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Team: Aston Villa

Where from: France

Favourite player: Gordon Cowans

Best team moment: When we won the league in 1981. I was at Highbury. We lost the match 2-0 but won the league because Ipswich lost !

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13 Jun 2020 08:33:00
Now that Doncaster and Coventry’s seasons are over does anybody know if Jacob Ramsey and Callum O’hare will be eligible to play in Villa’s remaining 10 games? I heard a Rumour that the registration rule could be relaxed but I have read conflicting reports.

It would certainly be useful given that 5 subs are allowed and you never know it could make a significant difference if they were eligible to play, and in Callum’s case, it might just be enough to convince him to put pen to paper if he gets an opportunity and does well.

1.) 13 Jun 2020 10:28:47
The 3 club rule will be for next season with the transfer windows due to run until October.
The current registration debate was regarding injured players being left out I believe.



06 Jun 2020 19:38:53
Apparently, the training sessions are hotting up now at Bodymoor Heath, and youngsters Mungo Bridge, Tyreik Wright and Louie Barry were all fully involved with the first team squad, which is very encouraging news.
With 9 on the bench and 5 substitutes allowed for the remaining games this could be a sign that the 3 of them are very much in Deano's plans. UTV.

1.) 06 Jun 2020 20:13:01
And you still couldn’t beat the unmentionables.

2.) 06 Jun 2020 20:42:16
I hope so mate, I am getting a bit excited to be honest.
I would love a youngster to come on and do a Rooney, or a Milner.

3.) 06 Jun 2020 21:41:29
Unmentionables? was it against Wolves, I could have sworn it was against West Brom . 😁.



04 Jun 2020 17:18:39
Callum O'hare is reportedly refusing to sign a new contract and therefore may well leave on a free, most likely to Coventry City.
You can hardly blame him given the limited opportunities he's had at the Villa.
So unfortunately it looks like Callum is going to join that long list of academy players who have slipped through the club's fingers.
If this does happen and we end up getting relegated and Coventry get promoted, it wouldn't surprise me if Callum comes back to haunt us next season.
I would however add, I am confident we will stay up, 🙏

1.) 04 Jun 2020 20:10:00
Hi Mark.
I am hoping its all media rubbish mate, it could also be him playing hardball through influences, he knows he has done well at Coventry.
If it is true and we do lose him, I would have to question the integrity of our Owners, and Management.



04 Jun 2020 09:30:47
Hi guys, hope everyone is keeping well and safe.
So the re-start will soon be upon us, and I must say that despite my reservations regarding the safety aspects, I am really looking forward to the games.
What do you think our chances of survival are then?

I think the break probably came at a good time for us. There was a look of resignation about the team, both during and after the last game before the lockdown against Leicester.

The team looked devoid of confidence, drive, ideas and belief and I can remember the despondent feeling amongst us all.
Hopefully though, the break will have provided the opportunity for reflection and some soul searching and fingers crossed they will return with a fresh desire and vigour.

I think with a fully fit John McGinn back in the ranks, it will be like having a new signing and that we will have every chance of survival.

1.) 04 Jun 2020 17:23:12
I hear what your saying but we weren't exactly playing swashbuckling football before McGinn got injured.

2.) 04 Jun 2020 18:10:31
True, and even if McGinn hadn’t got injured RHLT, I doubt we would have been much higher in the table, but he is one of our better players and because of the way he plays, with energy and 100% determination, I’m thinking that this may well lift the team in terms of moral and belief for these remaining crucial games.

There’s no question there are lots of areas where we need to strengthen and improve but let’s get through this period first and hopefully some of those issues will be addressed before next season kicks off, hopefully as still a premier league team.
No doubt there will be plenty to discuss on this site regarding those issues.




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21 Jun 2020 20:19:27
Chelsea must have been rubbing their hands together when Deano boringly/ predictably took Davis off again, when he was our most effective player.
He was the one player causing them problems, a right handful, there were times when they needed 2 even 3 defenders to keep him at bay.
The one thing that might, just might make a difference, playing Samatta and Davis together, Dean Smith is unwillingly to even try, I find that unbelievable.

1.) 21 Jun 2020 20:53:34
Agree with everything mate. I think we are trying we just not good enough.



13 Jun 2020 19:56:15
I see that they are planning to put “ black lives matter “ on the back of Premier league players shirts instead of their names and numbers.

Whilst this is commendable and respectful to our black communities, I can’t help feeling, a thank you to NHS frontline workers, who have put their lives on the line in recent months, would have been more appropriate.

I certainly hope that something is in the pipeline to show the football world’s appreciation of their wonderful efforts and bravery.

1.) 13 Jun 2020 22:58:37
I think we are getting a bit carried away with all this Mark.
I was saying to my Daughter last week, we should keep our noses out of it, it will only lead to riots and violence on the streets here, and hey presto its here.
Our history can not be changed, and nor should we try.
On the National Health, I think they know how the public feel, so maybe illuminated banners round the pitch would surely have the same effect mate, and less expensive.

2.) 14 Jun 2020 01:11:19
Basically people protesting against themselves. Most were born here making them British and then complain that the British did wrong hundreds of years ago.

3.) 14 Jun 2020 21:34:09
There had been racial injustice since the start of civilisation and it neither right or acceptable, what is unacceptable is the mindless extremists who probably don't understand the sacrifices millions have made for our freedom and are bent on causing as much civil unrest as they can when a country is going through such difficult times.

My best friend and brother in law is Jamaican and he is more disgusted than me over the behaviour of some of the protesters, his view, they are doing far more harm than good and are actually playing in to the hands of right wing racists. Damaging the monuments that are part of our heritage is an absolute disgrace and I hope the government implement long prison sentences for those causing criminal damage to any statues irrespective of the back ground to their existence.

4.) 15 Jun 2020 15:06:05
I think the one point being missed here is after all the constraints we have had to live under for the past three months these idiots risk all that being undone by marching in their thousands without any social distancing.

They could easily put us back in the fight against this dreaded virus. I am as anti racist as anybody but for gods sake what are these people thinking.

{Ed033's Note - They might think the C.V. only typically affects people with existing health problems and have realised that C.V. is placed on death certificates whether they died of C.V. or not [to manipulate the stats] and the true fatality rate of C.V. is less than 0.1%.

Or they've seen that the UK government say on their own web site:
"As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK" - From UK Gov web site



07 May 2020 18:23:16
Moose buddy, if you're out there, Dave would like you to contact him via e-mail, if you could,
cheers mate, 👍.

1.) 08 May 2020 09:14:29
Will do mate hope you're ok 👍.

2.) 08 May 2020 09:50:36
I’m good, hope you and your family are keeping well too mate 👍.

3.) 08 May 2020 09:59:53
I'm good mate had my 1st day back at work yesterday before going back properly Monday. A bit of a weird experience to be honest and not something my girlfriend (who lives with her daughter in her own place) was overly keen on as shes not really spoken to me since I said I was going back 😟.

4.) 08 May 2020 10:22:42
I can imagine all of this has put a lot of strain on relationships up and down the country mate.
I go back as well next Tuesday, I have a contract until the end of September, I suppose you could say I’m semi- retired now as I don’t work all year round anymore.
Good luck with the restart next week mate and I hope everything works out ok for you, 👍.

5.) 08 May 2020 10:39:26
It certainly will strain many relationships mate my mrs is kitchen manager in a pub so God knows when they'll get the go ahead to return probably be 1 of the last. Personally I'm just glad to be getting out the house as I've been rigidly sticking to the social distancing guidelines but it still makes you uneasy going back even though its outdoor work and only 2-3 on site and easy to social distance. I'm hoping the rest of the country gets a similar boost soon probably after Boris's press conference Sunday but hope its adhered to sensibly by everyone though it could cause some social unrest if it affects some and not others. Very trying times for everyone but hopefully everyone's patience and sacrifice will of paid off.

6.) 08 May 2020 11:35:56
That’s the thing Moose, if ‘everybody’ follows the personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines it will possibly be ok, but there’s always an unreliable minority isn’t there.
I don’t know, let’s hope as the lockdown is relaxed, everybody behaves responsibly in order to avoid a second wave. 🙏.

7.) 08 May 2020 11:41:37
Amen to that brother.



03 May 2020 22:28:51
I once saw a dwarf climbing down a prison wall, I thought to myself that's a little
condescending, 😁.

1.) 03 May 2020 23:03:06
Hahaha, love it Mark.

2.) 03 May 2020 23:12:43
We should forget about football, the sport of the future has to be fencing 🤺, gloves a built in mask and a nice sharp sword to prod anybody that gets within 2 mètres of you.

3.) 03 May 2020 23:24:23
I've never put fencing up with a sword before Mark be difficult to dig the post holes with that 😟.

4.) 03 May 2020 23:27:35
That’s enough excitement for one day, I’m off to bed. Don’t forget we’re an hour ahead of you lot.
Actually you never no there might still be a bit more excitement to come judging by the look on her face, nighty night😉🥂👍.

5.) 03 May 2020 23:38:37
Night all.

6.) 03 May 2020 23:41:16
Night Mary Ellen goodnight John Boy goodnight Grandma Grandpa lol oh for the simple life of the Waltons 😂😂.



29 Apr 2020 18:47:37
After making the decision to cancel the season in France one of the options under consideration for deciding final league positions, is to take the league positions at the half way point, when every team had played each other. There are apparently other options and it sounds like it will be put to a vote.
If the Premier league decide to go down the half way through the season route, unfortunately this would not be good news for us, as after 19 games we were lying in 18th place, and would therefore be relegated. 🙁.

{Ed002's Note - There is no proposal to go down such a route.}

1.) 29 Apr 2020 19:19:35
Mark whatever route is taken, there will be someone who will not be happy, unfortunately, that is part of our makeup.
However something has to be sorted, this dreadful virus that is making everyone`s life a bloody misery, is going to impact everything
we do for the foreseeable future.
Maybe, some sort of vote amongst all parties concerned, clubs, players, refs, FA, etc etc.
Or pick balls like they do in cup draws.
Bite the bullet and do something, there will be winners and losers whatever happens.

2.) 29 Apr 2020 19:21:08
I hope it stays that way Ed.

3.) 29 Apr 2020 19:32:18
Trading on a game now, BATE Borisov 2-0 Slavia Mozyr.
No atmosphere, you can even hear the tea ladies stirring their cuppa.
Whats the point in that?

4.) 29 Apr 2020 19:40:51
I agree Dave, all this uncertainty needs to come to a conclusion, it’s not fair on anybody inside or outside the football world. Hopefully tomorrow they’ll search their consciences and make the morally right decision, I do doubt it though if previous form is anything to go by.

5.) 29 Apr 2020 20:29:39
That`s just it though Mark, will they.
I would like to think you are right mate, and that their consciences help them do the right thing, most of the time we hear only information, that has been fabricated for our ears.

6.) 29 Apr 2020 21:10:12
As far as I’m aware, only Holland and France have officially declared their seasons over Dave. Germany and Spain seem very keen to resume and I have a feeling that if those countries go for a re-start the Premier league will follow suit. I hope I’m wrong Dave, I really do.

{Ed002's Note - And Belgium and DEnmark are on the cusp.}

7.) 29 Apr 2020 21:11:53
In the words of Spock " the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few " (love my movie quotes 😁) except in this case the few just want to line their pockets and everyone else and common sense be damned.

8.) 29 Apr 2020 21:14:00
Surprised the Italians haven't already surrendered 😁. Too soon?

9.) 29 Apr 2020 21:14:14
What about Italy Ed?

10.) 29 Apr 2020 21:42:11
Italian players to be tested in May, and are looking to finish the season Mark.

11.) 29 Apr 2020 22:01:06
Can’t help feeling if one of the 4 main leagues, Serie A, La Liga, Premier league or Bundesliga made the decision to call it a day, then the others would follow.

12.) 29 Apr 2020 23:42:39
I can't argue with that Mark.




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08 Jul 2020 20:31:31
The way Small Heath are playing Walkies, they’ll be playing in League 1 next season .



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06 Jun 2020 21:41:29
Unmentionables? was it against Wolves, I could have sworn it was against West Brom . 😁.



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06 Jun 2020 19:27:20
Jack is a player in demand from several clubs, so that should help keep the price up. The more parties that are interested the better. If we stay up I would think we would be in a better bargain position and of course you never know Jack might want to stay anyway.



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05 Jun 2020 17:30:58
No problem John, I’ve done the same myself mate, we all have.
What I will say is the appointment of Mark Harrison was I think a statement of intent, he has an excellent reputation for bringing young players through. we have to be patient with the current owners, a lot of mistakes were made before their takeover, only time will tell but I do get the impression they have the right intentions.



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05 Jun 2020 12:52:53
John, I mentioned about the Callum O’hare situation in the post below mate. I’m not sure Jack was much better than Callum is now, when he first broke into the first team John. Jack has obviously come on leaps and bounds since being given the opportunities, and there’s the rub, our promising young players have to be given those opportunities.




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11 Jul 2020 07:34:17
The full of promise period shows that this team can compete when they apply themselves. Rarely though do they show the level of intensity and passion required for the full 90 minutes, in order to get the results to survive in this league.
I wouldn’t say they are incapable of doing so though.
Cast your mind back to the League Cup tie against Leicester. A top 4 side, and Villa won over the 2 legs. Why? because the commitment and passion required was maintained for the full lengths of the games.
For me, the problem stems from poor leadership on the pitch. When things go wrong, such as the penalty incident Thursday night, the team needs a figurehead to lift the side to greater heights. Instead heads drop and before you know it we’re 2-0 down and the match is virtually irretrievable.
Jack Grealish spent the 90 minutes aimlessly wondering around the pitch, looking as if he couldn’t really care less, when he should have been rallying the troops to get back into the game.
We need a chest beater, someone with fire in their belly to lift the side, and turn poor decisions like the one we all witnessed into an advantageous situation, not a disadvantageous one.
We need a Roy Keane or Andy Townsend type figure.
Grealish may be a talented individual but there’s no way on this Earth he should be Captain of this side.



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08 Jul 2020 18:33:10
How many chances has Grealish set up for Samatta since the restart, I’m struggling to think of one!



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08 Jul 2020 18:10:23
Deano has tried Samatta and Davis together for just the one match and you’re absolutely right Dave, most of his Villa minutes have been as a lone striker and the supply line has been very poor. I think there is potentially a prolific goal scorer in there but as a lone striker in this team, well I don’t think even Harry Kane would do much better frankly.
Why not try Samatta and Barry together or even forget the wingers Trézéguet and El ghazi and play Davis as well, playing that little bit deeper.



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08 Jul 2020 17:54:01
No mention of Luiz, Scotty, he’s been one of the few positives since the restart, I would therefore hope you have him in your starting squad for next season mate, whether we stay up or go down.



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08 Jul 2020 14:11:46
I agree SV but would rather give Louie Barry a chance. For me Deano’s over protecting him and he shouldn’t be, the kid is raring to go.