Vital Villan Interviews: 50 Years A Villan
1 - How long have you been a Villa fan and how did you first get the Claret & Blue faith?
I first stepped inside villa park in 1958 we were playing Everton we lost 2-4. My elder brother was with me and we stood on the Holte end. There was no cover in those days and i got a right soaking. but it didnt matter my love affair with AVFC had started.
2 - What was your first game?
I suppose it would have to be Everton in 1958 but my first solo visit to villa park was a year later when we played Pompey and won 5-2. Going there on my own i felt so grown up but i was only 9 years old, and yes it cost me 6d to go on the Holte,a programme was 3d. I think Gerry Hitchens my hero at that time would have been on £20 per week.
3 - What is your most memorable moment as a Villa fan?
Proposing to my girl friend at the final whistle of the 1977 League cup Final 2nd replay at Old Trafford. We won 3-2 and Brian Little had scored the winner in stoppage time of extra time.
4 - And the worst moment?
She said yes. And 31 years later i am still paying for my moment of weakness.
5 - Who are your favourite current Villa players?
Martin Laursen a legend in the making.
6 - Which former player/s are your ultimate heroes?
Gerry Hitchens (RIP) Charlie Aitken Denis Mortimer Tony Morley Sid Cowans Paul McGrath and Dwight Yorke . There are so many great players who have graced Villa Park its a difficult question to answer
7 - Which player do you think was the worst to ever put on the team colours?
Ivo Stas 1990-91 any one in Vital Villa land remember him?
Signed by DR Joe Venglos never kicked a ball for the first team.
8 - What is the best goal you have seen Villa score and which is your favourite game?
There can only be one Peter Withe Rotterdam 1982.
9 - Best away ground visited?
Bodymoor Heath.( Well it is 9 mile from VP)
10 - Who would you like to see Villa sign this summer?
Any one who will give 100% to the cause and isn't a mercenary and is proud to play for the shirt.
11 - What are your predictions for us this season in the:
a) League Top six
b) Europe would love to win it. wouldn't that be a wonderful achievement.
c) Carling Cup winners
d) Fa Cup just a decent run for a change.
12 - What is your opinion of Martin O'Neill?
Great manager best we have had since Ron Saunders, just wish he would be more positive when it comes to transfer window time.
13 - What is your opinion of Randy Lerner and the new board?
Where were you in 1968? My god how we have missed you. I am glad you have finally arrived and rescued us from the hands of Deadly Doug. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.We love you.
14 - Where do you sit at Villa and are you a season ticket holder?
Row 1 Seat 108 Block K4 Upper Holte. Come and say hello Your more than welcome. Have been a season ticket holder on and off (finances permitting ) for a very long time.
15 - And finally if you could invite 4 people connected to Villa, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would they be? And you can add one bit of top totty as well to make the party go with a 'bang' ;o)
Johnny Dixon Charlie Aitken Macca and Ron Saunders. No time for women to busy talking Villa.
With thanks to 50 years a Villan and don't believe the 'no time for women' part, what he means is his wife reads this and he has no time to nurse a black eye right now!
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