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The home of football, pride of the English game. The founders of the football league, a famous old name. Wembley way, the Green man and an arch of fame. Aston Villa, 90 minutes, and promotion to claim.   To us, New Wembley has not been kind. Tom Cairney, Alexis Sanchez and refs who’ve been blind. Vidic hauled down Gabby, not even booked. Fredericks stamped on Grealish, completely overlooked.   But we are the Villa, we have always roared. Once again we are back, helped by a cabbage that soared. Bruce […]

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“Whatever it takes”

Everybody, I’ll keep this very short and very sweet. It’s been one hell of a season and it’s about to get even hotter as we go into a battle (and it will be a battle) with the Baggies tonight. This game will need blood, sweat and tears as they will look to go on the front foot. Let’s face it, they have to, there is no other choice. But, with the pace that we have, we can definitely catch them out but that’s not to say that we shouldn’t get […]

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Football 2 – 1 Baggies

It’s the morning after the day before, and what a day it was. There is a lot to digest from Villa’s 2-1 win over WBA, including (with the risk of sounding like Brendan Rodgers), the character we showed to come from a goal behind to win the game. During the game, and even more so since, a lot of varying opinions have floated about; from atmosphere to performance, here is my take:   Hoofball meets football. It is quite frankly incredible what a year has done to this Villa side. […]

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Shithousing, Brilliant Bielsa and Bad Officiating

Sunday’s battle, in more ways than one encapsulated the best and worst of the beautiful game within around a 10-minute span. With playoff berths already sealed, that suggested Villa’s trip to Leeds would be a placid affair, at least from Villa’s point of view as Leeds United could still technically, albeit extremely unlikely, seal automatic promotion. From the off, a friendly game was a distant and hopeful memory – Leeds’ centre-back pairing of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper bullied Jonathan Kodjia while midfield battles were fought for 90 minutes, strong […]

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Rotherham (A) Preview: 7 wins on the bounce for Smith’s Villa?

Another trip to ‘God’s County’ stands in the way of Aston Villa’s quest for yet another victory today. Via the M6, A42, M42 onto the M1, or straight onto the A38 then M1 depending whether you like roundabouts or not, Villa travel to Rotherham United hoping to register a 7th straight win. South Yorkshire has had its ups and downs for Villa so far this year, losing 4-1 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane to last Saturday’s limbs beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 in the dying minutes. Despite Villa being big […]

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Championship vs Premier League

Before I start this article, let me make it clear – this will not be an article which focusses on FFP and the penalties we may face if we do not get promoted. This is for two reasons: 1) I am not an expert on this topic and an article about it, from me, would not make for a good or well informed read; 2) I am not clever enough, mathematically speaking, to understand the figures related to FFP. If you would like that kind of information, then please see […]

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Cabbage-gate, gambling with our club and ‘mass hysteria’; Dean Smith is a class above.

It has been 6 months since a leafy green sphere came flying out of a disgruntled stand at Villa park and whistled through the cold air, only to narrowly miss its target, Steve Bruce. And in many ways,  this incident is an incredibly fitting metaphor for Bruce’s time at the club. Cabbages are, by all accounts, a pretty boring item of food; they are not exciting or spicy, sweet or sour. To borrow a phrase, they are simply ‘there or thereabouts’ in a lot of dishes and are supposedly beneficial to […]

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