Bradford City’s Joy Eclipses Aston Villa’s Bleakest Night Yet

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. SW says:

    Good assessment Ian and congratulations to Bradford, superior in every department. I fancy them to finish the job at Villa Park.

    As you suggest, the result was no fluke. That was no one off defensive calamity from Villa, every time the opposition get the ball in our box they look like scoring.

    I wouldn’t sack Lambert – though he certainly isn’t blameless – I’d place the lion’s share of the blame in the boardroom. Object lesson in mismanagement and how not to run a football club.

  2. Senioe Blue says:

    Great article Ian and SW says huge congratulations to Bradford City. You are right when you say that these are the nights that live long in the memory. I am a life long supporter of Chester FC and remenber our glorious League Cup run in the 74/75 season when when reached the semi-final stage having dispatched Leeds ( the then Leagaue Champions) and Newcastle along the way. We were in the fourth division at the time. We drew 2-2 in the first leg at home and lost 3-2 in the second leg at Villa park in front of a crowd of 47,000. Having gone 2-0 down in the first 26 mins we levelled the match at 2-2 and had the chances to win t only to be denied by an 87th minute Villa winner. we came that close to Wembley and I for one will be hoping that Bradford can go one better in their second leg.

  3. Nathan says:

    Where have all the Villa fans crowing about how great their speculative yank owner gone?

  4. Ian says:

    A great read Ian, and a result I must admit I thought was beyond Bradford. However, that’s the last time I give Aston Villa any credence for the foreseeable future, and it pains me to admit that I was one of the many suckered into the ‘renewed confidence’ factor after their comeback win over Ipswich last weekend.

    Personally I don’t think relieving Paul Lambert of his duties will help the Aston Villa cause just now. Randy Lerner didn’t get much return on his investment for players purchased while Martin O’Neil was in charge, and I think he’s a bit hesitant to open his wallet before he makes a little bit of profit form the club.

    It’s painfully obvious that new charges are needed, and January is the perfect time to pick up some experienced players that could help the cause.

    Injuries have indeed contributed to their woes, but with Bent and Agbonlahor returning from knocks, and the likes of Charles Nzogbia and Ron Vlaar nearing match fitness, maybe, just maybe, their Villains season can be salvaged to some extent.

  5. Dave says:

    Good article as usual and good luck to Bradford in the second league.

    Nathan – you need to stick to 606 or talksport mate.

  6. Iain Stewart says:

    Dear Bradford
    Good luck at Wembley. You deserved and earned it and you should feel very confident about visiting us at Villa Park.
    Yours faithfully
    Depressed from Birmingham

  7. Iain Stewart says:

    The football fan in me says great story. The Villa fan in me says lowest point & worst team since 1987.

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