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A 'Sir MON' from The Mount

A 'Sir MON' from The Mount

A 'Sir MON' from The Mount

Hello Vital Villains,

This post can be deemed as a bit of fun, with all the transfer activity going on and the tedious courting of Barry, I thought it would be a pleasant change!

Whilst spending the weekend with my Villa-enthused family we started discussing an article in a certain red-top.

This was about the fact that we can now field an all English 11 with a few English subs to top it off. Although the chances of it happening during a premier league game this season would be slim (and would mean we'd have to be plagued with a few injuries for it to occur) it would still be possible. please note that even though we could play this as a 4-4-2, I have opted for a 3-5-2 as this would consign Zat Knight to the bench, which I'm sure you would all agree, is for the best.

Stuart Taylor, Nicky Shorey, Luke Young, Curtis Davies, Gareth Barry, Steve Sidwell, Nigel Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, Craig Gardener, Gabby Agbonlahor, Marlon Harewood. Subs - Zat Knight, Wayne Routledge, Isaiah Osbourne.

Now I know that this is common news to the majority of Villa fans, but this was only the warm up to the actual point. The fact that Martin O'Neill has broken the premiership trend of flooding a squad with foreigners has given us a certain kudos amongst the elite, along with the Acorns promotion (this is not a sponsorship!), it has earnt us a respect with football fans across the country and also the media. If there was a survey into which other club a fan respected the most, Villa would probably pip it.

Now some would think this next bit is a bit of a stretch, but there is a valid point within it.

A few years ago, Alex Ferguson was knighted for 'services rendered to English football', by winning alot of trophies with a squad containing young English players - Beckham, Scholes, The Neville Bros etc. Now I know that Villa are yet to pick up any silver wear under MON, but surely the fact that he is setting a precedent with this squad should count, he is putting the 'English back into the 'English premiership'. The premiership is made up of roughly 60+% of foreign players, where by contrast Serie A has about 60+% of players who qualify for the National Squad. If there is ever a cap on the amount of foreign players allowed, Villa would be in a mighty position.

I think that woman who lives in London (you know who I mean, the one with the shiny hat) should maybe think about putting MON on her 'to be knighted' list as, unless I'm mistaken, MON's exploits constitute 'services rendered to English football'.

So, will the team have to refer to MON as 'Sir' in January? or is this just the ramblings of someone who is bored at work?

At the very least, Fabio Capello must be saving a lot of money in petrol as he only needs to visit Villa park to watch half of his potential squad.


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

Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
Time: 11:09AM


I'll try to get this passed on to MON for you Bobby!
The Fear
13/08/2008 11:11:00
Our little band of the claret and blue army have been calling him by his true (if unofficial title) for some time now. I think since he managed to swop Baros for Carew.
13/08/2008 11:24:00
viva baby England
13/08/2008 11:25:00
Arise, Sir MON. Sounds good.
13/08/2008 11:28:00
LOL nice little ramble, and I've gotta say how delighted I am that the team I support is full of english players, people I can relate to, and, in most cases (sorry Gabby), pronounce their names! All Hail Sir MON.
13/08/2008 11:28:00
I like the Capello petrol-saving comment, I'm sure he'll appreciate it. Got to respect the Italians' penchant for homegrown talent playing in their league, I think having a majority of domestic players makes for a better group atmosphere, being part of a whole. UTV!
13/08/2008 11:30:00
Very good article. a Knighthhod for Martin for taking his English Villans to continued European supremacy over a few years would certainly be the icing on the cake and cap a truly wonderful career for hin in football. Let's all hope it comes to pass.
13/08/2008 11:30:00
A good article. O'Neill has certainly got a knack of signing young English players and making their game improve ten-fold, Young and Knight are two examples of players looking better now they are under MON, not to mention a few others of course. Now if the rumours about Ashton and Milner are true, we could have a really good quality England team!!! Joe Cole would be nice too.
13/08/2008 11:34:00
I think - like Sir Alex - he'd have to win something first! But, its good to be a Villa fan at the minute with what he's doing! We love him, even if others dont. I dont agree with your knocking of Zat Knight though - ok, so he's the 4th best Centre half we have but for years we have bemoaned the fact we have no strength in depth! Zat gives us that and I fully support him being part of our squad!! Up the Villa
13/08/2008 11:49:00
We put the "English" back in English Premier League! I can feel my chest swelling with pride - unless it's my belly swelling with the beers I've been chugging every time we sign a new player...
Athens Villa
13/08/2008 13:14:00
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