Taking the new-manager ‘boing’ out of the Baggies

As I look back to my feelings before last night’s game with West Brom, for the first time properly this season, I felt somewhat nervous. This is mainly due to the baggies having newly appointed Sam Allardyce at the helm. Although ‘Big Sam’s’ notorious style doesn’t strike fear into an opponent, his stubborn style of defending and our inability to see off Burnley last time out, did worry me.

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Stop lying, we know why they boo and you know why they kneel.

The year is 2020; it is 187 years since Britain abolished slavery; 57 years since Martin Luther King had a dream and roughly 6 months since George Floyd could not breathe due to a police officer kneeling on his neck. Racism is systemic, institutional and still prevalent across the world. The horrific murder of George Floyd was filmed and it spread across the internet, causing another wave of black lives matter protests; but this was not the start of BLM. The movement actually began in 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the shooting of African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin. It then gained national recognition in 2014 after another young black man, this time named Michael Brown, was fatally shot by the Police in Ferguson. This time, it sparked big protests across America.

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Villans to Heroes: Aston Villa Players in World War One

As we enter remembrance weekend, it’s important to remember those of the Villa family who serve and have served in our armed forces. Perhaps most poignantly we acknowledge those who served in the war which began our remembrance tradition. These men were often in the prime of their careers, yet volunteered to serve selflessly.

Some players continued to achieve as footballers after the end of the war. Some were never the same again, and some never returned at all. Today we remember them.

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Southampton Review: Frustratingly good enough but tactically naive & a trip to North London

Classic Villa, eh! Win our first four games including a 7-2 thrashing of the reigning champions Liverpool, only to capitulate and quite embarrassingly so to Leeds United and Southampton. Without a win at Villa Park since 2004 against the Saints, the result shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise but let’s be honest, frustratingly, Villa don’t tend to do things the easy way.

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