Yes, Yes, Yes; We’re up

Poor game, I thought, but hey, it doesn’t matter.
We’re back in the big time.
Thoughts to follow.


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  1. Holte66
    Holte66 May 27, 2019 at 10:52 pm . Reply

    I agree Hitch that the core of the team is capable of premier league although that includes quite a few loan players. Grealish and McGinn are the two that we ‘own’ who most agree should do well. I think Steer deserves an opportunity and also Hourihane one who can play at a higher level. I would be delighted if we can keep all our loan players but we need to improve at LB and RW. I agree with the ones you said should leave and Elphick will be one of them too I think. We have got Chester who if we don’t get Tuanzebe would do well alongside Mings, assuming we can now sign him. The owners will allow Smith funds I’m sure and I believe will be spent wisely. I would like Maupay regardless of whether we get Tammy to offer something different. It’s going to be an interesting summer when the transfer window kicks in. Until then though….let’s enjoy the moment.

  2. Pat 57
    Pat 57 May 27, 2019 at 11:23 pm . Reply

    Yes we should enjoy the moment but it’s worth noting that Smith’s planning for the Prem started as soon as we qualified for the play offs so he probably knows exactly what he wants.

    I just hope we don’t do a Fulham and go overboard with too many new players. I can’t see it happening but still. We have the core of a decent Prem team and we just need a few new players and then add to the team gradually as time goes on.

    I see Jack, McGinn, Mings, Hourihane, Tammy, Tuanzebe and possibly Hause, Steer, Kodjia and El Ghazi as good enough for the Prem. So we have the spine of the team and I wouldn’t mess with that.

    I trust Smith to do the right thing. Still can’t quite believe it though.


  3. David Buckley
    David Buckley May 28, 2019 at 12:57 am . Reply

    Thank the lord Jesus we giants of Aston have returned to our rightful place. 3 long years out in the cold. Living in korea it’s been 3 years of shite streams as they don’t show lower tier on Telly here. But now my weekends of joy are back. UTV!!!

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum May 28, 2019 at 9:01 am . Reply

      South Korea always seemed like a nice place to me!!! 😁

  4. nath
    nath May 28, 2019 at 7:38 am . Reply

    loved grealish interview where he said, he wanted the whole squad to get the same accolades and appreciation because they were important. how he wanted chessie to lift the cup with him, shows great maturity and signs of a great player to see the bigger picture. its a team game not all the top players grasp that, thats why they never become great players.

    i also liked how he deceived tammy into believing he would return from injury faster than he know he would. thats shows he and the other players motivating each other to improve and win

    i loved yesterday, reading and seeing the pics from all of our fans, marching their way down to wembley, cheering our boys home with the cup and promotion.

    el ghazi man of match for me, player of the season is a tight one. but i think mings has been outstanding and we should push the boat out and make him permanent.

    lastly i wonder if grealish slept with that playoff trophy. i know i would lmao roll on the premiership, bring on the likes of pool and city test ourselves against the best we deserve too

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 May 28, 2019 at 8:40 am . Reply

      Nath loved it in JG’s interview when he included scoring two goals against Blues as making it his perfect season.

      1. nath
        nath May 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm . Reply

        did you see him lifting the cup with chester 🙂 he took one just above his eyebrow from the cup lifting ordeal. but like a true professional he didnt flinch

  5. Saddened
    Saddened May 28, 2019 at 10:24 am . Reply

    What a great day out, and we are back where we belong… Some exciting times ahead and can’t wait for the transfer window – But why does Wembley beer make you so ropey the morning after 🙂

    1. Pat 57
      Pat 57 May 28, 2019 at 11:04 am . Reply

      Are you changing your name to ‘Gladdened’ now? 🙂

  6. VillaAwayInDiv3
    VillaAwayInDiv3 May 28, 2019 at 12:21 pm . Reply

    As we have been awful (mainly) for about 6 years now I couldn’t wait for the final since the Albion match. Albeit with a feeling of dread as well.
    Finished work on Friday and got the week off as well…good times.
    BUT late Saturday me and wife had to retire to the bed in a terrible state….sickness and D………. no chance spelling that.
    Match time comes around and I leave bed and get computer on….by this time I was in pain all over especially my back so sitting in the chair was murder…….just before Derby scored I was bent over on desk with head in arms…..and had double feeling sick and squeaky bum.
    WE WON….great…..I celebrated by returning to bed……
    Not the day I had envisaged but now we are both getting over the illness and I am catching up on all the coverage everywhere…glad you all had variable but good time……now I cant wait for the next stage of our re-build.

  7. Texas Villan
    Texas Villan May 28, 2019 at 1:52 pm . Reply

    I watched the game at home in Texas with some friends and despite what was riding on it, I thought it was a good game, despite what others thought. The first 30 mins, I don’t recall Derby really getting a touch – we steam rollered them off the pitch. I’ve got very little voice left this morning and it all feels surreal still. I can’t wait for my visit home this summer to go see us play in the Prem again.

    I think Wolves have got to be the model we follow – keep the nucleus as best we can and that means singing as many of our loanees as possible. I appreciate that Hourihane has his fans and you can’t knock his goal contribution which is better than any midfielder we’ve had since Solano imo – but I just don’t think he does enough inbetween time and could be a liability in the Prem. Adomah hasn’t done anything in over a year for me to justify keeping him, and I’ve actually been really disappointed in Green since he got back from loan. I think he could do with another loan.

    I am excited to see if some of our players on loan could even slot back. I never thought we should have let De Laet leave and think he’d be good back up. If you assume we’ve got Whelan as back up and Jedinak is to leave, then we really need one, maybe two quality DCM replacements. I think Kodja can continue to do a job for us, but I don’t get the impression DS rates him and I think will be sold this summer to raise funds. For me priority is LB, RM, DCM and FW.

  8. Hitchens60
    Hitchens60 May 28, 2019 at 3:19 pm . Reply

    Interesting article in the Telegraph which suggests (amongst other things) that we should offer Whelan a further year’s contract. Sees him as influential in the dressing room and a model professional. They go further to suggest that Stoke’s poor showings and Whelan’s departure are not unconnected.

    On a separate note an article in the Daily Mail (looking at the three teams promoted) refers to ‘Villa’s Chinese owner Dr Tony Xia’ – about sums up the whole article 🙂

    LANGFORDVILLA May 28, 2019 at 3:19 pm . Reply

    Didn’t I tell you we’d be back?

    Dont EVER lose faith again!


    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson May 28, 2019 at 7:29 pm . Reply

      Bloody Hell, a blast from the past.. Hi, Langford join our winning team mate things can only get better. 👍

  10. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson May 28, 2019 at 5:39 pm . Reply

    I wouldn’t mind Whelan getting a year’s contract Hitch, have to say in all honesty he never was my cup of tea at first, but got to see something in him over the last half season, I think hearing the two owners they have their heads screwed on and will make the right decision on what Dean Smith wants and need. I’m still buzzing Hitch watched the game again today and you know what, we won again.😂😂😂😂.

    1. Hitchens60
      Hitchens60 May 28, 2019 at 5:49 pm . Reply

      Wow, two consecutive wins Bill – that’s a jazz 🙂

      Pleased for you and of course all the fans. Here’s hoping our owners are as good as their word – although note of caution – Fulham splashed out big time (£100m+) when they went up and kept their best (Championship) players yet, cautious Cardiff, outplayed and outthought them. We need to be really savvy in the transfer market – no 1 target for me (after getting Mings and Tuanzebe on board) is a top,top, goal scorer.

  11. Holte66
    Holte66 May 28, 2019 at 5:56 pm . Reply

    Would Whelan accept a contract with reduced wages and limited game time? Perhaps he should consider following Terrys example and go for his coaching badges as a player coach role.
    Read an article saying Micah Richards isn’t going to be offered a new contract! And in other news St Andrews is being considered for a landfill site. Don’t know who writes these stories about stating the obvious.
    Disappointed to read Villa fans threw bottles, damaging windows on a Derby coach with kids and elderly people on board. Hope they find and ban them from VP. We don’t need ‘fans’ like those responsible.
    Also saw another obvious link to Joe Lolley for £10m which would be a good signing.
    Looks like we have reached the speculation time of the year to enjoy and Saturdays Champions league final of course. Pool or Spuds? Got a feeling it will be Spuds despite Pool being better this season.

  12. Sidforever
    Sidforever May 28, 2019 at 7:23 pm . Reply

    Photo of Mings at Bournemouth Railway station still in Villa kit. Absolute legend.

  13. Deferenz
    Deferenz May 28, 2019 at 11:29 pm . Reply

    Is it all a dream? I still can’t get my head around us getting promotion. Watching the game I was a nervous wreck. When we went 2-0 up I actually got even more nervous and was rocking myself back and forth on the sofa. Seeing the game getting 7 mins added time sent my blood pressure through the roof and I just held my head in my hands.

    I’ve read what a few others have posted and I think we do need to keep the nucleus of the team and build bit by bit. Mings is a must have for me as well as El Garzi. To be honest I’m not that fussed about Abraham either way.

    It was some big comments from Sawiris and Edens, saying that ‘the sky is the limit’ and they ‘want to build one of the best clubs in the world’. I really want to believe that, but I heard similar from both Lerner and Dr Tony Xia and so I’m trying to stay grounded. But our new owners do seem to have very deep pockets, and I recall that when they took over Villa we were sited as the third richest club in England after Man City and Chelsea. So who knows? Does anyone have any thoughts on our spending power?

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