The Villa Times - 29/06/2009
Unoial Villa News...
Not seen it myself but apparently on Sky Sports News just now, Villa, Manchester City, Arsenal and Bolton are all being linked to with Sporting holding midfielder Miguel Veloso. + a little more scraping the barrel style transfer talk: Monday's Aston Villa Transfer Rumours
The England U21 team take on the old enemy Germany tonight in the Euro 2009 final and Milner is gunning for an England win. Good luck to the England boys, would be great to see them lift the trophy. Full details: James Milner Looking To Win U21 Final
Tickets for Villa v Fiorentina are on sale to season ticket holders: Full details: Click Here
Wilfred Bouma has dismissed reports that he is set to announce his retirement and although he hasn't got a date slated in to return, he is hoping to be able to do some light jogging in pre-season training. 'I have been doing rehab work for two weeks now and things are going really great. To read newspaper stories with that sort of speculation is really frustrating for me because it's progressing well. I have had a lot of calls, even from my friends in Holland, asking me about the stories. When people read things like this, some believe them. But things are going really well.' Full article: Wilfred Bouma Doing Fine & NOT Retiring
Vital Villan: Holte End Hero and all round 'good egg' Ian Taylor says Villa already have the perfect replacement for Laursen as captain...Brad Friedel. Full article: Click Here
Last time Vital Villa polled users on the subject of who should be captain, Stiliyan Petrov won hands down. Friedel polled just 4%. Sorry to disagree Sir Ian Of Taylor! Full results: Click Here
Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by Mutt_Man, Which replica shirt will you be wearing next season? 39% voted home, 36% neither... Mutt_Man, are you sure this is interesting?!... 14% went for the new white Away top and 11% both.
A report in the Mirror over the weekend didn't exactly rule out a move for Newcastle and former Liverpool / Real Madrid striker Michael Owen, but did suggest that Martin O'Neill see's 22 year old Gabby Agbonlahor as a top striker in his own right. Full article: MON Not Ruling Out Owen But Has Faith In Gabby
Randy Lerner has confirmed that funds are in place and ready for the manager to bring in much needed new players. 'He has a reputation as a very good manager, with good success, and that will play a part when new players are thinking of coming to Aston Villa. The funds will be in place for him'. Full article: Randy Lerner 'The Funds Are In Place'
Spurs striker Robbie Keane to Villa? Pah! A German international and other such paper talk from Sunday: Robbie Keane To Villa? + Other Transfer Talk!
Saturday's transfer links: Saturday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk
Sheriff Kimbo in another 'that was the week that was' for Villa: The Week In Villa #44 (19/6/09 - 25/6/09)
Vital Villan: James Milner has revealed today that the settled nature of B6 these days has helped him improve as a player. Speaking on the official site, Milly loves the fact he is now at a harmonious club with no manager merry-go-round or takeover talks looming over playing matters, and contradicts many fans views that players don't actually get embroiled in the off pitch antics of their employers. 'Has the move helped me to progress? Massively. It's not easy when there's always talk of your manager getting sacked and turmoil at the club and off the field problems. It doesn't help you get on with your football so obviously it was a good move for me.' Full article: Villa Stability Key To Growth
Vital Villan: Paul Merson has said to the official site that Gabby and Ash especially, are the reason why Villa are such an exciting and entertaining team to watch in the Premiership these days. Claiming boldly that the two players have transformed the appeal of the team does seem a stretch too far given our end of season form, but you can see the point he is making when we have both players on form and flying on all cylinders. Full details: Magic Merse A Fan Of Our Young Villans
Villa have announced that an Aston Villa XI will play Oxford United in a pre-season friendly. The match is set to take place at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday August 4th. Kick off 7:45pm No ticket news as yet.
David O'Leary talks about his favourite subject, himself. In an interview with the Daily Mail he reminds anyone interested that Martin O'Neill has had big funds and hasn't as yet beaten the 6th place that DOL managed under Doug. Full article and quotes: O'Leary Says He Matched O'Neill With No Funds
Thought for the day: 'I went into a shop and I said, 'Can someone sell me a food mixer.' The bloke said 'Kenwood' I said, 'Where is he then?' (ok PB?!)'