It’s Done

According to Netflix I watched Drive in July 2012 and rated it three stars. I may have underrated it; there’s one particular scene that’s stayed with me and it seems especially relevant right now:

Don’t worry. Don’t… don’t worry. That’s it. It’s done. There’s no pain, it’s over, it’s over.

I’m sure others have already compared watching Aston Villa over the last several years to watching a loved one suffering with a terminal illness. As tragic as it is, when they finally

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Meet Jean Makoun, the new ticking heartbeat of Aston Villa

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been following Premier League games up with Statshacks for a little while. There are numerous reasons for that which I won’t bore you with, but I have still been glancing at the numbers and I have to bring Jean Makoun’s passing statistics from Old Trafford last night to your attention.

I don’t always single individual players out and I don’t keep records, but I do look them over and it’s rare

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Manchester Utd 3 Aston Villa 1: Rooney back on deadly form, but Makoun, Friedel impress

Brad Friedel became Aston Villa’s oldest ever player tonight, but you would never have known it as he pulled out a number of superb saves to prevent a much harsher scoreline than the 3-1 this one finished.

Wayne Rooney signalled a timely return to form with two very well taken goals in open play in the first and last minutes of the first half. Darren Bent got one back for Villa only for any hopes of a comeback to be

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Reserves Play-Off Final – Man Utd 3 Aston Villa 3 (3:2 Pens)

Man Utd Reserves were crowned 2009/10 Premier Reserve League National Champions tonight after what sounded like a thrilling game at Old Trafford, but needed a penalty shoot out to do so after coming from behind 3 times. Ben Foster the hero of the shoot out, saving twice and scoring one himself.

I didn’t see it myself, but followed the updates from various sources online, including the OS and Twitter. I’ve put the teams at the bottom and indicated the

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Hands In The Air, Hands In The Air

…looking like a fool with you hands in the air. (That’s to the tune of “Pants on the Ground” for anyone not getting the reference)

I always laugh at players who commit a foul and then put their hands in the air as if to say “I didn’t touch him!!”. Nemanja Vidic gives a masterclass as he takes Gabby down to give away a penalty in the first 5 minutes of the Carling Cup Final.

Grab A Handful Of Shirt

Dive In


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Reflections On A Cup Final

Despite one of the most farcical construction projects ever, the old Wembley stadium was demolished and rebuilt in between this and our last cup final. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since that FA Cup final. Football is different. Aston Villa is very different.

For these reasons, and an almost infinite number of others, and I doubt I was alone here, I found myself almost overcome with emotion and pride as I watched

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Carling Cup Final – Man Utd 2 Aston Villa 1

Well, we lost. Not worth adding much more at the moment, except to say how proud I am of the team and how proud I am to be a Villa fan.  Good effort lads, there will be more trips to Wembley I’m sure.  It just wasn’t to be this time.

I suppose I’d have to admit that UtD did rattled the wood work on a couple of occasions and we didn’t really threaten the Utd goal beyond James Milner’s penalty, but

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Preparations Inside Wembley Picture Gallery

Some pictures of last minute preparations at Wembley ahead of our Carling Cup Final against Man Utd tomorrow courtesy of Carling.

First View Of Wembley

Filming Football Focus

Final Touches To The Aston Villa Bench

The Tunnel


Utd Player Mural – Holding Area

Villa Player Mural – Holding Area

National Anthem Rehearsal

Wembley or Wimbledon?


Big Screen

Press Box

View From The Press Box

Fan Messages

@Umbro Arrives

@Rakey Almost There