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Where from: Lichfield

Favourite player: George Best

Best team moment: Winning the European cup

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06 Jun 2020 12:11:10
Just reading that transfer fees are likely to plummet following the virus an example that was cited was Raul Jimenez before the virus he was being talked about as a £40 to £50 million pound player now Wolves will accept £18 million for him allegedly. If this is true I wonder what the impact would be on the transfer fees for the likes of Jack, McGinn and Mings?


1.) 06 Jun 2020 16:52:28
Hi John.
If that`s the case mate, it can only be a good thing for football in general, looking at it from a neutral point.
Obviously like buying a house, you sell cheap so theoretically you can buy cheap.
Looking at it from our perspective, and assuming Jack does want out,
I would hold fire and make it clear, that his price was 95 million, and 80 million is the new reduced price, take it or leave it.
Not as simple as that I know, but do you get where I am coming from.

2.) 06 Jun 2020 19:27:20
Jack is a player in demand from several clubs, so that should help keep the price up. The more parties that are interested the better. If we stay up I would think we would be in a better bargain position and of course you never know Jack might want to stay anyway.

3.) 06 Jun 2020 20:37:46
I just get the feeling he is already unsettled, especially with all the media talk, idle journalism.

4.) 08 Jun 2020 22:10:48
The £18m Jimenez fee involves a player swap (1 of Rugani/ Rabiot/ Higuain) who are valued at £25m each. So Juve have offered one of them players plus £18m on top.



05 Jun 2020 11:00:02
I see that it looks like Callum O Hare is going to seek pastures new to further his career which is a great shame in my opinion whilst he isn't anther Jack Grealish I think if we get relegated which I think is more likely than not unfortunately, then he could do us a decent job in the Championship particularly as we will in all likelihood have the heart ripped out of the team in midfield.

I do think that following on from the virus all clubs need to look at what business model they want to follow going forward. If as the CEO says that we want to develop our youth structures then we need the right manager and back room staff to start blooding some of them like Ramsey and Barry otherwise it's pointless.

Once we have identified the team and personally I would stick with Smith but ditch Terry then we need to back him and I don't just mean financially I mean the fans because I think it is probably going to take a while to sort us out, if we are honest we have been on a downward spiral since O'Neill left with the exception of a couple of bright spots on the slope!

If that means we spend a couple of years in the Championship whilst we get the infrastructure right then so be it if it means we stabilises the club then fine we don't want to be yoyoing back and forth between the Prem and the Championship like the Baggies did.


1.) 05 Jun 2020 12:52:53
John, I mentioned about the Callum O’hare situation in the post below mate. I’m not sure Jack was much better than Callum is now, when he first broke into the first team John. Jack has obviously come on leaps and bounds since being given the opportunities, and there’s the rub, our promising young players have to be given those opportunities.

2.) 05 Jun 2020 15:20:11
Personally Mark, I think you are spot on with your analogy of O`Hare and Grealish.
I remember when Grealish made the first team squad, and he looked good, but the guy infuriated me at times.
So yes I think you are correct, in fact I would suggest O`Hare is more direct, and reacts quicker than grealish, ball control is a different matter.
It would be a real shame if he got away, so I would have to question the integrity of our Owners, and Management, it that does happen.
Scrap the Youth Academy, And give the money saved to Acorns Hospice.

3.) 05 Jun 2020 16:06:51
Mark I saw your post after I had posted typical of me too late as usual🤣 However whatever happens with O hare I do think if we are serious about developing our own talent then something has got to change from where we are now.

4.) 05 Jun 2020 17:30:58
No problem John, I’ve done the same myself mate, we all have.
What I will say is the appointment of Mark Harrison was I think a statement of intent, he has an excellent reputation for bringing young players through. we have to be patient with the current owners, a lot of mistakes were made before their takeover, only time will tell but I do get the impression they have the right intentions.



10 Mar 2020 08:21:42
Championship here we come.

Can someone explain why when we have an ex England centre half on our coaching staff we can't defend set pieces?


1.) 11 Mar 2020 02:32:12
Easy- when you have a manager who ignores advice and goes 'zonal 'no matter what, the results literally DO speak for themselves.

2.) 11 Mar 2020 13:36:20
I do get that Classof82 but at the start of the season we were defending better than we are now, same players and yet at the moment it looks like every time the opposition attacks we look like we are going to concede. I could have understood that more if that was happening at the start of the season whilst the new players were bedding in but not now.

3.) 11 Mar 2020 15:04:46
Villa haven't played well in 24 years. Don't delude yourself, Villajohn. Just face it. It's Championship next season. No manager in the world would want to have the responsibility of the club. Wonder why? Maybe because it's the most overrated club in the Premiership, and therefore the most difficult club to manage. I for one see that now. I know another thing. Sam Allardyce isn't the answer to the problems nor is Neil Warnock. Aston Villa is doomed!

{Ed002's Note - John Terry expects to take over until the end of the season.}

4.) 11 Mar 2020 15:22:25
Well, Terry won't be the answer either. If Villa wins something again in let's say 48 years of time, it wouldn't surprise me at all. That's the state we are in.

5.) 11 Mar 2020 18:31:45
If we are going to get rid of Smith then Terry or Allardyce aren’t the answer I would rather we try someone like Alex Neill at Preston or dare I say it Gary Rowett I think either could do a decent job we don’t want to recycle the same old names.

6.) 12 Mar 2020 01:56:03
H85 are you a villa, villa haven't played well in 24 yrs 🤔🤔🤔and are a overrated club and won't win ote in the nxt 48 yrs can you see into the future. Villa are a massive club 5 most successful club in English history stats don't lie big fan base good stadium quality training ground, just been run poorly since doug, and also ffp has hindered villa spending power with new owners, we just need the right manager and coaches then we will be flying again it's just been a dull 10 years we will bck one day.

7.) 12 Mar 2020 06:59:26
It's not good enough, and you know it.

8.) 12 Mar 2020 07:32:36
By the way, I support loserpoop, of course. What do you think? You must know what irony is, right? Villa aren't playing to their full potential, and you know it. It's been like that for the last 24 years.

9.) 12 Mar 2020 10:08:39
Give up 🙈🙈.




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27 Jun 2020 15:09:31
Well they say it's the hope that kills you, so 4 games played 1 point the best we can hope for is going to West Ham on the final day needing a win and in all honesty can you see this team winning anywhere because I certainly can't.


1.) 27 Jun 2020 16:15:28
Are you forgetting the point we got against Sheff Utd?

2.) 27 Jun 2020 16:43:44
Oops 😂😂.



13 Jun 2020 22:58:05
Just watched the Big Match revisited and had the pleasure of watching brief headlights of Leeds Villa December 76 a 3 1 win for the boys 2 from Gray and one for one of my favourite players Alex Cropley who would have had a far more successful career with us had it not been for the Ali Brown tackle which broke his leg which I think was Boxing Day 1976 but I stand to be corrected.


1.) 13 Jun 2020 23:15:00
That`s unreal John, I have watched that game on youtube many times, and Alex Cropley was some player.
I remember him in the side when we beat Liverpool 5 - 1, he was very instrumental for us on a great night.



16 Apr 2020 23:48:49
A king has got 3 daughters who he has been trying to marry off without much success so he places an advert in the Times to see if he can drum up some interest. The day the advert gets placed the family are all sitting at home when a knock at the door arrives, the king answers to be greeted by a fresh faced youth and introduces himself.

Hi my name is Joe I, be come to take Mo to the show can she go? The king invites him in to wait for Mo. No sooner than he sits down the door gets knocked again the king once again answers the door to be greeted by another youth Hi my name is Lance from France I've come to take Nance to the dance any chance. Once more the king invites him in. Again there's a knock at the door Hi my name is Chuck well you can sod off for a start says the king.

An old gag I know but still makes me laugh😁.




15 Apr 2020 11:45:02
Love the gags guys keep up the good work. Interesting article about the richest premier league owners our guys came in fifth behind Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Wolves but ahead of the likes of Liverpool Man Utd Tottenham etc. We might drop down to sixth once the Toon takeover happens, but if we can stay in the prem and provided the owners want to invest then hopefully the future is rosy although the key word here is hopefully. Hope everything is good with you all and without sounding too twee I hope you all stay safe.


1.) 15 Apr 2020 12:36:25
Good point John, fingers crossed mate.
Glad you like the jokes, Mark and Moose seem to have the same sense of humour as myself, but as Mark found out, the editing is limiting our input, so I am going to try and push the limits a bit, 🤞
My family are all good thank you John, hope you and yours are too.

{Ed001's Note - it is not the editing, it is that the posts are not coming through properly. People are using special characters in the text which do not come through as it thinks they are commands.}

2.) 15 Apr 2020 12:43:12
One day my mrs surprisingly suggested we spice up our love life with a bit of roleplay, sheepishly I agreed. "Right" she said " you pretend that you're a fireman and have just rescued me from a fire and I'm EXTREMELY grateful " with a knowing look "Your turn " she said, I gave it a little thought as this was something new to me and then said "You pretend you're your sister".

3.) 15 Apr 2020 13:50:26
Nice one Moose, sends the mind racing mate.

4.) 15 Apr 2020 15:21:24
Nice to see that a few more souls are posting today.
Love the joke Moose, made me think back. The number of times when I had a girlfriend, and the sister seemed more appealing. 😂.

5.) 15 Apr 2020 15:47:12
Had 1 girlfriend who had her sister applying false tan all over while I sat on the bed. now that sent the mind and a few other things racing 😁.

6.) 15 Apr 2020 16:32:25
Ok Ed, thanks for that, are there any guidelines that would help us.

{Ed033's Note - Don't try and type code like html, just type in alphanumeric text (without swearing please) and emojis.

If you want to upload images, you can go to the Villa Sightings page



29 Mar 2020 21:08:15
Watching MOTD premier leagues greatest goal scorers on Saturday night got me thinking who and how would I rank the greatest Villa goal scorers I have seen since I started watching the Villa in the early 70's. I accept this is a subjective judgement based not only on the goals scored but also the contribution to the team things like work rate, assists and also the style of the players involved. but I put it out there to be shot at and I am sure that it will and I am also sure I will have missed someone major off the list but you guys will undoubtedly let me know

1. Yorke
2. Gray
3. Angel
4. Saunders
5. Dublin
6. Withe
7. Carew
8. Shaw
10. Benteke.


1.) 29 Mar 2020 21:40:57
Think Platty should be on that list somewhere John,
incredible strike rate for a midfielder. His work rate was pretty amazing also and I doubt many on your list provided more assists.

2.) 29 Mar 2020 23:02:47
Take your point Mark but I always considered him more of a goal scoring midfielder rather than an out and out striker which was why I didn’t consider him.

3.) 30 Mar 2020 07:37:10
Yes but compare his strike rate with the number 1 on your list.




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03 Jul 2020 21:36:43
I still hope we stick wtth Delano but if we are relegated and he does get the old heave ho I wonder whether Dyche would be prepared to take a step down in the short term with the hope of turning us around.




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28 Jun 2020 23:58:14
Even if Deano only identified the qualities he was looking for in players then something has still gone drastically wrong somewhere for example we know he was interested in Maupay and Benrahma to name but 2 but we ended up with Wesley Nakamba Luiz and Trezuget. I would argue that Maupay and Wesley do not possess the same qualities neither do Benrahma and any of the midfielders named above so what happened between his identifying players and those we signed I would love to knoe.




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28 Jun 2020 17:56:38
Managerial merry go round time eh Walkies.! Personally I would stick with Deano as I think you need to support your people through the bad times as well as the good, but if he does go then for the premiership I would go with Dyche Gerrard or Bilic . In the Championship Neil, Houghton, Farke.

I have steered clear of big names like Pochettino or Benitez because I don’t think they are realistic targets I know the view re Gerrard is he is being groomed for Liverpool and I think that is right but a couple of years premier experience might be good for both parties.




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27 Jun 2020 08:32:39
I hope you are right Moose we are more likely to hold on to our own talented youngsters as well as attracting others if they think they have a chance of transitioning to the first team rather than stagnate in the reserves.




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23 Jun 2020 21:42:46
For me I think we would have to set our sights a bit lower in the managerial stakes so for me my first choice would be Bilic international experience managed in premiership and the championship with better than average results whether he would come to us not sure but if you don’t ask you won't know. Failing that I think I would take a punt on Steven Gerrard although I never was his biggest fan he seems to be doing a decent job at Rangers.





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03 Jul 2020 20:23:00
Villajohn while I think Jack is a quality player I don’t think he would be an automatic starter at Man City, Liverpool, or for that matter Chelsea as each of those sides have quality creative players in the “Jack” role. I would also question whether he is our best player since Sid I think Mc Garth fits that bill in fact I could even argue the best player in my lifetime.




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03 Jul 2020 17:28:28
Dave I do get what you mean particularly the bit about always looking at his feet but I think he often tries to do too much because he has little faith in what is in and around him which is why I think he will develop more quickly in a side with better players in it sadly that won’t be with us but if we get £70 to £80 million I am with you I would definitely sell.




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03 Jul 2020 15:16:23
He’s a quality midfielder who should not only be in the England squad but the team itself his ability to glide past people and manipulate the ball is second to none I may be biased but he is right up there amongst the best midfielders in the country and I believe he will thrive with better players around him. My query as far as Utd are concerned is where do you play him now you have Fernandes and Pogba operating in central midfield whilst Jack can play wide left I don’t believe he is nearly as effective there as he is in the middle and I don’t believe he will want to operate as a squad player Nor will Utd particularly given the asking price will be £70 to 80 million.




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02 Jul 2020 11:35:03
Whilst in principle I agree that clubs may not pay our asking price are we likely to have to reduce our asking price to comply with FFP which to be honest I am not fully au faithful with so perhaps somebody can clarify for me.


{Ed002's Note - Aston Villa has another year to sort out their finances now - they should take that opportunity. The issue of the sale of Villa Park may yet cause further problems.}



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01 Jul 2020 22:22:03
5-0 a bit hopeful eh walkies😁.