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Site Update – The Future & Asking For Your Thoughts - I should first apologise for my absence – between hectic circumstances in life and my own health issues, things have been rather manic. As a result, my ability to write has been somewhat diminished. Over the course of the close season, I’ve been able to reflect on much ado about Villa from the new ownership, to life in the Championship and, perhaps more importantly for the site, where we go with AVL. Ever since the site came out of nowhe...

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Sunshine Is Expected – Especially Over Villa Park! - The weather forecast seems to indicate a raising of the temperature fairly soon, and with that news comes the information from Villa Park that “Ian Taylor and Brian Little have held a meeting with chief executive Keith Wyness to discuss how to bring the good times back to the club”. Now, tell me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this what the fans were asking the previous regime to do for so long? But no, the old guard knew better, exemplified by a...

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Stick Or Twist – Will The Coming Season Need A Slew Of New Recruits Or Stability?

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Waiting for the Drums To Roll - All is quiet. The Villa blogs wait, pensively, to see what happens next. After the installation of a new regime, the curtains have been temporarily drawn shut and the drums have not quite started to roll to reveal the latest chapter in the history of Aston Villa FC. There is possibly a state of disbelief; that Mr. Randolph Lerner has finally vacated the chair that he hardly ever sat in at Villa Park. A sense of amazement that he has retreated from the scene h...

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Remembering Former Times - Waiting for Doctor Xia as the king-elect of Villa Park (er, Lotus Park) to be crowned is a little stressful, as is the appointment of a new team manager, but surely the stress of the last 6 years has been greater! Perhaps, therefore, it may relieve some of that stress by recalling and comparing better times within the memories of most supporters with former times, asking the question whether the years before Randy were that bad. I would agree that if we were to th...

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Is This Xia Good Fortune – or a China Project? - After becoming inured to the prospect of continued prevarication in the selling of Aston Villa and therefore the chance of reverting the downward spiral, up pops something that – at first glance – seems to be everything that any good Villa fan has been praying for. Great play seems to be put upon the scale of the new owner’s wealth and the fact that he seems to be a ‘self-made’ man. He seems to have gained considerable experience and ability ...

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A Step In The Right Direction & Doctor Who? - As the fanfare begins to die down, Aston Villa fans wake up this morning with a new owner. Randy Lerner, the embattled former chairman and owner, is consigned to the history books. For many, the overwhelming sentiment will be that of “good riddance”. Details will no doubt emerge over the coming days as to the finer details of the club’s sale, though initial reports suggest that Villa have been sold for a figure less than that which Lerner paid b...

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Statement: Club Sold To Recon Group & Randy’s Farewell Message

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So Long Premier League – When Will We Return? - And so, with a whimper, Aston Villa’s time as a perennial Premier League club is over. With a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal, the only surprise was that the home team have now managed to finish second as a result of Tottenham Hotspur losing 5-1 to relegated Newcastle United. Looking back over a campaign where Villa have barely been competent is hard. The club’s relegation – whilst not confirmed until recent weeks – has been on the cards for a long whil...

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A New Beginning Awaits! - It was Winnie, of course, who made this statement after El Alamein: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” A statement that gave notice that the turnaround had begun: that after years of being in a ruinous-looking situation, Britain was back on the front foot. And so it proved. So, as the Villa’s seasonus horribilis comes to perhaps a welcome end, we seem (with a suspected imminent takeover)...
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