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May 25, 2020, 01:09:35 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 129 | Comments: 0

Much like the current one the 1919-20 season was a bit weird, in fact possibly even more unusually was one of our neighbours won the league and Villa's trophy-winning captain was actually a test cricketer.

1919-20 was the last of the two d...
May 24, 2020, 03:59:51 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 302 | Comments: 2

As I write, our friends in the north-east have been/are being//will be bought tomorrow by the Saudi government masquerading as a financial investment company. Cue joy unbridled as the last of the cockney carpet-baggers may finally be out.

May 22, 2020, 04:10:57 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 963 | Comments: 17

The spire of Aston parish church is a real Villa Park landmark. It was there long before Aston Villa arrived at the Lower Grounds and it has become almost like an old friend to me over the sixty-five years since I first visited Villa Park, pointing t...
May 09, 2020, 02:30:17 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 371 | Comments: 3

From no. 179 - January 2013
Soon comes round again doesnít it? The annual Astonian attempt to kid ourselves that this year really is the One. Even though we say it every twelve months, there are some times when itís said with more feeling...
May 09, 2020, 12:25:25 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 215 | Comments: 0

From no. 180 - February 2013.

Those of us who are students of history (A level Grade C I think Ė Iíll have to ask my mum to look at the back of her cupboards to find the certificates) know that great events usually have their origins in ha...
May 08, 2020, 11:27:32 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 233 | Comments: 0

From no. 175 - August 2012.

Football is all about opinions, especially when discussing different players. As a lifelong Villa supporter of forty plus years, I have had the privilege of watching many great players. Just to name a few there...
May 08, 2020, 11:20:30 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 203 | Comments: 0

From no. 181, March 2013.

You may be aware of a new website from the makers of this very magazine which has spewed itself on to t'interweb. It reproduces articles from past issues, offering the reader every emotion from nostalgia to deja v...
May 05, 2020, 01:03:29 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 455 | Comments: 4

from no. 244 - October 2019.

Nine months on from Digbeth hopes were high of a prompt return to the top flight despite two seasons of only just avoiding relegation to the third division.

Having been original pioneers of football ...
May 05, 2020, 12:55:08 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 266 | Comments: 0

From no. 175 - August 2012.

So August is here and the football season upon us again, like summer flu or a new flavour of J2O. But unlike those last two, men are allowed to talk about it without fear of ridicule by others. But wait! What if...
May 05, 2020, 12:49:09 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 236 | Comments: 0

From no. 174 - April 2012.

This hugely significant date in the history of the club came almost precisely 100 years on from the opening of Villa Park, which in turn had come seven days after we had completed our famous league and cup double...

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