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The Villa Times - 23/05/2008

The Villa Times - 23/05/2008

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Arsenal full back Justin Hoyte was linked last week to Villa. Here is an Arsenal fans opinion on the player: Click Here

Blimey, this is strange. Following the departure of Richard FitzGerald as CEO, the COO of Aston Villa has now also departed. The club have released a very short statement saying Michael Cunnah has left to 'seek new challenges' and the club go on to thank him and wish him good luck for the future.

Pre-season friendlies:
Villa play Lincoln City at the Sincil Bank on July 15 (ko 7.45pm) Ticket news and prices will be announced at a later date.
Reading on Saturday August 2 (ko 3pm) at the Madejski Stadium.
We will no doubt also face Walsall and there is talk of a home game v Porto.

One for the ladies (or pink football fans!) as Nigel Hokey Cokey, David James and Shaun Wright-Phillips take their kit off for charity. Full details: Click Here

Villa have asked fans who are interested in being one of the lucky 26 000 season ticket holders to register their interest to avoid missing out. Villa have said: 'Fans need to be aware we now have a waiting list because of increasing demand for the forthcoming campaign.' You can register your interest for free by calling 0800 612 0970: Click Here

Thursday's transfer rumours included Reading defender Nick Shorey, Ben Foster, Brad Guzan and Boaz Myhill as wellas some 90_year old from Bayer Leverkusen:

Friday's gossip including an increased and rejected bid for Gareth Barry by Liverpool (£12m apparently) more talk on MON not willing to pay £10m for Scott Carson and some other made up nonsense! Oh, and a link to Paul Robinson. Full article: Friday's Villa Transfer Rumours + Bid Rejected?

Villa are 100-1 to win the Premier League. I'm 100-1 to win Miss World. A snip here and there and I might just pull it off. Or least something is usually pulled off when Miss World is about. Do I need to tell myself off for that? What a naughty boy. Full odds: Click Here

Manchester City defender Richard Dunne and Danish youngster Michael Lumb have both been linked to Villa. Which is nice..! Full rumour: Click Here

Our last poll asked: Where you happy with last season? Seems a massive majority (86%) were very happy as they voted yes, massive strides forward. That left 12% voting yes but could have been better and just 1% each for 'average, cup runs ruined it' and 'no, I expected more'.

Martin O'Neill is looking at different options for next season explaining on the official site: 'Teams do get people behind the ball. We saw that with Sunderland and other teams at Villa Park. You have to have another dimension to your game, which at this minute is something that we would have to work on greatly. The ability to break teams down at home who do not give you any space behind.'

Our latest poll asks, oh bloody hell, just glance your eyes over, you'll see what it asks, do I have to do all the work around here? It isn't as if I've not got enough to do looking after my hair!! :o)

A full enquiry into the Rafa v Martin O'Neill saga by our new reporter (allegedly) Dan Jones: Martin O'Neill Vs Rafa Benitez (Tale Of The Tape)

Gabby Agbonlahor's might have been given a bit more of a chance for a senior England cap as Michael Owen has had to pull out of the England squad for our friendlies v USA and Trinidad & Tobago.

Zat Knight says Villa will be under more pressure next season after our impressive showing last time around. 'Next season is really going to be a massive season. We've had a good season and everyone's going to have their eyes on us. If we can repeat and do better than this season then it will be a good year for us. We were ready for a break after a good season. Hopefully we can come back stronger than ever next season. We know what to do for next season and we know what we need to add to.'

Thought for the day: 'They show you how detergents take out bloodstains. I think if you've got a T-shirt with bloodstains all over it, maybe your laundry isn't your biggest problem!'

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday May 23 2008
Time: 3:24PM


Not sure about the Justin Hoyte link. Read contrasting views about him. We need a right full back desperately, but is he the one? Do like the Richard Dunne link, but I cant see that happening. Plenty of rumours flying around, getting us talking, but no action to of yet. Good luck to our England lads. Hope particularly that Gabby and Ash get some serious playing time.
24/05/2008 23:25:00
Have to say, I respect the club site for keeping tabs on who we are linked with, at the moment its up to 72 players as of 24/05/08 and is almost comical in the sense that it shows up football rumours for exactly what they are. Until it appears on skysports that a player is undergoing a medical somewhere it all pretty much stems from recycled stories and urban myth like my gran's mate's hairdresser's mate's grans' cousin who works in JJB sports and who knows Martin O'neill's mate's sons daughter's best mate reckons this or that... you get the picture. Some are more believable than others but just goes to show that the tabloids miss footie action as much as us, they hardly have anything else to take up space on their pages or on the web. Would be funny if all were true from the club site and all those transfers happened, we'd have a way bigger squad than anyone else!!!
25/05/2008 01:04:00
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