Robert Pires Prefers 250-Mile Commute To Living In Birmingham

Chris Wright

23rd, November 2010


By Chris Wright

New Aston Villa signing Robert Pires has revealed that he is being driven the 250 miles to and from training every day, rather than move from his luxury London apartment (which is situated on the old Highbury site).

Pires is quoted in today’s Sun as saying:

“There are players who do the journey by helicopter – I’m lucky enough to do it by car with a chauffeur but it doesn’t bother anyone here.

“This proves there is a really open mentality here and it doesn’t inconvenience me, either. Every morning I leave at 8am and by 9.30, or 9.45, I’m at the training ground and have time to get ready, to train and I have the best conditions possible.”

Villa face Pires’ former employers Arsenal next Saturday, but the 37-year-old believes that, although it will be ‘strange’ to line up against his old side, there will be no time for reminiscence:

“It will be strange as I recently trained for two months with them and played for several years there, but I’m wearing new colours and I’m ready.”

Which, all in all, begs the question: Which Villa players turn up for training in a bloody helicopter?

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  1. Dave Mason says:

    Highbury to Villa Park is nowhere near 250 miles. A quick check on Google Maps shows it’s actually 114 miles.

    I appreciate he probably doesn’t train at Villa Park, but I very much doubt it’s an additional 136 miles from Highbury.

    So why the exaggeration? Was it to try and justify this complete non-story?

  2. Ollie Irish says:

    Ha, lol at Ashley Young!

  3. Markell says:

    Dave, you cannot have read it right. The article says 250 miles to and from. I see houw you could have made the mistake but clearly in this case the author means round trip by saying to and from, and 228 miles was rounded up to 250.

    230 would have been a better number to report, methinks…

  4. Chris says:

    It’s a 250(ish) mile round-trip Dave, and the article was more-or-less just a thinly veiled excuse to post that Ashley Young pic!

  5. Lorenzo says:


  6. Chris says:

    Just to clarify, by my calculations the distance between Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and the old Highbury site is roughly 118 miles (126 if you take the M40).

  7. dani behr says:

    Didn’t Owen use to travel to Newcastle by helicopter from his home in Wales and even pick up Nicky Butt on the way?

    Pretty sure Les Ferdinand did as well from London to Bolton.

  8. Sam says:

    “[…] driven the 250 miles to and from training every day.”
    At least your ability to use Google maps is ever-so-slightly better than your reading age and your arithmetic skill.

  9. shay says:

    Totally worth the shit article for the pic!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    haha! that pic is priceless!

  11. BallsToTheWall says:

    haha! that pic is priceless!

  12. Martin says:

    I didn’t think it was a “non-story” Chris, much better than most of the rubbish that comes up on Newsnow.

  13. yankmanc says:

    LEMME TELL YOU MAN THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME HES PULLED SOME SHIT LIKE THIS, the covetous cunt didn’t take a move to the Philadelphia Union because he said the city wasn’t high profile of beautiful enough for him.

  14. Chris says:

    @Martin: When you’re faced with a (monumentally) slow news day, ya gotta do the best you can with your meagre resources. It’s all been a bit dismal today.

  15. Tim says:

    Lol. He would rather do that then live in Birmingham. Is it that bad?

  16. Dave says:

    Apologies. I read it as 250 miles each way.

    I still stand by the fact it’s a non-story.

    @Sam: Why the anger over someone making a genuine mistake? Something I’m sure you’ve never done.

  17. Anonymous says:

    surley doin a 115 mile journey in rush hour traffic in about an hour an a half. that must be some driver he’s got himself there

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  19. Tom Jones says:

    That is very understandable. I mean who would want to live in the shithole known as Birmingham?

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