Tag: Aston Villa

Off Garde: Villa & Remi Go Their Separate Ways

During the first half of last night’s international friendly between England and the Netherlands, the news emerged that Aston Villa and Remi Garde had parted company after just five months together. The cynics amongst us might have noted that, if there is any such thing as a good time to bury bad news, hoping that an England international match would be it might only have been betraying the extent to which those running Aston Villa Football Club do not understand much about the nature of the game in this country. Opinion amongst the Villa support itself seems to still...

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The Decline of Aston Villa: A Personal Perspective

It’s funny how these things creep up on you. I don’t remember completely whether it was a tweet or a Facebook status update that prompted it or whether it just a thought that popped into my head, but throughout the entirety of today, all I’ve been consumed by a single thought – it’s almost Easter, and Aston Villa still only have sixteen Premier League points. This feels to me like the flicking of a switch, and also a “was this only me?” moment. Aston Villa have been in varying degrees of a mess for several seasons now, but such...

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Video Of The Day: Everton vs Aston Villa, December 1981

Aston Villa play Everton this evening in a match which reeks of the history of the English game. These are two clubs whose very names help to define football in this country. Aston Villa, founder members of the Football League in 1888, former champions and European champions, the biggest club in England’s second city. Everton, the second longest standing club in the top flight of our league system. How many more times, though, will these two clubs play each other? Villa, it is generally mow conceded, are headed for the Football League Championship, and many are reckoning that they...

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Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs Watford (& Others), February 1983

The Fifth Round of the FA Cup starts today, and as of yet there haven’t been many surprises in what has felt like a somewhat underwhelming competition, so far this season. Perhaps today will throw up an interesting result or two. Still, one disappointing season does not a useless competition make, and for our little blast from the past we’re going all the way back to 1983 for a complete edition of London Weekend Television’s The Big Match from the same stage of the competition, with matches between Aston Villa and Watford, Everton and Spurs, and Middlesbrough and Arsenal....

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Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs Norwich City, November 1992

History is written by the victors. The inaugural season of the Premier League is now widely recognised as the season that ended with Manchester United being crowned as the champions of England for the first time in twenty-six years, but this was a championship race that went to the last couple of weeks, and two teams that were amongst their most persistent challengers over the course of the season were not clubs expected to find themselves in the position in which they were when it all kicked off in August, Aston Villa and Norwich City. Aston Villa supporters looking...

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