Friday, April 27, 2007

Away to Man City: No TV :(

It appears that tomorrow's game with Manchester City will not be televised at Nevada Smiths, nor anywhere else for that matter (but you might be able to find it streaming online somewhere) . Oh well; guess I'll just have to get twice as drunk next week when they play Sheffield Utd in the 12:15 match. Well, with our EPL status now secured for yet another season, it's not a very meaningful a game anyway.

See everybody next weekend then, when we can discuss the Supporters Shield Tournament and other develpments. Cheers!

-Bob

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Villa at home to Portsmouth

It's a real Midtable clash as Villa 11th take on Portsmouth in 9th, Carew returns to action after recovering from a slight injury, McCann is also available after serving his 2 game suspension but it remains to be seen if he'll play considering the team have been performing much better in his absense. In other news it'll be a big day for Garreth Barry making his 350th appearance for the club. Match is live in Nevadas at 11am and we should pretty much have our run of the place since no other premiership games are scheduled. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

JPA comes to NY

Well I guess we all know by now that Villa's long serving Columbian has joined the New York Red Bulls, not that we needed an excuse cause we were already planning it but now we will definetly be arranging a Supporters Club trip to Giants Stadium to catch a game, do a little tailgating and boot a ball around the car park. Watch this space!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

1982 European Cup Final Party!

May 26th, 1982. Aston Villa FC defeats Bayern Munich 1-0 in Rotterdam to win the European Cup, the most coveted trophy in club football.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this, the club's greatest achievement, the New York Villans will be hosting a showing of the '82 Cup Final DVD on Saturday, May 26th (venue still to be determined). Whether you were around to see it the first time, or are too young to remember, come out and have a few pints with your fellow Villa fans and enjoy the historic match footage.

If you are interested and available to attend, please post a comment to this post or send an e-mail to usavilla@gmail.com, so we can get an estimated head count and keep you in the loop.

More details will follow in the coming weeks. Up the Villa!!!!!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Villa away to Middlesbrough

For those who may have checked earlier in the week to see a tape delay at Nevada's I have some good news the game will be shown live at 10 am tomorrow. Don't expect many changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Wigan on Monday, Big John Carew is still out through injury but good news that Bouma has been passed fit and Gary Cahill should return to the bench to provide cover for our defensive Vikings of Laursen and Mellberg. Hopefully a good turn out at Nevada's since there are only a handful of Villa games left this season.

In other sports, my pick for the Grand National is Ruby Walsh on Hedgehunter at 14-1, all the pundits are writing him off in favour of Liberthine or Longshanks but this horse won two years ago was second in last years race so you'd be insane not to back it. For those who like to long shots Cloudy Bays at 66-1.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Villa Survive Late Scare to Win

Villa didn't make it easy for themselves, but their 2-1 victory against Blackburn was no more than they deserved. Villa's first away win since November came thanks to Gabby Agbonlahor's 73rd minute goal that made up for a missed PK from Gareth Barry earlier in the half. Patrick Berger justified the recent contract talk by playing a part in both Villa goals, guiding the first past Brad Friedel with a deft touch on the outside of his left boot and sending Gabby away with a nice pass for the winner.

There was a scare late when Brett Emerton's free kick hit off the bar, but more importantly the referee seemed to miss a blatant handball in the box that should have seen Blackburn get another chance from the penalty spot. Thankfully, something was in his eye, or he was blinded by the graceful fluid football that Villa had been playing and he waved play on.

All in all a well won victory that puts Villa out of the relegation conversation (at least for now) and should give the team confidence to put in another good performance on Monday against Wigan.

Match Info

Friday, April 06, 2007

Our Appearance in the Match Day Program

As many of you know, we were mentioned and pictured in the "Fanzone" section of the March 14th match day program (vs. Arsenal). Some of you have seen copies of the program at the bar, but here's a scanned image. See the photo of us on the bottom, and the write-up beneath the heading "02. NEW YORK VILLANS." Click on the photo below to see the larger image.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Away to Blackburn: No TV?

By all accounts it looks like this Saturday's match at Blackburn will not be televised. Considering all the long breaks between matches lately, not to mention various weekday games, that's really annoying. Oh well. Guess I'll be firing up the ESPN Gamecast. At this point I'd gladly trade my viewing privileges for 3 points.

If anyone knows of any way to see the game, please let everyone know. And if anyone has a scan of that Arsenal match-day program featuring the story and photo about us, please send it 'round, or send it to usavilla@gmail.com and I'll post it to this site. Cheers!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Villa at Home to Everton

Seriously who complains about crowded fixture lists, we never seem to play any more and when we do the games are inevitably on Sundays or weekdays as is the case with today's matchup. The fans will be looking at nothing less than 3 points from today's opposition, after a poor run of results MON's men are sitting a mere 3 points off the relegation contenders but due to the whole bottom half sucking this season we are only another 3 points behind Newcastle in 11th place. A win today would have us leapfrog Fulham, Man City, Middlesbrough and the aforementioned barcodes. The points are equally important for Everton who will jump into the UEFA Cup spot currently held by Spurs should they win. Villa welcome back Martin Laursen but for how long and Shaun Moloney could also be back in the starting 11 recovering from home sickness after the international break reminded him just how bloody miserable Scotland is.

Maloney for be could be key in this game should he start, we have been desperate for somebody with a little fight and ambition in the midfield and little Shaun certainly is happy to have a go. Also watch out for the return of the prodigal son Luke Moore who has been blazing hot on the reserve side in recent weeks.

Game kicks off at 3pm EST so take an extra long coffee break from the and find your way to Nevada's where hopefully a few of us will be waiting to cheer on the Villa to 3 points.