Tag: Aston Villa

Video of the Day: Portsmouth vs Aston Villa, January 1986

This year’s FA Cup Third Round replays kick off this evening and it’s unlikely that the results of this week’s matches can be as moribund as they were the first time around. One of the teams replaying this week is Aston Villa, who have now taken four points from their last two Premier League matches and are starting to show signs of being a football team again. Thirty years ago this month Villa were also away in the Third Round of the FA Cup, this time against Portsmouth of the Second Division, Pompey were¬† undergoing something of a revival,...

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Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs Leicester City, November 1980

Bottom play (almost) top in the Premier League in this evening’s match, when Leicester City travel to Villa Park to play Aston Villa. Three and a half decades ago, however, the surprising roles assumed by these two clubs this season were reversed. Leicester City travelled to Aston Villa in second from bottom place in the First Division of the Football League, while Villa were at the top of the table, three points clear of second placed Ipswich Town (in the last season of two points for a win), although Ipswich had two games in hand. Commentary comes from Hugh...

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Light at the End of the Villa Park Tunnel?

As Aston Villa sneaked past Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday night, a couple of fleeting thoughts may have passed through the minds of the club’s supporters, thoughts that they haven’t allowed themselves to think very often over the last few months or so. Are the plans of new manger Remi Garde finally starting to bear some fruit? Whisper it quietly, but might Aston Villa be able to upset all odds and somehow clamber their way to another season of Premier League football after all? Going into Tuesday night’s match, there were few signs that something as...

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Jack Grealish’s Impossible Decision

You can please some of the people all of the time and you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people, all of the time. There was a decidedly resigned air about the announcement made earlier this week by the Aston Villa midfield player Jack Grealish that he will be looking to play his international football for England rather than the Republic of Ireland, even though he has represented the latter at under seventeen, under eighteen and under twenty-one level over the course of the last four years or...

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