Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Vital Villan Interviews: JeffG_UTV

Vital Villan Interviews: JeffG_UTV
JeffG_UTV takes the Vital Villan interview:

1) When did you become a Villa fan and why?

To be honest, I didn't 'become' a Villa fan - I was born one! I was draped in claret and blue all through my childhood and I'm happy to report that it's a trend I've managed to continue in later life. Of course, it's always fun meeting up at family functions with half of the brood being 'Nosers....

2) Best moment/moments as a Villa fan?

You've got to start with Rotterdam really, haven't you? The best goal scored off a shin that you'll ever see! Besides the obvious moments of League Cup wins, I'd also have to opt for the beautiful 5-1 demolition of Birmingham City a couple of seasons back - priceless!

3) Worst moment/moments as a Villa fan?

Stand up, Peter Enkelmann.

4) Best and worst away ground visited?

I don't really do away grounds - how can it get any better than Villa Park? - so I'll say the best I visited was Wembley Stadium where we beat Man Utd 3-1 to lift the Coca Cola Cup. The worst? Wembley Stadium after losing 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup.


5) What did you think of last season? Good, bad or indifferent and do you think we progressed?

I'm more of an optimist than a pessimist so being two points better off than last season has to be improvement in anybody's eyes really. The season itself was a strange one - pure magic for the first half then whimpered out in the second. I'm proud of the team effort that was made but with a bigger squad, you can't help but think that we could've finished a little bit higher.

6) Which player/s should Villa sign this summer? And do you think Villa will spend enough this summer to progress?

With Laursen gone for good (thank you Martin, wish you could've stayed with us for longer), we desperately need some defensive cover. It's no coincidence that our poor run of form came about after his injury as he pretty much did the work of two men! Personally, I've always been a fan of Sylvain Distin and would love to see him in a Lions shirt but it's all dependant upon whether Portsmouth can steady their ship. Gary Cahill has been brilliant for Bolton and seems to love the Villa like we do so it wouldn't be the worst move in the world to try and bring him back, although it wouldn't be cheap to do so. And I hear there's a certain Swedish legend at Juventus who isn't playing as many games as he'd hope to....

7) What do you expect next season?

Based on our current squad (which I hope is bolstered by a very large number of quality additions!):

Premier League: 6th
FA Cup: Last 32
Europa League: Last 16
Carling Cup: Last 16 (providing we don't come up against any lower league teams!)

8) Your opinion on Martin O'Neill now he is approaching his 4th season in charge?

Bit of a hot potato, this one. Like most fans, I don't agree with certain things that Martin has done this season - the complete disregard for the UEFA Cup in Moscow after starting the season in July to get into it is definitely at the top of the list. That said, I've still got belief that we've got the right man for the job. This season may be the one where he has to prove it to a lot of Villa fans, but to all those asking for him to leave you have to ask yourself: who's out there that could do any better? Most teams in the Premier League outside of the top four (and if the media are to be believed, some who are in it) would give their right arms to have our manager at their club and that does speak volumes.

9) Your opinion on Randy Lerner and his board?

In a word? Incredible. The term 'breath of fresh air' can be overused at times, but in the case of Randy and his team then I think they're pretty much the ultimate definition. A chairman with a bit of money who's not afraid to back the manager with it but doesn't seek any kind of limelight, a right-hand man who spends time listening to fans via forums and reports back to the chairman, key players who can arrange deals such as having Acorns as the shirt sponsor, something which makes me even prouder to wear the Villa shirt. Who wouldn't agree that of all the foreign owners in the Premier League right now, ours is head and shoulders above them all?

10) Favourite current player?

The man who's bigger than me and you! Not the greatest player in the world but tries hard, works hard, scores goals and absolutely loves the Villa faithful almost as much as we love him! Honourable mentions also have to go to Luke Young, who I would say was our best signing of the last campaign without a doubt and 'super' Stilyan Petrov, who for me is completely undroppable on his current form.

11) Favourite former player/s?

It wouldn't be right without saying 'God' first, even if it is obvious! Ian Taylor, Paul Merson, Dean Saunders, Juan Pablo Angel, Olof Mellberg and now Martin Laursen as well.

12) Gareth Barry, will he stay or go and do you care?

I do care, and I hope he decides to stick with us. You'd have to be a complete moron to hope that one of your best players leaves your club to play for another, and Gareth is definitely one of our best. His rise to the England ranks is no coincidence and I honestly believe that he's one of the few players in our squad who could easily command a place in any top four team. For that reason alone, I truly hope he decides to stay at Villa Park and help us try to crack into those elite league places.

13) Right, lets lower the tone... which celebrity would you most like to bang?!

I couldn't possibly answer that at work......on a completely unrelated matter, what's Kelly Brook up to these days???

With thanks to JeffG_UTV.

How to join in on the interviews: http://www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk/article

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday June 2 2009
Time: 2:33PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Staged or Real?

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

FAYC - Bristol City 0 Aston Villa 2

Aston Villa's next generation booked their place in the FA Youth Cup fourth round last night with victory over Bristol City.

Mumbai Street Kids Turning Claret&Blue Thanks To Steve Todd

What a great thing this was. Villa tops donated to the street kids of Mumbai.

The Xia In Depth Interview - Part 3 - A Passion For Football

Part three of our in depth look at the Tony Xia interview in The Times. A passion for football drives him on.

Two Aston Villa Matches Selected By Sky For February

Two more fixtures changes for the Sky Cameras... February fixtures.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

The Vital Villa Player Of November
Suggested By: JP Fear
Gollini6%
Hutton1%
Chester3%
Baker7%
Westwood3%
Amavi3%
Jedinak30%
Gardner1%
Grealish1%
Gestede1%
Kodjia35%
Adomah 7%
Ayew1%
Other1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Vettel's future is clear
Latest Vital Boxing News
Golden Boy Half Saunders Pay Offer Shock
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 18 2016 12:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 29 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear184
2.JuanPabloAngel115
3.HeathfieldRoad187484
4.sirdennis73
5.BodyButter63
6.TuBBz62
7.Wurzel46
8.Stephen Jay Hawkings42
9.DeanoVilla32
10.Melon Donkey32
The Vital Football Members League