Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Vital Villan Interviews: Rawlie

Vital Villan Interviews: Rawlie
Rawlie takes the Vital Villan interview!

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

My family on my Mum's side are all from Aston and I grew up in Erdington and Tamworth. All my mates were Villa fans so there was only going to be one team for me.

2) Best moment/moments as a Villa fan?

I was at Wembley for the 3-1 win over Manure in the League Cup and that was fantastic. The two matches with Inter at Villa Park in the UEFA Cup were amazing nights and Athletic Bilbao stands out because I made some good friends over the two matches.

3) Worst moment/moments as a Villa fan?

Losing to Man City 5-1 at home, damn that David White! Oh, and getting relegated in 1987 wasn't the best either!

4) Best and worst away ground visited?

Best - Hillsborough, Boundary Park and Goodison all have happy memories for me, while Highbury was probably the nicest ground of all.

Worst - Elland Road, Anfield and Selhurst Park. I hate Leeds and Liverpool for different reasons and I always used to get drenched watching us in South London against Wimbledon or Palace.

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

We had a great season up until February, but we came up short and finished where we did last season. I don't think there is any disgrace in that considering how bad we were before MON and Randy came. I think they've built a team of 14 good players but we don't have a squad that can take the strain when they are needed. Hopefully this summer we can get that!

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

Owen. He won't play every week but he always scores and Gabby will benefit from training with him. Naughton looks likely as well as the lad from Leeds. I honestly hope we get a world class player that will make the rest of Europe sit up and take notice. Wagner Love looked class and would be in the 2nd bracket down (first being the David Villas, Torreses, Messis etc.) and should be on our radar at least.

7) What do you expect next season?

Premier League: 5th or 6th
FA Cup: Quarters
Europa League: Depends on the signings but hopefully the last 4
Carling Cup: I'd like a win!

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

No one better for the job. I think supporters underestimate how important a relationship of trust, respect and, probably, friendship is between Chairman and Manager. I think MON has bought into Randy's vision for the Villa and has invested in it emotionally. Tactically, he makes some odd decisions but you can't deny his record over his career and with us.

9) Your opinion on Randy Lerner and his board?

Fantastic! Their plans for the club are ambitious yet realistic and I honestly wouldn't want anyone else to run our great club. I trust Randy and the General 100% to do the right thing and I don't think we've been let down yet! More of the same please, guys!

10) Favourite current player?

Two actually. Petrov and Carew. Stan has come back from fans getting on his back, a dip in form and problems with the Bulgarian national team. When we signed him I was so excited and he was so explosive in that first game at West Ham. The next 18 months weren't the best by any stretch of the imagination but he came through it and his natural ability shines through in every match. He's definitely the most consistent performer we've got and has shown this season what he is made of.

JC is a paradox in many respects but I've wanted the guy at Villa since I saw him play for Valencia. Two good feet, quickish, wins an awful lot of ball and can score for fun. I read today that he puts Heskey down as the motivation for him performing at the end of the season, but I think that is a bit harsh. He was scoring for fun before he got injured and picked up where he left off when he came back. A hugely important player for us and one who loves the club and the fans. You can't ask for more than that!

11) Favourite former player/s?

Paul McGrath my lord goes without saying! Tony Daley was a boyhood hero, as was Gary Shaw, who I really wanted to be when I was a nipper but my Dad said I would be more like Peter Withe because I was pretty tall for my age! I did have the blonde hair though! Andy Townsend was a gentleman and a fine midfielder and I loved Paul Birch's commitment, honesty and work rate. Rest in peace, Paul!

Also, I hate to say this but, now, our Greatest of Danes, Martin Laursen. 3.5 million pounds bought some priceless performances, magnificent goals and immense leadership. Irreplaceable and in our thoughts. The best bit of business O'Leary's ever done.

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

I want him to stay as he could be an outright Villa legend. He blotted his copy book last summer and I no matter what happens I can't see it going down like it did a year ago. For me, he's redeemed himself enough that if he does go, I'll wish him all the best. It would be a shame though because he is a phenomenally gifted player, who has just got better over his career.

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

Maggie Q (google her!)

With thanks to Rawlie.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday June 2 2009
Time: 6:17PM

Comments

0
Maggie Q - google here i come!
merlin
02/06/2009 20:22:00
0
Can I recant what I said in point 12 now? :(
Rawlie
02/06/2009 23:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Better De Laet Than Never For Aston Villa?!

It's official, Aston Villa have a new right back.

Hutton Gets Scotland Call

Aston Villa's Alan Hutton has been called up by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for the coming international break.

Zaha Rumours Off The Mark

I'm not sure which tabloid thought this one up, or what they were on at the point, but Dr Tony Xia has rubbished speculation linking us with Crystal Palace's...

Bacuna Pleased With Derby Showing

Leandro Bacuna has been speaking about Saturday's goalless draw with Derby County at the iPro Stadium and he was pleased with the performance of the side.

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)

Derby MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gollini7%
Bacuna2%
Elphick41%
Chester5%
Cissokho2%
Ayew4%
Westwood3%
Gardner6%
Grealish22%
Gestede0%
McCormack7%
Sub - Kozak0%
Sub - Amavi0%
Sub - Green1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Huddersfield 4 3 1 0 10 3
2 Brighton 4 2 2 0 8 6
3 Wolves 4 2 2 0 8 4
4 Norwich 4 2 2 0 8 4
5 Fulham 4 2 2 0 8 2
6 Q.P.R. 4 2 0 2 6 2
7 Newcastle 4 2 0 2 6 2
8 Brentford 4 2 0 2 6 1
9 Barnsley 4 2 0 2 6 0
10 Bristol City 4 2 0 2 6 0
11 Forest 4 2 0 2 6 -2
12 Aston Villa 4 1 2 1 5 2
13 Ipswich 4 1 2 1 5 0
14 Birmingham 4 1 2 1 5 -1
15 Cardiff 4 1 2 1 5 -1
16 Derby County 4 1 2 1 5 -1
17 Wigan 4 1 1 2 4 1
18 Burton 4 1 1 2 4 0
19 Leeds Utd 4 1 1 2 4 -2
20 Sheff Wed 4 1 1 2 4 -3
21 Reading 4 1 1 2 4 -4
22 Rotherham 4 1 1 2 4 -5
23 Preston 4 1 0 3 3 -1
24 Blackburn 4 0 1 3 1 -7
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Drivers make tyre selections for Belgium
Latest Vital Boxing News
Buatsi Homes in On Olympic Gold
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.glensider557
2.The Fear544
3.Fulford357
4.Silhillvilla204
5.sirdennis165
6.kefkat158
7.Stephen Jay Hawkings147
8.Melon Donkey146
9.villasince67137
10.DeanoVilla126
Write for Vital Football