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An Interview With A Blues Fan

An interview with Foxxy from Vital Blues ahead of this weekends local derby!

1) So here it comes, the 'ding dong derby' as Tom Ross calls it. Do you look forward to them or dread them?

I always look forward to them, especially at St Andrews. You just can’t beat that feeling in a morning when you get up, hardly being able to eat breakfast, the atmosphere going to the ground as well as in it and the banter between the normal fans puts the icing on the cake. Of course there is a chance that nutters could spoil the day, or even worse, we lose.

2) Have you much optimism for the season, do you think you'll do enough to stay up or are you in for another tough fight?

I’m a little bit worried about goals after last season, we didn’t score that many and this time around they are going to be harder to come across. But if the chances get created I hope that the new chap Benitez can show the strikers how it’s done and maybe the lads can get into a scoring habit. But in general, I’m pleased with what I’ve seen so far and while we’re not going to break any records for points gained this season, I do feel a mid table place coming on.

3) The constant talk over the years of a takeover and a departure of the Gold and Sullivan lot... going to happen this time and do you think it would be a good thing?

While I do care for the club, I don’t have much to do with the running and ownership; I tend to be more interested in what is going on on the pitch. But for what it’s worth I don’t like the idea of Yeung taking over, I think the current owners have backed the manager well and I would like it to stay like that

4) I usually ask what do you think of Villa and why, in this case I think I'll probably give that question a swerve and just ask, if you could have one of our players, who would it be and why!?

Richard Dunne. OK he’s new but at least he isn’t that claret tainted yet. He’s just a commanding figure and could get into most sides in my opinion; he’ll be missed by City. All in all he’s a fine player and although he is a bit deluded as to what he thinks he can win with Villa, I like him.

5) Liam Ridgewell... how is he doing for you and what did you make of the constant links through the summer to Craig Gardner?

Ridgewell was doing alright until he broke his leg in the game against Plymouth; he isn’t due back until October time. As for Gardner, I wouldn’t have minded seeing him at St Andrews, good midfielder who can also play at the back and his free kicks would come in handy too.

6) Alex McLeish, is he the right man for the job do you think?

I think he’ll be alright this season at least; he managed to get us back up and has attracted some good players in the summer. A poll on our site shows that most fans think he has what it takes, I suppose we’ll just have to wait until the end of the season when he’ll either be crowned King or Clown.

7) Ok, gulp, score prediction?

Stinks of a draw doesn’t it? But I’m going to not sit on the fence and say 2-1 Blues.

With thanks to Foxxy from Vital Blues.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 10 2009

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

I think there will be a tight 4-1 to villa! defo not sitting on any fence.
holte ender 1969
I think there will be a tight 4-1 to villa! defo not sitting on any fence.
holte ender 1969
Villa to do an England - 5-1
claret&blue82
Villa to do an England - 5-1
claret&blue82
2-0 Villa. Gabby & Carew. Although I'd love it to be Gabby & Gardner. Come on MO'N, put in Gardner!
StuLinney
2-0 Villa. Gabby & Carew. Although I'd love it to be Gabby & Gardner. Come on MO'N, put in Gardner!
StuLinney
10-0 villa... One for every player on the pitch except heskey (including friedel!!!) :P
Astriel
10-0 villa... One for every player on the pitch except heskey (including friedel!!!) :P
Astriel
Stu - who would drop for him though? I think it'd be a bit harsh on whoever got left out, even though I can REALLY see where you're coming from!
Sheriff Kimbo
Stu - who would drop for him though? I think it'd be a bit harsh on whoever got left out, even though I can REALLY see where you're coming from!
Sheriff Kimbo
claret&blue82 - Villa do an england 5-1 and Heskey misses 2 easy chances!!
bobbyfett
claret&blue82 - Villa do an england 5-1 and Heskey misses 2 easy chances!!
bobbyfett
5-1!!! We'll beat the scum, 5-1!! We'll beat the scum, 5-1!! 5-1!!
young_jonah
5-1!!! We'll beat the scum, 5-1!! We'll beat the scum, 5-1!! 5-1!!
young_jonah
The games are always tight, often niggly and do not live up to expectations. So I think it will be a tough and hard fought 5 - 1 Villa victory. I have also heard that b-lose fans are going in fancy dress!! Apparently, like the last time we played at the Sty there will be several thousand going dresses as empty seats. Has anybody else heard different?
voiceoftheholte
The games are always tight, often niggly and do not live up to expectations. So I think it will be a tough and hard fought 5 - 1 Villa victory. I have also heard that b-lose fans are going in fancy dress!! Apparently, like the last time we played at the Sty there will be several thousand going dresses as empty seats. Has anybody else heard different?
voiceoftheholte
Dressed as empty seats. Deliberate mistake . . . . . . honest!!
voiceoftheholte
Dressed as empty seats. Deliberate mistake . . . . . . honest!!
voiceoftheholte
we had an offer emailed round at work yesterday 10 adults and 5kids. blues fans only. seems they cant fill the stadium for the derby game!
bobbyfett
we had an offer emailed round at work yesterday 10 adults and 5kids. blues fans only. seems they cant fill the stadium for the derby game!
bobbyfett
1-0 in the last minute of injury time would do me, a more comprehensive win would be preferable though obviously!
The Fear
1-0 in the last minute of injury time would do me, a more comprehensive win would be preferable though obviously!
The Fear
You lot are setting us up for some harsh treatment with this 5-1 talk, these games are never easy to predict. But I'll go with 6-0 Villa, I feel we've got just enough to do it.
PTP
You lot are setting us up for some harsh treatment with this 5-1 talk, these games are never easy to predict. But I'll go with 6-0 Villa, I feel we've got just enough to do it.
PTP
Our new defence will keep a clean sheet - and Blues just will not believe in themselves. I think the game will be over within 20 minutes and we can just sit back and enjoy a comfortable win
panchovilla
Our new defence will keep a clean sheet - and Blues just will not believe in themselves. I think the game will be over within 20 minutes and we can just sit back and enjoy a comfortable win
panchovilla
vital birmingham are running a poll at the mo about how many points they'll take of villa from the derby games. 60% are saying 0. wow how confident are they ? haha ! I think we'll keep a clean sheet, they'll struggle to score, but it'll be scrappy in the middle. i'm going for a tight and hard fought vill win, 4 (or more) -0 ! UTV.
AV-Damo
vital birmingham are running a poll at the mo about how many points they'll take of villa from the derby games. 60% are saying 0. wow how confident are they ? haha ! I think we'll keep a clean sheet, they'll struggle to score, but it'll be scrappy in the middle. i'm going for a tight and hard fought vill win, 4 (or more) -0 ! UTV.
AV-Damo
Sheriff Kimbo - Gardner in for Sidwell. I know it'd B harsh on Sidders but Shorey hasn't put a foot wrong last few games & I can see Warnock coming in 4 him. Plus Clark helped us to our 1st clean sheet of the season & he won't even be considered. (Although I think that's understandable.)
StuLinney
Sheriff Kimbo - Gardner in for Sidwell. I know it'd B harsh on Sidders but Shorey hasn't put a foot wrong last few games & I can see Warnock coming in 4 him. Plus Clark helped us to our 1st clean sheet of the season & he won't even be considered. (Although I think that's understandable.)
StuLinney
Other than injury/suspension, why make any changes? If you change a winning team, the person who gets dropped, knows they are not first choice and can become disillusioned. That will work against a manager over the course of a season. The simplest solution is to keep a winning team and rest/change players accordingly as injuries/suspensions/tiredness kicks in. I will be gobsmacked if the starting 11 on Sunday is not the same starting 11 againgst Fulham/Redscouse, other than Dunne for Davies. I think the important thing for us to look at would be the quality of the bench and the options available if needed (Warnock, Delph, Collins, Gardner, Carew etc).
voiceoftheholte
Other than injury/suspension, why make any changes? If you change a winning team, the person who gets dropped, knows they are not first choice and can become disillusioned. That will work against a manager over the course of a season. The simplest solution is to keep a winning team and rest/change players accordingly as injuries/suspensions/tiredness kicks in. I will be gobsmacked if the starting 11 on Sunday is not the same starting 11 againgst Fulham/Redscouse, other than Dunne for Davies. I think the important thing for us to look at would be the quality of the bench and the options available if needed (Warnock, Delph, Collins, Gardner, Carew etc).
voiceoftheholte
 

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