Tommy Elphick; A good first signing, POLL

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The signing’s confirmed then and having read the stories about the three-year deal, I have to say I’m very encouraged.
Everything seems to be backing up what we thought, in that he’s a good leader and it’s always pleasing when the previous employer talks about how he was a model professional. We can’t get enough of those types, after all, it would seem.
Even better, was the fact that he cut his honeymoon short, which I thought was a bit above and beyond the expected.
I mean, there’s no way the club would have ordered him to do that at risk of the deal falling through; imagine if that got out to the press, for example.

Elphick made a great statement too, talking about how it was an easy decision coming to the Villa;

“It’s obviously what gives us our living. When a club come calling like Villa it’s the least you can do to give up five days of your honeymoon.
I just think as soon as you hear the name Aston Villa…
Obviously it’s not been such a good time recently but when you see what they’ve done over the summer with the new owner and new manager I didn’t take much convincing at all.
I’m absolutely delighted. It didn’t actually take long. As soon as I heard about Villa’s interest it’s something that turned my head straight away.
To be able to come here and represent such a great club with such great history is going to be a real honour for me.”

And while you often hear this sort of stuff from newly signed players, it just seems genuinely sincere for some reason.
He comes across as a really down to earth type, whose feet are still planted firmly on the ground. Again the sort we need more of.

All I know is he must have a very understanding wife!

I’ve noticed a few “dislikes” in the previous comments about Elphick, but have to confess I’m perplexed as to why that should be. What’s not to like about this signing?

Hence we need a vote, which might fish out what some of us don’t like about the idea of signing him.
For clarity, I’ve seen that he isn’t the quickest of defenders, but I don’t see that as so much of a problem in the Championship.

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  1. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla June 22, 2016 at 10:24 am .

    First 6 games:

    Sheff Wed (A)
    Rotherham (H)
    Huddersfield (H)
    Derby (A)
    Bristol C (A)
    Forest (H)

    Scum……….sty 29 Oct
    Scum……….VP 22 Apr

  2. Dave67
    Dave67 June 22, 2016 at 10:59 am .

    A tricky first fixture for us away to Wednesday one of the better teams in the league .

    1. Saddened
      Saddened June 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm .

      Imagine saying that a few years ago – Makes my heart bleed… !

  3. pat57
    pat57 June 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm .

    Come on cheer up!

    Third last game is against the noses. We’ll need 3 points for promotion and that will be the game we’ll get them. I have foreseen it 🙂

    UTV

  4. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla June 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm .

    League Cup

    Luton (A)

  5. pat57
    pat57 June 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm .

    So the reaction from the Hatters?

    ‘So, arguably the biggest club we could’ve drawn at this stage are coming to Luton…we look forward to hosting @AVFCOfficial w/c Aug 8 #COYH’

    We may be in the Championship but we are still a GIANT club!

    UTV

    1. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan June 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm .

      Last time I went to Luton or should it be lootin I had my car nicked.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 June 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm .

        Serves you right for driving there 🙂 I should write and complain to Nick Owen Giddy!

        Only joking mate.

      2. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla June 22, 2016 at 7:32 pm .

        I heard they only got £15 scrap for it. 🙂

  6. Astonman
    Astonman June 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm .

    I’m just glad Lerner has finally gone, the worst thing that ever happened to our club a total jerk !

  7. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum June 22, 2016 at 6:41 pm .

    I wonder how a Brexit vote will affect footy?

    1. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan June 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm .

      Turkey aren’t in the EU they still play in Europe.

      1. langfordvilla
        langfordvilla June 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm .

        So is the Isle of Man and they are not in it 🙂

        1. Bum Bum
          Bum Bum June 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm .

          And Australia are in the Eurovision Song Contest! The world’s gone mad!!!!!! Come on ROI!!!!

      2. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson June 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm .

        Giddy, 20% of Turkey is in Europe, they only held back because of Cyprus of not being in the eu, they invaded Cyprus to protect Turkish Cypriots in the late 50s, so all this they won’t be in the eu is crap.

        1. Bum Bum
          Bum Bum June 22, 2016 at 9:54 pm .

          Yep. I’ll be voting LEAVE!

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath June 23, 2016 at 4:01 am .

            Me too though it will be fixed for remain to win. Make sure u bring a pen with

        2. giddyvillan
          giddyvillan June 23, 2016 at 3:25 am .

          Bill I read different to your reason, Turkey haven’t passed let’s say a fit & proper test by the EU & are some way from doing so.also Cameron mentioned a similar thing the other day.

        3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath June 23, 2016 at 4:02 am .

          Agree Bill. If we stay in we effectively will be bordering with Syria. Vote Leave

    2. badger123
      badger123 June 23, 2016 at 1:19 am .

      Interesting question, Bum Bum.
      All I know is I’ve had a lot of mails from some remain outfit that is working hard in trying to get me posting their articles that talk about how sports people want to remain. The last one was just last night emphasising how John Barnes was misquoted by the leave side.

      We try and avoid politics, as I believe sport ideally shouldn’t be political, so I won’t post them.
      The point is I haven’t received any mails involving sports people suggesting that we should leave.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath June 23, 2016 at 4:07 am .

        We don’t want sports people on here telling us to remain Badger. Must of them like Beckhams don’t have to put up with the consequences of staying. They are worth millions and he dosnt even live in the UK ffs! Same as champagne socialists like Geldolf! Vote out 👍

    3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath June 23, 2016 at 4:04 am .

      Won’t make any difference we will still get overpaid overpriced prima donnas

  8. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla June 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm .

    Iceland is a shop and even they are in it :)….but not for much longer!

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath June 23, 2016 at 4:03 am .

      Is the capital of Iceland still Bejams 😄

    2. OriginalLondonLion
      OriginalLondonLion June 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm .

      So England’s all-stars meet Iceland in the knock-out stages, who’d of guessed it? And if we beat them it’s Sainsburys next.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath June 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm .

        As good as a bye for England. Should at least get to final as Spain v Italy so another big boy out

  9. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum June 22, 2016 at 9:52 pm .

    Well done MON, Keane and the ROI boys!!!!!
    Keane is actually smiling!!!!

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum June 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm .

      And ROI have a score to settle with the French. Remember that handball Thierry???

  10. pat57
    pat57 June 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm .

    Can you believe it? 25% of the remaining countries left in the Euros are from our neck of the woods!

    Best of luck ROI, England, Wales and NI.

    1. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan June 23, 2016 at 3:27 am .

      Shame Scotland missed out eh??? 😀

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