Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

It Takes A Hero To Be A Villan

It Takes A Hero To Be A Villan

You were a twinkle in the eye many years ago now. You craftily tunnelled your escape after 9 months of isolation since your creation. Sure you had some help, what with contractions and pushing and all, but take some credit for your part in the procedure.

From an early age, you made a choice. It may have influenced you since the day you tipped your dinner over your head and mother had to change your once- clean babygrow for the "Daddy`s No.1 Villan" one she`d been trying to avoid putting you in for as long as possible, or when you were 5 and your uncle used every piece of colourful language possible to describe Birmingham City. Whichever it was, and however you came to be, we`re grateful for you.

You may or may not realise it, but you have made one of the bravest decisions you`ll ever make in your life. For anyone who ever said that you shirk responsibility or lack mental/emotional strength and ability, they need their eyes testing and their heads looking. They don`t see that you have been a committed and passionate individual for longer than they give you credit for. They make light of the simplest but most gratifying pleasures you enjoy as well as persecuting you for your continuing efforts when times are bad. Even through the roughest of times, though you grunt and grumble, rant and rave, mope and moan, you remain devoted and unwavering in your faith and confidence; a feat that transcends humanity.

You could have changed your mind about your decision at any time. You could have wormed your way out and taken a different option. You could have been like the rest, the flag-wavers in London, Manchester, Liverpool, but you didn`t. You saw that jumping on a bandwagon was a sign of extreme conformity, a mindless act that reeks of recklessness and irresponsibility. You proudly turned your back on a life that could have been so much easier for you, a life where you could have been a part of glory and success regardless of how it came to you. You could have looked down your nose at your fellow man or woman for the seemingly-poor choice they made when God was handing out football clubs. Instead, you nailed your claret and blue colours to the wall and promised never to take them down as long as there is breath in your body, fire in your heart and essence to your soul. Whether they tell you or not, they will always love you for that.

With such responsibility, your heart has been broken several times. You don`t understand why, after all the time and effort you put into making this thing work, you still feel betrayed and hurt by endless choices and decisions that are made without asking you. The levels of trust and belief you show every day are phenomenal, as you know that one day you`ll be greatly rewarded for your resolute support. It is always long overdue, and always will be, but it will come. It has to. You`ve worked too hard for too long now to quit at this and you know it, so you persevere with optimism and hope. They will always love you for that, too.

You might not fully understand the happiness and pride that senior patrons mention. The FA Cup win in 1957. The First Division title in 1981. The European Cup in 1982. The 5 League Cups. This is irrelevant because you are still a part of this history, and will be for years to come. You will get the chance to become a rambling octogenarian, complaining about today`s music and the attitude of the kids while mocking the namby-pamby approach to a now non-contact sport in which young playboys are paid £400,000 a week at Wigan to proudly go to ground for a penalty, after the black-painted robot blows his whistle for a shot which the goal-line technology disallowed even though the ball broke the net. You`ll remember the first-ever sextuple that was completed in 2022. You`ll remember that our top scorer stayed with us til the end of his career. You`ll remember the tremendous heart and courage that those boys showed to demolish Manchester United at Old Trafford, even with 35 minutes injury time. Even if you don`t remember these things, the nurse will still smile and nod politely just before giving you your medication.

You are a very special part of something enormous. You always will be. Never think otherwise. The neighbours are noisy, probably always will be, but it`s not easy being a big fish in a small pond.

Be proud of who you are. You are a Villan. You are a hero.

Writer:Turkish Penguin
Date:Monday April 23 2012
Time: 1:30PM


Beautiful x
23/04/2012 13:34:00
Hmm.... could almost have taken this off the official homepage!
23/04/2012 14:16:00
people can disagree with McLeish and still want to support the team and try to help thorpyuk.

Thought the Wolves fans showed great dignity and support yesterday.
The Fear
23/04/2012 15:08:00
great article, resembles my life down to a t. I second 'thorpyuk's comment worth of the official website.
Carew AV Legend
23/04/2012 15:31:00
Delightful Turkish..............
Pride of Lions
24/04/2012 01:16:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Something For The Weekend (512)

From Rotterdam to Götterdämmerung, in a generation?

Lescott Talks Watford & Injury Update

Joleon Lescott has spoken about Watford and Jores Okore and we also have the weekly injury update.

Audio - Richards & Gregory Talk Villa

Skipper Micah Richards has spoken about the first time he realised Villa were in trouble, and former gaffer John Gregory gives his thoughts.

The Aston Villa Injury Table...

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Aston Villa and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Watford will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 13 8 4 1 28 8
2 Man Utd 13 8 3 2 27 10
3 Man City 13 8 2 3 26 14
4 Arsenal 13 8 2 3 26 12
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 13
6 West Ham 13 6 3 4 21 4
7 Everton 13 5 5 3 20 8
8 Southampton 13 5 5 3 20 5
9 Liverpool 13 5 5 3 20 2
10 Crystal Palace 13 6 1 6 19 1
11 Stoke 13 5 4 4 19 -1
12 WBA 13 5 2 6 17 -5
13 Watford 13 4 4 5 16 -2
14 Swansea 13 3 5 5 14 -4
15 Chelsea 13 4 2 7 14 -6
16 Norwich 13 3 3 7 12 -8
17 Newcastle 13 2 4 7 10 -12
18 Sunderland 13 2 3 8 9 -12
19 AFC Bournemouth 13 2 3 8 9 -13
20 Aston Villa 13 1 2 10 5 -14
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP2
Latest Vital Boxing News
AUDIO: Fury to 'deal with' Klitschko on Saturday
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Nov 28 2015 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions1022
2.The Fear619
The Vital Football Members League