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November 28, 2020, 04:35:47 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 126 | Comments: 0

Long -time H&V stalwart Simon ...
November 26, 2020, 05:50:55 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 784 | Comments: 13

Coming to Villa Park in Octobe...
November 23, 2020, 04:23:08 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 583 | Comments: 4

These days a ten year old is l...
November 20, 2020, 12:28:50 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 476 | Comments: 3

In the euphoria of the resumpt...
November 18, 2020, 11:57:57 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 488 | Comments: 2

By Christmas 1936 those who ex...

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November 28, 2020, 04:35:47 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 126 | Comments: 0

Long -time H&V stalwart Simon Page got it sorted out some years ago when he wrote his wonderful book Pinnacle of the Perry Barr Pets about the 1896-97 double winning side. Halfway to division one glory, and in the first match of 1897, our heroes play...
November 26, 2020, 05:50:55 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 784 | Comments: 13

Coming to Villa Park in October 2018 fulfilled a career-long ambition for Dean Smith, but looking at the circumstances that obtained in B6 at the time of his move from Brentford you could, at best, describe them as a mixed blessing. Yes, the new owne...
November 23, 2020, 04:23:08 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 583 | Comments: 4

These days a ten year old is lucky if he gets taken to Villa Park for the first time as a birthday treat. But I have a programme from May 1951in which I have underlined presumably the matches I saw just like train numbers. Invariably making my own wa...
November 20, 2020, 12:28:50 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 476 | Comments: 3

In the euphoria of the resumption of football after the war some things were never spoken about at Villa Park.  And I may suffer ostracism for even daring to bring up the subject 75 years on.

On the terraces back in 1946 you could wax lyri...
November 18, 2020, 11:57:57 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 488 | Comments: 2

By Christmas 1936 those who expected the Villa to cakewalk the second division following their relegation from the first earlier in the year were sadly disillusioned.

Then defeat at home to struggling Burnley in the third round of the FA C...
November 05, 2020, 12:10:19 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1257 | Comments: 9

This weekend sees the thirtieth anniversary of the denouement of a cup tie which initially delighted and subsequently scarred a generation of Villa fans and even, at least temporarily, the confidence of a few of the players involved.

In th...
October 28, 2020, 02:06:34 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1055 | Comments: 8







What if ten months ago you had been asked whether you would rather be in the stadium watching Villa struggle or sitting at home watching...
October 25, 2020, 05:38:44 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 904 | Comments: 3

Since they bought the club just over two years ago, Messrs Sawiris and Edens have spent around 250 million on Aston Villa and all that extravagance seems to be paying dividends. The Leeds result was a real downer and perhaps an experience that we ca...
October 20, 2020, 12:29:57 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1552 | Comments: 18





The start of the season's been great. We're playing well, scoring regularly, the defence is unrecognisable from last season's shambles and...
October 14, 2020, 03:30:23 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 806 | Comments: 3

In December 1950 the directors of Aston Villa finally bowed to the inevitable and appointed a new manager. Sixteenth in the league and with only two wins in their last twenty games, they had to admit that after seventeen months since Alec Massie resi...

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