The Villa Times - 03/06/2009
Unoial Villa News...
Your chance to have a say in the Vital Villan interviews involving just 13 questions: Vital Villan Interviews - Have Your Say
The Daily Mail published the Premier League list of earners for prize money and tv payments yesterday and I was all ready to do an article and then the Barry thing exploded and I lost interest! However interest restored, it doesn't really make good reading, despite Villa being 6th for the second year running, it clearly shows we had not far off HALF of what Manchester United got with Chelsea over £33million higher in the loot. Arsenal and Liverpool also came out with massive amounts and this is all down to the Champions League. My fear is modern football is doomed, there is NO WAY unless you get an ultra (and I mean ULTRA) rich owner that you can hope to compete with the difference in income and that is BEFORE you take into account merchandising and gate receipts. Full article: How Can Villa Break The Monopoly?
Interesting article by Merlin at Vital Chelsea along similar lines: The Demise of Loyalty?
Gareth Barry has done an open letter to Villa fans explaining why he left: Gareth Barry's Open Letter To Fans
A Villa fan decided to also do an open letter and I like it! Full letter: An Open Letter From A Villa Fan!
Vital Villa asked who should replace Barry as captain and the overwhelming response was none other than former boo boy target Stiliyan Petrov. Full results: Who Should Replace Barry As Captain?
Our latest poll asks who should replace Barry in the centre of midfield IF we don't buy a replacement. Sidwell is currently leading the poll with 50%
Rodolph Austin anyone? The latest links for Aston Villa including David Bentley and Joleon Lescott. Full article: Wednesday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk
Dan Jones: Martin Laursen has retired. Gareth Barry has joined Manchester City. How do you replace two of your best players? Who do you replace them with? Martin O`Neill was loved by almost every fan for his first two years at Villa Park, after taking the side to 6th and promising big things, however after complaints of poor tactics, substitutions and transfer dealings from a growing number of fans, he finds himself in unknown territory. For many the doubts began after he kept the majority of first team at home ahead of a big UEFA Cup game in Moscow. His reason for this was so that the team could concentrate on maintaining their hold on a place in the top4. It backfired not only did the reserves get beaten that night but the side went on one of the worst runs of form in the club`s entire history. Full article: Defining Summer For Martin O'Neill?
Quotes from former Villa midfielder :o( Gareth Barry and Mark Hughes. Full article: £areth Barry - Man City Match His Ambi£ions
My attempt at being positive asking if Gareth Barry is really so wrong wanting to move on? Is Gareth Barry So Very Wrong Wanting To Move?
Season tickets for the upcoming season are now on general sale - meaning supporters have the chance to secure their seat at Villa Park for 2009-10. A price freeze on last season's tickets is in operation until 7pm on Tuesday evening. There will then be a small price hike on Wednesday morning. Season tickets are only available via personal visits to the Ticket Office or by calling Consumer Sales on 0800 612 0970.
Rule confirmation that the transfer window opens at midnight on the last day of each season: The Summer Transfer Window IS Open
Vital Villa's player of the season was Stiliyan Petrov with 41% of the vote. Next up was left-back/right-back (!) Luke Young with 12% and Gareth Barry was third with 9%. Full results: Vital Villa's Player Of The Season
James Milner has been called up to the full England side from the Under-21`s following injury to Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. Full details: Villa Midfielder Earns England Call
deano.avfc asks: How short are we of being genuine Top 4 challengers? How Short Are Villa From A Top 4 Place?
Thought for the day: 'You know somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'