but I think it belongs here. Sir William Dugdale, one of the great figures in Aston Villa history, chairman of the club during it's most successful period of the modern era (1975-1982) died today. Rest in peace.
  24. Hello Guys We are having an event on 26 September 2014 called "Experience football with Paul McGrath". This experience is a training session with Paul in Gannon park, the facility used for training by the Irish Senior International Football Team. The Experience Football event includes: A Meet and Greet with Paul. A warm up session called " Prepare your body for Football" given by a qualified trainer. A full training session given by Paul. A light lunch and Q& A session with Paul A souvenir certificate of completion signed by Paul All players will be provided with the use of Experience Football training gear for the day. This experience is limited to 22 players only - All players must be over 18. For more details please see: www.experiencefootball.ie Twitter- @experifootball FB - Experience Football If you have an queries please let me know through email, twitter or facebook. Thanks Experience Football
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