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Those Villa Cast Offs & Dead Wood

Those Villa Cast Offs & Dead Wood

Those Villa cast offs and dead wood

Its been an interesting nay incredible couple of weeks for some of those Villa cast offs, so maligned on this site by some.

As one of those fans who always feel sad when players who have done time with Villa leave for pastures new I often mentally flag up when they hit the headlines and cast a wry smile of satisfaction. Its like today when Wrexham beat Chester at Chester 2-0 and Brian Little was on Sky smiling away at finally getting his team back into contention, it made me feel good.

It all started with Albion's Kevin Phillips getting another goal and the Best player in the Championship award, good for him. This evening he gets a chance at joining all the other Villa rejects in the FA Cup semi finals at Wembley.

Yesterday Milan Baros was at fault for gaining a penalty for Portsmouth that put the mighty Manchester United away on their own pitch. Did Sir Alex think that would happen when they beat us at Villa Park in the same competition. I doubt it. So Baros will be going to Wembley again.

He won't be alone, today I saw a super strike from Peter Whittingham to put Cardiff past Middlesbrough, so he'll be there along would you believe with a keeper called Peter Enkleman, unbelievable.

Young Davis scored for Rangers in Europe and seems to be doing OK up there, he's now looking to be in a Scottish Cup final too along with his European exploits.

Talking of European exploits good old Gav McCann scored a goal in Bolton's draw in Europe, so he and Samuel will get another game in Europe at least. They'd better watch their PL performances though, Megson does have a nasty habit of relegating sides.

There is life after Villa Park for some, even the much maligned Moore might find himself alongside Phillips at Wembley you never know.

Of course with Villa being on target for 4th and with the 5 year plan its hard to see where we have suffered by the absence, but its good to see, that such much maligned players are after all still in with some chance of glory.

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Date:Tuesday March 11 2008
Time: 10:39AM


Can I ask for a bit of respect from those that usually don't read what is being said and just slate the article due to the author please. To disagree and debate is what the site is for, not for personal slanging matches.
The Fear
11/03/2008 10:41:00
I Fear am one of those who is not a huge fan of AVFC48 but I feel that even our grumpiest fan has been making some valid comments in recent weeks, and this article is brilliant. Nice to see a softer side of the guy, and totally agree, I love seeing the former players doing well post-villa. Never thought I would be saying this but credit where it is due, welldone 48, a brilliant article!!!
11/03/2008 10:54:00
Quite right. It is incredible really, that so many ex-Villa players, deemed not good enough for the club are now playing in Europe or the semi-finals of our most prestigious cup competition. I don't regret letting any of them go, although I gaze fondly back at some performances from most of them, but it is amazing that all of those players are now playing on the stages we want to be at, for (with all due respect) lesser clubs. Cardiff, WBA (who I'm enjoying at the moment by the way), Bolton and others. Not sure whether the title of this article is ever-so-slightly tongue in cheek, but I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments '48.
11/03/2008 11:19:00
Davis a flop at Fulham (now playing in a sub-standard league), Bolton getting relegated with McCann and Samuel, Phillips in a lower league, Hughes getting relagated with Fulham, Baros looking totally unfit, Hendrie not getting a game in the Championship, Cahill getting relegated, Ridgewell possibly getting relegated. MON is a complete genius.
11/03/2008 11:22:00
excellent article again 48, maybe for some of these players they have found where they are better suited than AVFC for various reasons. Think KSarge could do with looking a little deeper into his own comments. Davis may well have found his place, goodluck to him. Bolton maybe relegated but McCann and samuel have a chance of some glory before this happens although niether have held down a regular place due to injury etc cahill has arrived to late almost to help Boltons plight. i wish them well. Hughes having made 20 appearances for fulham seems to be enjoying regular first team football and Baro's may well as AVFC48 says, although unfit have a chance of lifting a major throphy this year. Ridgewell is looking a good player in a crap side IMO and won't spend long in the championship.
11/03/2008 12:33:00
Good article, most points had made me feel disappointed that we have so many expats in Europe and FA cup semi-finals. Nice to see a positive slant on it though. Our boys will be in Europe next year anyway. Who has found 48's log on details.
11/03/2008 12:53:00
Ksarge1 sums this article up. Transfers are part and parcel of football , and you can not go through life with what if's . In my opinion Phillips, Baros, Davis , Whittingham , McCann , Samual and Hendrie were all suplus to requirements for one reason and another but they can do a job for others. I feel the replacements for every one of these players are better than those departed (maybe with the exception of Petrov) and is why we are in the top 6 rather than near the bottom. MON is a good judge of a footballer , his record proves this. I feel disapointed that due to the FA cup biased / fixed draw that we get Manure every year, we could also have been a Wembley for the semi-finals.
11/03/2008 13:09:00
Nice article but well summed up KSarge.... that really is the true perspective on the situation. Nice to see them enjoying some level of success, but it's not the kind of success we craved achieving at villa.
11/03/2008 13:12:00
Its interesting in an article where I mainly highlighted the little success some past players are having several use it as another justification article of O'Neill's transfer policy. Why are you fans so insecure about O'Neill ?
11/03/2008 13:53:00
I would guess that is because you addressed an issue that involves the decisions mon made and justifying the fact that he got rid of these players. Yes, the article is sentimental but it was KSarge who aptly pointed out the true predicament of the teams these players are now playing for. I'm not entirely sure why you needed to bring in anything to do with insecurity, that comment seems a little provocative if you ask me.
11/03/2008 13:59:00
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