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The Villa Times - 16/07/2009

The Villa Times - 16/07/2009

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Villa have confirmed the signing of Stewart Downing: Downing Signing Confirmed

Downing has spoken of his delight at joining Villa saying the excitement of being part of a great forum like Vital Villa was too much to resist... oh hang on, sorry, he didn't say that at all. Mike Field: Stewart Downing has spoken of his delight at joining the Villa, and suggested it was a no brainer after speaking to Martin O'Neill. Speaking on the official site, Downing explains that the ambition of the manager and the direction of the club were a massive factor in his decision to move from Smoggy Boro to Rainy Brum. 'I am really pleased to be joining Villa. It's a massive football club with good ambition. When it became apparent that Villa were interested I was very excited. I wanted to come as soon as I met Martin O'Neill so I am delighted it's now sorted out. Full article: Downing Delighted To Join

Villa Promo: Bargain time at Villa who are 'slashing prices on a whole host of fantastic claret and blue clothes this weekend - so make sure you get down the club shop to pick up a bargain. We will be having a clearance tent at Villa Park this Saturday and Sunday with all items at £5 and under. Includes: Polo Shirts, Nike Training Wear, Football Socks, Player Training Wear and Kit, Sweatshirts, Tracksuit Bottoms. Times: Saturday July 18: 10am - 4pm Sunday July 19: 10am - 2pm The clearance tent is likely to return to Villa Park soon so please stay tuned for similar sale announcements. Official site:

Tony Cascarino says Villa have a good signing in Downing after speaking to The Times: 'Stewart Downing is a really good signing for Aston Villa, even though he may not be fit until October. Once he is, I’m sure he’ll make a big impact. I saw Downing play five times last year and on four occasions he was the best player on the park. Without him, Middlesbrough would have been even more dire. In a good team, Downing will shine. He’s versatile, with a wonderful left foot, and quicker than many people think. He also has a great attitude. However, he must improve his scoring rate – only two goals last term, both in the FA Cup.' (Reports the other week were suggesting he won't be back for October and will need longer to recover from his foot surgery)

Vital Villa have launched a 4th shirt in the Vital shop: CLICK HERE The shirt retails at £9.00 and the postage (for all) have now been reduced to £2.20 after the guys manufacturing them for us took the feedback and reacted positively.

I'm going to go for the Acorns 450 challenge to see how much, through this site, can be raised over the season for Acorns. More news to follow once I've registered. Due to the attempts Villa have given me permission to print a one off shirt mentioning Vital Villa (Villa, Aston Villa etc is obviously copyright of the club) so will look to get a good design for that. The current idea can be viewed here: Click Here

Thursday's transfer talk: Thursday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk

Season tickets still available:

Downing a good or bad signing? According to our forum thread, a good one! Our latest front poll asks similar. + results from the 'which striker would you like at Villa' question with Darren Bent of Spurs getting the biggest vote. Full results: Which Striker Would You Like At Villa?

Part four of the transfer talk thread on the front page is in full swing by the way and now has an IN player! Aston Villa Summer Transfer Thread Pt 4

Glensider: Oh To Have Been Under That Gaslight In 1874 I wonder just what they would think. That gathering of gentlemen from the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel Cricket Team, who stopped under that Heathfield Road gaslight back in 1874. They were there to discuss the options open to them over the winter months, options that would keep them fit and in close contact with one another, until the next cricket season came around the following year. Full article: Oh To Have Been Under That Gaslight In 1874

An interview with Vital Boro editor about the imminent move from the Riverside to Villa Park of Stewart Downing Boro Fan's Opinion On Downing To Villa

Reaction (70 article comments at the moment) to the news yesterday that a fee had been agreed for Downing: **Stewart Downing Fee Agreed** + forum thread: Click Here

The Vital Colchester editor takes a light hearted look at the Villa fans panic in the quest for signatures: Oi You, Mr Aston Villa Fan!

Thought for the day: I met this bloke with a didgeridoo and he was playing Dancing Queen on it. I thought, 'That's Aboriginal.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 16 2009
Time: 4:43PM


Excellent article, great author, really should be knighted or sanctioned or something I think :o)
The Fear
16/07/2009 16:45:00
Excellent article, great author, really should be knighted or sanctioned or something I think :o)
The Fear
16/07/2009 16:45:00
Downing Average player at best. Only reason he didn't go to Spurs is we would not pay more than 7m which is a true valuation. A bad signing to replace Chelsea bound Ashley Young.
16/07/2009 17:06:00
Downing Average player at best. Only reason he didn't go to Spurs is we would not pay more than 7m which is a true valuation. A bad signing to replace Chelsea bound Ashley Young.
16/07/2009 17:06:00
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