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Below are articles from previous editions of Heroes & Villains. Read on and enjoy.
August 07, 2020, 09:52:43 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 178 | Comments: 0

The month of May in Coronation year of 1953 saw a proliferation of goodwill throughout the nation and friendlies both at home and abroad.

Villa began by inviting second division Birmingham City to their headquarters and in the true spirit ...
August 04, 2020, 09:40:20 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 494 | Comments: 11

Also happened to be the only time I have ever seen Brentford.

Brentford made it into the first division after winning the second division in 1934-35. Their arrival in the top tier coincided with our rapid decline after the glorious days of...
August 02, 2020, 02:50:34 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 673 | Comments: 0

Iím writing this just after our draw at the Taxpayer Stadium has seen us stay up in the Premier League on 35 points.

Since our rubbish Premier seasons became routine after Martin OíNeill left, this is our lowest number of points obtained w...
July 29, 2020, 05:10:06 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 580 | Comments: 2

Hooray! We have just witnessed a miracle. A fortnight earlier we were seven points adrift with four games to play, yet somehow we have ended up still in the Premier League. All credit to the players, Dean and his staff for averting what Christian Pur...
July 27, 2020, 04:12:35 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 763 | Comments: 9

First, an apology. I'm sorry if anyone found an analogy I used in the way I described watching the Arsenal game more than a bit crass. On re-reading I thought it was and cringed so I apologise for that.

Actually there is another apology, a...
July 24, 2020, 11:30:42 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 668 | Comments: 3

Steve Bruce, October 2018





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July 22, 2020, 04:54:12 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 863 | Comments: 8

Whether it be pacing, counting the blades of grass in your garden or, like me, rocking back and forth, there were a number of ways to endure Villaís win over Arsenal. In all the time I have watched the club I cannot recall feeling as indescribably te...
July 13, 2020, 10:09:22 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 741 | Comments: 1

After a wait of five and a half months Aston Villa have finally won a game of football. I have waited longer for a Villa win but never in the same season, even 2015-16.

Things appeared to be going typically wrong even before the game when ...
July 06, 2020, 11:13:16 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 524 | Comments: 0

From no. 226, December 2017.

It's almost been forgotten, but we had a good youth policy at the beginning of the century. We won the FA Youth Cup in 2002 and got to the final two years later. Some of the players such as Gabby and Ga...
July 02, 2020, 10:44:45 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1284 | Comments: 18

It is slightly under two years since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens bought the Villa from Dr Tony Xia. Sawiris hails from the richest family in Egypt, which owns the Orascom conglomerate, spanning telecommunications, construction, tourism, a range of i...

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