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The Villa Times - 30/07/2009

Unoial Villa News...



Vital Villa asked in our last poll, Can Sidwell Replace Barry? following quotes from the Villa midfielder that he was fit, hungry and willing to step up to the plate... not exactly sure what that expression means to be honest, sounds like I know what I'm on about though and that is all that is important... Vital Illusion! Full results: Can Sidwell Replace Barry? Yes... And No!

Villa promo for season ticket holders and the new suites to access on match days: Villa are delighted to announce that season ticket holders will be able to access a range of on-site suites at all home games throughout 2009-10. This will include the newly-renovated Holte Suite, the David Targett Suite and the Academy. This ground-breaking move - which starts at the Fiorentina clash on Saturday August 8 - will provide facilities to our valued supporters. These have never been available before - and provide another great benefit for season ticket holders. Entry to the areas will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, we recommend early arrival. It will be 4 per person, including pre and post match access along with a match programme. Cash bars and catering facilities will be available within each area. The club is also currently exploring further opportunities to potentially add to this suite inventory and enhance this special offering to season ticket holders. This could, at a later date, include the landmark Holte Pub. However until further notice the Holte Pub will continue to run on the existing invite only basis.

John Carew revealed he's been winding Ashley Young up all week about his shortage of headed goals - but the wing wizard proved him wrong with a stunning winning effort against Atlante. Full details official site: Click Here

Mike Field: Marc Albrighton certainly earnt a post match celebratory drink last night, after bagging his first goal and first team win since being promoted to the seniors. Full article: Albright On The Night

Sky Sports and the Daily Star have quotes from Martin O'Neill agreeing that the 'heart' of the team has been ripped out with the departure of Gareth Barry to Manchester City and the retirement of defensive rock Martin Laursen. The Villa boss, who has called for calm assuring fans they are on the case transfer wise, 'We are obviously going to improve the team. If we are going to try and improve this season then we need some players in. I will be expecting that to happen. I am hopeful we will have players coming into the football club. We are some numbers down but we are looking to put that right.' Full quotes: Villa Boss Looks To Replace 'Heart' Of Team

Today's transfer talk: Keano, Bent, Upson, Distin.. Transfer Talk Time!

Some more transfer gash from this week: Transfer WAR... What Is It Good For?!

Mike Field: Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Stiliyan Petrov dislocated his shoulder in the game against Atlante and admitted that the injury is a concern. Despite Petrov feeling better after the match, it's unsure if he has suffered any long lasting damage so the club at this point are unable to gauge when he may be back.

Stats Villa v Atlante: Click Here
Post match reaction by MON; Click Here

The latest FFC survey results appear on page 64 of this months edition of FC Business magazine. You can read the online version is also reproduced below. Many thanks for your support. The FFC Team The Alienated Majority? by Jon Busk: Click Here

A bit of fun (copyright Rob Brydon).... The Greatest Villa Post In The World - Tribute

MON is deflated by the possible new top five, where will it leave Villa and others? Full article: Where Will The 'New Top 5' Leave Villa?

Mike Field: Eric Lichaj was thrilled to make his debut for the Villa against Malaga and he's now hoping to get even more pitch time. The American youngster hasn't looked back since switching his attentions from Chicago Fire to Aston Villa, a solid reserve performances saw him gain his long awaiting first team debut in our Peace Cup opening loss to Malaga. Full quotes: Lichaj Delighted With Debut

Great Villa t-shirts right here! For the love of Paul McGrath, just buy them, I want to retire soon! http://www.vfootystores.co.uk/villa/

Thought for the day: My mate is in love with two schoolbags. He's bi-satchel. (Worst one ever?!?! Has to be! lol)



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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 30 2009

Time: 5:26PM

Your Comments

Bravo JF, a triumph sir, a triumph.
The Fear
Bravo JF, a triumph sir, a triumph.
The Fear
Eric Lichaj has indeed made great strides since he first arrived at Villa Park, turned in some impressive second string performances last season, and gave quite an assured display on his first team debut against Malaga. His showing was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dispirited and disjointed display, and certainly gave encouragement that here is another youngster capable of forcing his way through the ranks to make a success of his time at Birmingham B6. He obviously still has a lot to learn, but he's already made great strides during his time at Villa Park. Clearly not ready yet for regular premiership football, another season of reserve team football will do Eric no harm at all. The absence of Luke Young though continues to be a worry. Hopefully the rumours that continue to circulate, namely that Luke will require surgery on his injury problem, are well wide of the mark, otherwise MON will no doubt find himself having to dip into the transfer market for a replacement right full back.
glensider
Eric Lichaj has indeed made great strides since he first arrived at Villa Park, turned in some impressive second string performances last season, and gave quite an assured display on his first team debut against Malaga. His showing was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dispirited and disjointed display, and certainly gave encouragement that here is another youngster capable of forcing his way through the ranks to make a success of his time at Birmingham B6. He obviously still has a lot to learn, but he's already made great strides during his time at Villa Park. Clearly not ready yet for regular premiership football, another season of reserve team football will do Eric no harm at all. The absence of Luke Young though continues to be a worry. Hopefully the rumours that continue to circulate, namely that Luke will require surgery on his injury problem, are well wide of the mark, otherwise MON will no doubt find himself having to dip into the transfer market for a replacement right full back.
glensider
 

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