Gabriel Agbonlahor has come to resemble something of a relic at Villa Park in recent times, a vague reminder of better times when he and Aston Villa shared exhilarating aspirations towards the top end of the Premier League and international recognition. On Sunday, recharged by the incentive of attempting to [...]
Updates from the Championship 12pm BST kick-off Feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickMiller79 11.55pm BSTProper football men. Two of them. Proper, proper, proper football men. Is this the most proper football man game of all time? Steve Bruce has already been in the Midlands for a little while, [...]
Spurs correspondent Dan Kilpatrick reveals how highly the club regarded youth coach Ugo Ehiogu after his death aged 44.
Former England international and Premier League defender Ugo Ehiogu died on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training ground the previous day.
He was a committed and hard-working man [...]
The former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender, who has passed away aged 44, will rightly be remembered as one of the best English defenders of his generationUgo Ehiogu was a man of many labels. He wore them well but none suited him more than that of “gentleman”.He will rightly be [...]
• ‘Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club'• Former England and Aston Villa defender passes away aged 44The former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44, Tottenham have announced.“It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of [...]
‘The players should pay to play in front of such a crowd.' Order is restored in the Second City. It wasn't pretty, in fact some of the game was bordering on tedious, until Prince Agbonlahor stepped up to do another job on the Blues. Small Heath certainly are now in [...]
SOTC It wasn't pretty — but three points over the Blues doesn't need to be. Up the Villa!
And the scenes afterwards
Scenes… pic.twitter.com/NcnadWZVdH— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 23, 2017
Gabby Agbonlahor is not very good. Gabby Agbonlahor is great. This match spent 59 minutes being a boring slog. Aston Villa had almost nothing to play for, so they weren't doing much. Birmingham City, on the other hand, are playing to avoid relegation. They're quite bad, though, so even [...]
Never thought I'd type that title today. If you told me that Gabby Agbonlahor would be the guy to score the winning goal in the derby in 2017, I'd laugh.
It's true though, and I can't quite believe it.
Luckily, you don't have to take my word for it, check out [...]
Who was the best turncoat? The worst?
For 99% of the population of Birmingham, it would be impossible to swap the colours of claret and blue for the blue of their city rivals (or vice versa). Yet in the last 15 years, eight players have represented both Aston Villa [...]
There is little to add that I didn't add on the post earlier this week about the match today. I'll find something in a minute or two, but it will be tough.
But there was sad news this week when we all learnt that Ugo Ehiogu passed away. I'm in [...]
We've got everything you need to follow along as Aston Villa host Blues. Today is a big day in football. The world's biggest and most-important rivalry is taking place. And it's happening without any television coverage at all! So if you're upset because you won't be able to watch [...]
‘win, lose or draw, it's like we've been stuck playing in second gear the whole season.' Weird Science The other week, the Birmingham Mail ran an article about where Villa would be now, if Roberto Di Matteo was still in charge. It's calculation was simple – divide the number of [...]
It's time for the Second City derby, and I'm not sure there's much to say about this one. It is what it is and everyone should be well up for it. You have to think the noses will come to play sitting two points above the drop with three to [...]
Well, at least it's how it seems to me.
I don't see it like that, but it is indeed nice to get one over the enemy, isn't it?
I believe we've only given the noses around 2,000 tickets and I have to admit that's a paltry amount. It doesn't matter to me [...]
Do you have that nervous, sickly, pre-derby feeling yet?
Ironed your lucky pants?
Disowned anyone with a Blues connection?
Set your alarm clock so you can be in the pub for 8am?
A MUST LISTEN
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We're back with essential pre-derby listening – covering Harry “Birmingham who?” Redknapp, recent results, Kodjia's sending [...]
By Richard Wakefield Derby Day For the first time in a long time, Aston Villa finally have a fixture with something on the line. One of the only positives of being in the Championship is being able to play local city rivals Birmingham City and this fixture will not disappoint. [...]
The Villa Appetiser: Aston Villa v Birmingham City 2017 The first league encounter at Villa Park since 2010 between these teams certainly seems to have a variety of talking points. Redknapp returns as new manager of Birmingham City in a bid to keep them up, while Villa have lost two [...]
Derby day rivalries will be reignited when Villa host bitter rivals, Birmingham City on Sunday.
The game will be the first time the two teams have met in the league at Villa Park since 2010 and with Villa Park a sell-out the atmosphere is sure to be hostile come noon.
Bruce's boys [...]
I spent a lot of this week with my head in my hands for a variety of different reasons and it wasn't all Villa. There are plenty of things happening throughout the world to make one feel exasperated but two losses in the space of a few days were really [...]
It's Like Breathing Earlier in the season MOMS asked its readers why they actually hate the Blues. there was an various assortment of responses but our favourite had to be Villa supporter, Roger Kendall's. ‘I have no idea,” he said. “It's a little like breathing, it is something that [...]
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“I don't particularly like Birmingham City after the four games we have played against them in the Premiership.
I can't say the atmosphere between us has been brilliant.
Not that we have to like each other.”
Olof Mellberg [Quote: 2004]
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“I was one of the most hated men [...]
I had almost forgotten who we were playing this weekend but then I remembered, The Clowns are coming on Sunday. It's not a family friendly service, so don't think these are friendly clowns. And they're not bright and they might all on first glance resemble members of the same family, [...]
Randy Lerner physically departed less than 12 months ago, but he was spiritually absent well before that. Even though he left so recently we appear to be somewhat impatient that the club is not already showing signs of transforming itself back into the kind of force it was in the [...]
The Easter break brought with it disappointing defeats for Aston Villa. Saturday's 3-1 loss at home to Reading was mirrored by the same scoreline away to Fulham two days later. With the draw with Burton Albion ending chances of what would have been a vastly underserving push for the playoff's, [...]
Whatever your view point about our striker, there's no denying that he's proved a total dud this season.
Signed as a prolific Championship striker, who has scored a boatload of goals and has a fair few assists in his career, he looked a very decent, albeit a very expensive signing at [...]
According to reports in Turkey, Aston Villa is one of the fifteen clubs interested in signing 24-year-old Turkish midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup.
CNN Turk is reporting that Steve Bruce has sent scouts out to watch the midfielder in action as his club side Besiktas take on French outfit, Lyon.
Özyakup, nicknamed ‘Ozzie' has [...]
Steve Bruce takes a bit of stick off certain sections of the Aston Villa faithful for his style of play but we all knew it potentially wasn't going to be pretty when the former Birmingham City manager was appointed.
I thought I would take the limelight off his tactics and take [...]
Aston Villa slumped to a 1-3 defeat at home against Reading on Saturday, and it didn't make for great listening—I was left a bit despondent. However, after watching the highlights, there was a little bit more to be taken from the game than I might've thought.
In the succeeding fixture, Villa [...]
I'm going to slightly gloss over the actual result today, for two reasons.
First, I didn't get to see or even hear the game at all.
And second, I have to confess that I'm honestly not that bothered.
That sounds wrong, but now that we have nothing to play for, I just find [...]
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FULHAM 3-1 VILLA
A struggling performance between the sticks as Villa adapted to life with 10 men. Positionally left much to be desired at times and saw an effort easily struck across him into the net for Fulham's third.
Not the Captain's best performance and it [...]
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FULHAM -v- VILLA
Bruce takes Villa into a tricky away fixture off the back of a rather disappointing display at home to Reading.
The Reading defeat (3-1), the first since Huddersfield (away), brought to an abrupt end a startling run of recent form.
The previous weeks draw at Burton saw [...]
I've read comments, after one defeat in I don't know how long, that Steve Bruce has to go. It's madness. It was as good as confirmed a couple of weeks ago that we wouldn't be going up this season and if anyone thinks it is going to be a walk [...]
With the Villa vs Blues derby receiving an extra double dose of intrigue - namely Jonathan Kodjia's suspension and the return to football of Harry Redknapp as the Blues' interim boss - there's plenty to talk about going into what is the most keenly anticipated game at Villa Park this [...]
On the eve of Harry Redknapp bringing the Blues to Villa Park in his first game, My Old Man Said Podcast folk David, Dan and Chad relive their first Aston Villa vs Birmingham City Second City derbies in a segment that originally ran in Episode 10. There's the cup game [...]