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June 15, 2021, 06:18:19 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 466 | Comments: 2

It is not unknown for us to le...
June 07, 2021, 11:24:33 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 628 | Comments: 3

The money had almost run out b...
May 13, 2021, 11:54:37 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1319 | Comments: 10


It’s forever been a myst...
May 11, 2021, 12:03:49 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1081 | Comments: 4

I was not at all surprised whe...
April 20, 2021, 07:06:50 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1445 | Comments: 5

It is 19th April 2021 and I fe...

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June 15, 2021, 06:18:19 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 466 | Comments: 2

It is not unknown for us to leave the field to a chorus of disapproval; I remember Big Ron after a particularly dire performance being asked by a journo if he had heard the booing at the end, to which he replied, "Yes, and I started it". I must admit I enjoyed the Tottenham soundtrack knowing which beacon of the fair deal it was aimed at. After all, N17’s finest had come seamlessly from bei...
June 07, 2021, 11:24:33 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 628 | Comments: 3

The money had almost run out by the time David O’Leary began his third and final year in charge at Villa Park. A remarkable sixth-place finish in 2004 had been followed by a mid-table one, and the Ellis piggy bank, almost but not quite emptied by the mixed fortunes of John Gregory in the transfer market, was being rattled one last time.

One of several problem areas was in defence, where...
May 13, 2021, 11:54:37 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1319 | Comments: 10


It’s forever been a mystery to me why Villa have never employed my encyclopaedic knowledge of football to inform the club’s strategy regarding transfer targets; they could also ask me about tactics and selection while they’re at it, as I’m known to be a generous soul. Nevertheless, this unjust iron rule was still in place in August 2012, when a mate of mine, big Derby fan, asked me if I fanc...
May 11, 2021, 12:03:49 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1081 | Comments: 4

I was not at all surprised when the ill-fated European Super League launched itself. After all, it had been coming for some years. What upset me - and, I suspect, many of you - was the involvement of six clubs from our own league, all of whom were long-standing rivals of a hundred years or more, sometimes better than us and sometimes not, but whose owners evidently have a shared level of contempt ...
April 20, 2021, 07:06:50 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1445 | Comments: 5

It is 19th April 2021 and I feel disgusted with football. I should clarify that this isn’t about Villa but the professional sport of football.
 
For years I have been kidding myself that football isn’t just about money and that true competition within the game does exist. After all there are shocks such as, a then, non-league Lincoln City beating Premier League Burnley, romance like Burt...
April 19, 2021, 12:18:46 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1163 | Comments: 8

According to PETA (https://tinyurl.com/7xcaefv), "to produce foie gras (the French term means 'fatty liver'), workers ram pipes down the throats of male ducks twice each day, pumping up to 2.2 pounds of grain and fat into their stomachs, or geese three times a day, up to four pounds daily, in a process known as 'gavage'. The force-feeding causes the birds’ livers to swell to up to ten times the...
April 09, 2021, 07:47:47 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 1217 | Comments: 14

1967: Preston North End and Liverpool

For a struggling top-drawer team, an away draw against a second division side for the third round of the cup offers the chance of a run that might inspire an improvement in the team’s league form. Preston North End were drawn out first, so off to the north-west we went. For those with a good working idea of football history, this was a clash ...
April 03, 2021, 09:55:59 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 2363 | Comments: 27



“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken’.”
― C.S. Lewis

Stan Collymore divides opinion, not least among Villa fans. We love one of our own, as Dean Smith and Jack Gre...
April 01, 2021, 01:09:36 PM by dave.woodhall | Views: 583 | Comments: 0

In the fifties it used to be that if we were ever short of a player we would pop along to the Molineux to see who they had going spare.  This was a policy that turned out to be moderately successful but a lesson from twenty years earlier might have taught us to be a little more circumspect.

As professional footballers go James Clayton had a very odd career. He was born in Sunderland, wh...
March 30, 2021, 12:00:59 AM by dave.woodhall | Views: 715 | Comments: 5

Over the years, Villa Park has played host to some wonderful sides and some fantastic footballers. We’d argue some of them have worn claret and blue. Rightfully. Some haven’t.

Lockdown has seen us reminisce more than ever about some classic encounters in B6. Santos and Barcelona (1978 vintage) are perhaps the most lauded sides to have ever visited B6, each containing a truly world clas...

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