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Villa Legend Interview

Villa legend Dennis Mortimer has agreed to answer a few questions from Vital Villa readers. Questions can be suggested via the comments box below this article or in the forum. The best ones will be sent to our famous former captain to answer.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 10 2006

Time: 1:57PM

Your Comments

Do you think our current manager is doing a good job or do you think we have the right to expect more from him?
andrew144
Do you think our current manager is doing a good job or do you think we have the right to expect more from him?
andrew144
Does the club's apparant lack of ambition (ie. the board and director) make you as upset and as angry as the fans? Also, do you believe that villa park will once have the atmosphere it used to have when the old one is gone?
danvilla2
Does the club's apparant lack of ambition (ie. the board and director) make you as upset and as angry as the fans? Also, do you believe that villa park will once have the atmosphere it used to have when the old one is gone?
danvilla2
Hi Dennis Do you think aston villa will ever achieve again what you guys did in 1982 .
jim1
Hi Dennis Do you think aston villa will ever achieve again what you guys did in 1982 .
jim1
Hi Dennis thanks for the memories. After we lost at home to Ipswich i got home feeling a bit down switched on the tele and there was Ron Saunders being interviewed by( i think from memory) Gary Newbon.Anyway the interviewer said "Ipswich are the favourites now".Ron looked him in the eye and said "Do you want to bet against us?"The interviewer shut up and i cheered up. We can do it i thought and we did! So my question would be ...What did Ron say to you after that game. Best wishes Rob
Erod
Hi Dennis thanks for the memories. After we lost at home to Ipswich i got home feeling a bit down switched on the tele and there was Ron Saunders being interviewed by( i think from memory) Gary Newbon.Anyway the interviewer said "Ipswich are the favourites now".Ron looked him in the eye and said "Do you want to bet against us?"The interviewer shut up and i cheered up. We can do it i thought and we did! So my question would be ...What did Ron say to you after that game. Best wishes Rob
Erod
How would the team of 1981/82 have competed in today's premiership?
still skeggy
How would the team of 1981/82 have competed in today's premiership?
still skeggy
How much of a disappointment was it that you never got any full England caps. Do you believe in an era of limited television coverage that fact hindered you?
still skeggy
How much of a disappointment was it that you never got any full England caps. Do you believe in an era of limited television coverage that fact hindered you?
still skeggy
Hi Dennis - what would be your personal choice when we get to rename the Witton Lane Stand?
LeoTheLion
Hi Dennis - what would be your personal choice when we get to rename the Witton Lane Stand?
LeoTheLion
Hi Dennis, what is your favourite cheese? ;)
deanovilla
Hi Dennis, what is your favourite cheese? ;)
deanovilla
Dennis - many, many thanks for your great contribution to the Villa! What do you think is causing the present team to be playing with (what seems to me) so little teamwork, method and penetration?
the_lergy
Dennis - many, many thanks for your great contribution to the Villa! What do you think is causing the present team to be playing with (what seems to me) so little teamwork, method and penetration?
the_lergy
Dennis, Do you feel that the team that you led ever really got the plaudits that it deserved outside of Birmingham, and would that team have been able to dominate for a longer period had there been no upheavel and perhaps more investment and ambition. (Sound familiar)
fatloser
Dennis, Do you feel that the team that you led ever really got the plaudits that it deserved outside of Birmingham, and would that team have been able to dominate for a longer period had there been no upheavel and perhaps more investment and ambition. (Sound familiar)
fatloser
Dennis, you have gone on record, some years ago, that there were investors ready to come in and take on AV, where are they now, since it is now up for sale?
bh83
Dennis, you have gone on record, some years ago, that there were investors ready to come in and take on AV, where are they now, since it is now up for sale?
bh83
dennis you legend
mattyjones
dennis you legend
mattyjones
Hi dennis do you think the club will be took over before the end of the season,or have you heard any whispers.
mrshnn
Hi dennis do you think the club will be took over before the end of the season,or have you heard any whispers.
mrshnn
Hi there Dennis, i think you may have already had enough questions on how poor the villa are these days, but what i want to know is, you were my boyhood hero, i was always dennis mortimer when we played on the park (i got some strange looks from my mates, being from bolton) who was your boyhood hero when you went to the park for a kick about. thanks again dennis for the great memories
eltoro
Hi there Dennis, i think you may have already had enough questions on how poor the villa are these days, but what i want to know is, you were my boyhood hero, i was always dennis mortimer when we played on the park (i got some strange looks from my mates, being from bolton) who was your boyhood hero when you went to the park for a kick about. thanks again dennis for the great memories
eltoro
because i'm greedy i have 2 questions has eliis ever explained to your face why he denies the most important team in recent history any recognition. in todays game is it possible without an Abromovich for Villa ever to gain something of their former glory
avfc48
because i'm greedy i have 2 questions has eliis ever explained to your face why he denies the most important team in recent history any recognition. in todays game is it possible without an Abromovich for Villa ever to gain something of their former glory
avfc48
Dennis, what was Ron Saunders really like? He was portrayed as a hard task master, who ruled with an iron fist. Humourless, rude and abrupt. Is that how the players saw him? It always appeared that you particularly had a good relationship with him, but other players, John Gidman, Andy Gray, Tony Morley for example, weren't quite so lucky.
glensider
Dennis, what was Ron Saunders really like? He was portrayed as a hard task master, who ruled with an iron fist. Humourless, rude and abrupt. Is that how the players saw him? It always appeared that you particularly had a good relationship with him, but other players, John Gidman, Andy Gray, Tony Morley for example, weren't quite so lucky.
glensider
Dennis when you was presented the European Cup. You looked annoyed because the man giving it to you raised it above his head first. This seemed to prevent you from raising the trophy aloft yourself. Did you feel like giving him a mouthful, or is it just my imagination.
still skeggy
Dennis when you was presented the European Cup. You looked annoyed because the man giving it to you raised it above his head first. This seemed to prevent you from raising the trophy aloft yourself. Did you feel like giving him a mouthful, or is it just my imagination.
still skeggy
Dennis, who do you think is the best player ever to pull on a Villa shirt?
pitythefool
Dennis, who do you think is the best player ever to pull on a Villa shirt?
pitythefool
Dennis, the most entertaining/exciting Villa team that it has been my pleasure to witness to date, was the 76/77 side, a team that looked on the verge of greatness. If I remember correctly we finished 4th that season, with some truly memorable results and performances along the way. We also won the League Cup that campaign, and reached the quarter-finals of the F.A. Cup. Despite the summer seeing the arrival of Jimmy Rimmer, Ken McNaught, John Gregory and Allan Evans, the team didn't take the next step up as expected, and failed to qualify for Europe the following season. Eventually RS broke up that team, correctly in hindsight I guess, because he went on to build the Championship winning team. What was it like though to play in the 76/77 side, and why in your opinion didnt it take the big step to the next level?
glensider
Dennis, the most entertaining/exciting Villa team that it has been my pleasure to witness to date, was the 76/77 side, a team that looked on the verge of greatness. If I remember correctly we finished 4th that season, with some truly memorable results and performances along the way. We also won the League Cup that campaign, and reached the quarter-finals of the F.A. Cup. Despite the summer seeing the arrival of Jimmy Rimmer, Ken McNaught, John Gregory and Allan Evans, the team didn't take the next step up as expected, and failed to qualify for Europe the following season. Eventually RS broke up that team, correctly in hindsight I guess, because he went on to build the Championship winning team. What was it like though to play in the 76/77 side, and why in your opinion didnt it take the big step to the next level?
glensider
 

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