Writer: J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 7 2010
Attendance: 19 500 ish
Ok so we kicked off in the 1874 restaurant with a champagne reception. Two of the lads then chose their formation as a 2-1-1. That was two pints of lager, one John Smiths and for me as a driver, a bottle of water. I would point out tactics wise this was a large bottle of water to last the night, however the order of sparkling water was substituted for still, I'd drank a glass before noticing otherwise I'd have put in an appeal to the referee for a switch.
Next up a mixed starter including cheese bread which I swiftly sidelined (cheese is after all the devils own food) olives (very tasty) and Parma ham. All in all a successful first ten minutes.
The match continued with lemon chicken, roasted veg and other assorted delights. 2-0 to the Villa so far, this was cracking grub. Another couple of pints for the non drivers and then pudding. An orange cake, now I'm not really one for puddings so Phil took that and then struggled to finish, I guess he should have been subbed after 60 mins really, a mistake we will all hold our hands up to and the disgrace was sending back a plate with some food on it. We'll learn by our mistakes and try not to replicate when we return for the second part of our corporate offer at the Rapid Vienna game.
Half time brought about a change of pace. Cheese and biscuits... ok, I've already stated cheese is the devils own food but I have no objection to the biscuits, albeit the crackers went a little too quickly for my liking and I should have grabbed more when I got the chance. Again, lesson learnt. There was also a 3-1 on the drink as it was time for a lager for me, along with two others for the lads and one more John Smiths. A change in formation which I feel kept us on our toes.
And for the seats? Nice and wide, great view and plenty of space.
Apparently there was a football match on as well?
As you might have gathered, I don't take friendly games very seriously. The after match talk from former greats was that it was a shame that so many fans (just under 20 000) had turned up and then had to watch a game that was in the second half... and I quote... boring. However hopefully Martin O'Neill has seen what he needed to and the young lads seemed to be playing well and obviously this was another run out for the players before the real business starts next week.
The one thing that interests me is that Martin O'Neill was in the stands just behind where we were sitting (the middle Trinity corporate area). Now I've said for years that I sit on row a by the bench and wouldn't move for love nor money because the managers need my advice. Little did I know that as soon as MON found out I wouldn't be there for this match, that he would move to be close to me up in the stands. Come on Martin, time to give me the call and take me on full time.
COME ON YOU VILLA BOYS... revenge is needed against West Ham, lets get off to a flyer.
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Date:Saturday August 7 2010
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