Date: 19th July 2013 at 4:25pm
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Don’t fix it if it’s not broke doesn’t seem to apply to the ‘reserve’ team anymore.

After the daft decision to stop a young team like Villa testing themselves against a good number of first teamers last season with the introduction of the U21 only format to suit the EPPP, this season some bright spark has decided we’ll only play each team once – so of course the lessons learnt from the first game can’t now be rectified in the second, or successes built upon.

I know the game is spherical based, but I wish they’d stop playing with their balls and altering things that work perfectly well.

New rumours suggest this season they’ll try you can’t be offside if you’re blonde.

The Villa team will play four games at Villa Park, and the remaining four will most likely be at Hinckley and we have two set for Bodymoor Heath. The remaining eleven fixtures are away.

Yes, 10 home, 11 away.

Some venues for other fixtures are yet to be decided, so maybe the U21 Development League will be coming to an Ice Hockey arena near you?

This is obviously Stiliyan Petrov’s first season as an assistant to Gordon Cowans.

Aug 12 – West Ham (a) – TBC – 7pm
Aug 19 – Norwich (h) – TBC – 7pm
Aug 26 – Arsenal (a) – TBC – 2pm
Sep 2 – Chelsea (h) – Villa Park – 7pm
Sep 16 – Spurs (h) – TBC – 7pm
Sep 21 – Southampton (a) – St Mary’s – 3pm
Oct 7 – Sunderland (h) – Villa Park – 7pm
Oct 18 – Man City (a) – Hyde FC – 7pm
Nov – Newcastle (h) – TBC – 7pm
Dec 2 – Liverpool (a) – Langtree Park – 7pm
Dec 16 – Wolves (a) – AFC Telford – 7pm
Jan 13 – Fulham (h) – Bodymoor Health – 7pm
Jan 20 – Everton (a) – Goodison Park – 7pm
Feb 3 – Reading (h) – Bodymoor Heath – 7pm
Feb 10 – Bolton (a) – Lancashire FA – 7pm
Feb 17 – Blackburn (h) – Villa Park – 7pm
Mar 3 – Middlesbrough (a) – Riverside Stadium – 7pm
Mar 10 – Leicester (h) – TBC – 7pm
Mar 21 – Stoke (a) – Nantwich Town – 7pm
Mar 31 – West Brom (h) – Villa Park – 7pm
Apr 7 – Man United (a) – TBC – 7pm

Week commencing Apr 26 – Semi Final – TBC
Week Commencing May 3 – Final – TBC

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