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North American Villans raise over $6,100 for Acorns at Meet Up in Chicago

Fourth-annual North American Villans Meet Up an overwhelming success Aston Villa may have drawn Newcastle United 1-1 on Saturday, but that’s not what the hundred or Villans at the fourth annual North America Meet Up will remember about the weekend. Supporters came from as far as Canada and California to join regulars from the Chicago group for a few days of fun in Chicago. Villa legend Ian Taylor with California and Chicago Lions chairmen Rick Leong (left) and Simon Leach (right) The first order of business was picking up Ian Taylor from the airport. Two of the Lions...
7500 To Holte Sep 27, 2016

Barnsley vs. Aston Villa final score: Hello darkness my old friend.

Aston Villa did the thing where they lead and then draw. For 60 minutes, we all listened to Aston Villa play Barnsley in a match that made us wonder why we had passed up opportunities to watch paint dry. “No thanks,” we all had said, “I think I’ll do something more interesting.” Sometime around the 57th minute, we all began to think “I wonder how that ochre is drying. Does it look good on the wall? What about the indigo?” It was a dire match and there was nothing to recommend it. And then, just as I found myself wondering if matte or glossy black was better, Jordan Ayew...
7500 To Holte Sep 27, 2016

WATCH: Jordan Ayew puts Aston Villa ahead of Barnsley for his first league goal

Jordan Ayew has given Aston Villa an 0-1 lead over Barnsley. Jordan Ayew has had a largely frustrating season. He runs around a lot. And that running usually doesn’t end up doing much that pays off. And he’s been a bit petulant at times. But this is football, and we’re just as quick to forgive as we are to condemn. It’s a fault, but at least we all know it. And Jordan Ayew has earned some measure of our forgiveness and love with this lovely goal against Barnsley. Jonathan Kodjia took a shot that forced the keeper into a save, but the ball went off to the left, where Ayew gathered...
7500 To Holte Sep 27, 2016

Barnsley vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa travel to Barnsley. I don’t think you could call Saturday’s Aston Villa match against Newcastle good, per se, but it certainly was an improvement on what we’ve had. Playing like garbage and then getting a last-minute draw definitely makes you feel better than doing the inverse of all of that. But let’s try something novel against Barnsley. Instead of playing well and settling for a draw or playing badly and achieving a draw, let’s play well, and get a win. Please? Really, it’s time for another one of those. This...
7500 To Holte Sep 25, 2016

CM01/02 European Nights Part 4: My quest to restore Aston Villa to greatness

Miracles can happen as a shock victory leads to a streak for Villa. For those who don't know, you can download the legendary Championship Manager 01/02 for free. For those of us, like myself, who were nine when this came out - you’ll get the chance to actually win something! For me, it’s the chance to achieve something legendary with my favourite Villa players of all time - Mellberg, Barry, Angel, Dublin and Taylor, to fulfil their potential and match the legends of ‘82. It’s been a hard winter, but things might be looking up! It’s time to win the European Cup....
7500 To Holte Sep 24, 2016

Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United final score: Villa flip the script in crazy ending

Villa turned a losing position into a draw! Against Newcastle! HILARIOUS! We changed things up this week! Instead of having a great first half with nothing to show for it, Aston Villa came out against Newcastle United and had a garbage first half with an own goal to show for it. So at least it’s a change? The first half saw Villa use their new 5-3-2/3-5-2 formation. The biggest problem was that the center of the pitch was naught but a giant flaming pile of garbage. Ashley Westwood and Mile Jedinak provided nothing in midfield, and James Chester and Nathan Baker (save a few good plays from...
7500 To Holte Sep 24, 2016

Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa host Newcastle United. Alright Aston Villa. Win this one, at least. You apparently want to draw everything. But please. PLEASE. Please beat Newcastle. Because as I mentioned last week, I hate Newcastle United. I don’t know why, either. Last year when we started, I was very neutral about them. How can I hate a club that does so little? But then their fans started chirping, and being annoying. And all this despite the fact that Newcastle were the only club who couldn’t beat Aston Villa in the Premier League. And then their...
7500 To Holte Sep 22, 2016

CM01/02 European Nights Part 3: My quest to restore Aston Villa to greatness

Winter arrives as Villa drop more points, welcome ‘Arry to Villa Park and experience mountain highs and sea-bed lows... For those who don't know, you can download the legendary Championship Manager 01/02 for free. For those of us, like myself, who were nine when this came out - you’ll get the chance to actually win something! For me, it’s the chance to achieve something legendary with my favourite Villa players of all time - Mellberg, Barry, Angel, Dublin and Taylor, to fulfil their potential and match the legends of ‘82. After a September which saw Villa knocked out of Europe,...
7500 To Holte Sep 21, 2016

FIFA 17 player ratings released: Do they even watch Villa?

Micah Richards, at centre back, is Villa’s joint-highest-rated player in FIFA 17. That’s… not right. If you’re at least a little like me, you’re anxiously awaiting next week’s FIFA launch and the opportunity to take Aston Villa back to Premier League (and eventual European) glory. So when the FIFA player ratings were released today, you might have also gone and checked what the Villa players were rated in the new edition of the game, FIFA 17. If you haven’t? Prepare to be disappointed. Villa’s highest-rated players? Micah Richards and Jordan Ayew, both of whom weigh in at 77...
7500 To Holte Sep 21, 2016

The English media need to back off of Jack Grealish

If you’re criticising Villa’s best player this year: stop. A number of stories have emerged today regarding Jack Grealish’s actions following Saturday’s 0-0 loss to Ipswich Town. All-in-all, Jack and his pals stayed up late, probably ingested legal substances and maybe raised a little hell. That’s all you need to know. No pictures or real evidence has emerged to suggest anything truly shocking unfolded and from what I can gather it just seems like a kid with money is being, well just that. Of course, a balloon was mentioned, meaning Jack had clearly inhaled some kind of malicious...
7500 To Holte Sep 20, 2016

CM01/02 European Nights Part 2: My quest to restore Aston Villa to greatness

A trip to Italy and a nice victory are the highlights of a dodgy September For those who don't know, you can download the legendary Championship Manager 01/02 for free. For those of us, like myself, who were nine when this came out - you’ll get the chance to actually win something! For me, it’s the chance to achieve something legendary with my favourite Villa players of all time - Mellberg, Barry, Angel, Dublin and Taylor, to fulfil their potential and match the legends of ‘82. After a July/August which saw Villa qualify for the UEFA Cup and draw Fiorentina, I aim to ensure a steady...
7500 To Holte Sep 18, 2016

CM01/02 European Nights Part 1: My quest to restore Aston Villa to greatness

I've found Championship Manager 01/02 and you're damn right it's time to fulfil a dream. For those who don't know, you can download the legendary Championship Manager 01/02 for free. For those of us, like myself, who were nine when this came out - you’ll get the chance to actually win something! For me, it’s the chance to achieve something legendary with my favourite Villa players of all time - Mellberg, Barry, Angel, Dublin and Taylor, to fulfil their potential and match the legends of ‘82. It’s time to win the European Cup. July/August 2001: Starting off wasn’t...
7500 To Holte Sep 17, 2016

Ipswich Town vs. Aston Villa final score: Villa escape with a draw

Aston Villa played out a 0-0 draw Saturday at Portman Road, and it was Ipswich Town who closed looking the better side. Uh, wow. A bit of luck, how about that? After 90 minutes chock full of boring, needless football, Ipswich nearly made full use of the eight minutes of added time, forcing two late headers off the line, one from Jonathan Kodjia and the other from Aly Cissokho, a couple nice Pierluigi Gollini saves and a big intervention from the post to keep things level, 0-0, at Portman Road. The first 10 minutes were actually kinda enjoyable. Villa went close just 64 seconds in, when...
7500 To Holte Sep 17, 2016

Ipswich Town vs. Aston Villa, live stream: Team news, game time and how to follow online

We’ve got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa travel to Ipswich Town. I wanted to come into this making a promise. I wanted to tell you that if Aston Villa traveled to Ipswich Town, got themselves into a winning position, and dropped points that we would not cover the next match. Instead we’d watch an old match on YouTube or something like that. But the next match is against Newcastle, and somehow in the past year I have grown to hate that team. So no, we’re definitely going to cover that and Villa can go on toying with our hearts for no particular reason. Instead,...
7500 To Holte Sep 17, 2016

From The Stands: Forest and Brentford

Draw, Draw, Draw - Bore, Bore, Bore Brian Clough is someone I thought a lot about in the build up to Villa’s Sunday afternoon clash with Nottingham Forest. Obviously. Whilst certainly a common bloke, grounded in the reality of his north-east upbringing - Clough was unique in the most normal of ways. He managed to represent the everyday amongst the extraordinary feats he pulled off. In a way, he was a mirror of life - reflecting the world off-the-pitch with his wit and charisma. There has been much criticism directed at Clough’s portrayal in ‘The Damned United’, in which we see a...
7500 To Holte Sep 16, 2016

Aston Villa Friday news roundup

Here's what's going on around B6 today Aston Villa will hope to end their winless run tomorrow when they travel to Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town. Before then, we have all the latest injury news and match reports from both the senior squad and the women's team. Check it out: Tshiback Photo by Stu Forster/ It's not quite Pogback is it?! But terrible wordplay aside, Aston Villa are boosted by the news that Aaron Tshibola has recovered from injury, and is available for selection this weekend. The former Reading man picked up an injury following the Huddersfield game and...
7500 To Holte Sep 16, 2016

Ritchie De Laet suffers season ending injury

Bollocks Well, Villa’s right-back dream is over before it began. Ritchie De Laet has suffered a knee injury which has effectively ruled him out for the rest of the 2016/17 season and may require surgery. De Laet suffered the blow against Brentford and tried to play on before collapsing and asking to be substituted. De Laet confirmed the news himself: Absolutely gutted that I'm gonna miss this season but I'm sure the boys will turn it around and get us up there #UTV— ritchie de laet (@de_laet_r) September 16, 2016 Earlier, in an press conference broadcast on FaceBook, Di Matteo...
7500 To Holte Sep 16, 2016

The Championship Travel Guide: Ipswich

Villa pay the ‘Tractor Boys’ a visit on Saturday, here’s the lowdown on Ipswich! Ipswich is the first locale that Villa will visit this Championship season that doesn’t hold the title of ‘city’. It’s actually a town with a population of just over 130,000. Birmingham is habited by almost ten times that number. Population won’t matter if Ipswich’s ‘Tractor Boys’ can get one over the Villans this weekend, though. Photo by Bruno Vincent/ Ipswich holds a great deal of maritime importance to England and is one of our country’s oldest settlements, and...
7500 To Holte Sep 15, 2016

Aston Villa owner polls the audience

The Doctor is in — and taking your calls Twitter really is the modern — and world wide — call-in sports radio show. And Dr. Tony Xia took the mic this morning and opened the phone lines. Gutted throughout the whole day&night. 85-86-87-88th, improved or xxxx? I'd like listen to ur constructive suggestion!— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) September 15, 2016 As a former radio producer and call screener — this kind of open question still makes me a little queezy — but let’s go to the tweets! Let’s start with a productive one -- and a feeling shared by many fans (and written up...
7500 To Holte Sep 14, 2016

Squad imbalance keeps generating serious problems for Villa

Aston Villa’s midfielders aren’t on the same level as the forwards. That might have something to do with why the club can’t hold a lead. Aston Villa are a great Championship side when they’re not ahead. Just look at the last five matches as evidence of that. The Claret and Blues have, on four occasions, gained the lead. The fifth was a 0-0 draw. But Villa have just four points — all in draws — from those five matches. That’s nine dropped points from winning positions. Or: The difference between sitting 17th, where Villa do, and topping the table. And though you can mostly...