Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday October 15 2007
Unoial Villa News...
The lovely Lisa Smith has an article in The Birmingham Post about the Randylution and the fact fans have been buying replica shirts in their droves. Over 25,000 home shirts to be exact. The Randylution Backed By Fans
Thomas Sorensen and Martin Laursen are all but over with both playing the full 90 mins in Denmark's 3-1 loss v Spain. Shaun Maloney came on as a late sub for Scotland in their win against Ukraine. Mellberg played the full 90 mins in Sweden's 3-0 win over Liechtenstein. Holland lost to Romania, not sure if Wilf featured though.
The club are selling tickets for screenings of the local derby v Blues on Nov 11: 'For just £5 you can join us Villans in the Holte Suite or The Holte - and the price includes breakfast! The doors open at 10.30am for a 1pm kick-off. Call 0800 612 0970 to book your place.'
According to one site Aston Villa and Blackburn are ready to battle it out for Metz and France U21 central defender Sebastien Bassong. The report doesn't say what battle rules are but I'd back General Charles Krulak to do the business! Or in footballing tradition, maybe it will just be handbags at dawn. Bassong said: 'I won't leave Metz before the end of the season, but then I'll sit down and take stock. I am flattered to know that such big clubs are interested in me, but right now I'll concentrate on trying to get Metz out of trouble.'
Gareth Barry has spoken about his man of the match display for England saying: 'My confidence has never been higher than it is at the moment. I'm playing in the centre of midfield and I'm enjoying it. It's important that you keep your belief when you are left out and keep going, because it will come eventually. It's a great feeling to be named Man of the Match here at Wembley on the back of a good team performance and a good victory. Things are good at the moment and it's another part of the job done. But there's a big game coming up and it's probably one of the biggest games for a long while in Russia. If I play on Wednesday it will be the biggest game of my career, when you consider what is at stake. I was part of the Euro 2000 squad, but that's a long time ago and to go to another major finals will be a dream come true.'
He also says he'll never take his England place for granted: Click Here + Article on Gareth Barry by John Lerwill: Click Here
Ashley Young says, for Craig Gardner, practice makes perfect. In an interview in the Mail, the nippy winger says that Craig Gardner practices free kicks for hours. 'He's always practising his free-kicks after training, but the players are always telling him that he's not going to take them! He wanted to take it and he knows how to handle pressure. He can really drive a ball, which he did and he scored again. Hopefully he can get a few more like that this season.' Full article: Craig Gardner Shoooot
Craig Gardner has spoken about Gabriel Agbonlahor: 'Gabby is a really good player. He has come on so well over the last couple of years with his strength and his pace. He holds the ball up, he works the channels and obviously he can score goals. When I go to the England Under-21s with him, he's playing just like he is at Villa. At the moment Gabby and Ashley Young are playing unbelievably. Ashley's got the call up and I don't think Gabby's too far away. I wouldn't have been surprised if he'd got called up for the recent England games. He's just got to carry on and carry on.'
John Carew is trying to tempt his Norway team mate to join Villa following rumours that Martin O'Neill wants the Liverpool full back at Villa. He told Dagbladet 'It seems like John Arne wants to go, so I can't see why not? There is a possibility. He would fit in very well at Villa, so that would be a positive.'
Here at Vital Villa we like to get stuck into the really important and weighty issues surrounding Villa Park and I think our last poll and the shock results prove we really aren't afraid at all to get down and dirty! :o) We asked, in a poll suggested by imavillan, 'Following the change to Carlsberg from Carling, which do you prefer?' Looks like Carling one but only by 2%.
The sort of result that I'm sure will send shockwaves throughout the world of football. Full results: Bring back the Carling (51%) Keep the Carlsberg (49%) Our latest poll, suggested by Aspinall, asks who was our worst player.
Wilfred Bouma has praised the Villa boss for helping him. 'Martin has helped me become a better player. When he first came I wasn't playing, but that helped me as well. He just told me what he expected of me. I listened, because if I didn't perform as he wanted me to perform, I wasn't in the squad. So he's definitely helped me improve. I'm a better player than I was before I came here and that's helped me back into the international side. I had to wait a while, but I have forced my way back. If you're not doing well at your club, there's no way you'll play for your country. So I'm trying to play the best I can every week for Villa and that has got me back into the international side.'
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Martin Laursen says he'd love to stay at Villa not only because of our history but also our future. 'This club could be playing in Europe in the next two years and I want to be part of it. Everyone wants to stay here and we all want success because we can all see this club is moving forward. It's got great potential. It's a great stadium and it's got a great history. It's the biggest club in the Midlands and a lot of fans come when we play well.'
Curtis Davies says he doesn't regret the harsh words he came out with about himself following his debut! The Baggies on loan defender, who tore strips off himself following our cup exit v Leicester City said he now needs to move forward and hopefully start challenging for an England place. Be interesting to see when he gets his Villa chance, with Laursen playing so well and Zat Knight doing very little wrong, he might have a wait? Full article: Curtis Davies Looking Ahead
Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
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Date:Monday October 15 2007
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