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7500 To Holte 2 hours ago

Sherwood reveals release clause that could trigger Benteke move

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood told the media today that his star striker Christian Benteke has a £32.5 million release clause in his contract that, if a bigger club matched, would potentially trigger a move that Villa would be helpless to stop. Two days before the FA Cup Final, the media's questioniong to Tim Sherwood somehow led the Aston Villa manager to reveal the massive news that star striker Christian Benteke has a £32.5 million release clause in his contract, which still has two years left on it. Release clauses have become commonplace in the Premier League and all over Europe,...
7500 To Holte 9 hours ago

FA Cup final preview podcast: Can Villa beat Arsenal at Wembley?

Jack and Robert are back for the FA Cup final! We're also joined by an Arsenal fan. We promise he's nice. We're back, and we've got an entire hour devoted to talking about the Burnley match. N'Zogbia sure was a weird left back choice, right? And how about that time when... uh... actually I don't even really remember the Burnley match. And we're barely touching on it this week. Why? Well because the is FA Cup final week. We're here to take a look at everything surrounding Saturday's trip to Wembley. What do Villa have to do to beat Arsenal? Can we finally score a goal on the Gunners this...
7500 To Holte 9 hours ago

Aston Villa announce preseason schedule, features friendly with Wolves

Aston Villa have announced their preseason schedule today, and it includes a trip to the Iberian peninsula. Aston Villa are set to travel to Portugal in July as the main feature in their preseason training schedule. The club have announced today that they will be in residence at Estadio Da Nora in Albufeira from July 9-18. While there, they will have two training sessions open to the public on July 11 and July 17, as well as two training friendlies on those same days. The first (on the 11th) will be against Fulham and the second (on the 17th) has yet to be determined. The session and the...
7500 To Holte 15 hours ago

Sherwood must right the ship to win his biggest-ever game

It's not always about Tim Sherwood...wait, yes it is. It's been a couple of rough weeks for Aston Villa. Losing two games in terrible fashion wasn't the way anyone wanted to end league portion of the campaign with a massive match on the horizon. Avoiding relegation was important because it was the only thing that really mattered this year. Sure we all saw the FA Cup as a bonus this year. Now that it's drawn closer, Villa fans would be heartbroken if Tim Sherwood returns to B6 without a shiny new piece of silverware. Therefore, Sherwood needs to change his tactic. Jores Okore will miss the...
7500 To Holte 16 hours ago

Opportunity knocks for Villa in Saturday’s FA Cup Final

For the first time in 15 years, Aston Villa will walk out at Wembley for an FA Cup Final. But you already knew that. When Aston Villa last won the FA Cup, hadn’t yet managed to put something into orbit. 58 years is one hell of a long time. If there’s anything the last 90+ years Villa fans should have learned about this competition, it’s to not take moments like Saturday lightly. After losing to Newcastle in the 1924 final, the Claret and Blues have returned to the grandest stage just twice, in 1957, when they won the competition over Manchester United, and in 2000, when they lost to...
7500 To Holte 17 hours ago

Aston Villa FA Cup charity fundraiser: Why are we raising money?

We've decided to spotlight the Villa Rockets for a week to get them the powerchair they deserve. If you're visiting this site, you've probably seen that we are running a fundraiser in the build up to Villa's massive FA Cup final against the Gunners. The subject of our fundraiser are the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football Club. The Rockets are a powerchair football club who organise games and field teams of people who wouldn't be able to play typical football for a variety of reasons. This helps more people get into the game we love to watch and play. I found the Villa Rockets posting on...
7500 To Holte May 27, 2015

How Villa won the 1957 FA Cup: Aston Villa 2 - Manchester United 1 Tactics

This week is a special edition of my weekly tactical review, as we go back to 1957 to examine the tactics that won Aston Villa their last FA Cup, in a 2-1 win over Manchester United and the Busby Babes - and see if there's anything that might help Tim Sherwood and his men... The teams Aston Villa, under Eric Houghton, entered this match as underdogs against Matt Busby's Manchester United, who had just won the League and had lost to Real Madrid in the European Cup semi-final. In Duncan Edwards they had a player who was celebrated as the best of his generation, and a 19 year-old Bobby...
7500 To Holte May 27, 2015

What does the FA Cup Final mean to you?

Villa are playing in their biggest match in years on Saturday. What does that mean to you? Every second that passes, we are even closer to the FA Cup Final. Every second that passes makes me a little more nervous. We are just a few days away from Aston Villa's biggest match in years. That makes me feel giddy but at the same time a little terrified. How does it make you feel? What does it make you feel? I decided to ask the 7500 to Holte staff that as we inch closer to match day. Q: Villa have an important match this weekend. What does the FA Cup Final mean to you? Robert The FA Cup Final is...
7500 To Holte May 27, 2015

Villa Rockets manager: "It’s the bodies letting them down, it’s not the competitive spirit.”

As part of our ongoing fundraiser for the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football club, I sat down for a long chat with the club's manager, Clive Morley. Clive Morley is as warm and friendly of an individual as you could ever hope to chat with and his passion for the Rockets is patently obvious. Over the course of nearly an hour, Clive and I got to talk about various facets of the club. What you see below is a collection of some bits of our conversation. ------ Clive's time with the Rockets started normally enough. He came as a parent to support his son John. But his role changed very...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2015

Sylla set for Villa departure

After a season out on loan, it looks likely that Yacouba Sylla will be leaving Aston Villa this summer. With the off-season upon us, there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the future of many Aston Villa players. One such player, Yacouba Sylla looks set to depart if the reports are true. After an uninspired season and a half at the club following his January 2013 signing from French side Clermont Foot, Villa allowed Sylla to spend the entire season on loan at Turkish Süper Lig side Kayseri Erciyesspor. Despite featuring 19 times, scoring one, it appears as though the Malian...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2015

Liverpool linked to absurd offer for Aston Villa's Christian Benteke

If Aston Villa get offered £40 million for Benteke they should take it. But they probably won't. We've already had a few transfer rumours for the summer, but none quite like this one. Metro are reporting that Liverpool have opened transfer talks for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The supposed value of the big Belgian? Forty million pounds. Let's run with that number for a moment. If Aston Villa were offered £40 million for Benteke, they should take it and run away as quickly as they could. Benteke was the club's leading scorer this season with 15 goals in all competition...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2015

FA Cup final: One Gunner explains why Villa fans should hate Arsenal

One Arsenal fan tells us why we ought to hate the Gunners. Surprisingly, there is more than just Piers Morgan. We asked Thomas Wachtel, editor of SB Nation's Arsenal blog The Short Fuse, to tell us why we ought to hate his favorite club headed into this weekend's clash at Wembley. Here is what he had to say: ----- Thomas Wachtel (born July 2, 1957) is a Canadian writer, actor and retired professional wrestler. Along with his nickname the "Hit Man," Wachtel is known by the monikers "The Excellence of Execution," "The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be," and...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2015

A story of Jack Grealish and the 1905 FA Cup Final

A story of one of Villa's key players and the deep Villa roots he has. There are two main reasons that Jack Grealish has become such a favourite for Aston Villa supporters. The first is that he's young and extremely talented. That's a combination that excites any fan base about the potential that player has. The second is that he grew up supporting Aston Villa. Grealish grew up in the Midlands and joined Villa at six. When you mix in the first reason with the second, you get a combination that any fan will love. Jack Grealish grew up a Villa supporter, but his roots with the club go even...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2015

"I feel part of the team": What it means to play for Villa

One Villa Rockets player shares what playing for the club means to her. All this week we are raising funds for the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football club. And every day we're going to have interviews and stories about the club, often with players themselves. Today, Nicky Baker, who plays on the team, tells us what the chance to play for the Villa Rockets means to her. ----- I have been playing Powerchair football for around thirteen years now. For ten years before I was introduced to Powerchair football, I was sat on the sidelines watching my sister play, wishing that I could join in or...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2015

Report from the Holte End: "We never got going all game" in Burnley match

Our last From the Stands report from Villa Park for the 2014-15 season. We've got one last From the Stands report from Villa Park this season. Harry Johnson returns for the league curtain call, where he reports on the Burnley match from the K4 block in the Holte End. ----- Well thankfully yet another forgettable Premier League season is now over, and Sherwood has achieved what he had to do, and more with the cup final on its way. It wasn't going to be an easy task taking over from the man, who in my eyes, is the worst manager this club has ever had. Ever. I was at the Southampton...
7500 To Holte May 26, 2015

Villa lose equivalent of Scott Sinclair in prize money with Burnley defeat

Aston Villa finished the season with a loss to Burnley that has cost them dearly. By finishing in 17th in the Premier League, Aston Villa assured themselves of £4.9 million in prize money. Had they beaten already-relegated Burnley, though, they would have netted £7.4 million. The difference? £2.5 million. Put another way, by losing to a rudderless side who had nothing to play for but pride, Aston Villa lost the equivalent of Scott Sinclair's transfer fee. Sinclair's loan from Manchester City was made permanent by Aston Villa securing their Premier League safety. At that point, they were...
7500 To Holte May 25, 2015

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck will miss FA Cup final against Aston Villa

Arsène Wenger will be without striker Danny Welbeck for Saturday's match. Take a moment and think back to September. Aston Villa had just beaten Liverpool at Anfield and sat in second place in the Premier League after four matches. They had a fixture against Arsenal at Villa Park and the Gunners were coming off of three straight league draws. The world was so green then, and filled with hope. And then 32', 34', 36'. Özil, Welbeck, Cissokho (og). Arsenal scored a trio in a matter of minutes and Villa wouldn't win again until December. The whole season came crashing down and it was (at...
7500 To Holte May 25, 2015

Key Aston Villa defender set to miss FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley

Aston Villa will likely be without Jores Okore at Wembley on Saturday. Aston Villa managed to ensure Premier League survival this year despite a rash of injuries that continually plagued the team. With the season down to its final match, though, it doesn't seem as if the football gods are ready to take their thumb off of Tim Sherwood's side. Central defender Jores Okore is looking very likely to miss Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley thanks to fatigue on his surgically repaired right knee. Okore missed almost all of the 2013-14 season after he ruptured his ACL, but his...
7500 To Holte May 25, 2015

Sherwood eyes (another) Swindon Town midfielder

Tim Sherwood looks set to raid Swindon Town's midfield after the Robins failed to win promotion to the Championship. If there's one thing we can take away from the early transfer rumors, it's that Tim Sherwood wants young players. So far, Aston Villa have been linked with Chelsea's 21-year-old Patrick Bamford, Swindon Town's 22-year-old Massimo Luongo, and Tottenham Hotspur's 22-year-old Alex Pritchard, among a number of other younger players. These links are not exactly a surprise, given the evidence of Sherwood's willingness to work with younger players during his time both at Spurs and...
7500 To Holte May 25, 2015

Help powerchair Villans play football and you could win a Delph shirt!

If you help us help the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football club you can be entered to win a free shirt from The Art of Football! As you likely have noticed, we're running a fundraiser to get a new powerchair for the Villa Rockets Powerchair Football club. (If you haven't noticed, read about the fundraiser here or donate here.) You may have also noticed that this week is the week of the FA Cup final. And today, I'm happy to announce that we get to combine both into an awesome giveaway. I contacted the folks at The Art of Football to see if they would be willing to let us give away another...

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