• Bulgarian to join pre-season camp in Austria• Midfielder retired in 2013 following diagnosisStiliyan Petrov will train with the Aston Villa first team during this summer's pre-season, four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.The 36-year-old midfielder, who is in remission after his battle with acute leukaemia, announced in April he [...]
• Relegated Premier League side go to Kenilworth Road on 8 August• Newcastle and Norwich handed byes into the second roundAston Villa have been drawn away against League Two side Luton in the first round of the re-named EFL Cup. Related: Newcastle begin life in Football League with curtain-raiser at [...]
• Aston Villa face trip to play-off runners-up Sheffield Wednesday• Promoted Burton Albion have short journey to Nottingham ForestRafael Benítez and Newcastle begin life in the English Football League with a curtain-raiser at Fulham on Friday 5 August.Aston Villa, also relegated to the Championship and under the new management of [...]
Brad Guzan's United States will play Carlos Sánchez's Colombia for third tonight in the Copa América Centenario, but neither Villa man is expected to feature for his nation. Tonight, for the second time in this Copa América, the United States will meet Colombia. After a 2-0 Colombia win in the [...]
Jack and James host this week's pod and discuss the start of the Claret and Blue's summer with a fresh outlook on football. It's been a couple of weeks since we brought you a new Holtecast episode, and a few things have happened at Aston Villa in that time period.
Yesterday saw the announcement of Aston Villa's Championship fixtures for the 2016-17 season. With twenty-four teams in the Championship compared to the twenty in the Premiership, the boys in claret and blue will be kept busy throughout the season even before other competitions are considered.
The Villans won't have faced many [...]
Aston Villa will be unveiling new kits shortly. We know a bit about the design, probably know the manufacturer and definitely know the unveil date. As is usual heading into a new season, Aston Villa will have new kits for their first second-tier adventure in 29 years. So let's jump [...]
Stan Petrov is amazing.
He told cancer to do one, stuck two fingers up at death and raised a ton of money for various cancer charities.
We can confirm @StanPetrov19 will join the first team for pre-season. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/CcwlLjInOF— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 23, 2016
As as you can see from the [...]
Has the recent sale of Aston Villa started a shift in attitude among the players? A massive storm that caused a significant stoppage in play drenched tens of thousands at Chicago's Soldier Field on Wednesday night, but Carlos Sánchez was the first to receive an early bath.
Booked 41 minutes into [...]
Aston Villa Summer Transfer Links In the one piece of solid transfer news of the week, Villa welcomed their first signing of the season and potentially one of the most important transfers they'll make this window. Tommy Elphick signed from Bournemouth for just £3 million and is looking likely to [...]
Aston Villa Summer Transfers Links In the one piece of solid transfer news of the week, Villa welcomed their first signing of the season and potentially one of the most important transfers they'll make this window. Tommy Elphick signed from Bournemouth for just £3 million and is looking likely to [...]
Reality Check For some it was a day of excitement as the new season's fixtures were announced, but for other Villa supporters it was the sad confirmation, in black and white, that their club were now a Championship outfit. Instead of browsing through the list to see when Villa would [...]
It just dawned on me that I have an entirely new group of football supporters to annoy this season. And first up is Sheffield Wednesday. And while I will annoy them, for many it will be the first time that they get to visit a wonderful old ground like Hillsborough. [...]
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The good news just keeps on coming.It has been a steady stream of departures out of the club every since the arrival of Steve Hollis as Chairman. The cull now that new owner Tony Xia is on the scene continues.The latest names to be shown the [...]
Just over a month on from the disaster that was the 2015-16 season, time is starting to allow the open wounds of last season to begin to at least scab over. Many supporters will look back on last season as being the very worst in their lifetimes and it's unlikely [...]
Tommy Elphick was confirmed as an Aston Villa player yesterday, joining in a three-year deal as Roberto Di Matteo's first signing. The acquisition of the former AFC Bournemouth has been met with much warmth.
The Cherries sold Elphick after he spent four incredible years at the club. His successful spell in [...]
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Roberto Di Matteo's first signing is Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick.As ‘The Cherries' most successful club captain, he lead their side to the Premier League, from League One, encompassing just shy of 150 appearances in total.Elphick joins with high acclaim. Respected by Bournemouth fans, who took to [...]
Aston Villa have signed Tommy Elphick and yes, I admit that until a few days ago, the name meant little to me. But I*m fortunate to have a Twitter account and it's great to know that so many Aston Villa supporters know so much about him. And I want to [...]
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 [...]
First Villa Signing As expected former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick has joined Aston Villa in what is reported to around £3 million in a three-year deal. During almost four years at Bournemouth, Elphick played a vital part as the Cherries captain during the most successful period of the club's history, [...]
We're back! Did you miss us? Jack and James are here to bring a little Aston Villa into this summer of soccer.
Starting off was Tony Xia talk, as the new owner has passed the required test and the sale is official.
We discussed the international tournaments that are capturing the [...]