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One 'Eck of a job at Villa

One 'Eck of a job at Villa

As the new season draws upon us, we Villains have a lot to contemplate. More goings (so far) than comings in a transfer period that as of yet has failed to sparkle to life, but one change round B6 has set a few chins wagging. Not even the wildest imagination could have foreseen that the Aston Villa board would covet their most fierce rival manager so much that they would end up acquiring his services. This lead to wide spread …
The influence of Man City's midfield trio

The influence of Man City's midfield trio

With the departure of Carlos Tevez anticipated for much of the summer months, much has been made of quite how stark his contribution to Manchester City has been these past two seasons. The undoubted heartbeat of the side, City often appeared to go as Tevez did. His energetic and infectious play a constant torment to the opposition and his worth to City (despite some trying to play down his contribution) was clear: top scorer in both seasons by some margin …
Swansea City AFC | Building from the back

Swansea City AFC | Building from the back

Will a strong defence and a good home record keep Swansea City in the Premier League beyond this season? First things first Swansea City had a great season last season, finishing in 3rd place in the Coca Cola Championship, just missing out on automatic promotion. Swansea City were un-fancied for promotion but managed to do so via the play off with their free flowing and brilliant attacking football. For a team very well known for their attacking football and very …
Ashley Young Vs Stewart Downing

Ashley Young Vs Stewart Downing

There's no secret to the fact that Manchester United and Liverpool hate each other. The race to sign Ashley Young ended with Young "snubbing" LFC to head to the Red Devils for around £17m. Liverpool, however, shot back with their own deal for the other Villa winger Stewart Downing in a deal believed to be worth around £20m. There has been much debacle amongst LFC fans, Villa fans, and Utd fans alike about which team got the better deal. Using Opta Stats …
Liverpool | Maxi Scoring 7 in 3 Misleading

Liverpool | Maxi Scoring 7 in 3 Misleading

Maxi Rodriguez joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Atlético Madrid in January of 2010.  Since that time he has featured prominently in a Liverpool side that has failed to meet expectation and dropped out of the top 4 in England, missing the Champions League qualification spots and never threatening a title challenge. The personal highlight for Maxi in this time almost certainly has to be three match run that brought Liverpool's 2010/11 campaign to a close.  In three games …
Aston Villa | MON to Houllier to McLeish

Aston Villa | MON to Houllier to McLeish

Aston Villa went from top 4 contenders to flirting with relegation within one year; which way will McLeish go? It was 4.45pm on 9th May 2010, Steve Bennett’s whistle signals the end to Aston Villa’s season, a defeat for them but a defeat for Liverpool ensured that they finished in 6th place for the 3rd successive season, cementing their place within the top 6 in the English Premier League. Surely Aston Villa were to build on this and finally make …
From the SPL to the EPL

From the SPL to the EPL

With the new SPL season kicking off last weekend; it seemed like perfect timing to write an article on my first love. Scottish football isn’t very highly seen around Europe, because – well put it this way, since I’ve been born I’ve only seen two clubs win the title. But despite this dominance, Scottish players have always been relatively successful in the EPL. Most recently, it’s been Dundee born former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam who has taken Blackpool and now …
Wigan Athletic | The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Wigan Athletic | The end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Another season, another last day survival for Wigan Athletic. Tipped by many to go down every year since being in the Premiership Wigan Athletic continue to defy their critics (although making hard work of it). Now entering their 7th Season in the Premiership Wigan started the summer with rumours of young Spanish Manager Roberto Martinez being linked with the then vacant managers job at Aston Villa. Thankfully Roberto Martinez turned down the opportunity to sign for Villa and stayed at …
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