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Aston Villa: All the latest Aston Villa flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs

  • The best striker in the Premier League? It’s John Carew, of course September 21st, 2007 Aston Villa

    Who is the best striker in the Premier League at the moment? Well, according to the league’s in-form defender it is none other than Aston Villa rent-a-tree John Carew. Manchester City and England starlet Micah Richards reckons the 6ft 5in Norwegian – worth exactly one Milan Baros – has been his toughest opponent so far this season.

  • THE VOTE Is Ashley Young good enough for the England squad? August 31st, 2007 Aston Villa

    Steve McClaren has announced his England squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia, and the biggest surprise – assuming he doesn’t get injured between now and the matches – is the inclusion of Aston Villa’s Ashley Young. Blackburn’s David Bentley also gets a call-up despite being frozen out of the international set-up since he withdrew from the under 21 squad at the start of the summer.

  • The Snapshot Special: Premier League weekend, 25-26 August August 28th, 2007 Arsenal

    Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City
    Cesc Fabregas finally found a breakthrough, despite an excellent performance from Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The young Dane made a string of saves, including Robin van Persie’s 65th minute penalty.

  • Shit Lookalike: Stilian Petrov and Corey Haim August 17th, 2007 Aston Villa

    One’s a Bulgarian winger that plays for Aston Villa and the other is an 80s American teen film star – but both share a fondness for big hair and highlights

  • Craig Bellamy: ‘Kieron Dyer is like Nigel Reo-Coker, except he can play’ August 14th, 2007 Aston Villa

    Cheeky chappy Craig Bellamy just can’t hold his tongue. Here he is signing autographs for West Ham fans when one asks for his thoughts on Kieron Dyer (who at this stage is on the verge of a move to Upton Park). Craig the populist takes over Craig the professional, and can’t resist splurting out: “He’s like Reo-Coker, except he can play.”

  • Kit Parade Special: New Premier League Home Kits, Part One August 10th, 2007 Arsenal

    The big kick-off is nigh and we don’t have a thing to wear. Well, we do now. This is part one of a bumper Kit Parade Special from Pies.
    Arsenalhomekit.JPGThis looks a little familiar… wait a cotton picking minute! Yes, Arsenal have retained last season’s home kit for a further season. It makes my job a bit harder because you have all seen it before, but I’d be delighted if I was a Gooner. Comiserations to the parents of young Arsenal fans who will have to think a bit harder about birthday presents this year! Click here to buy it from Kitbag.

  • Are Liverpool mad for letting Scott Carson go? August 9th, 2007 Aston Villa

    72140476.jpgYet more rumours abound about the future of Liverpool‘s Scott Carson, as he appears to be making his way to Aston Villa on loan for the new season. The ‘Pool sent the England U21 ‘keeper on loan to Charlton last season which saw him applauded for his performances in sticks. Now, in the quest for first team football, and with an eye on breaking into the senior team for England, Carson is off to Villa….

  • Friendly watch: Aston Villa 3-0 Inter Milan August 7th, 2007 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa are the new Premiership champions. Well, Inter Milan beat Manchester United 3-2, and Villa beat Inter 3-0 so they must be the best in the league. Right? Gareth Barry slotted home and scored a penalty either side of a header from defender Martin Laursen.

  • The New Season: What the Bloggers Say – Aston Villa’s August 2nd, 2007 Aston Villa

    villabadge.gifWelcome to a new feature. Sporadically, we’ll be getting the opinions of the fans and bloggers of each Premier League side in the run up to the new season. Of course, these opinions will be biased and far from fair, but that’s part of the joy of football eh? Today, let’s have a look at the views of a Villa fan who is hoping that Reo-Coker will shine next season… and of course, some gentle slagging of Birmingham City.

  • Reo-Coker – world class? July 27th, 2007 Aston Villa

    reocokerhat.jpgThere’s nothing like a warm welcome but Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov seems to be clouded by claret coloured spectacles in his praise of new signing, Nigel Reo-Coker.

  • Marlon Harewood signed by Aston Villa. Whoopy-do July 17th, 2007 Aston Villa

    400.jpgOne average Prem club sells average Prem striker to another Prem club. Hmm, it’s not the sort of news to make my day. I can’t imagine that Villa fans are even that excited about the prospect of Harewood – who, let’s face it, is not that good – arriving at Villa Park. He always seems to put in a lot of effort, and does occasionally find the net, but so what?

  • Worst foreign imports XI July 10th, 2007 Aston Villa

    Taibi.jpgLast week we took a look back at the greatest ever foreign players to grace the Premiership, but you can be sure that for every Bergkamp there’s a Boogers who’s just as remembered…but for all the wrong reasons.

  • Juan Pablo Angel joins MLS outfit Red Bull New York April 17th, 2007 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel is the latest player to follow the David Beckham gravy train to the USA. The Colombian has signed a £40,000 a week deal with Red Bull New York. The crap-turned-good-turned-crap-again forward has lost his place in the Villa first team since Christmas and was behind John Carew, Luke Moore, […]

  • Obscene season ticket prices to be slashed? February 26th, 2007 Arsenal

    News reaches us that Premiership chairmen are going to be forced into cutting ‘obscene’ ticket prices because fans have just about had enough of being the victims of daylight robbery every weekend, and as a result, football has reached a tipping point. Two top-flight chairmen have expressed the same view, both of whom predict price […]

  • Free travel to football matches January 22nd, 2007 Arsenal

    Fans who have experienced the thrill of an away match will know how addictive it is. The trip down, the pre-match pints in a strange pub, being in a strange ground. It’s like a holiday with a football match stuck in the middle of it! However, loads give it a wide berth because they can’t […]

  • Lord Stevens to name innocent clubs? November 9th, 2006 Arsenal

    Lord Stevens is being urged to name innocent clubs today that are not involved in his bungs investigation. Several club chairmen will put their case at a meeting today, arguing that their clubs have been tainted by accusations after Lord Stevens announced that there were a total of eight clubs and 39 deals under investigation. […]

  • One to watch: Lee Hendrie October 31st, 2006 Aston Villa

    Lee Hendrie is on fire at the minute. The Aston Villa misfit has almost single-handedly turned Stoke City’s season around since joining them on loan. Hendrie was talked into joining the Potters by his dad, who is friends with Stoke boss Tony Pulis. Since joining the club at the end of September, Hendrie has bagged […]

  • Premiership goals of the week video October 18th, 2006 Arsenal

    What gets your vote as the best Premiership goal of the week? Our vote goes to Gareth Barry’s beauty against Spurs, no question.

  • 10 Most Underrated Players in the Premiership October 17th, 2006 Arsenal

    10 Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough)If you want commitment and the odd leg-breaking tackle, ‘Mad Dog’ Pogatetz is your man. Middlesbrough’s Austrian defender ‘never, ever gives less than 300%’ in games, according to former Boro coach Steve McClaren. Pogatetz is a versatile defender and can play at centre-half, as he has done this season, or left-back. He’s […]

  • Classic Moment: Peter Schmeichel’s volley for Aston Villa against Everton, 2001 October 4th, 2006 Aston Villa

    There is always something special about a goalkeeper grabbing a goal, particularly when it is the first ever scored in the Premiership by a keeper and particularly when it is a thumping volley. Step forward Peter Schmeichel. [Rob Parker]

  • One to watch: Stilian Petrov, Aston Villa September 11th, 2006 Aston Villa

    Stilian ‘Stan’ Petrov had a cracking debut for Aston Villa at Upton Park yesterday. Villa fans must be getting happier by the day. I didn’t see much of Petrov whilst he was at Celtic, but Martin O’Neill knows a good player when he sees one – the fact that Villa’s new boss desperately wanted Petrov […]

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how f***ed off is David O’Leary right now? September 11th, 2006 Aston Villa

    Spot the difference: Under David O’Leary, Aston Villa’s players looked like a shower of disinterested journeymen.Under Martin O’Neill, Aston Villa’s players look like a united team capable of finishing in the top six. The only conclusion I can draw is that O’Leary (pictured) is a crap manager, or at least a crap man-manager. He must […]

  • Petrov seals Villa switch August 30th, 2006 Aston Villa

    Stilian Petrov has finally succumb to Martin O’Neill’s charms and penned a 4 year deal at Villa Park. Aston Villa, long the joke of English football now look set to have a small turn around in fortune with the canny Irishman at the helm, but will Petrov be able to cut it in the Premiership […]

  • Transfer deadline looms: 5 last-minute rumours August 30th, 2006 Arsenal

    The summer transfer window will close tomorrow, blown firmly shut by a chilly, autumnal gust. Several big-name British clubs haven’t finished spending though. Panic buying, anyone? Here are the five hottest transfer rumours:1 Ashley Cole is stuck at ArsenalArgghhhh! Jesus wept, does anyone still care about the Cole/Chelsea/Arsenal love triangle? If you do, at least […]

  • Martin O’Neill – The Saviour of Villa Park August 23rd, 2006 Aston Villa

    It’s clear that Martin O’Neill is the most popular man in Aston right now. He’s a popular bloke who is hoping to turn around the fortunes of a sleeping football giant. So, for all you Villians out there, show Martin how much you love him with this fun T Shirt depicting the former pundit as […]