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Today at 10:44:45 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 219 | Comments: 3

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...
June 23, 2020, 11:42:39 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 514 | Comments: 6

The world keeps turning, life moves on, progress, er, progresses. You can’t stand still, you can’t look back, you have to sprint just to keep up. Yes, existence can sometimes be hard, but that doesn’t mean the solutions to all our travails aren’t out...
June 18, 2020, 04:29:25 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 615 | Comments: 7

As usual the hype was far greater than the occasion, but again Villa were footballing pioneers as the new necessity of games without fans became a reality. I worked out that I was missing a home league game for the first time since Liverpool turned u...
June 14, 2020, 04:55:54 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 639 | Comments: 2


The shocking news of Peter Whittingham’s early death caught us all unprepared. That such a young man, expecting the birth of his first child, could die at such an age was very hard to take. Having forgotten about Peter as a player since his ret...
June 09, 2020, 11:30:34 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 992 | Comments: 14

Heroes and Villains first saw the light of day in 1989, at a time when the voice of the fan was being swamped throughout the land as clubs set out on an endless quest in pursuit of profit over performance. This was a chase that led to the formation o...
June 01, 2020, 12:16:10 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 610 | Comments: 0

It took a fair bit of doing, but in the end Tammy Abraham became a Villa player and went on to play as big a role as anyone in Villa’s promotion squad. The deal with parent club Chelsea took a long time to sort out. The West Londoners haven’t exactly...
May 25, 2020, 01:09:35 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 377 | 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: 628 | 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.

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May 22, 2020, 04:10:57 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1498 | Comments: 18

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: 671 | Comments: 5

From no. 179 - January 2013
 
Soon comes round again doesn’t 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 it’s said with more feeling...

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