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Today at 03:49:11 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 138 | Comments: 0

Any Wolverhampton supporter ob...
February 19, 2021, 02:28:51 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1363 | Comments: 17

September 13th, 1986...
February 17, 2021, 12:18:32 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 476 | Comments: 2

There’s certainly a number of ...
February 09, 2021, 10:15:27 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 876 | Comments: 3

This empty wish was a thread o...
February 03, 2021, 02:11:06 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1405 | Comments: 17

Nineteen games gone and we're ...

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Today at 03:49:11 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 138 | Comments: 0

Any Wolverhampton supporter objecting to my use of their motto should be flattered rather than annoyed.  And there are no prizes for knowing that this article is going to be about the mid-seventies and the second coming. The arrival of a footballing messiah.

The departure of Vic Crowe probably came as no surprise, even to Vic Crowe. His job was to get us back into the first division and...
February 19, 2021, 02:28:51 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1363 | Comments: 17

September 13th, 1986

Looking back, it seems a mystery as to how exactly Graham Turner came to be Aston Villa manager. Not that there was anything ‘wrong’ with Turner as a person, or with his record in football management. After all, taking Shrewsbury Town to the second division is some achievement, and he kept them there, as well. It was just difficult to see the logic of appoint...
February 17, 2021, 12:18:32 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 476 | Comments: 2

There’s certainly a number of contenders for our most improved player this season. Douglas Luiz had a very good end to last season and he carried his Project Restart form into the first half of this one. Matt Targett, who had received criticism from some supporters last season for his defensive performances, has put that right, turning in some outstanding displays at left back this season. He show...
February 09, 2021, 10:15:27 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 876 | Comments: 3

This empty wish was a thread on one of the Chelsea blogs the day Frank got the bullet. The first response pointed out that Deano was unlikely to be interested in such a short-term job opportunity "after the support he’s had at Villa". Translated, that credits our owners as patient and reasonable people who take the trouble to do a bit of planning and back their manager for a longish run. No...
February 03, 2021, 02:11:06 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1405 | Comments: 17

Nineteen games gone and we're starting to play the ones we’ve got in hand so the table is looking a bit more realistic. It's time for one of those half-term reports that us fanzine types used to use to waste a couple of pages, but there won't be any of that marks out of ten or grading nonsense here.

So far there's not all that much gone wrong. In terms of pleasantly surprising, this ha...
February 02, 2021, 06:53:05 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 503 | Comments: 0

In normal times, either at Villa Park or away from home, Dean Smith’s swashbuckling side would doubtlessly have been the hottest ticket in town just now. How long we’ve waited to approach games, no matter who we’re facing, with complete confidence. Well, almost complete confidence, given we all know what the Villa can do to you. You might say as far back as one of Martin O’Neill’s sides, so over t...
January 27, 2021, 01:49:48 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 752 | Comments: 1

Villa should have been an attractive option for top-level and ambitious managers in the summer of 1990. They boasted world-class players, had finished runners-up in the old first division the previous season, were back in Europe and the new arrival would be following on from a man who had left to take the England job when that was still seen as the highest managerial appointment in the game. Yet t...
January 22, 2021, 05:36:33 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 962 | Comments: 13

"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!"

They say that William Wordsworth was expressing his spontaneous and powerful feelings regarding the French Revolution when he penned these immortal lines, but had he been sporting a claret and blue scarf and writing about the Villa takeover in December 1968 and its aftermath, that would have been just ...
January 18, 2021, 09:08:53 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1038 | Comments: 5

The Villa have been playing catch-up right from day one when our season opener at Manchester City was postponed. We are now three or four games behind most of the other clubs, thanks mainly to the virus. The season started over a month later than usual, on September 12th, and the scheduled end date of May 23rd is only a couple of weeks later than normal.  Euro 2021 is due to start on June 11th, le...
January 17, 2021, 06:10:15 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1541 | Comments: 15

Jimmy Rimmer, Nigel Spink and Mark Bosnich: the three best goalkeepers I’ve seen in my 45 years of attending games at Villa Park.

If we’re being picky, each probably had their weaknesses, though I’ve got to be honest, I don’t remember one for Jimmy. Spinksy wasn’t always to be relied upon coming for crosses, though of course he certainly was on that day of his standout performance, jus...

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