Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Something For The Weekend (407)

Something For The Weekend (407)
Watch out Jack Reacher!

Its been a great week for Villa fans after some superb results created a total Villa love-in amongst the punditry. Even Robbie Savage withdrew his 'Villa for relegation' taunt, as the Villa faithful lay back and luxuriated in the warm soothing glow of optimism, which has been as knee-jerk and as over the top as our doom-mongering was, only a few weeks ago.

The magic Christian Benteke has ignited the imaginations of the faithful and it seems only a matter of time before he earns cult status amongst Villa fans and is immortalised by his name being given to a character in one of Lee Child's Jack Reacher crime novels.

As all Villa fans know, Lee Child, aka Jim Grant, adorns his thrillers with Villa names, like Ian Rankin uses rock lyrics, and for any Villa obsessive, it creates an additional tension in the plot, when some British bad guy is called John Gregory and has a partner called G. Taylor, and he keeps you waiting to see if it is who you think it's going to be (The Hard Way).

All the icons are there to be found and savoured - Savo, Withe and McGrath etc etc. And it is all rather cosy and amusing to think of the millions of readers across the globe (especially those Americans), who read of the adventures of Jack Reacher and are totally oblivious to the delight of these Easter eggs. And it is far from certain, whether even British readers will get every reference because some names may not be Villa or football related. The fictional village south of Norwich called Bishop's Pargeter, which appears in one book, seems more than likely to be named after the retired Dean of St Chad's Cathedral in Brum, Bishop Philip Pargeter.

Whether Monsignor Pargeter, who still lives in Sutton Coldfield, is a Villa supporter or not, we'll have to leave to those who plan a thorough exegesis of the Lee Child canon.

In the meantime, we must wait to see whether Benteke will attain the iconic status necessary for him to find his way into a Lee Child thriller. I am sure it would be a great name for a character called Reverend Christian Benteke, in a Jack Reacher adventure, involving an African church in New York, in a book called, Cross Purposes. And, should Jim Grant really be in need of a name with both a Villa connection, and which would work as a character in his books; what about Jonny 'maddog' Fear, a gang-banger from Spanish Harlem, in a book called Mexican Take-out?

Sadly, I am blessed with neither the necessary iconic Villa status or an interesting enough name to make the cut. My name can be reversed to make quite a convincing American name, but Wade Stevens sounds like a character who might be a filing-clerk for the bureau. Ever since Eddie Izzard named the manager of the canteen, on Darth Vader's Death Star, Mr Stevens, it has lacked a certain appeal.



So it looks like I am destined for ignominious obscurity, while Jonathan Fear can at least cling to the small hope of reading of his namesake, sleeping with the fishes in the Hudson river like Luca Brasi.

Setting aside all fantasies of Jack Reacher getting his ass kicked by theReverend Christian Benteke, it looks like I must get back to more mundane football matters and the prospect of Christmas. What with Villa taking on Rafa's Chelsea, who are fresh from mauling Leeds United in midweek and my general prejudices against Christmas, I can't decide which is the more daunting.

I can't say I was very impressed with Chelsea's performance in Japan and they are very inconsistent in the league but even if they don't quite add up to anything equal to the sum of their parts, they are still a formidable team on paper, with individuals capable of playing football to make you swoon. It represents another massive test for Villa, who have created a bit of pressure for themselves by their recent excellent performances.

If Villa were to put on another show like they did at Anfield and beat Chelsea, I would probably see it as a sign that even if the Mayan apocalypse did not happen, then at least something massive has shifted in the Villa cosmos. But as that is rather unlikely, I will be perfectly happy and will be definitely full of seasonal chuffedness if they bring home a point.

Things are looking up for Villa and just as with Christmas with the family: every year it is the same; just when I.......



Seasonal greetings and keep the faith!

Writer:Steve Wade
Date:Friday December 21 2012
Time: 5:33PM

Comments

0
Fame at last, name checked in a Something For The Weekend (in your face Phil Warner!)
The Fear
21/12/2012 17:39:00
0
Now we know how Lambert managed to secure a gem like Benteke!
VillaWillRiseAgain
21/12/2012 20:00:00
0
Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and the gaffer assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.
VillaWillRiseAgain
21/12/2012 20:01:00
0
That's my football club Kay, that's not me
VillaWillRiseAgain
21/12/2012 20:01:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Okore Has Future Concerns

Jores Okore has admitted that come the summer and come relegation, he's open to the possibility of moving on - because he has to be as nobodies told him we want him to stay yet!

Something For The Weekend (522)

If they actually win it then Villa will definitely be every Villan's funny Valentine, come Sunday night.

Garde Wants Norwich Improvement

Manager Remi Garde has called on the team to show further improvement on the Norwich City showing.

Pre Liverpool Injury News

Manager Remi Garde has given his weekly injury update ahead of the game against Liverpool on Sunday.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

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

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Liverpool will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
Win34%
Lose50%
Draw16%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 26 11 8 7 41 9
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 40 10
7 West Ham 26 10 10 6 40 9
8 Watford 26 10 6 10 36 1
9 Stoke 26 10 6 10 36 -5
10 Everton 26 8 11 7 35 11
11 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 33 2
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 32 -5
14 WBA 26 8 8 10 32 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 28 -14
16 Swansea 26 6 9 11 27 -10
17 Norwich 26 6 6 14 24 -20
18 Newcastle 26 6 6 14 24 -22
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Prost wants three-way battle for title
Latest Vital Boxing News
Is May 21st the Day?
The Vital Football Members League

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 2:05PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 5:30PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions635
2.The Fear339
3.ClivetheVillan305
4.Fulford256
5.sirdennis209
6.JuanPabloAngel201
7.revdpete185
8.DeanoVilla149
9.Wurzel124
10.Silhillvilla119
Vital Football Comment