Date: 9th August 2018 at 5:20pm
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They say it runs in the family and it appears to in the world of Gardner’s.

Aston Villa have confirmed speculation linking Gary Gardner with a move to St Andrews, and he heads across the city on a loan spell that will last for the entire 2018/19 campaign.

The 26-year-old spent last season out on loan at Barnsley, getting 30 games under his belt, returning two goals and he heads away from Villa Park once more in search of greater game time.

He arrived at the Trillion Trophy (cough) Stadium earlier today alongside brother Craig who was nice enough to give him a lift, and he does, of course, follow his brother to the club after he made the switch all those years ago.

It’s fair to say that the reaction to this news on social media has been less than polite but these days that’s only to be expected and I’m not going to repeat it here. You would think this is a curtain call for Gardner’s time at B6 though as it’s hard to imagine him returning now.

Will forever be a ‘what if’ had those two serious knee injuries not held him back when he was really motoring with potential all those years ago.

I for one, wish him well. I do reserve the right to change that sentiment if he ever scores against us in the future though.


19 Replies to “Villa Continue Supporting Birmingham With Another Midfield Deal”

  • embarrising for both garry and blues.

    it just shows how this game has changed you would never see a blues player switch to the scum back in the day.

    theres no loyalty.

    if garry was that much of a villa fan he wouldnt come here and mike, how are villa ‘continuing to support’ us please?


    • By showing you how to do things win lol Can’t think of many Blues who have moved in our direction before, but been a few historically of ours go in your direction I think so not sure it’s changed that much really but slightly before my time. At least you seem to have a stable owner now, maybe some proper on-pitch rivalry eventually will work in both our favours as it’s not been a great couple of years for either if we park the ‘banter’.

    • it’s an odd one for sure, guess these guys are just making a living, but surprised Blues went for him.

  • By giving your club a player better than anything you currently have mate….it is embarrassing for Gary though to be shipped off to a small club like the blue nose scum!!

    • I think you will find he chose Birmingham he had lots of clubs after him. QPR for 1 and SW as well. He rejected 5 other offers to go to Birmingham. He will probably sign for them permanently in June on a free account big loss for us he is better than our club gave him credit for. One that got away. IMO

      • His brother was a big pull and we know ourselves the ‘dream’ of both of them in midfield all those years ago given their relative abilities at the time. Be interesting to see if we put a contract on the table to entitle us to training compensation – something we didn’t do for Marc Albrighton from memory. Can’t agree one that got away, but can agree one not used right despite injury setbacks.

  • Loyalty is just for the fans. To the players it’s just a job. GG has been loaned out 6 times. He’s probably wondering where the club’s loyalty is to him. I think he’s out of contract next year so he’s fighting for a new contract as well. He has no future at villa and at 26 needs to be playing regularly. I think he will do well.

  • It’s not going to happen for GG,time to move on,if only the other players at villa
    would show the same commitment eg . Mcgate,Richards, are the real embarrassments.
    Hope the new owners ship them out. ASAP

    • No guarantees he’d have reached his early potential, but those injuries took their tole. That said he looked good at Forest but we never used him the same way. Some won’t swallow Blues, but I hope he gets himself sorted and enjoys the rest of his career elsewhere even if he can’t live up to the early hype. Can question if his all was enough, but at least he gave it.

  • Steve Bruce, Colin Calderwood, Steve Clemence, Ian Atkins , Tony Coton are all ex Blues and are currently in management positions in your organisation. Eric Black, Alex McLeish and Ken Watson were also recruited from our ranks. Who is supporting who? Amazing how a ‘small club’ can supply Vile with so many. Of course the difference is that all most of those mentioned have won things at Blues and other clubs yet they have achieved nothing at the Lower Grounds.

    • I was ignoring management staff as that was kind of obvious, I was thinking players specifically. Small clubs feed bigger though surely Alan. Way of the world and all that, just a shame those you list couldn’t step up to the next level.

      • I remember way back when – Colin Withers; Ron Wylie, Malcolm Beard but modern Blues players play for the badge and not the ££££££££

  • I see it has Birmingham helping Gary just as mutch has him helping us. He is now at a proper club with quality coaching staff where he can get to where he should be and at the level he should be at. Not shunted by management all the time and plagued by awful vile fan boys. Your club takes good players too rouen them. That’s what you do your club is like a junk yard for the dead you could park a lanserroty at your club and you lot would chuk it in the crusher. To sign for you lot is like jumping in the meat grinder. Tell me who wouldn’t be glad to escape that crap.

    • So you’ve just proven you know nothing about his history. Thanks for that and I reply as somebody wishing him the best and not caught up in the 3yr old childish BS between both clubs that you just ably demonstrated whilst thinking you were clever.

      • My comment was not in response to you. I also want him to do well and I know he will. Now he is at a club that will give him a chance. But thank you for your reply.

        • I realised that I was talking generally. Too many get pulled into the BS between the clubs to make a point when I think it ruins it – historically we still do better when both are doing better. Half my family are noses, I’d love to see you finish second in the Premier League – caveat is Villa finish first. Simples. Albion can be third, Wolves fourth, and so on.

          Play Gary like Forest did and you will love him, if he can get his set piece knack back and eye for goal, he’ll eclipse his brother’s goal-scoring knack in my humble.

          • Well good on ya I will agree to that but us finishing first and both waving goodbye to wolves has we ride the happy bus being the only difference. My dad is a villa fan and both my uncle’s me blue and both my brothers. KRO

            • You see, there’s a part of this conversation we’ll never agree on lol I’ll give you level points but we have better goal difference!?

              Sounds like my family split but reversed, does make for a laugh at points though and that’s what it should be for me.

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