Jack Grealish, a priceless hero.

I consider myself lucky to be writing this article, incredibly fortunate that Jack Grealish exists, that he stayed at Villa this long and that I have watched virtually every single second of his impassioned and glorious career thus far. I know I am not alone in proclaiming him my favorite ever Villa player, and he is certainly the most gifted that I have seen don the famous claret and blue to represent the pride of Birmingham. A season ticket holder from the age of four, and Villa roots that stretch way back to his great-great Grandfather (Billy Garraty) winning the FA Cup for Villa in 1905. How many clubs are captained by a player with such a special connection to the fan-base?

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Sunday league tactics, home truths and managerial dilemmas.

Had the years of mediocrity and just god-awful performances not already conditioned the brain into an absence of optimism, the loss to Wolves might have given an optimist an overwhelming sense of damnation – a feeling the pessimist, or pragmatist has already been acclimatised to. Those that might be familiar with my work will recognise the latter – pragmatism – as my default setting, let it be known that I did not choose to be this way.

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One point gained or two points too little?

Going into Wednesday nights fixture away to Steve ‘potato’ Bruce’s Newcastle side, Villa Twitter was pretty unanimous in the necessity of a win. Accompanying this, was an outcry for a better performance, after the two games since restart had been as dull as they were disappointing. We got the latter of these, without securing the far more important former objective and the 3 points that would have carried us out of the dreaded drop zone.

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Why Villa? Liam Bryan

Christmas Day, one of my favourite days of the year. For a single day I am surrounded by my loving, caring family members whilst exchanging presents and eating delicious Christmas delicacies, all united by the spirit of the holiday. Despite only living on planet earth for 15 years, some of my favourite memories have been in direct correlation with or have occured during the festive period. Memories have been made due to the fact that the month of December allows me to reassess my life, celebrate my achievements but eradicate negativity and start new hobbies or gain new interests such as football.

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Why Villa? – Rob Smith

Why Villa? My Dad was a fan. Simple as that. I’d love to wax lyrical about how some special moment, player or goal made me fall in love with the club. Or the first sight of the claret and blue AV in the North Stand made my heart skip a beat. Or maybe a beautiful tale about how myself and my father overcame our suppressed emotional states through a mutual love of our club (some truth here maybe but such a cliche).

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