Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

The Week In Villa #51 (7/8/09 - 13/8/09)

The Week In Villa #51 (7/8/09 - 13/8/09)

Friday, 7th August

We sign Habib Beye from Newcastle. I will reserve judgment on what he does in a Villa shirt, as at this point I am not overly pleased. I will be DELIGHTED to eat humble pie on this one though.

MON is at the Riverside to watch a snore draw between 'Boro and Sheffield United.

Saturday, 8th August

A victory over Fiorentina ends pre-season nicely, thank you very much. I have a match report here. Quick summary of pleasing things - Delph was superb, Albrighton looked good when he come on (the Holte even gave him a chorus of 'Super Marc Albrighton`), Gabby looked refreshed, both Brads pulled off nice saves and 'The Fonz` continues to look more physically able to deal with defenders. 'Twas a decent afternoon. I can`t wait for the real thing though!

Sunday, 9th August

The media wax lyrical over Delph`s performance. There is very little transfer talk, though.

Monday, 10th August

We pull out of the Olympics as a venue due to construction work that will be going on. Irritatingly, the local, pro-Blues/Anti-Villa Mail report it as though we`ve been 'ditched`; idiots.

No new transfer news today, either. Well, incoming anyway; in terms of outgoing, Harry Redknapp says he would love to sign Ashley Young but wont be doing so as he`s not for sale. Yeah, cheers for that mate.

Tuesday, 11th August

An unrealistic-but-why-not-get-a-little-excited type of development occurs when there are reports stating we are favourites to sign Wesley Sneijder as Inter can`t match Real Madrid`s (apparent) £21.5m asking price.

At the England camp, Steven Gerrard gets an injury and it is confirmed that Ashley Young will be his replacement.

In other news. £areth £arry said he left us for Citeh with the World Cup in mind. Yeah right, cause the Villa was really holding back your England prospects! What complete and utter codswallop!

Wednesday, 12th August

Andy Marshall signs as goalkeeper cover. This unsurprisingly leads to sarcastic and detrimental comments from a section of our support. Why, I don`t really know; he is a solid enough keeper, the ideal type of keeper we should be having as 3rd choice to plug the hole left by Stuart Taylor - and he`s probably on less money. I for one am not a fan of Elliot Parish and think this type of signing was the right thing to do, as it provides cover and costs very little. No reason to let that get in the way of some perfectly good moaning though, eh!

As England draw 2-2 with Holland, James Milner puts in the best performance of the Villa boys and set up Jermaine Defoe for his second goal. Emile Heskey played the first half and didn`t do much wrong without doing anything overly exciting - he is like that at times, isn`t he! Ashley Young played around 70 minutes before being replaced by Milner. I felt a bit sorry for Young as he was quite isolated but he can do better than that performance and I am sure he will do if given another opportunity.

Finally, there are rumours that Fulham are interested in signing Nigel Reo-Coker, and that we have bid £4m for Stephen Warnock but have been told to treble it. There is no confirmation about either rumour though.

Thursday, 13th August

Today brings some very sad news; Andre Young - the half-brother of Luke Young - was found dead whilst on holiday. I am sure everyone reading this will want to join me in sending all the sympathy in the world to Luke and his family.

Back to the football, and Ashley Young takes a fair bit of stick in the media for his performance. Strange that Rio Ferdinand (gave the first goal away) of Manchester United, Gareth Barry (gave the second goal away) of new darlings of the media Manchester City and Glen Johnson (was absolutely dire, made Babel look world class) of Liverpool didn`t get anywhere near the same level of criticism. But then, two of them play for 'Sky 4` clubs and the other plays for the club who have essentially replaced Newcastle as the club Sky most love to talk about so it is safer to have a dig at a Villa player, obviously!

Finally, in irritating (but unsurprising) news, Wesley Sneijder says he wants to stay at Real Madrid. Nah, come on Wes me old mucker, deaf 'em off and come the Villa, you know it makes sense kid!

So another week comes to an end. Two signings, albeit fairly low-key but, in terms of squad-building, them signings are needed to go along with the big ones like the two that went before them. I just hope that there are still more to come and they fall into the bigger transfer category.

But a pleasant distraction from the transfer window has arrived… the season is here!! Woo-hoo!! I am very excited, and really hope we can break the Wigan-at-Villa-Park hoodoo. In fact, I have to believe we will be a lot better at home this season - seven wins out of nineteen was simply not good enough. It makes you think doesn`t it; had we just won a few more at home… oh well, can`t dwell on the past, new season begins tomorrow! UP THE VILLA!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Sheriff Kimbo
Date:Friday August 14 2009
Time: 11:36PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Bruce Previews Birmingham Clash

Manager Steve Bruce has now held his pre game press conference ahead of the Birmingham City derby this Sunday.

Gollini Gets A Bit Blue

Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has insisted the players are under no illusions when it comes to what this weekend's match against Birmingham City means to the fans.

Match Day Officials v Birmingham (30/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Birmingham City this Sunday.

Neilson Not A Willing Souttar

Heart of Midlothian boss Robbie Neilson has issued a hands off warning to Aston Villa following speculation that we are preparing an offer for defender John Souttar.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Mike Field
Editor email
Steve Wade
no email
no email
Turkish Penguin
no email
no email
Chris Heath
no email
M Calucar
no email
JuanPablo Angel
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Blues (away) will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 19
Latest Vital Boxing News
Eggington Stops Gavin in Eight Rounds
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Oct 30 2016 12:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 18 2016 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 5:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.The Fear595
8.Stephen Jay Hawkings156
The Vital Football Members League