After only managing to catch the second half of our first game back in the Premier League since 2016 for being in Bulgaria – and funnily enough the half we got battered in our opening weekend loss to Spurs – I had hoped to watch the full ninety against The Cherries. A flight home knackered that one. Step 1: Land in Manchester, Step 2: flight mode immediately OFF, Step 3: Score Centre app, Step 4: Pissed off for the rest of the day. Imagine my sheer effing disappointment when I remembered I had agreed to work the 23rd August on the North side of Leeds; Friday night football at home on the couch then.
It’s just over a year to the day since we last made the short jaunt down the motorway to Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium, and the mood between then and now could not be more stark in its difference.
On 21st July 2019, Aston Villa beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in a pre-season friendly courtesy of a Scott Hogan goal.