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Team: Aston Villa

Where from: France

Favourite player: Gordon Cowans

Best team moment: When we won the league in 1981. I was at Highbury. We lost the match 2-0 but won the league because Ipswich lost !

Interests: Golf
Keeping fit

Timezone: (GMT +1:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

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07 May 2020 18:23:16
Moose buddy, if you're out there, Dave would like you to contact him via e-mail, if you could,
cheers mate, 👍.


1.) 08 May 2020 09:14:29
Will do mate hope you're ok 👍.

2.) 08 May 2020 09:50:36
I’m good, hope you and your family are keeping well too mate 👍.

3.) 08 May 2020 09:59:53
I'm good mate had my 1st day back at work yesterday before going back properly Monday. A bit of a weird experience to be honest and not something my girlfriend (who lives with her daughter in her own place) was overly keen on as shes not really spoken to me since I said I was going back 😟.

4.) 08 May 2020 10:22:42
I can imagine all of this has put a lot of strain on relationships up and down the country mate.
I go back as well next Tuesday, I have a contract until the end of September, I suppose you could say I’m semi- retired now as I don’t work all year round anymore.
Good luck with the restart next week mate and I hope everything works out ok for you, 👍.

5.) 08 May 2020 10:39:26
It certainly will strain many relationships mate my mrs is kitchen manager in a pub so God knows when they'll get the go ahead to return probably be 1 of the last. Personally I'm just glad to be getting out the house as I've been rigidly sticking to the social distancing guidelines but it still makes you uneasy going back even though its outdoor work and only 2-3 on site and easy to social distance. I'm hoping the rest of the country gets a similar boost soon probably after Boris's press conference Sunday but hope its adhered to sensibly by everyone though it could cause some social unrest if it affects some and not others. Very trying times for everyone but hopefully everyone's patience and sacrifice will of paid off.

6.) 08 May 2020 11:35:56
That’s the thing Moose, if ‘everybody’ follows the personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines it will possibly be ok, but there’s always an unreliable minority isn’t there.
I don’t know, let’s hope as the lockdown is relaxed, everybody behaves responsibly in order to avoid a second wave. 🙏.

7.) 08 May 2020 11:41:37
Amen to that brother.



03 May 2020 22:28:51
I once saw a dwarf climbing down a prison wall, I thought to myself that's a little
condescending, 😁.


1.) 03 May 2020 23:03:06
Hahaha, love it Mark.

2.) 03 May 2020 23:12:43
We should forget about football, the sport of the future has to be fencing 🤺, gloves a built in mask and a nice sharp sword to prod anybody that gets within 2 mètres of you.

3.) 03 May 2020 23:24:23
I've never put fencing up with a sword before Mark be difficult to dig the post holes with that 😟.

4.) 03 May 2020 23:27:35
That’s enough excitement for one day, I’m off to bed. Don’t forget we’re an hour ahead of you lot.
Actually you never no there might still be a bit more excitement to come judging by the look on her face, nighty night😉🥂👍.

5.) 03 May 2020 23:38:37
Night all.

6.) 03 May 2020 23:41:16
Night Mary Ellen goodnight John Boy goodnight Grandma Grandpa lol oh for the simple life of the Waltons 😂😂.



29 Apr 2020 18:47:37
After making the decision to cancel the season in France one of the options under consideration for deciding final league positions, is to take the league positions at the half way point, when every team had played each other. There are apparently other options and it sounds like it will be put to a vote.
If the Premier league decide to go down the half way through the season route, unfortunately this would not be good news for us, as after 19 games we were lying in 18th place, and would therefore be relegated. 🙁.


{Ed002's Note - There is no proposal to go down such a route.}

1.) 29 Apr 2020 19:19:35
Mark whatever route is taken, there will be someone who will not be happy, unfortunately, that is part of our makeup.
However something has to be sorted, this dreadful virus that is making everyone`s life a bloody misery, is going to impact everything
we do for the foreseeable future.
Maybe, some sort of vote amongst all parties concerned, clubs, players, refs, FA, etc etc.
Or pick balls like they do in cup draws.
Bite the bullet and do something, there will be winners and losers whatever happens.

2.) 29 Apr 2020 19:21:08
I hope it stays that way Ed.

3.) 29 Apr 2020 19:32:18
Trading on a game now, BATE Borisov 2-0 Slavia Mozyr.
No atmosphere, you can even hear the tea ladies stirring their cuppa.
Whats the point in that?

4.) 29 Apr 2020 19:40:51
I agree Dave, all this uncertainty needs to come to a conclusion, it’s not fair on anybody inside or outside the football world. Hopefully tomorrow they’ll search their consciences and make the morally right decision, I do doubt it though if previous form is anything to go by.

5.) 29 Apr 2020 20:29:39
That`s just it though Mark, will they.
I would like to think you are right mate, and that their consciences help them do the right thing, most of the time we hear only information, that has been fabricated for our ears.

6.) 29 Apr 2020 21:10:12
As far as I’m aware, only Holland and France have officially declared their seasons over Dave. Germany and Spain seem very keen to resume and I have a feeling that if those countries go for a re-start the Premier league will follow suit. I hope I’m wrong Dave, I really do.

{Ed002's Note - And Belgium and DEnmark are on the cusp.}

7.) 29 Apr 2020 21:11:53
In the words of Spock " the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few " (love my movie quotes 😁) except in this case the few just want to line their pockets and everyone else and common sense be damned.

8.) 29 Apr 2020 21:14:00
Surprised the Italians haven't already surrendered 😁. Too soon?

9.) 29 Apr 2020 21:14:14
What about Italy Ed?

10.) 29 Apr 2020 21:42:11
Italian players to be tested in May, and are looking to finish the season Mark.

11.) 29 Apr 2020 22:01:06
Can’t help feeling if one of the 4 main leagues, Serie A, La Liga, Premier league or Bundesliga made the decision to call it a day, then the others would follow.

12.) 29 Apr 2020 23:42:39
I can't argue with that Mark.



27 Apr 2020 22:23:44
I see West Ham and Arsenal have started training again. Word is that 8th June is being ear-marked for a return to action, with matches to be played, as expected, behind closed doors.
No word on when Villa plan to return to training, but seeing as West Ham are fellow relegation candidates, I would suggest that they need to get cracking.
Also interesting to see that should action resume, 5 substitutes will most likely be permitted for the 9/ 10 games that remain. Who knows, if this works out well, maybe they'll stick with it for future seasons.
On a final note, I've noticed that Dave, you've not been on this site for a few days, which is most unlike you mate.
So Dave, if you're reading this, I hope you and your family are keeping well and that you start posting again soon because you are the life and soul on this site mate. 👍.


1.) 28 Apr 2020 11:39:27
I was wondering if the players would still be insured if they caught COVID 19 during these training sessions, and ended up in hospital or worse.

Would or could the insurance companies turn down any claims since we are still in lockdown.

Just a thought.

{Ed002's Note - Without knowing the provisions I don't know. But I suspect if the players are effectively forced in to playing whilst COVID-19 is still prevalent the insurance would be invalid and that liability from elsewhere would need to be estastablished - this is very much a question on the minds of clubs and the Premier League.}

2.) 28 Apr 2020 12:15:24
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I read that the Arsenal players will be training individually, having a pitch and ball each. It would seem a sensible approach to getting started again.

3.) 28 Apr 2020 15:38:04
It has just been announced over here that the French football season has been canceled.

4.) 28 Apr 2020 16:52:07
A sensible decision by the French FA Mark as nobody really knows when all this will end. Obviously the money men over there are not as avaricious as over here where the £ is worth more than the human cost.

5.) 28 Apr 2020 17:44:16
I agree, it should be renamed the league of greed. I must admit I would like to see football cancelled right across Europe Moose, but having said that if it must be continued the club must give it everything to try and keep its Premier league status mate, and if other clubs have started training again, then my feeling is we should be doing the same.

{Ed002's Note - They are not training again, just making the facilities available for players to use under strict conditions if they so wish.}

6.) 28 Apr 2020 18:03:11
Agreed lads, the French have grown a pair, and fair play to them.
Tough decisions have to be made, pussy footing about only causes prolonged disappointment.
Like you say Moose its the money every time.
Lets get real, it needs to be done.

7.) 28 Apr 2020 18:20:05
Ok Ed002, thanks for that, do you happen to know if certain club’s players are doing so? I was under the impression that the Arsenal and West Ham players are.

{Ed002's Note - Some players are making use of the facilities at the Brighton, Arsenal and WHU training facilities - Chelsea has made Stamford Brifdge availalble to a few players who live locally to use safely for a number of weeks - I know of two players who have been using it but there may be more.}

8.) 28 Apr 2020 18:56:21
Thanks for that info Ed. 👍.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



22 Apr 2020 18:44:28
Just read that Keinan Davis has been given a contract extension until 2021.
Personally, I think this is excellent news, I think there is a terrific player in there if he can just sort out his injury problems.
If we have Samatta, Wesley, Davis and maybe Vassilev and Barrie as well then I think we would be in a good place. All of them are young and therefore can improve, and become terrific players.
I hope they can also persuade Callum O’hare
to stay with us as well. There’s no doubt he’s progressed at Coventry and should be given the opportunity to step up to the mark playing at a higher level, imho, what do you think guys?


1.) 22 Apr 2020 21:23:36
Think he deserves a chance to prove himself if he stays fit Mark but think this could be his make or break year especially given Purslows opinion of young players and where they need to be at given their age. If we end up loaning him out to prove his fitness think they'll give it half a season to assess where he's at in terms of potential and development.

2.) 22 Apr 2020 22:43:19
I just feel that if he could stay injury free for a season Moose, we would really get to see a top player. I am inclined to agree with you though that if the injuries recur, it could be end of the road for him at Villa.
I wish him the best of luck though, he certainly deserves a bit of that, it must be so frustrating for him.




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30 Apr 2020 22:49:47
Yeah, get yourself off the doom and gloomours site Walkies, it’s not good for your mental health mate. 👍.




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09 Apr 2020 09:47:09
I read that too Scotty, but apparently there’s a possibility that ruling could be relaxed, let’s hope so anyway.




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06 Apr 2020 19:17:13
Don’t get me wrong Dave I like your attitude towards these
people. Unfortunately I don’t think our manager is of the same mentality and I expect it will all be brushed under the carpet because it’s Jack, who has a separate rule book to everybody else.




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06 Apr 2020 16:29:43
You don’t take prisoners do you Dave, but I am inclined to agree with you mate.
Also, off pitch antics aside, I think the way we play has become far too predictable. It all has to go through Grealish and opposing teams I feel, have learnt how to deal with that.
I think we need to learn how to play more collectively and that Jon McGinn should be made captain, as of now.
I hope the club are doing all they can to try and tie Callum O’Hare down to a new contract. He’s come on leaps and bounds since going to Coventry and could I feel fill the void . If MU want to do business, I would like to see Axel Tuanzebe coming our way as part of the deal. I think Mattic would be a good option for us as well, a quality defensive midfielder with bags of experience. Acquiring their services would go a long way to sorting out our defensive frailties. Until we sort the goal leaking problem out we’re always going to struggle. So I think 60 million plus these 2 players would be good business.
What do you think guys?




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01 Apr 2020 16:36:57
Read the article Moose. I agree with Juan Pablo Angels response to it. He is captain of our club and should lead by example not just on the pitch but off it as well. If he is incapable of doing that then he shouldn’t be captain of our great club.
Why should having wonderful god given ability give him a divine right to just do as he pleases. He is a very lucky person to be blessed with such ability, so is this the way to show his gratitude for that?





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21 May 2020 06:24:33
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19 May 2020 20:40:40
Thanks Ed033, that’s much appreciated. 👍.


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17 May 2020 12:18:37
I would suggest that if Black Country Villan wishes to post, he should be allowed to. He doesn’t strike me as a person who is abusive or insulting and frankly if the Ed’s want this site to continue, they are going to need contributors like BCV, who offers intelligent points of view.
That’s my opinion, take it or leave it, I expect it will be the latter.




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15 May 2020 21:23:45
Do it Scotty mate 👍.




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14 May 2020 22:53:25
My time on this site has been relatively short compared to the years some people have been posting and I have to say I have, at times, really enjoyed the exchanges I’ve had with people I’ve never even met. I now consider some of those people friends.

Much has been mentioned about the negativity element which exists on the Villa site, and whilst I do at times find that irritating, I’ve always said, everybody has a right to express their point of view, as long as it doesn’t involve racism and it’s not abusive.

I wouldn’t go as far to say I’ve welcomed the “doom and gloom” factor but I’ve been able to deal with that.
The thing I do find difficult to stomach though is being talked down to, and I detest it even more when I see other people on the receiving end of it, especially when it’s people I like and respect.

There is no need to mention any individual, all posters on this site will know who I am referring to, as will the individual himself.
Could it be then, that people have left this site for this very reason, it wouldn’t surprise me as nobody enjoys being belittled.

Will posts such as this one make any difference to the attitude, policy, call it as you will, I very much doubt that.
Ultimately though, this will probably mean numbers will dwindle to the point where sadly the site barely exists.