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Villa Legend Jim Walker Interview

Villa Legend Jim Walker Interview

Thanks to dannydeeavfc we have an interview with legendary former backroom staff member Jim Walker.

Jim Walker played as full-back for Northwich Victoria (until 1968), Derby County (1968-1974), Hartelpool (1970 on loan), Brighton & Hove Albion (1974-1975), Peterborough United (1975-1976) and Chester City (1976-1981).

He then took up a career as a physiotherapist and spent time in Kuwait, Blackburn Rovers and then at Aston Villa from 1986 until he was tempted to Walsall in 2004 to be Paul Merson's assistant manager. He also returned for a spell as physio for The Posh in 2006.

As dannydeeavfc said to me, 'Jim is a fountain of knowledge on most thing's football especially Villa!' Adding, 'He spent over 17 years in total working for the club and he still has a good relationship with all ex managers who he worked under, I often see Big Ron in his company.'

Jim has certainly seen some characters during his years as player and physio as he played under Cloughie at Derby and Peter Taylor at Brighton.



Danny also pointed out that it was Jim who played a crucial role in keeping our Lord, Paul McGrath going: 'I'm sure you know all the Mcgrath stories from the book but for those who don't know it is worth mentioning how he was one of the main factors in Mcgrath's knees lasting so long after all the injury problems he had at United and was the man responsible for finding the great man when he would go missing.'

As if that wasn't enough, Jim is also Mark Delaney's father-in-law (and so fingers crossed we can persuade Mark to also do an interview) and now assists the Aston Villa Former Players Association (AVFPA)in helping ex Villa players with whatever problems may arise.

SO.

Got a question for this great Villa man?

Leave them in the article comments and we'll compile them and put them to Jim to answer at his leisure.

And the prize for the best question? The usual sod all + as a bonus, the knowledge of a job well done! :o)



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday April 15 2008
Time: 12:20PM

Comments

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how much of an improvement is bodymoor heath?
bobbyfett
15/04/2008 12:50:00
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Who was the funniest player you ever came across during your career?
still skeggy
15/04/2008 13:07:00
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Which former Villa manager was the most enjoyable to work with ?
notthedougellisstand
15/04/2008 13:39:00
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How do you keep your hair looking so silky smooth yet so natural?It`s amazing.
british84
15/04/2008 13:42:00
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Which manager threw the most tea cups around when the players weren't responding?
The Fear
15/04/2008 14:26:00
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Which player do you think had the most natural talent?
The Fear
15/04/2008 14:26:00
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Do you get down to Villa Park these days to watch any of the games? Do you still look out for our results and wh did you support as a kid?
The Fear
15/04/2008 14:27:00
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Would you be tempted to 'accidently' kick some of the modern players who roll over and over feigning injury!? I'm not imagining it am I, in the past a player only went down when there was a real problem, not just to waste time?!
The Fear
15/04/2008 14:28:00
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wow, we have one godly physio now i guess! keeping Laursen all solid...does Laursen have the same effect to fans and the team as how Mcgrath did? please dun flame me, just curious =/
Gruck
15/04/2008 14:30:00
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Why did you decide to become a Physio following your playing career?
young_jonah
15/04/2008 14:41:00
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