Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

O'Neill On Two Footed Madness

O'Neill On Two Footed Madness

Slamming players who lead with both feet, the Villa manager has responded after a number of stories have hit the headlines and a higher than usual number of red cards have been dished out.

'I have no idea why players go in two footed, when people say 'I got some of the ball' it's a nonsense!

'Your impetus is carrying you through. You could maim someone, break someone's leg and put them out of the game for good! It's crazy.

'Even one-footed tackles can be dangerous if the studs are up.

'I don't think that's very brave - it's reckless! I obviously wouldn't be happy with our players being on the end of it - or doing it either obviously.

'The referees are getting it right. I don't know why it's crept in.

'It seems to have happened over the past few weeks but it's been hovering around for a while.

'If there's a clampdown or a mandate from high above, I've got to say I agree with it totally.'

The question is, have two footed tackles actually crept into the game, or with how the game has been dumbed down do we just notice them more now than before?

There's nothing better than a crunching, full bloodied tackle and the game is sadly now lacking that spirit with overprotective referees and overly play acting players.

But a good story nontheless, and some good quotes from our manager to fill some time before we announce our signings.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday January 15 2008
Time: 1:07PM


When I first read the title of this article I thought he'd gone completely bonkers and started complaining about player thinking that they can use two feet to play and being an old fashioned kind of guy he was only interested in playing players that had just one good foot and that he would be instructing Young to stop using his right foot to kick the ball. Madness I tells ya!! Madness!!
Villain Of The North
15/01/2008 13:34:00
Anything will do just to stop me eating my hands. Just keep giving us stories, pile em up. Otherwise we'll end up working.
15/01/2008 14:03:00
Have you ever tried dancing to Madness on 1 foot????????
15/01/2008 18:22:00
I used to play in the days when 'skilful' players got no protection from either the laws of the game or from referees. I don't want football to become a non-contact sport, but I think we have to accept that the game is very, very much faster than it used to be even 10 years ago, and the consequences of two-footed challenges are correspondingly that much worse. It isn't a problem refs penalising such challenges with a straight red - providing there is consistency ...
15/01/2008 23:56:00
Agree fully with MON. This two footed, studs up tackling has no place in the game, and definitely needs to be clamped down upon, and hopefully eliminated entirely from the game.
16/01/2008 07:27:00
Half the problem though surely has to be the inconsistencies of freferee's on clamping down on the tackle. There's simply no consistency whatsoever.
05/02/2008 17:24:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Sinclair - We'll Turn This Around

Scott Sinclair remains upbeat ahead of the coming tie against struggling, but, current Premier League Champions Chelsea.

Moyes Announces Villa Intentions - No Not Really

Well, no, let's be serious here he hasn't. But you'd not quite guess that. Although maybe he's interested in a new casa and it's been lost in translation?

Rudy Up For African Footballer Of The Year Award

£6million summer signing Rudy Gestede has been named in the 37 man nomination short (?) list for the 2015 African Football of the Year Award.

The Vultures Start Circling Sherwood

With only one win from eight Premier League games in 2015-16, the media are starting to carry the 'two games to go' content when it comes to manager Tim Sherwood's future.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists


Current Poll (see more polls)

Tim Sherwood?
Suggested By: JP Fear
It will all click and be fine8%
Not going to work out49%
Give him til end Nov then look again24%
Give him til end of Dec then look again5%
No idea anymore, Villa confuse me!14%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 8 6 0 2 18 12
2 Arsenal 8 5 1 2 16 6
3 Man Utd 8 5 1 2 16 4
4 Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 15 4
5 Leicester City 8 4 3 1 15 2
6 West Ham 8 4 2 2 14 6
7 Everton 8 3 4 1 13 4
8 Spurs 8 3 4 1 13 4
9 Southampton 8 3 3 2 12 3
10 Liverpool 8 3 3 2 12 -2
11 Swansea 8 2 4 2 10 0
12 Watford 8 2 4 2 10 -1
13 Norwich 8 2 3 3 9 -2
14 Stoke 8 2 3 3 9 -2
15 AFC Bournemouth 8 2 2 4 8 -2
16 Chelsea 8 2 2 4 8 -5
17 WBA 8 2 2 4 8 -5
18 Aston Villa 8 1 1 6 4 -5
19 Sunderland 8 0 3 5 3 -10
20 Newcastle 8 0 3 5 3 -11
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Will Red Bull kiss and make up with Renault?
Latest Vital Boxing News
Lee Wants to Unify Middleweight Titles
Vital Football Comment

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 17 2015 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 24 2015 3:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 27 2015 7:45PM : Southampton (a)
Capital One Cup
Nov 2 2015 8:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 8 2015 1:30PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 21 2015 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions506
3.The Fear220
Write for Vital Football
Club Execution error : INSERT INTO astonvilla.dbo.track select '13/10/2015 12:59:23','','/article.asp?a=503518' [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]The conversion of a varchar data type to a datetime data type resulted in an out-of-range value.