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Could We Have A New God?



We haven't done badly over the last few years really for centre halves, now Macca believes Richard Dunne is capable of stealing his God tag and more than surpassing some of our other greats that I list below.

Over the last oh X number of years (if I say how many I'll be showing my age) we've been relatively blessed for centre halves and the joyous thing is I'm bound to leave out names here that others will think were equally as important.

We have Paul McGrath = God.

Shaun Teale = not quite a God, more of a Holy Ghost but definitely that mental nutter with the tosh.

Olof Mellberg = The Son of God and revered beard.

Martin Laursen = God Mk2 with the knees to boot.

And now our Holy Father himself thinks new signing Richard Dunne is more than capable of adding himself to that list and minus the dodgy knees surpassing his achievements with the club.

Speaking with Matt Kendrick of the Birmingham Mail, God explained why he thinks that Dunne will enter into our folklore and hearts and he sees plenty of parallels between the two of them in their journey to B6 - especially given the fact that Dunne has matured and cleaned up his own loveable rogue reputation over the last few years.

The obvious ones are both players were discarded by Manchester clubs (before their time?), they play in the same position, they have the same No 5 shirt and neither took many prisoners when there was a ball to be nicked. Oh and they are both important members for the Republic of Ireland squad!

"I think Kevin Keegan had a quiet word with him and turned him into a much better player. He decided to stop larking about and going out and doing the wrong stuff. He decided to concentrate on football and since he`s done that, he`s been Ireland`s best player.'

High praise indeed when you consider it's unlikely you could find a fan anywhere that has a bad word to say about God.

McGrath also says that he's amazed that Man City have decided to let Dunne go, given how important a player he was for them and he implies that it could be a spectacular own goal by Mark Hughes given Villa's own growing reputation and the fact they sold him to a close Rival in the league.

'I think he's been one of the best City players for years and I'm amazed they've actually let him go to another club who could be challenging them this year. Mark Hughes might regret selling Richard Dunne.'

As for whether Dunne can surpass the talent that came before him, McGrath points out that they both joined Villa at the same age, but that Dunne has an obvious advantage over himself and Martin Laursen...he's arriving fully fit and raring to go. Martin had his own knee troubles and God describes himself as arriving at B6 in a 'bit of a knackered state.'

I think God can take the plaudits for the most spectacular own goals, Laursen surpasses in goals and being 'hard as nails' in a tackle Dunne definitely has the red cards sown up sharing a Premiership record of 8 with Patrick Vieira.

It definitely looks like the legacy can continue, and Dunne has the perfect opportunity to ingratiate himself with the faithful in the next match, not that our next match is very important obviously.

Wonder what odds you could get for him getting a hattrick and getting sent off?

One final point from God...we all remember our own little Emerald quartet, God, Stan, Towny, and Ray.

'It's strange that Villa haven't had an Irish player for a while - I might go over to see them more often now.'

You'd be more than welcome Paul...more than welcome!

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 1:27PM

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Mathew Kendrick of the Paul McGrath On Dunne: Click Here Dunne on God: Click Here
The Fear
Mathew Kendrick of the Paul McGrath On Dunne: Click Here Dunne on God: Click Here
The Fear
He'll be great for you. Not sure about the "God" status, though. :o)
JT_daniel
He'll be great for you. Not sure about the "God" status, though. :o)
JT_daniel
true that about not having an Irish player for a while, we used to have loads and bloody good they were too!
The Fear
true that about not having an Irish player for a while, we used to have loads and bloody good they were too!
The Fear
Paul McGrath must be the most modest footballer of all-time! Bless his cottons.
Sheriff Kimbo
Paul McGrath must be the most modest footballer of all-time! Bless his cottons.
Sheriff Kimbo
By the way, I know he's not the most popular in these parts but I thought it was a bit harsh leaving Gareth Southgate out of the 'good centre-halves' list. For me he has never gotten the credit he deserved for how good he was. The big-nosed gonk ;o)
Sheriff Kimbo
By the way, I know he's not the most popular in these parts but I thought it was a bit harsh leaving Gareth Southgate out of the 'good centre-halves' list. For me he has never gotten the credit he deserved for how good he was. The big-nosed gonk ;o)
Sheriff Kimbo
Kimbo, I could've quite easily listed Southgate, Ehiogu, Evans, Cahill (for his overhead against Blues lol) amongst many others in the list but I'd have been there all day - started reminising too far and never recovered lol
mike_field
Kimbo, I could've quite easily listed Southgate, Ehiogu, Evans, Cahill (for his overhead against Blues lol) amongst many others in the list but I'd have been there all day - started reminising too far and never recovered lol
mike_field
Laursen was the one. Legend.
olofthegreat
Laursen was the one. Legend.
olofthegreat
sorry folks - Dunne is no god!
merlin
sorry folks - Dunne is no god!
merlin
There is only one God and as this interview proves, he's a benevolent one.
Pippsk
There is only one God and as this interview proves, he's a benevolent one.
Pippsk
Talking of Cahill.... How annoying was it to see him sat on the bench for England the other day? I wish him all the best with his career but still gutted we sold him. :( Oh and Ehiogu & Soutgate were an awesome partnership.
Adam Deuce
Talking of Cahill.... How annoying was it to see him sat on the bench for England the other day? I wish him all the best with his career but still gutted we sold him. :( Oh and Ehiogu & Soutgate were an awesome partnership.
Adam Deuce
God is just dog spelled backwards folks. I'll give it a few games before you start to wonder which one you bought.
fifthcolumnblue
God is just dog spelled backwards folks. I'll give it a few games before you start to wonder which one you bought.
fifthcolumnblue
Olof, I assume you never saw McGrath play then? As much as I love Martin Laursen - he was never McGrath.
Sheriff Kimbo
Olof, I assume you never saw McGrath play then? As much as I love Martin Laursen - he was never McGrath.
Sheriff Kimbo
I meant Laursen is the current God. To me. You can believe what you want!
olofthegreat
I meant Laursen is the current God. To me. You can believe what you want!
olofthegreat
I was lucky enough to see McGrath play a few times, the last time I can remember was at Loftus Road vs QPR - he scored an own goal in a 2-2 draw.
olofthegreat
I was lucky enough to see McGrath play a few times, the last time I can remember was at Loftus Road vs QPR - he scored an own goal in a 2-2 draw.
olofthegreat
He scored lots of own goals, he had a habit of getting to balls he had no right to get to & unfortunately it would sometimes go wrong. Something that in all fairness Dunne seems quite good at!
Sheriff Kimbo
He scored lots of own goals, he had a habit of getting to balls he had no right to get to & unfortunately it would sometimes go wrong. Something that in all fairness Dunne seems quite good at!
Sheriff Kimbo
Mcgrath was (and still is!) GOD ! And he has 'the' greatest ever football terrace song/chant (see Vital Tees if you don't know what i'm on about!!!) Don't care what anyone says I (and many others) still think he was the best Centre back to have ever played in the premiership !....... and I'm glad to see Shaun Teale get a mention above .... he was brilliant, a proper old fashioned take no prisoners nutbag of a centre back!
AV-Damo
Mcgrath was (and still is!) GOD ! And he has 'the' greatest ever football terrace song/chant (see Vital Tees if you don't know what i'm on about!!!) Don't care what anyone says I (and many others) still think he was the best Centre back to have ever played in the premiership !....... and I'm glad to see Shaun Teale get a mention above .... he was brilliant, a proper old fashioned take no prisoners nutbag of a centre back!
AV-Damo
And anyway, I'd have thought your god would have been Mellberg ;o)
Sheriff Kimbo
And anyway, I'd have thought your god would have been Mellberg ;o)
Sheriff Kimbo
Is our number 5 shirt going to be legendary........like the number 7 for Man Utd??? Lets hope so..... Ciaran Clark 5 in four years anyone!!!
deano.avfc
Is our number 5 shirt going to be legendary........like the number 7 for Man Utd??? Lets hope so..... Ciaran Clark 5 in four years anyone!!!
deano.avfc
deano.avfc - Hopefully Ciaran Clark is our No.5 in 2 years! Sorry Dunney, you could get No.22 when Guzan gets No.1. What nationality is O'Halloran? Didn't Lowry represent Rep. Of Ireland at some level?
StuLinney
deano.avfc - Hopefully Ciaran Clark is our No.5 in 2 years! Sorry Dunney, you could get No.22 when Guzan gets No.1. What nationality is O'Halloran? Didn't Lowry represent Rep. Of Ireland at some level?
StuLinney
Remember Teale's goal against Tranmere in the Coca Cola semi's......priceless! That game almost turned me into a basket case. There were men in their 60's next to me in tears at the end of the game!
YatesyVillain
Remember Teale's goal against Tranmere in the Coca Cola semi's......priceless! That game almost turned me into a basket case. There were men in their 60's next to me in tears at the end of the game!
YatesyVillain
Lowry is an Aussie mate, as is Chris Herd. Yes I believe O'Halloran is Irish (well you would be with a name like that!)
Sheriff Kimbo
Lowry is an Aussie mate, as is Chris Herd. Yes I believe O'Halloran is Irish (well you would be with a name like that!)
Sheriff Kimbo
I know Lowry an Aussie, but I thought he played for Rep. Of Ireland U19's or something.
StuLinney
I know Lowry an Aussie, but I thought he played for Rep. Of Ireland U19's or something.
StuLinney
Lowry and O'Halloran both play for the Irish U21's
Tallaght Villan
Lowry and O'Halloran both play for the Irish U21's
Tallaght Villan
Olof is a demi-God for sure Sheriff Kimbo. My greatest ever regret as a villa fan will always be choosing to sit with my west ham mate in with the west ham fans in olof's final game - hence I missed out on the special shirt. So gutted.
olofthegreat
Olof is a demi-God for sure Sheriff Kimbo. My greatest ever regret as a villa fan will always be choosing to sit with my west ham mate in with the west ham fans in olof's final game - hence I missed out on the special shirt. So gutted.
olofthegreat
ugo should be fifth on this list.
NorthcliffeBandit
ugo should be fifth on this list.
NorthcliffeBandit
MO'N should get 1 of 'em on as a coach. Surely Laursen's positioning is something that can be passed on to the likes of Clark etc. (Mellberg said he'd like to come bk as a coach but that'll B a few years off yet.)
StuLinney
MO'N should get 1 of 'em on as a coach. Surely Laursen's positioning is something that can be passed on to the likes of Clark etc. (Mellberg said he'd like to come bk as a coach but that'll B a few years off yet.)
StuLinney
 

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