Bit of a news update.

After the seemingly rubbish stories about Benteke being a target for Liverpool, things have dried up a bit, to be honest.

Still there are some things worth talking about and the first is Ron Vlaar, where the Daily Mirror suggest that he’s going to start in the FA cup final even if we can’t nail him down to a contract.

I’m not convinced the quote by Sherwood even says that and it looks like it’s been taken out of context to me.
It doesn’t make sense either, as Sherwood definitely doesn’t seem to be the type of manager who would even tell a player he’s a guaranteed starter so early on.
Vlaar will probably be injured anyway.
Or then again, he probably won’t, given that it’s the final.
Am I being cynical there? Perhaps, but even though I don’t think he’s a bad defender, it really wouldn’t bother me too much if he doesn’t sign. He’s just too injury prone, given his time with us and can’t be relied on.

Jack Grealish has been in the news a lot lately and rightly so, because he’s really starting to look the player many of us thought he might become.
I’m surprised there hasn’t been some BS story that one of the big clubs are after him yet.

Anyway, the latest is that Delph and Grealish are training buddies, who stop behind and put in extra practice.
I know it’s a nothing story really, but it’s nice to know who the ones are putting in the extra effort.
I mean, it’s a hard life isn’t it, when you have to roll in for 9am, do a couple of hours training, have some dinner and then knock off at 2pm, just in time to get in for a few hours on the X-Box or a bit of gambling on the nags.
Now I am being cynical, I suppose, but well, you know what I mean.

Still on the subject of Grealish, Paul Scholes is quoted as saying that the lad is a million miles away from being a good player yet.
It’s actually a fair point and one Grealish might do well to read, as we don’t want him getting carried away with himself do we?

Next up, is Tom Ross having his weekly comment in the Mail talking about the paltry allocation of tickets for the cup final. Love him or hate him, he does of course have a point in saying that there will be 40,000 people at the game that won’t give a toss about the result.
Where I think he’s wrong though, is that many of the other tickets go to the grass-roots of the game.
He is though 100% correct when it comes to the corporate seats, in my opinion.

And to rub it in even more, it looks as though the cup is about to be officially renamed the Emirates FA cup (or similar) according to an article I read in the online Daily Mirror. The difference here is that it’s currently known as the FA cup (in association with Budweiser).
It seems to me the FA will do anything for money to pay off the enormous debt that was caused by them building a stadium where the majority of fans didn’t even want it in the first place.
And isn’t there some kind of conflict here, when they already sponsor Arsenal?

It just goes to show what those at the top think of the people who pay their wages, in my opinion.
Hopefully there will be howls of protest. But I doubt it’ll make much difference.


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  1. Dave.C
    Dave.C May 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm . Reply

    Semi- finals of the Champions League, winning the Italian Serie A, again, in the final of the Copa Italia. Come on Badger, what more can they do, I wish Villa were struggling as bad as them.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew May 1, 2015 at 7:01 pm . Reply

      So true, they’re even on the verge of putting out the FIGC and making them go bankrupt as they’ve been basically found not guilty for the majority of calciopoli. I’d take every single player at Juventus over ours in a heart beat, they’re an incredible side and will be dominating Serie A for at least 3-4 years still. Would probably be ahead of Chelsea in the Prem if they were in England instead.

    GIDDYVILLAN May 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm . Reply

    No Everton preview LADS??

  3. Andrew
    Andrew May 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm . Reply

    Interesting Sherwood commenting on a possible Director of Football, claiming he’ll talk to Lerner about what they believe the positives and such are, seeing Sherwood’s worked with Baldini before so he’ll give them his honest opinion. From the quotes he gave, I’d say he’s not for it, but then that’s just what I took away from it as he never said if he was for or against, just the wording of it.
    ““It’s maybe something that might be revisited – maybe, maybe not – in the summer.

    “I’d be welcome talking to Randy and to the people who make them decisions at the club regarding why they think it’s necessary and what benefit it could have.”

    Were the two main quotes that gave me the opinion he doesn’t want it.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew May 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm . Reply

      Fox confirms we’ll be offering Benteke a new contract.

  4. KentNielsen77
    KentNielsen77 May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm . Reply

    I have a strong feeling for 2-1 to Villa tomorrow so will have a little flutter. The same thing worked against the other Scousers at Wembley.

    1. steve
      steve May 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm . Reply

      I started walking to the ground a different way. we beat wba wice. I thought I had sussed it then we lost to Swansea.

      1. KentNielsen77
        KentNielsen77 May 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm . Reply

        If it’s 2-1 tomorrow I’m becoming a professional gambler.

  5. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion May 2, 2015 at 12:28 am . Reply

    The London Lions Club I started in 1977 had over the years 144 members, and I reckon I asked most of them how the became Villa fans. For about a third it was easy they originated from Brum.

    For the 100 or so who were Southerners the common denominator was a lack of a real interest in a London team, sometimes because they had to be different from a sibling or Dad – so why Villa? For a lot of them the colours were decisive – you could see this in the number of them whose favourite team in the Capital was West Ham. For several others it was the name, particularly the girls chose Villa on that basis.

    Many cited a Cup Final. You know for a lot of people not really committed to football the league matches don’t provide a particular decision point, but a Cup Final does, One side wins, on the day, and collects the Cup. If you picked that side rather than the losers you may become a fan for life – as I did in 1957.

    GIDDYVILLAN May 2, 2015 at 8:09 am . Reply

    No preview so I’m going 3-1 VILLA I feel it in my bladder,only worry lawro’s got us down to win that could be a bad omen as he’s crap at predictions.UTV

      GIDDYVILLAN May 2, 2015 at 10:16 am . Reply

      Thanks to whoever sorted my posting problem out.

    GIDDYVILLAN May 2, 2015 at 10:24 am . Reply


    GIDDYVILLAN May 2, 2015 at 10:37 am . Reply

    MATE join the club

      GIDDYVILLAN May 2, 2015 at 10:38 am . Reply

      Why’s this happening MATE?????

    GIDDYVILLAN May 2, 2015 at 10:45 am . Reply

    Appreciate your help badger.

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