Date: 17th June 2013 at 11:00am
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Draig Cymraeg is next for the Vital Villa interview.

Draig Cymraeg is next for the Vital Villa interview.

1) When did you become a Villa fan and why?

Copied and pasted from last years interview!

I’ve always been a villa fan since birth as my family have followed them and a few are still season ticket holders. However on 3rd May 1994 (aged 10) I went to watch my first Villa game against Man City. I sat in the Holte Lower and although we drew the game 1-1. I was hooked from that moment.

2) What is your favourite Villa moment of all time/most treasured memory?

One of 2 games I think. Either the 1994 League Cup win over Man United or the 2005 3-2 win over Southampton. My mrs and her family are all from Southampton. We were 2-0 down at half time and I was getting some terrible stick. Good old Solano, Cole and Davis gave me some class A bragging rights. A rare thing as a villa fan….

3) If you could bring back a former Villa player into this team (at his peak) who would it be and why?

Dwight Yorke. Watching him terrorise defences was brilliant. I was gutted when he left for Man United.

4) Paul Lambert? Your opinion please?

Seems to be a good guy so far. Strong decisions have been made and he seems to be clearing out the dead wood. Has made some excellent signings.

Benteke, Westwood and Lowton. Bit of a dodgy buy with Bennett, but I think he’s one for the future.

It’ll be interesting to see how he handles pre-season and to see if he can hold onto Benteke. Hopefully he’ll shift out the last of the high earners, bring in a few more solid signings too.

5) Best and worst moments of last season?

I’ve erased the season from my memory. Along with the season before. In all serious though good moments have to be ‘that’ goal for Lowton and the impeccable Stan Petrov tributes from the fans.

6) Some say last season was a success, others not so much. What is your opinion?

We stayed up. It`s a success. I know people on the forums hate the word, but Lambert has a tough task of ‘rebuilding’. I’m expecting more this year now he’s got another full pre-season to stamp his mark on the team.

7) Your opinion of Randy Lerner and the board?

I think Randy and the board shot a load of money up the wall with MoN and they now realise they are paying the price. I back him fully as he cant keep pumping his cash into the club like he did.

He’s made the right choice with Lambert and appears to back him with players when needed.

He also has a very funny name.

8) Which player/s should Villa sign this summer?

1 centre back, 1 wing back, 1 defensive mid, another winger and a striker if Benteke goes. As for who. I’ll leave that in Lamberts hands! I’d also get another winger if N’Zogbia goes. Last chance saloon for him I’m afraid!

9) Which player/s should Villa get rid of this summer?

Hutton, Given, Ireland, Bent. I’d also consider Albrighton as I don`t rate him.

All the above need suitable replacements too. Bent not so much if Benteke stays.

10) Favourite current player?


11) Who was your first footballing hero and who are your favourite all time player/s?

Ryan Giggs. Sorry for the non villa answer, but he was the only world class player Wales had. Unbelievable player and his career has shown that.

All time fave for villa has to be McGrath, Yorke and I also have a soft spot for Angel.

12) What do you expect us to do/finish this season?

Premier: Mid table
FA Cup: 3rd/4th round. We’ll draw man united again….
Carling: Quarters.

13) You can ask yourself any question you want to about Villa and what is your answer?

Why have I started to ask myself questions? I maybe mad for being a villa fan, but I’m not unstable….

14) Just to change the theme slightly, a snap shot of you outside of football, answer or ignore at your leisure:
(based on our WHO ARE YOU thread!!!)

a) Which celebrity/s would you most like to meet and why? Billie Piper….do I really need to answer the why?
b) Age 29
c) Location: Newport – South Wales
d) Favourite alcoholic drink: Mojito or cider
e) Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Tea
f) Favourite Film/s: Platoon, The Goonies, Top Gun, Anything By Pixar
g) Favourite TV Show/s: Dexter
h) Music?: Linkin Park
i) Best ever moment in your life: The birth of my 2 girls. Or the time I found a fiver on the floor. What a day.
j) Ambitions: To be a role model for my kids and watch them grow into happy people.
k) Wise words: Don`t eat yellow snow.

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