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They didn’t half take a beating….

22 Aug

I’m thoroughly disappointed about Aston Villa’s 6-0 loss today at St. James Park. Sitting with the gloating, ecstatic Newcastle fans didn’t help either. And I can’t decide if the fact that we actually deserved the hammering we received makes it better or worse- we need a manager, and some players. Hey ho, it means leaving the country and my beloved Villa might be slightly easier. Daegu F.C- you’ve earned yourself a new fan!


It’s not easy being Green…

13 Jun

It’s not easy being Green… just as Kermit the frog said when he was touring with Sesame Street. And what a lot of people will the thinking when Rob Green gets the real reception he deserves from England fans for his slippy fingers in yesterday’s England vs USA World Cup match. What was he doing? Really? We thought he had it covered. Guess not. I had a debate with a friend yesterday about World Cup spirit. It was myself against a male friend, and the stereotypical gender roles were completely reversed. He hates football, will never watch a league game with me, no matter how hard I try. Yet suddenly now it involves his country, his precious ‘England’, he has got all up on his high horse about the whole thing. I watched the match with him yesterday, and his frustration with Green’s slippy fingers only made me chuckle. I know my laughter in itself provoked him, but by the 17th time I saw it, all I was thinking was: ‘typical England’. Carson did it a few years ago, and I remember his first league game back after his blunder, the Villa fans weren’t happy. I DO enjoy the unifying nature of the World Cup, and don’t get me wrong, I love my country too. But I doubt we can win it, especially if we can’t beat USA. My real frustrations with the World Cup lie with non-football fans frustrations, if that makes sense? It’s unifying, that’s great. But don’t take it so seriously if you can’t tell me the offside rule. Any thoughts?? GO ENGLAND!!!

‘Football’s not a matter of life and death … it’s more important than that.’ (Bill Shankly)

11 Sep

Oh yes, football (or soccer depending on where you are in the world), is oh so important, so exciting, so thrilling, so crucial to the lifestyle I live. 10 years of being a season ticket holder for Aston Villa finished when I turned 18 and left for Uni in Newcastle. It was tough, trying, heart-wrenching, and the only thing that got me through was the local games I’ve managed to get the last few years. Then last season Newcastle were relegated. As were Middlesbrough. And oh, what shall I do? Sunderland are the only local team left in the Premiership. I’ll have to travel for hours to see my Villa. And I will. I will. Check out Footballbloodyhell, an awesome fanzine created for football fans everywhere. Real people. Real fans. Real passion. Up the Villa!