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    Bill Pearson September 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm .

    No doubt Gabby is a Villa icon, hope Villa will always look after that type of player.I have known in the past them turn backs on ex players, Garry Shore springs to mind.

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      Jay Dee September 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm .

      Gary shaw had the corner flag restaurant in AVFC.

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        Bill Pearson September 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm .

        Did he are you sure on that? Him and Denis Mortimer had hard tims at Villa ,Gary Shore worked for a local Brewery.

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          Jay Dee September 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm .

          The corner flag restaurant at AVFC as I understood it when I was a chef at the villa for a year and a half was something to do with Gary Shaw…UTV

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            Bill Pearson September 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm .

            You got me there, I knew Garry he played for Emeralds boys wilh my nephew, and as I think you know was chief steward at the ground in them days, but that’s not saying I’m right, he may have held the responsible of being corporate quest, because he was a rep for brewery for a while, strange one that.

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    BWS September 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm .

    Lol – Love the background Guest but your a wrong ‘un mate.

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      Guest September 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm .

      Don’t know what your’e talking about mate 😉

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    BWS September 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm .

    I know this on a Spuds site but what a blast from the past. http://www.tottenhamblog.com/2013/09/05/memories-of-spurs-aston-villa-and-the-league-cup/?

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      Bill Pearson September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm .

      Yes Bill what a day, 4 of us from our club went ended up in dirty dicks with 6 Tott lads, we played them off the park and lost.

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm .

      Those were the days

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    Kerryvillan September 6, 2013 at 2:14 am .

    I love gabby to bits, not the most technical player ever but incredibly athletic and i feel probably would hav been a better player had MON and mccleish not got a hold of him, but loyalty goes both ways, you can’t fault gabbys loyalty but fans will be on his back again if he loses a bit of form, it really annoys me how fans talk about loyalty from a player but then as soon as he loses a bit of form he is shit and should never wear a villa shirt again, im sure players see this too and that’s why they really don’t give a Fuck about fans or the club.

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      Jay Dee September 6, 2013 at 7:58 am .

      None of the Villa supporters I know have ever said that about Gabby mate.Seems pretty shallow as hes an Erdington born Villa fan…

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        Foxy September 6, 2013 at 8:49 am .

        Some people here (can’t remember who, not pointing fingers anyway) were talking about dropping Gabby when he had a bad patch a couple of seasons ago under McLeish.

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          BWS September 6, 2013 at 9:12 am .

          Foxy name a single player who had a good season under the ‘M’ word. Add to that being a forward must have been a nightmare playing under his tenure, 11 behind the ball, park the bus up and get a nose bleed if you go further up the pitch than the halfway line. Ronaldo would have struggled mate.

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            Foxy September 6, 2013 at 9:30 am .

            BWS, I was replying to JD, not passing comment, not criticising anyone, not pointing fingers, not anything. Like I said, my shirt has Gabby’s name on the back.

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            OohAhPaulMcGrath September 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm .

            Defence was ok under him and bent did well

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          BWS September 6, 2013 at 9:37 am .

          Never thought for a minute you were Foxy, I was just putting forward a possible explanation for Gabby’s loss of form during the dark days of the M season.

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            Foxy September 6, 2013 at 10:56 am .

            He was injured for a chunk of it and he really didn’t like playing McLeish’s style, if you can call it that. Neither the players nor the fans wanted to be there!

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 6, 2013 at 8:48 am .

      So true a lot of fans (myself included reluctantly) thought he would be better of somewhere else as it looked like he needed a new challenge. But fair play this year he has really turned if around and I’m really pleased he has as gabby is one of us and that us so rare in football. Though If he suffers loss of form this year we cannot get on his back again (me included) we can’t have it both ways.

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    Bill Pearson September 6, 2013 at 10:46 am .

    Oohah I’m with you on that, I was a person at one stage said things about him and his form, I even spoke to his friend and said thought he was losing it and should move on, i dont know if it would have been said to him but I felt better. What a prat I feel now, he’s Mr Aston Villa to me now love him for doing things for the club.

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm .

      Agree bill

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      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm .

      Ps never forget that goal line clearance of agent ridgewell then popping up the other end to get last min winner v the scum and running into the villa fans. Should be a legend just for that alone.

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    Lionheart September 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm .

    Got to admit a little while back i wanted Gabby out.. thought he had become stale..

    But fairplay to him.. he has improved a lot under PL and is a valuable memeber of the squad..

    As for England.. not sure if he is England class but nor are most of them..

    Also after TEN PLUS years of fcuking Gerrard and Lampard failing together we are still seeing the same combo in midfield.. says it all really and the state we are in..

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    Bill Pearson September 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm .

    Hear hear on that…..

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    Buxton Villa September 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm .

    Of course Gabby is a legend. He deserves the recognition. Legends should be recognised whilst they are still at the Villa. Not only after they leave or retire. Gabby has given everything to Villa for years. PL has removed those without the ability or attitude, and Gabby is still here. What more does it take to be a legend? In 5 years we’ll be talking about Gabby like we do about Ian Taylor.

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