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  1. Can't find one doing a search which considering all the whimsical musings over the years is probably operator error so mods, feel free to merge it or whatever as usual, but in answering a question on another thread "Is this the longest run in the clubs history without winning a League, FA Cup or League Cup?" it caused me, as this site can from time to time, to delve into the recesses of the interweb to find some answers. I thought instead of filing my findings away in my never to be seen again file on my desktop I may as well chuck it here as surely someone else might find it interesting over
  2. Saw this in the Halesowen News. Appears to be a very sad and lonely end for one of our former players. RIP Will
  3. No gloves One sub Terraces players called Chris, Ken, John, - none of this Wayne, Jamie, bollox
  4. I seem to recall a fair few shockers. A defeat at Spurs with Defoe grabbing 2 is one that sprung to mind. As for good results, my first 2 boxing day wins were QPR in 88 and Man United in 89. That was, ironically, the last time Villa have won consecutive boxing day games. We can match that today by beating Palace. I seem to have the feeling that we don't do so well on this day traditionally. What do you think about our history on 26th December and which games stick out?
  5. As a Villa fan who lives in Toronto I am re-doing my office and need an Aston Villa picture put on the wall. I am looking for something great. What do you recommend, what are your favourite Villa related photographs of the stadium, players, moments etc? Thanks in advance.
  6. Since there's bugger all else going on... Who's in the phantom Villa squad? Those legends of transfer windows of old, whose names appeared alleging Villa interest in trash article after clickbait bollocks, the rarefied few of which managed to take up permanent residence in a special basement... There's 2 that are basically locks for me. Wesley Sneijder and Miguel. Sneijder was seemingly a fraction from happening for an entire summer it felt like, but deep down you knew it was absolute horseshit. And Miguel got linked to us every single window for about 3 years. His agent must have lo
  7. 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
  8. A bit of fun while the transfer window is a little quiet.. Can you name the ex-Villan? 1 player - 4 clues Kicking off with an easy one.. • I was signed by Villa twice under 2 different managers. • I've played for 6 different Clubs. • I've won every domestic club honour except a Europa League (Uefa Cup). • My senior International debut came in 2009 vs Netherlands. Who am I?...
  9. This was probably the closest thread i could think to put this in. The iconic, if short lived yellow shirt of the early 90s.....love the way the badge is imposed on the shirt at a angle.....but.... I've only just noticed that the lion is still upright and not rotated to the left in line with the lettering....and it's bugging me !
  10. Do we have enough for an all star XI? The obvious candidate is Robert Pires. I’m tempted to throw Peter Schmeichel in as well, perhaps a bit harsh, but he was a pretty mediocre player by the time he arrived here.
  11. Just seen on the local news we played Chelsea in 2000 final on this day. Regardless of it being a terrible negative performance I've always thought that was the last day we were really seen as a big player in the English game. Even though the 90s were seen as a period of underachievement we still won two cups, finished 2nd in the league and had many other top 6 finishes in that period. Also had many top international players in our squad. After that game I can remember Merson, Ugo, Southgate and David James all putting in transfer requests and wanting to leave although they were
  12. Seen something like this on Twitter, thought I'd start a thread. We have had our share of tough players. Back in the day we had, Mike Pejic, Leighton Phillips, but my favourite has to be Garry Thompson, or has we affectionately called him, Bruno. I remember his tangles with Steve Walsh of Leicester, two tough men giving no quarter. Neale cooper was another, boy, did he like a tackle. Such a shame he didn't replicate his Aberdeen form for us.
  13. The favourite Villa shirt thread, and Gareth's never ending collection of shirts, got me wondering what else other Villa fans had collected over the years. I have a few things, old programmes mainly but, I do have three prized possessions. An unused (f**king dreadful, I know) match ticket, for the European Cup Final, signed by Allan Evans with the final programme - bought for £10 in 1988 at a Villa programme fayre at the back of the North stand. For the record, I was 10 in 1982 and had nobody to take me to the final! Gutted! An official Villa club football signed by the entire 1994 League
  14. Hi guys and any ladies, I have joined your forum in the real hope that you can just maybe, hopefully, help me. What it is, I am trying to research the career of my second cousin, on my grand-father's side, Leighton Phillips. Leighton is from Briton Ferry, the same as my dad and they were cousins From my research I can see that Leighton played for your great club and I would very, very much like any memories of him, any anecdotes, and to just maybe be able to tell me what he was like as a player? I believe he actually captained your famous club but I don't know any dates. Any in
  15. I’ve been looking for footage on YouTube of our early years in the Intertoto Cup (2000/01, 2001/02 and 2002/03). I’ve only found the Marila Pribram (aka Dukla Prague) game at the Hawthorns in 2000 and the Lille away game in 2002. i’d love to see some others, particularly the 4-1 win against Basel in 2001 when Ginola scored. Does anyone know where any of these games might be available to watch or buy?
  16. Hey guys, I was having a conversation with a friend about John Terry and at one point I mentioned that he was probably somewhere in my Top 10 list of Villa Captains of my lifetime*. This got me wondering if there was a list somewhere of ALL Captains from Villa's birth in 1874 to the present day. A very brief Google search wasn't particularly helpful, though there's emphasis on the words "very brief" There's many many learned posters on this forum and stats guys that may have this. Can we start a chronological list please? I'll happily edit this post when there's
  17. I got to thinking last night about my youth and the Villa....memories of certain things that will never leave me, so here goes a few of em : - 3pm kick off on a winter's afternoon....half way through the second half, the A V floodlights kicking in, twinkling against the slate grey sky, pigeons fluttering off them as they warm up. - Having a crap view of the game from the Holte until we score, a mad surge and you end up 10 yards away from your mates, but now with a better view ! - Same crush in the Holte, no room to move, a fat drunk bloke behind you declares loudly he needs a piss...
  18. That Stoke game where we were 2-0 up with 5 minutes to go, Ryan Shawcross and our very own Glenn Whelan scored for them. It ultimately killed us as a football club at the time, we never really recovered from it. What could have been? Champions League football? Who knows? It’s a distant memory now, makes me sad what are you memories of that day?
  19. Any recommendations for good books worth reading that are AVFC related? I'm not especially interested the old history stuff but more so biographies from more recent times.
  20. Come on then, which one of you dickheads did it? Fess up.
  21. 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 i
  22. I heard mention of a WW1 poem which mentioned Aston Villa which was published in Wipers Times, a kind of trenches fanzine. I tracked it down so here it is if you are interested: The Burning Question Three Tommies sat in a trench one day, Discussing the war, in the usual way, They talked of the mud, and they talked of the Hun, Of what was to do, and what had been done, They talked about rum, and – ’tis hard to believe – They even found time to speak about leave. But the point which they argued from post back to pillar, Was whether Notts County
  23. Ok, Samba may perhaps not qualify for this list as it can be questioned if he was a quality player...but nevertheless he made me think of how many really good quality players we have signed towards the end of their careers, 5-7 years too late. The first player I can remember was Luc Nilis. We have then had so many really good players who we have signed too late, like David Ginola, Robert Pires, Chris Sutton, Robbie Keane, Joe Cole, didn't we even have Peter Schmeichel at some time? Would be fun to try to list how many of these really good quality players we have had who has signed fo
  24. So whilst packing my bag last night for a sneaky trip to Romania today, I opened a beer, or four, and I watched on YouTube my favourite ever Villa match. In all its glory. 1994 Coca Cola Cup 2nd leg semi final against Tranmere. It's incredible. The noise from the stadium, the players we had, the complete drama. It was a little emotional too, watching Ugo and DalIan on the pitch. Big Ron too, full of swagger. Then the there's the less discussed heroes like Earl Barret, Kevin Richardson and Shaun Teale. Bozzie with the penalties, (quite how he avoided a red card I'll never know!)
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