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Crisis Or No Crisis? An Uncertain Time For Aston Villa

One of the defining characteristics of this season in the Premie League has been the desperate battle to avoid relegation. With seven matches of the season left to play, there are still ten clubs that could still be relegated and it seems likely that the scramble will last until the very end of the season….

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April 7, 2011
Ian

Why Blackpool Had To Be Fined For Fielding Their Reserves

In what may be seen as slightly surprising news, the FA Premier League fined Blackpool £25,000 for fielding an under-strength side. The slight surprise was that, in fining the Seasiders, the punishment was harsher than the suspended fine handed down to Wolverhampton Wanderers in similar circumstances last season. Considering the similarities in the two situations,…

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January 28, 2011
Ian

Randy Lerner’s Houllier-Shaped Dilemma

Martin O’Neill’s resignation from the managerial position at Aston Villa just days before a ball was kicked in August came as something of a shock to many of the club’s supporters. Four months on, Villa supporters could be forgiven for pondering whether O’Neill saw this coming. Their form now feels more like a collapse than…

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December 28, 2010
Ian

The Way We Were: Aston Villa vs Everton, November 1989

Watching repeats of old football matches can be an unsettling experience at times. Watch any match over around thirty years old and everything looks and feels different. The levels of technical expertise and fitness may be lower than they used to be, and the look and feel of the spectacle of the match is strangely…

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September 16, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa

With three losses from their opening three matches, Stoke City have a problem. Their third season back in the Premier League has begun with three losses and it is only the dismal form of West Ham United that is keeping them off the bottom of the Premier League table, although there is an element of…

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September 13, 2010
Ian

The Premier League 2010/11 Previews 2 – Aston Villa: Becoming A Single Issue Party

Aston Villa’s summer thus far can be neatly condensed into two words, and the second of those is “Milner”. Their own supporters will be thoroughly sick to the stomach of the constant pas de deux that has been going on over the last couple of months between their most-prized asset and a team which they…

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July 28, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Week: Aston Villa 0-3 Chelsea

The gap may not seem to be as big as it was a year or two again, but it still clearly exists. As Aston Villa and Chelsea line up at – ridiculously – Wembley Stadium for their FA Cup semi-final this afternoon, both clubs have a lot on their mind. Chelsea followed up the disappointment…

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April 10, 2010
Ian
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