The Villa Times - 12/07/2008
Unoial Villa News...
Villa have agreed a fee with Chivas for goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The 24-year-old hinted yesterday that he thought all would be concluded in the next day or so and has now told ESPN: 'It's been absolutely unbelievable. Obviously being able to stay at a club for three-and-a-half years, learning and growing as a player, as a person. I've been very thankful for Chivas USA and everything they've done for me. And obviously the league has made tremendous strides, and hopefully it'll keep going in the right direction.' Full article: Click Here
Martin O'Neill says Villa's latest young striker hot off the presses at the academy, Nathan Delfouneso, can make the next step and have an impact on the Premiership. He told the official site: 'He has a lot of natural talent. That's been said of a lot of players down the years. But if he continues to progress and really work hard at his game and not feel that he's made it - I'm sure that will not be the case with him - then he's got a real chance of being a top quality player.' Adding he thinks the 17-year-old has the 'determination to make the grade.'
Well this is a turn up for the books, after what seems like months of wrangling between Aston Villa and Liverpool over Gareth Barry, Arsene Wenger has, according to Shaun Custis of The Sun, popped up with an enquiry! In the usual 'Sun speak' they say Arsenal have made a 'sensational 11th-hour move to hijack' the move of the Villa skipper to Anfield and claim that Liverpool were 'locked in high-level talks' yesterday negotiating the price. The Sun claim that the Gunners haven't bid yet but would be able to offer cash and a player like Justin Hoyte who has been linked to Villa for some while now. Full article: Arsenal Add Twist To The Barry Saga
Wayne Routledge, who scored for Villa in their pre-season friendly against FC Wil 1900 the other night, says he is looking to make an impact this season at Villa Park in order to earn himself a new contract. The 23-year-old says he is happy with his move and that he is at a big club and has much to do to prove himself. 'This is a massive season for me, and the team,`` he said. "I have got a lot to prove. While the team finished sixth last year, we feel we can do better so hopefully we can push on. I`ve got one year left on my contract. I am looking to play and hopefully get myself a new contract here because I want to crack on with my career. I would not have come here if I didn`t think I could get involved in the team.' Full article: Click Here
Steve Wade's Something for the weekend (196) Click Here
Setanta have grabbed 3 Villa games. The September away game to Tottenham is now a Monday night with a 8pm kick off. November 3rd see's us away to Newcastle, again an 8pm kick off and as usual, no regard to the away travelling supporters. Then we have the home tie against Manchester United at the 5:30pm kick off on the Saturday in November. (I'm having to be careful not to mention too many dates so Dataco don't send us warnings of fines, as mad as it seems we aren't meant to give the football matches free advertising by announcing fixtures, go figure!) Sky have also grabbed two fixtures, one against the Baggies at the Hawthorns and the home tie v Liverpool: Click Here
The Aston Villa Old Stars are playing a charity match in aid of Paul Birch who is fighting bone cancer, against Sutton United on July 27, 2:30pm at the Sutton United FC ground in Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield on Sunday. Entry is £2 including match programme in advance or £3 on the day. Stalls, kids attractions and competitions are also being laid on. Match programmes are on sale at: Aston Villa FC club shop at Villa Park, Aston Villa FC ticket office at Villa Park and Sutton United FC ground in Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield Click Here
Villa romped to a 6-0 win over Swiss side FC Wil 1900 and Martin O'Neill was delighted with the pre-season start. Our goals came with a brace from Marlon Harewood + contributions from John Carew, Nathan Delfouneso, Shaun Maloney and Wayne Routledge.
Vital Villa asked who should be our next captain? 60% went for Danish defensive rock Martin Laursen (60%) Next up with 26% was former West Ham captain Nigel Hokey-Cokey. Other results on the front page article.
Our latest poll, suggested by romanianvillain, asks if you think David Bentley will be at Villa Park next season.
Steve Sidwell says Villa have no brains.... Oh no, hang on, he said moving to Villa was a no brainer... phew! The 25-year-old had no shortage of suitors but once he confirmed he didn't have a future at Chelsea, the Ginger Ninja said he only wanted to go one place, us. 'No disrespect to the other clubs - I'm not naming them but there was a lot of interest - but even before contact was made with Aston Villa this was the club I wanted to join. As soon as I sat down with the manager and he outlines his ambitions and where he wants to take the club, for me it was a no-brainer. I just wanted it to get done as quickly as possible. It dragged on a bit which was unfortunate but that's football nowadays, it's all paperwork. Now I'm over the moon and really excited. Martin O'Neill really does sell his vision for this club. I knew before I met him how he was going to be and he's just like he is on TV. He's a great man with great enthusiasm.'
Our new midfielder also says that he isn't here to be a replacement for Gareth Barry or anyone else and wants to be judged on his own merits. 'I'd like to be judged on what I do for Aston Villa. I'm not here to replace anyone. Every player is an individual and I'll bring qualities to the side that hopefully only I can do. My aim is to improve the side - not to replace Gareth Barry or anyone else.'
Thought for the day: 'why is it that when someone tells you that there are over a billion stars in the universe, you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint somewhere, you have to touch it to make sure?!'