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Claret or Beaujolais

Claret or Beaujolais

Claret or beaujolais?

Father Christmas gave me a 81 replica shirt last year. He always knows what I want.........I suspect my family tip him off. Anyway I was pleased to see that my memories were correct. It's claret.....real claret, not Beaujolais (had to look up the spelling).

I was there at Highbury that day with my uncle, him 50 odd and me 14. He said to me as the celebrations went on, 'you are lucky to see this so young'. He had waited all his life.

That wonderful old man has gone now, but I wonder what he would have made of the lightening of the claret. I suspect he would have just wondered why. For me its not trendy. I think it moves us away from our wonderful tradition.

Worse, the 'ammers' stick with real claret and they stole the colours from us in the first place. With all the good news about tradition being so important to the new dawn at villa, lets get back to real claret.

What do you all think?

Afterthought........ Is it too late to sue West ham, Burnley, etc?


Date:Monday January 21 2008
Time: 1:33PM


This quite a good article but I have often thought that the kit was alot darker that the ones I have grown up with (my first memories being the 94 kit) The old Mita Copies shirt may be the last one with the traditional colours. Wait for it........ (someone is bound to correct me)
21/01/2008 16:09:00
Well dannyvello I too was at Highbury on that fatefl day, I was also in Rotterdam to witness our greatest day. I think it would be nice to see our old shirts back, but part of me thinks its does no good going back. But hay what do I know??? Not much the wife would say LOL
21/01/2008 16:13:00
I was there too and I received the away shirt from 81 at Christmas. I just read the article and said to the mrs that I want it ironed for the match tonight so I can wear it! I don't like the modern kits, hate the sponsors name on it. I have the 57 cup final retro shirt as well. Tradition is good.
21/01/2008 17:08:00
Oh well, think its being a bit picky, I like the kit now, better than the pink!
21/01/2008 17:16:00
I personally think the current shirt is the best in years (It's the first one I've bought since I was at school - I'm nearly 33). However I would like to bring something to peoples attention. I can't remember where I read this but I do remember reading somewhere that on very early Aston Villa team photos (which were clearly in black and white) the caption under the photo described the shirts as chocolate brown and blue!! So maybe we are all wrong and to be truly in keeping with the tradition of the club we should all be wearing brown & blue! Maybe it's just down to clothing dye technology not being quite as good back then.
Adam Deuce
21/01/2008 18:57:00
Thanks for your comments. Hey! I would go for Chocolate & blue with a rampant lion........its tradition that matters...............1 down to liverpool at half time is not...............i am in Qatar and its late. woke up to watch the Villa..up the Villa!
21/01/2008 21:04:00
Saw you guys today v Liverpool colour looked more to me like a poofy lavender colour. Poofy colour and a poofy performance to match, bye bye Champs League hello mid table slide back to a poofy nothingness existence.
21/01/2008 21:15:00
What is more important to Villa fans, a thread to describe the important game with Liverpool and then an opportunity for fans to discuss it or back in the days of purple not pink? Think I might choose football over shirts.
21/01/2008 22:02:00
GreenGiant,,,,,,,,,,,,,,well you are right of course
21/01/2008 22:07:00
Fair result................but , we need to hold firm when 2-1 up.....bed time again
21/01/2008 22:11:00
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