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 FPA SUPPORTS ‘KidsOut` CHARITY
Former players attended the ‘black-tie` dinner held at Villa Park on Thursday 13th May, to raise funds for the KidsOut charity, which helps thousands of children every year across the UK who are affected by disadvantage.
Over 500 attendees participated in a superbly run ‘Question of Sport` competition, expertly hosted by former world snooker champion and BBC TV QOS captain John Parrott MBE. Other fundraising games and an auction, which included a bid of £1,400 to play a charity match against the Aston Villa Old Stars, helped to raise over £50,000 on the night.
Representing the former players association were Jimmy Brown, Karl Court, Alan Deakin, Pat Heard, Ken McNaught, Chris Nicholl, Neil Rioch, and Steve Staunton.
ASTON VILLA OLD STARS ‘UPDATE`
The ‘Aston Villa Old Stars` football team emerged victorious in all three games they played during May, whilst raising thousands of pounds for a variety of charities. The ‘Old Stars` to have taken the field so far this year are Darren Bradley, Des Bremner, Mark Burke, John Capaldi, Martin Carruthers, Gordon Cowans, Tony Daley, Derek Dudley, Colin Gibson, Pat Heard, Mark Kinsella, Ken McNaught, Paul Merson, Tony Morley, David Norton, John Pearson, Gavin Price, Neil Rioch, Bryan Small, Steve Staunton, Shaun Teale and Ian Ward.
Saturday 5th – 3.00pm KO
Supporting ‘Help For Heroes Charity`
Tally Ho, WM Police Centre, Pershore Road, Birmingham B5 7RN
Sunday 13th – 2.00pm KO
Supporting ‘Cancer Research Charity`
Linton College, Cambridge Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire CB1 6JB
ASTON VILLA FPA AT E.F.P.A. CONFERENCE
Last month, Gen Secretary Karl Court and Neil Rioch attended the European Former Players Associations annual conference held in Liverpool. Chaired by EFPA President Ramon Alfonseda (ex Barcelona & Spain), guest speakers included Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst, Gordon Taylor OBE, & Dave Whelan (chairman, Wigan Athletic FC).
MORE FPA SUPPORT FOR A GREAT CAUSE
Former ‘Holte End Hero` Chico Hamilton and Neil Rioch were guests at the Federation of Master Builders` ‘Charity Spring Ball` held at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham on Saturday 15th May. They took along memorabilia for the auction and helped raise funds towards the £10,000 for the ‘Tiny Babies Big Appeal` charity, which aims to open a brand new neonatal unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
ASTON VILLA FPA
GOLF DAY & DINNER
THURSDAY 5TH AUGUST 2010
SUTTON COLDFIELD GOLF CLUB
Registration & breakfast from 10.30am-12 noon
‘Goody Bags` & ‘Aston Villa FPA Polo shirts`
Practice ground & putting green facilities
Trolleys available for hire
Shotgun start at 1.00pm
¾ handicap Stableford
(best two scores to count on each hole)
Longest Drive – Nearest the Pin
Hole-in-One to win a car
‘Beat the Pro` challenge
Team & Individual prizes
Dinner in the clubhouse
7.00 for 7.30pm: 3-course dinner
MC: Paul Burrell (Beacon Radio)
The sensational singing of Clayton Stephens & Sasha
Bar closes at midnight
Join the former players for a great day of competition and a fantastic evening of fun.
Check full details at www.astonvillafpa.org or contact us on 0844 873 5670 or email info@astonvillafpa for entry details
EX VILLANS IN DEMAND BY MEDIA
Ron Atkinson: Various TV shows
Des Bremner: Sutton Observer columnist
Tony Cascarino: Talksport football pundit
Stan Collymore: Talksport radio show presenter
Alan Curbishley: Freelance football pundit
Dion Dublin: Sky Sports football pundit
Steve Froggatt: BBC Radio5live football analyst
Colin Gibson: BBC RadioWM football pundit
Andy Gray: Sky Sports ‘top` football authority
Pat Heard: BRMB live match summariser
Ray Houghton: Talksport radio show presenter
Martin Keown: BBC TV Match of the Day pundit
Brian Little: Setanta Sports football specialist
Alan McInally: Sky Sports football analyst
Paul Merson: Sky Sports football analyst
Chris Nicholl: works for the Press Association
Brendon Ormsby: works for the Press Association
David Platt: Sky Sports football analyst
Gary Shaw: works for the Press Association
Gareth Southgate: ITV football analyst
Graham Taylor: BBC Radio5live football analyst
Ian Taylor: BBC football pundit
Andy Townsend: ITV football analyst
Dwight Yorke: Sky Sports football pundit