View Across the Dugout: Leicester City vs. Aston Villa -East vs. West

Monday 8th March 2020. The night of our last visit to Leicester and the King Power Stadium. It was a miserable trip, a humiliating 4-0 defeat against a side we’d fought hard to beat over 2 legs a month earlier in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals. Little did we know, it would also mark the final time we’d be allowed inside stadiums for the foreseeable future. All in all, not a fond memory.

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Pay per view exposes a fallacy at the heart of modern football.

I’m sure that anyone reading this shares my disgust at the introduction of pay per view football this weekend, for the truly sickening price of £14.95 for a single match. Yet, in reality, this is just the latest chapter of ordinary football fans being extorted away from our own game. To add insult to injury, this outrageous price has been introduced during a pandemic, as at least 4.5% of the nation are unemployed as thousands of jobs continue to be axed by companies trying to save cash.

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Villa reaping rewards of busy summer: Aston Villa summer 2020/21 transfer window review

Finally the transfer window has closed after a long summer of anticipation. Ending the season in such dramatic circumstances left major questions to be asked of our squad and with wealthy owners there was no real reason not to answer said questions. Despite a slow start it seems we’ve done a fair amount of business this window so I have taken it upon myself to weigh up our transfers and evaluate the quality of the work.

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Managing the Midfield: McGinn and Luiz’s potential midfield partner

Since Villa confirmed their place in the Premier League for the 2020/21 season, the transfer rumour mill has been in full flow – as expected. With fans pining for the likes of Milot Rashica and Saïd Benrahma – who have been linked to Villa on the daily – plus a reported £100m transfer budget, the question becomes whether Villa are better off splashing the cash on only one winger and bringing in another quality central midfielder? Read More »

Aston Villa 2019/20 Season Review: The Common Theme of Naivety

As the sun set on that glorious day at Wembley and the weeks passed by, I admit that like many fellow Villa fans I allowed myself to dream of what we might be able to achieve as signing after signing was coming through the front door at Bodymoor Heath, and the optimism swirled around Villa Park.

Renouned journalist Henry Winter certainly seemed to agree.

Although we achieved our end goal of survival, there were a lot of flaws within our season that must be rectified for next year.

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