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The Villa Times - 12/09/2006

Reports in the Mirror today claim that Newcastle midfielder James Milner will slap in a transfer request as he is growing increasingly frustrated at being left out of the team. Full article: Click Here

Milan Baros is part of the squad for tonight's reserves match against Portsmouth (away) as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury picked up in training before the world cup finals. He will be joined by Patrik Berger, Wilfred Bouma, new signing Didier Agathe and Eric Djemba-Djemba. Reserves squad: Taylor, Gardner, Bridges, Djemba-Djemba, O'Halloran, Bouma, Agathe, Osbourne, Whittingham, Baros, Berger. Subs: Green, Olejnik, Kabeya, MacDonald.

Villa are being linked to Nottingham Forests teenage defender James Cullingworth in today's Daily Star.

Didier Agathe has signed a short term deal taking him up until January and told the official site. Martin O'Neill has insisted the player isn't just here to make up the numbers. Full article: Click Here

Stats from West Ham v Villa: Click Here

I've set up a Browns Backers (Cleveland Browns fan groups), more details available: Click Here

Vital Villa asked who would be Villa's top scorer this season. 59% said Juan Pablo Angel, 27% said Milan Baros and 6% backed Stiliyan Petrov. That left Luke Moore and Gabriel Agbonlahor sharing 3% each and a.n.other option polled just 2%.

Martin Laursen has explained he only found out he was set to make his Premiership return an hour before the kick off against West Ham on Sunday. 'I'm pleased with my performance. To play against West Ham on September 10 was something I didn't expect. I couldn't be more pleased. I didn't expect to be here this early, so I'm just happy at how things are going for me. My form was good and I didn't feel I had any problems with the knee.' Full article: Click Here

Stiliyan Petrov told the Sun that Martin O'Neill 'will bring something to this club the players and fans will enjoy. It will be a good style of attacking football that people will appreciate. The team has more belief this season and are working hard for each other.' And when asked if we could compete for Europe he said: "Why not? We can work hard, hope everyone stays fit and see what happens. We push for Europe, as everybody wants to play there. We have a belief and good ability."

Gareth Barry is hoping his versatility might earn him an England re-call. Full article: Click Here

Thought for the day: He who dies with the most toys is dead nonetheless.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 12 2006

Time: 5:03PM

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Never thought I'd be this happy whilst Doug was alive.
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12/09/2006 21:04:00

When was the last time Villa fans were this optimistic?
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12/09/2006 21:45:00

Yes JP, think you can pack up those bags of doom and gloom and take a holiday knowing that Villa appear in safe hands while you are away.
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13/09/2006 00:41:00

Doug Ellis the scurge of Villa, O'Leary - Oh Really. O'Neill has what it takes and barring our 'Arry he is one of the best British Isles managers there is.
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13/09/2006 08:03:00

Teddy, don't tempt me, would love a holiday, just need to get those 6 numbers tonight first!
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13/09/2006 08:40:00

Don't think Arry and O'Neill compare really do you?!
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13/09/2006 08:40:00

Don't know Fear, 'Arry is doing a cracking job down south at the moment... MON for Prime Minister!
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13/09/2006 09:39:00

Is anybody going to offer a box for doug? He's leaving now, Randy's within touching distance of the required 90%, but Doug said he wouldn't be leaving without going in a box. I've got one that I buy bulk packs of cat food in, it'd go over his head, but not round that ample waistline I'm afraid. More boxes needed....
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13/09/2006 09:52:00

Looks like Kevin Bond didnt part company on friendly terms with harry after all, when he left pompey for Newcastle. I have heard (And this will be confirmed if Panorama broadcast it Tuesday 19/09/06) that Keving Bond, was caught on tape naming Managers that May take a Bung. As Harry redknapp was named by Kevin Bond, Harry, then asked Kevin to leave Pompey, after managing NOT to get lured in... (which makes sence, as Harry must have smealt the rat having been branded time and time again... Lets be fair, Harry isnt that daft he saw it coming). Now Panorama is about to screen the recording, Kevin Bond is likely to make more enemies, as he names other managers. Hence his need for Personal leave, and probably the end of his short lived spell in Newcastle???? Watch Tuesday to see if the murmours i hear are true or false.
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13/09/2006 11:38:00

Well said Gazvilla. One of the comments of the year to date. I second it by the way.
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13/09/2006 17:29:00

It is good to see all the positive comments. However the positivity needs to be transmitted into ticket sales. What we really need is not just a full house against Charlton, but fans turning up on the day and being told tickets are sold out. When we get to this stage it will encourage supporters to buy season tickets, or at the very least purchase tickets in advance. In years gone by, it has been wonderful to be in the Holte End looking down the Trinity Road as a game is about to kick off, watching ticketless fans run around like headless chickens trying to buy tickets for a game that has sold out. They then usually blame the Police, the Ticket Office or late trains for their predicament. I make no apologies for this attitude. As soon as VP is full on a regular basis the North Stand will be developed to take capacity to 52000. Whilst a team giving 110% is important, as supporters the role we play is vital. Fill Villa Park. Wear your colours. Sing your hearts out in all parts of the ground. We now have an absolutely brilliant opportunity to make VP a ground where visiting teams fear and where world class players would like to join. Over the years we have rightly critisised Ellis for not making the most of potential opportunities. Well now it is our turn. It will be interesting to see if we fail our club in the same way as Ellis did, or if we grasp this wonderful opportunity to take Villa to a new level. It is in our hands. We are the best advert for the club and it is the duty of each and every fan to ensure that they encourage friends and family to VP. And on another point, I will be gobsmacked if Harry 'the bungmaster' (allegedly) Redknapp does not become the next George Graham. I think Pompey will be looking for a new manager before the end of October.
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14/09/2006 10:18:00

Couldn't agree more voth. As with all clubs there are fans who cannot get to games. This could be work, family committments or location. Cost can also be a factor but this does not seem to stop fans coming to the supposed big games. So I think that excuse is often a load of b********. You should want to watch Villa as much against Wigan as you would against the Mankys. However I think we have 1000's of supposed fans who just can't be arsed. It is this 'lost' generation along with all the kids in the region that we need to get into Villa Park. If every supporter took the initiative and brought along 1 extra spectator (wife, partner, child, friend, childs friend, etc) to the next game we would need a ground holding 80,000. It is that simple. Do not think somebody else will do it. Take responsibility and get somebody else to become a Villa supporter. I can see the day when the North Stand is replaced and the ground still isn't big enough, so the Witton Lane stand has to be redeveloped. All evidence of you know who, will be gone, and Villa rule the world playing to a crowd of 150,000 every week ............ sorry got carried away there ............ but I am sure you get the jist.
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