Welcome to the monthly e-letter from Aston Villa Former Players Association, keeping you up to date with the news, events and happenings within the organisation.
ASTON VILLA OLD STARS ‘IN ACTION`
On 18th April, the Aston Villa Old Stars played in Kings Heath, Birmingham to raise money for St Mary`s Hospice, and won 3-2 in front of a large crowd. The team line-up was Derek Dudley; John Pearson, Neil Rioch, Phil Lucy, Bryan Small; David Norton, Darren Bradley, Steve Staunton, Colin Gibson; Mark Burke, and Tony Morley. We anticipate Cowans, Kinsella, McNaught, and Merson all starting our next fixture on 2nd May.
Sunday 2nd May – 1.30pm KO
Supporting ‘Help For Heroes Charity`
Holyfield`s Centre, Woodacre Road, Erdington, Birmingham B24 0JT
Sunday 16th May – 2.30pm KO
Supporting ‘George Collar Asthma Charity`
The Stadium, Farnborough Road, Castle Vale, Birmingham B35 7BE
Saturday 22nd May – 2.00pm KO
Supporting ‘Various charities with Daventry Lions Club`
Daventry Town FC, Brown`s Road, Daventry NN11 4NS
ASTON VILLA FPA
Patron – Mr Randy Lerner
President – Charlie Aitken
Vice President – Peter McParland
President ‘in memoriam` – Johnny Dixon
Chairman – John Donnelly
Chief Executive – Neil Rioch
General Secretary – Karl Court
Operations – Lucy Davies
AVOS Manager – Chris Nicholl
Health & Welfare – Jim Walker
Players PA`s – Mark Burke
OUR MAJOR BUSINESS PARTNERS
Main partner – Aston Villa FC
AVFPA sponsor – Medsport GB
AVOS sponsor – FragranceMad.com
Kit supplier – Nike
Accountancy – Sterling Financial
Legal – Cobbetts LLP
Design – Citizen I-Media
Insurance – Oval Insurance
IT/Comm. – Wavenet Ltd
Marketing – Sterling Marketing
Memorabilia – Midlands Memorabilia
Merchandise – Betta Sportswear
PR – Haslimann Taylor
Print – Advek Ltd
Vehicles – Citroen
Website – Tomedia Software Ltd
THE NEED TO FORM A ‘REGISTERED CHARITY`
To meet the growing demand for funds with which to fully deliver our extensive Health & Welfare support programme in particular, we are in the process of forming a ‘registered charity`. We are delighted to be working with a ‘top-quality` team that comprises John Donnelly, Neil Rioch, Karl Court, Lucy Davies, Bryan Sheppard (CEO) and Michael Price (director) of the Birmingham based BID Services charity, and Adrian Cutler, Partner at Cobbetts LLP. We are indebted to their ‘voluntary` time, expertise and support. We are now finalising all the necessary work before submitting our application to the charities commission, and we hope to have Trustees appointed and achieve registered charity status by this summer.
ASTON VILLA RADIO ‘SUMMARISERS`
Brendan Ormsby became the latest former player to give his expert opinion on Aston Villa radio commentaries when he joined resident match commentator Jack Woodward for the recent game away to Hull City. He joins Andy Blair, Chico Hamilton, Paul Kerr, Ken McNaught, Peter McParland, and Tony Morley who have all shared the microphone this season.
BRIAN GODFREY MEMORIAL GOLF DAY
Former players will be turning out at the Hilton Puckrup Hall hotel and golf club near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire on Thursday 3rd June in support of Brian Godfrey, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Brian was a staunch supporter of the Aston Villa FPA, and was also captain of Aston Villa`s 1971 League Cup final team and a Wales international. If you want to participate or contribute, please get in touch – 0121 608 0088.
‘DERBY DAY` DELIGHT!
Former players were present to see the recent ‘high noon` victory against Birmingham City. On official ‘hospitality duty` were Charlie Aitken, Gordon Cowans, John Deehan, Tony Morley, Jimmy Rimmer, Bruce Rioch, Neil Rioch, and Bobby Thomson. Also seen there were Colin Gibson, Pat Heard, Gary Shaw, Shaun Teale, Garry Thompson, and Ron Wylie.
AVFC FPA: www.astonvillafpa.org