Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Pompey Fan Interview + A Lobster.

Pompey Fan Interview + A Lobster.

1) So are you happy with the way the season is going?

Delighted… but in typical football fan fashion there has to be a 'but', so if we could just score at home we would turn those draws into wins then the world would be our lobster.

Our away form has been phenomenal this season; we have probably won more games so far than we had in the past few seasons put together.

2) What do you think of the Harry Redknapp situation? I would have thought (as he has said) it has blown his chances of the England job.

Complete and utter crap, this is putting it mildly - he was stitched up and hung out to dry. The very same people that had been calling for him to get the England job one day turned on him the next.

His chances probably are gone, which to be honest as good a job as I think he would have done I am not too bothered he probably will not get it now, as we need him more.

3) What made you support Pompey?

Pompey born and bred and an old man that once played for Pompey schoolboys meant it was only a matter of time, so it was inevitable even though I moved away from Pompey as a kid. In many ways though it was a good thing as Leigh Park is not a place that you really want to grow up in to be honest.

It is a small world though, as I stayed at my brother's house just outside of Exeter when travelling back after the Everton game and there just so happened to be another Pompey fan in his local. It turns out that he too was from Leigh Park, but he was a real typical 'Leigh Parker.' He is no longer allowed in Fratton Park apparently as he is a football hooligan! It was safe to say I did not wind him up at all that night…

4) Who should Villa be wary of on Saturday?

Niko Kranjcar - Carson knows him well… sorry, that was below the belt.

Seriously though Kranjcar has been fantastic this season and most things seem to be going through him these days. You expect something to happen when he is on the ball every time, as he is showing his true quality this season, the type of quality that I believe will make him a world class talent and quite possibly Croatia's finest ever footballer in time.

5) Expecting much transfer action in January?

I would think so, this is Harry Redknapp's Pompey you are talking about, he loves the transfer market. He keeps banging on about the African nations and 'how it will leave us down to the bare bones' so although it is not as bad as he makes out I would not be surprised to see 4 or 5 players to arrive, even if some are only loans. I still think Defoe could be one of these signings, and have since last summer.

6) What do you think of Villa and where do you think we are heading?

Villa really should be one of the top sides in the country. In recent times they have threatened to make that step up but it never fully came off did it.

To be honest I think that a club of your size should be in Europe, certainly challenging for this each year - and the signs are you will, but I also think it is safe to say that Martin O'Neill needs to sign a few players in January too.

7) Realistically what can Pompey achieve in the next few years?

It is hard not to get carried away but our progress in such a short time has been amazing. My aims this season were to at least match what we achieved last time, but after our start and knowing that we could buy even more quality next month if we miss out on Europe I will be disappointed.

After that, over the next few years consolidation of this would be the aim, along with challenging for a champions league place. I never thought I would say this, but the thought that Pompey could one day in my lifetime challenge for the title is something I have thought about recently, and you never know could happen…

8) Which Villa player would you grab given half a chance?

There are a few that I would take. I think that Carson is a fantastic keeper, Laursen a world class defender that would get into most sides if he could stay fit for long enough periods and Barry is a fella that I have rated for about a decade and would have loved to have signed him the other year when we wanted him.

But in terms of players that we 'need' I think one man stands out above these others, we already have England's no.1 in James, in Campbell, Distin and Primus - when fit - we have three defenders that would get in a lot of other clubs sides, with Campbell and Distin being fantastic this season and in Kranjcar and Taylor - if he stays - we more than cover the left.

So this fella would take would be Gabriel Agbonlahor. He is a great talent that seems to be getting better all the time, so he would do nicely in January please!

9) Come on then, what is your prediction for the game and how sick are you of the stupid kick off times, especially considering the journey you have to get up to Villa Park.

Right, stupid kick off times? What does that matter - we are only football fans aren't we, we are not important or anything are we, so as long as the TV people get what they want so they can show the games when they want them that is all that matters isn't it… sod the fans! I assume you have gathered that I am not amused with the way things are going and have shown a fair degree of sarcasm with that here - just in case it needed clarifying.

As I no longer live in Pompey - as I mentioned - and have not for about 20 years, I now live just outside of Plymouth. So although I actually live further away now as it is straight along the motorway I will actually be able to get their quicker probably… but it is still a stupid kick off time and it is time that we were given more respect. I know we have to be thankful for the extra money the TV allows clubs to have but football is meant to be played at 3pm on a Saturday - and the odd midweek game.

Either way I will enjoy my first visit to Villa Park and after a moan I have eventually got to my prediction!

We have an awful record at Villa Park - but did at Newcastle and Birmingham before, and won both! - but we have won our last 5 away league games, so I hope we can make it a 6th on the trot. We are also unbeaten in 10 games - but then again you are in good form this season, so I would take a point but what the hell we will win again, 2-1 I reckon!

With thanks to Pompey Rug of Vital Pompey (Click Here) Our interview with them will appear later and includes answers from Deanovilla and was-danrenshaw.... which is nice! No lobsters though unfortunately.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday December 6 2007
Time: 11:32AM


Not a bad read, but surely he jests on the 1-2 guess lol. Well it made me chuckle, i think that pompeys transfer dealings may be affected by all this Redknapp malarkey as some agents maybe a bit weary.
06/12/2007 12:02:00
there are goals in this pompey side, take them lightly at our own peril.
06/12/2007 12:22:00
Really looking forward to this one as I think it will be a good game against one of the teams we are in direct competition with. As the guy says they are going well at the moment so should make for an interesting afternoon. Apparently Redknapp has said Matty Taylor can go if the right offer comes in, go for it MON!
06/12/2007 12:44:00
One of the things I like about the Vital Football site in general is the fair0mindedness of the people on it. I obviously exclude the Blues fans to a large degree but even some of them talk sense sometimes!! A good article, couldn't disagree with anything in it really, apart from the predicted result :)
06/12/2007 12:46:00
cheers mate... i enjoyed answering the questions - just worried about 'waffling' on too much :-) it should be a good game and i would happily take a point, but just feel there will be a winner - but both sides will score... hopefully we score more tho!
06/12/2007 13:38:00
Jon.H, most of us hope that matty taylor stays and unless he wants to go and the offer is right he will - the £4m being talked about is nowhere near 'a good offer' and if pompey accepted that i would be furious... i would swap matty taylor for barry tho ;-)
06/12/2007 13:40:00
Thanks for the offer pompeyrug but I think we'll hang on to Gareth if you don't mind. Would love to see Matty Taylor in claret and blue though. Is it right he's not getting a game at the minute?
06/12/2007 14:51:00
Should be a great game. 2 teams playing wee and full of confidence. Fingers crossed for the 3 points.
06/12/2007 14:54:00
European 6 pointer this one, good team Pompey but play as we did in the 2nd half against Arsenal and we'll take em!!
06/12/2007 17:32:00
Could of asked whether the bell ringer at Pompey is ever threatened to shut up! that would of been a great question. Whats his name john pompey smith or summat like that
06/12/2007 19:31:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Villa's International Injury Update

Another tired and boring international break in the world of football, so here's an update from Bodymoor Heath on our walking wounded.

The Villa Times - 24/03/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up)

The latest Aston Villa news and views via the uno fish ial one...

Videos. Inside The Aston Villa Dressing Room

Hate international breaks, so hey, thought some of you might have missed these. Quite good fun some of them.

Villa Replicate Reading Offer

With Reading charging our fans (season ticket holders or members) only £20 for our trip to the Madejski Stadium earlier in the season, Villa have reciprocated the deal...

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

I have nothing to ask! I hate international breaks!
Suggested By: ;o)
Whatever 5%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
2017 Australia GP - Qualifying
Latest Vital Boxing News
Taylor v Joubert – Meadowbank, Scotland
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 15 2017 3:00PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 2:45PM : Fulham (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 23 2017 12:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear362
3.Pride of Lions292
8.Melon Donkey156
The Vital Football Members League