Date: 7th September 2009 at 5:55pm
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Unoial Villa News…

According to the Mirror today, Newcastle’s loan move for Marlon Harewood is currently on hold because the 30-year-old picked up a foot injury during pre-season. Blimey, I knew his record for starts wasn’t good but hadn’t realised he’d only made one Premier League start since his move in the summer of 2007!

The Vital Villa Acorns 450 challenge update: *Vital Acorns 450 Challenge Update*

Villa and England striker Emile Heskey has admitted in the Daily Star that he wouldn’t be in a position to complain if he gets dropped for England’s crunch game v Croatia on Wednesday night and replaced by on form Spurs man Jermain Defoe. Full article and quotes: Heskey – No Complaints If Dropped For England

That was the week that was by Sheriff Kimbo: The Week In Villa #54 (28/8/09 – 3/9/09)

The ever excellent Something for the Weekend by Steve Wade: Something For The Weekend (250)

The U18’s academy lads beat Charlton 2-0 in what Tony McAndrew described as a ‘classic away performance’.

Mike Field: Craig Gardner has admitted it’ll be no easy task to get into the first team this year, but he’s going to keep on trying and he’s determined to call a first team spot his own. Speaking on the official site Craig has admitted that this is the season where he needs to get some real action and make a proper claim for a midfield spot. Some of us are dying to see him get a run of 5-10 games in the centre so he can really show us what he’s made of but sadly he’s below Reo-Coker, Petrov, Sidwell and now it appears young Delph in the pecking order. Full article: Gardner Determined To Succeed

Mike Field: Richard Dunne has pledged to improve his disciplinary record and give me no further excuses to create cheesy headlines. Speaking to SSN new signing Richard Dunne has promised to reduce the number of times he leaves the pitch early, but is adamant that he will not stop giving 100% in matches, nor change the type of player he is. Full article: Richard Dunne With Red Cards

Nicky Shorey in a possible loan move to the Baggies? Well, according to the Sunday papers anyway. Shorey Linked With Loan To Baggies

Howard Webb has been named as the ref for Villa’s away trip to Birmingham City this Sunday. Villa Promo: Can’t get to next Sunday’s crunch derby clash with Birmingham City? Why not come and enjoy the game with fellow Villa supporters at Villa Park. The sold-out match is being screened live on Sky Sports at both the Holte Suite and Holte Pub. Supporters can enjoy the match in style with a breakfast buffet before the action begins. The event runs between 10am and 3pm, with the big kick-off at 12 noon. Tickets cost £10, including the buffet. Call Consumer Sales NOW on 0800 612 0950.

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Talking about getting down and supporting the Villa, voice of the holte has his say: Get Down And Support Villa – SHOUT For AVFC

Aston Villa are the third fastest growing football club in the world (in value change over the last year). This is according to the self-styled ‘tool of capitalism’ Forbes magazine. AVFC 3rd Fastest Growing Club In World Footie

A round up of a few snippets from Saturday where stories were linking Isaiah Osbourne with Blackpool, Nicky Shorey was being told he still had a role to play at Villa and Dwight Yorke hanging up his boots at the age of 37. Full details: Shorey Has Role – Osbourne On Loan – Dwight Gone!

The General Krulak update article: General Krulak Feedback Update Pt4

Martin O’Neill is happy to have grabbed Richard Dunne from Manchester City and James Collins from West Ham believing both to be top signings. He said on the official site: ‘It’s just great to get them in. I think it gives everybody a boost around the football club and hopefully they stay injury-free and are ready to go.’ + Quotes from Dunne who, it seems, is less than impressed with his treatment at the hands of Man City. Dunne Blasts City & MON Happy With Defenders

Villa squad numbers updated: Villa Squad Numbers Updated

Vital Villa asked who was our best summer signing? It was a relatively close thing for a change with Fabian Delph our teenage sensation who arrived from Leeds winning with 31% Former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne was next up with 26% closely followed by Stewart Downing our summer arrival from Boro with 24%. Full results: Click Here

Viz Thoughts For The Day: What’s all this nonsense about that 66-year-old Romanian woman being the world’s oldest mum? My mum’s 77. Beat that.

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