Date: 19th January 2018 at 5:05pm
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Aston Villa youngster Harry McKirdy has today made the loan switch out to League Two Crewe Alexandra. The 20 year old attacker was with Stoke City until the age of 14 and then he made the switch to Villa and has progressed well through our youth ranks, finding himself on the scoresheet a number of times this season for Kevin MacDonald’s Under 23 side. Read more: Aston Villa Youngster Heads To Crewe

Stennyvilla often contributes to Vital Villa (as can anyone by the way, just email me at or use the submit an article feature on the site. This one is a talking point and I guess what he is asking is, are our expectations totally out of whack with reality or not. That’s right isn’t it Stenny?!? Stennyvilla said: Sorry JF, I have only half an article, devoid of full analysis. However, it occurs to me that when you put your regular polls on the site of whether we expect to win / draw / or lose, we fans are probably not very good at predicting the outcome. Read more: Are Our Expectations Out Of Whack To Villa’s Reality?

A very emotional Dion Dublin talking about the influence Cryille Regis had on him and fellow black players. People not around in that era probably don`t understand just how much abuse black players took at the time and just how strong and ground-breaking the likes of Cyrille were breaking down these pathetic, ignorant views from the racist element in football. To see the video of Dion, plus a video compilation of Cryrille`s goals for Villa (and a nice story from Rob Bishop) Read more: An Emotional Dion Dublin On The Influence Of Big Cryrille

An efficient three points for Villa…After Villa’s mildly embarrassing exit from the FA Cup the week before, the expectations aroused by the goal-fest against Bristol City had mainly been dissipated in much talk about loss of momentum and such like, as Bruce’s boys lined up against Nottingham Forest last Saturday teatime. In fact there were a few nerves amongst the faithful in evidence during the build-up to the kick-off. Terry had returned along with Glenn Whelan. Bruce had opted for Grealish in midfield and decided that Scott Hogan was his preferred striker. There was no Neil Taylor either. It was quite a change from the eleven which we had assumed was the only combination that worked. Memories of the loss against Peterborough were vivid. Forest had beaten Arsenal recently and they had a new manager. The fans were in no mood to get carried away. But it turned out that the contest never really took off, as Villa let Forest dominate the possession while they controlled the game. Once Scott Hogan had showed a striker’s instinct and headed Villa in front from a perfect ball from Robert Snodgrass, Villa were in total control. With their expectations held in check the Villa faithful were therefore delighted. Any neutrals watching on the telly-box might not have been so sanguine, but it was a very efficient performance by Villa. Read more: Something For The Weekend (599)

The Soccerex Football Finance 100 report was released this month and English Premier League sides dominate the top ten…with a number of other Premier League and Championship clubs featuring in the full table. The report ranks sides based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, the potential investment by their owner(s) and the level of debt a club carries – but obviously there are some guestimates involved in the figures. Some great article comments at the bottom of this article as well.. Read more: Soccerex Look At Football Financial Power – 2018

Thought for the day: Broken pencils are pointless.

The previous Villa Times: The Villa Times – 16/01/2018

The Villa Times – 16/01/2018
The Villa Times – 13/01/2018
The Villa Times – 12/01/2018

The wife was counting all the 5ps and 10ps out on the kitchen table when she suddenly got very angry and started shouting and crying for no reason. I thought to myself, ‘She’s going through the change.’


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