The Villa Times - 10/10/2009
Unoial Villa News...
That was the week that was by Sheriff Kimbo: The Week In Villa #59 (2/10/09 - 9/10/09)
Fieldy: Richard Dunne has described Eire's clash with Italy this weekend as an 'occasion to savour.' The World Cup Qualifying Group Eight (mouthful alert) clash takes place at Croke Park on Saturday and Dunney believes the 'whole of Dublin will be rocking' as Trapattoni comes up against his home nation. Full article: Ready To Dunne Over Italy
A totally non-controversial article on the quotes by Gary Cahill saying he wasn't forced out of Villa by MON which some have managed to make a storm out of a tea-cup, neigh, not even a tea-cup, more a thimble... Gary Cahill Was NOT Forced Out Of Villa
MON has said in the Express & Star that Ashley Young not being called up to the England squad might this time be a good thing as the player can 'recharge his batteries'. Full quotes: MON Says Young Exclusion Might Do Him Good
The ever brilliant Steve Wade weekly: Something For The Weekend (255)
Fabio Capello says he is sticking with Villa 'striker' Emile Heskey: Capello said in the Mirror: "Heskey hasn’t played a lot of games. We have some movement that he did when he plays with the national team, without the ball, that’s important for us. I can see how important he is. It’s a long way until the World Cup, still." Full article: The Mystery Of Emile Heskey!
England's under-20 World Cup campaign may not have gone according to plan, but Villa goalkeeper Elliot Parish has been hailed as one of the stars of the tournament. Full article and quotes on the official site: Click Here
Loads on offer at the Villa sale + info on half season tickets: Click Here
Craig Gardner has spoken about his younger brother Gary. The 17-year-old is being highly touted and his 22-year-old bro said: "Gary sometimes asks me about his game and I tell him what I have done to get where I am now. I've told him he should keep his feet on the ground and, if he does that, I'm sure he will get his chance because the manager encourages the young lads." Adding, "He's strong, he's good with both feet and he's a quick thinker. He's a good lad and a great professional. Believe me, he will go far."
Voiceoftheholte on the atmosphere at the Man City game. He says the atmosphere was great but the game was tripe. I get his point but don't agree! Full article: Atmosphere Completely Changes Perceptions
Fieldy: After seeing Gabby and Milly travel for England's WC qualifiers, Warnock is sulking off to Spain but he'd rather be with them. Full quotes: Warnock Reveals England Ambition
Want to meet Sid Cowans and Colin Gibson after the Chelsea game? Well, here is your chance! Meet Sid And Gibson Post Chelsea Match
Man of the match v Manchester City....? Go on, have a guess! Man Of The Match v Manchester City
Update on the Vital Villa Acorns Challenge. Just over £300 raised so far, cool..! Full details and how to donate should you wish: The Vital Villa ACORNS 450 Challenge Update
Our very own Sheriff and his reserves match report v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Sheriff Kimbo at the Reserves - The Dingles
Stats from Villa v Wolves reserves: Click Here
Fieldy: No he wasn't being lazy by not joining the attack, get this, he was told to play in midfield!!!!! Following the Manchester City game plenty were questioning the Big Man's effort and determination considering he barely got out of our half (yes that is an exaggeration), but he certainly wasn't in the box anywhere near enough, or enough as we'd expect. But there is a valid reason for that, he was told not to. Instead of picking Reo-Coker (who ended up on the right wing for 9 odd minutes), or Gardner, or Delph, Monny told Carew to play more of a holding game to protect midfield and allow Gabby free reign down the channels. Full article and comment reactions: Carew's City Position Explained
Dan Jones updates the Curtis Davies 'situation' Curtis Davies - Contract Latest
Fieldy: Stiliyan Petrov has his sights firmly set on the Top 4 this season after last season's close shave. Speaking to SSN, Petrov believes our draw against Manchester City shows we can deal with the chasing pack, and after our experience and the disappointment of last season that we are well placed to improve on that. The pundits are all tipping the Top 4 chasers to be the usual Everton, Villa, Spurs and now Man City, with Villa obviously having the benefit of experience from being 8 points clear of Arsenal before our form caught up with us. 'The experience of being in the top four for much of last season was great. The early signs have been encouraging and we are trying to achieve.' Full article: Petrov's Top Four Aim
WAHEY (copyright John Creswell) Wilfred Bouma made a successful 90 minute comeback for the reserves last week. The Dutch left-back, out now for 14 months following an awful ankle dislocation, told the official site "It looks really well now so I feel very positive." Full article: Click Here
Thought for the day: My gran came up to me over the weekend, and warned me that madness runs in the family. But I ignored her - she died twenty years ago.