Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday June 8 2007
I used to read lots of American comics when I was a kid, thanks to my Dad, he used to have a part time job meeting the mail train, and picking the odd comic was a perk. He read them first of course, no flies on him, but I loved them not only because of the exciting super heroes but for all the adverts of amazing BB guns, magic radios, and of course x-ray specs. How could they work, its impossible?
But then the impossible happens, anyone who went to Wembley in 57 or was at Highbury in 81, or of course Rotterdam knows it, especially if they were at Huddersfield, Port Vale all those years before.
I was talking over the weekend with one of the few of my relatives from my dad's era, she was the wife of my moms favourite cousin and the bloke who went with dad to the Villa. He'd been a decent player in his time, and his insights into Villa were always funny and illuminating her insights into me were equally illuminating especially as I can never get the two old codgers back, pah.
A lovely lady, our joint reminiscence's were enjoyable, her memories of me were remarkable, her memories of her husband, my dad and me and Villa were amazing, I hadn't realised how the two of them had spent many a happy hour over my exploits, at our joint exploits and times, Villa related, together.
How they would have loved the times we now live in, Villa wise. When Ellis took over and Docherty became manager there was a real belief not only that times had changed but that all would change for the better. Well I suppose it did in many respects but like those Marvel comics there was always a twist, we won the Title, we won in Europe but we never maintained or moved on from that peak, for what ever reason like those X-ray specs it could never work. Or could it?
Nearly 12 months ago we were all looking at another Ellis dominated season, at best a mid table finish, at worst another battle with relegation, now look at us. We have an owner who keeps his promises, who has taken PR to a new art, who communicates with fans, who has promised us millions to spend on overpaid players who earn in a week more than many fans do in 3 years.
We have a half decent manager who will do well, with the money he may have why shouldn't he, for once the future for Villa fans looks good, and if Randy Lerner sticks with it, the future looks bright long term too As my 'aunt' said my dad and my uncle would be having a laugh now they'd be making jokes about American's in the war about their big heads, and big noise, and about being over here.
They'd also be as excited as the best and most 'real' Villa fan too, as desperate as all of us are for the revolution to continue on the field the way we all hope it will. Villa are back again, whether it will be as quick as some of us want, or as some of us expect I know not. Its not all plain sailing of course we need to fill the ground, we need better players, and plenty more but for once in a long, long time we can believe as we did when Docherty came with his, in hindsight, unfilled promises that matters Villa are on the up.
My dad and uncle and all those other Holte enders in the Sky will have a huge smile on their face, my relatives will probably still be laughing at my expense too, good luck to them, August can't come quick enough I just wish we sign someone or three quick. Like the Marvel comics our American owners offer plenty of exciting content, even the adverts are wonderful and hopefully will work, and well, and soon.
Oh did anyone ever buy any of those X-ray specs or know how they were supposed to work ?
Article by AVFC48
Date:Friday June 8 2007
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