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The Villa Times - 24/06/2009

The Villa Times - 24/06/2009

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Peace out brothers and sisters! The tickets for our summer pre-season tournament .. namely The Peace Cup, are on sale and Martin O'Neill said on the official site that the competition should be 'interesting' but laments the fact Villa won't now be facing Celtic who have pulled out of the competition. Full article:

Stiliyan Petrov says that that 31-year-old Villa striker Emile Heskey will settle and show his true colours (I'm assuming they are now claret and blue?!) next season. 'Emile is an outstanding player. He is an England regular so that proves just how good a player he is. He has added further quality to the squad. Sometimes players just need a bit longer to settle in. Emile will come good next season.'

England U21's, who won their group after a 1-1 draw against Germany (with the equaliser coming from a corner taken by Craig Gardner who was captain on the night) will face the tournament hosts Sweden on Friday 26 June. Full details: Villa Trio Hope To Face Sweden For England U21s

Season tickets on sale: Click Here

Transfer thread part 3 already up and running and we aren't even through June yet! Aston Villa Summer Transfer Thread Pt 3

Former Villa boss Graham Taylor has told Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor that next season they'll need to up their game. Meanwhile former Villa player Dion Dublin says there is a question mark over the Villa players next season adding that they will have to live up to the pressure brought about by the performances and 'success' they enjoyed last season. Full article: Graham Taylor & Dion Dublin Warnings To Villans

Everton and Aston Villa have both been linked to Spurs £5m rated defender Alan Hutton albeit only on a gossip site without quotes or sources. Just looks like a repeat of the press link from a few weeks ago.

All the UEFA Cup date details have been released, we face our first games in the play off stage in August. Full details: Villa's European Dates Announced

Transfer talk for Wednesday. Bit rubbish today really.. hey ho! The Mirror say that Aston Villa are set to bid £1million for German keeper Gerhard Tremmel. The 30-year-old keeper is apparently looking to leave Energie Cottbus and has also been linked to Blackburn Rovers. The rest: Wednesday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk

Tuesday's links were a bit better with Eidor Gudjohnson amongst others linked: Barcelona Striker Linked + Other Transfer Talk

avfc48 doesn't have much faith in MON but doesn't think this summer is his last chance saloon either: This Window - Last Chance Saloon? Not for Me

Villa fan Peter Keogh calls for ambition: Villa Fan Asks Where's The Ambition?

And upthevilla_83 calls for some wow players: Will Villa Attract International Quality?

Villa keeper Stuart Taylor will join Manchester City on a free transfer on July 1 as his contract with Villa runs out: Another Player Leaves Villa For Man City

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by Avfc94 and Benham + others: As things stand, where will we finish next season? We'll ask this again after a few purchases and obviously, as usual, before the season starts. At the moment 54% voted '7th-10th..bad' 11% were optimistic we can go one better than the last two seasons and grab 5th place and another 11% voted we'd finish 6th again. Full results: Where Will Villa Finish? Poll Results

Thought for the day: DEPRESSED people: Instead of attempting suicide as a 'cry for help', simply shout 'Help!' thus saving money on paracetamol, etc.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday June 24 2009
Time: 5:15PM

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