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Aston Villa 3-2 Wigan Athletic: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

13 Aug 18

The first home match of the 2018-19 campaign saw the Villa once again come from behind, this time eking out 3-2 result at the expense of visiting Wigan, who must’ve been gutted to to lose at the death.

Jack Grealish: A Legend in the Making? 

10 Aug 18

Sometimes I’m right—the old broken clock, if nothing else.

Hull City vs. Aston Villa: Does Anyone Know What To Make of it? 

6 Aug 18

After a dizzying summer, all of a sudden Villa’s first match is upon us.

Not For Sale, Snoddy Remarks, Mendes at Work, and Dynamo Day 

29 Jul 18

Negotiating tactic, statement of intent, or both? The big talk for Villa late in the week was that now apparently no one’s for sale.

The Villa Messiah Machine: Third Time’s a Charm? 

22 Jul 18

Never a dull day being as Aston Villa supporter.

Takeovers and FFP…Could There Be a Villa Miracle? 

17 Jul 18

Villa took to the pitches again over the weekend in a couple of friendlies starring a number of players who undoubtedly will not be featuring in the season opener.

Rebuked and Rudderless: Sell Up, Tony. 

4 Jul 18

I’ve started I don’t know how many posts over the past couple of weeks, only to spike them as ‘events’, such as they are, continue to ‘unfold’, as it were.

Get Yourself Sorted, Tony 

12 Jun 18

As the epically catastrophic playoff final slowly recedes in the review mirror, the consequences of that result are growing larger every day.

Why Is There Never a Plan B at Villa? 

4 Jun 18

There’s lots of talk around Villa at the moment, and none of it’s good.

Thank You, Steve, but It’s Time for a Change 

29 May 18

Dwayne Casey.

Championship Play-off Final: Aston Villa vs. Fulham 

26 May 18

Here we are, moment of truth, more than simple silverware on the line.

Villa Are in a Final, and Wasn’t it Fun? 

24 May 18

I’ve been putting this off, largely because I haven’t wanted to think about the play-off final.

Play-off Semifinal Leg Two: Aston Villa vs. Middlesbrough 

15 May 18

By now, we’ve read all the takes on Saturday’s 1-0 win at the Riverside—“defensive masterclass” seems the most common, and it’s hard to argue with the hyperbole.

Play-off Semifinal Leg One: Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa 

12 May 18

Here we are.

Match Day: Millwall vs. Aston Villa 

5 May 18

Here we are, the final regular-season match in what ultimately will be a defining year for Villa.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Derby County 

28 Apr 18

Aston Villa will take the field today against the visiting Rams in front of a sellout crowd for the final regular-season home game of the campaign.

Ipswich Town 0-4 Aston Villa: The Good, Bad & Ugly 

22 Apr 18

Once again, Villa found themselves playing against 10, and this time it was Ipswich who were dispatched with ease as Villa cruised to a 4-0 victory.

Match Day: Ipswich Town vs. Aston Villa 

21 Apr 18

Three to go, five points off second.

Playoffs Here We Come: Villa Midweek View 

17 Apr 18

Midweek, or close enough, and Villa find themselves safely locked in the promotion lottery following back-to-back 1-0 victories over Cardiff and Leeds.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Leeds United 

13 Apr 18

Four games left, and tonight Leeds come to visit.

Aston Villa 1-0 Cardiff City: The Good, Bad & Ugly 

11 Apr 18

It was scrappy.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Cardiff City 

10 Apr 18


Norwich City 3-1 Aston Villa: The Good, Bad & Ugly 

8 Apr 18

Not a good day at Carrow Road—Villa had a chance to take advantage of Cardiff’s loss to Wolves and make a run at an automatic promotion spot Saturday.

Match Day: Norwich City vs. Aston Villa 

7 Apr 18

Bit late from me, obviously, but we’re down 0-1 at the half.

Aston Villa 3-0 Reading: The Good, Bad & Ugly 

4 Apr 18

Villa’s best side were on display Tuesday night, and they got Villa back to winning ways.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Reading 

3 Apr 18

Villa will try to get back on track tonight against visiting Reading.

Hull City 0-0 Aston Villa: The Good, Bad & Ugly 

2 Apr 18

That run-in thing didn’t get off to such a great start Saturday night, with Villa traveling to Hull and coming away with a perhaps fortunate point following a desultory 0-0 draw with the Tigers.

Match Day: Hull City vs. Aston Villa 

31 Mar 18

Here it is, the run-in: the eight-game stretch that will either set Villa up for promotion or see us crying in our beers.

C’mon the Midlands! 

21 Mar 18

What do 37,000 and 40,000 have in common? Easy.

The Bounce-back Starts … Now! 

16 Mar 18

Whoops! Well, this is the Villa isn’t it? We were lured into a sense of us becoming ready for automatic promotion but, clearly, the Wolves triumph must have launched the Villa players into such a state of well-being that they could not…

Onwards We Go … And Upwards? 

12 Mar 18

Well, what a week-end, and what a match that was.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 

10 Mar 18


Match Day: Sunderland vs. Aston Villa 

6 Mar 18

Back in action tonight following a long weekend.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. QPR 

3 Mar 18

As I write this, it looks as though QPR will brave the elements on head up to Villa Park since our pitch has been kept nice and warm.

An Old Villan’s Midweek View (5) 

28 Feb 18

Last weekend Villa gained what looked like an unlikely win at Wednesday’s ground and thereby got some suitable payback.

Lucky Points and Where to Now? 

27 Feb 18

At the weekend, Villa somehow put four past Sheffield Wednesday while conceding only two.

Match Day: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Aston Villa 

24 Feb 18

Here we are, off to Hillsborough, and I’ve no idea who’s playing.

Aston Villa 1-1 Preston North End: Match Review 

22 Feb 18

Preston North End came round to pay us as visit and left with a well-earned point, even if the goal itself was another that Sam Johnstone will regret.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Preston North End 

20 Feb 18

It’s Tuesday already, and one hopes we’ve dusted ourselves off and are ready to go again tonight following Saturday’s loss to Fulham.

Fulham 2-0 Aston Villa: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

17 Feb 18

All good things must come to an end, and Villa’s grand run of seven and counting was no different today.

Match Day: Fulham vs. Aston Villa 

17 Feb 18

As luck would have it, Villa’s aim for eight straight features us away to the Cottagers and potentially missing two of our brightest lights.

An Old Villan’s Midweek View (4) 

14 Feb 18

It’s at the Tesco supermarket in a no-mans-land area of Brum that you’ll find the wisdom source of how things are in this city.

Down Go small health—Seven and Counting: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

13 Feb 18

It’s a bit dizzying being up so high in the table.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. small heath 

11 Feb 18

And it’s Derby Day…Villa are fit, everyone’s basically available.

A Midweek View (3) 

7 Feb 18

Back in the nervous days of autumn when the kind of question on AVL was orientated towards “how on earth can we get promotion [with Bruce in charge]?”, one of the Lifers stated that he thought that as the season progressed it would…

Aston Villa 3-2 Burton Albion: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

4 Feb 18

Winning six in a row isn’t easy.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Burton Albion 

3 Feb 18

The struggling Brewers visit Villa Park today sitting bottom of the table on the heels of three straight losses.

Sheffield Utd. 0-1 Aston Villa: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

1 Feb 18

Good lord…Aston Villa find themselves in virtually uncharted territory following Tuesday night’s victory to continue our perfect 2018.

Match Day: Sheffield Utd. vs. Aston Villa 

30 Jan 18

Lots of lively debate over our long break…and long may it continue.

Which Version of Villa History Are You Writing? 

27 Jan 18

Every sport has them: armchair quarterbacks, or more to our concerns, armchair managers.

A Midweek View (2) 

24 Jan 18

Well, we wait … and we wait … to see what materialises this ‘window’ in terms of any incoming names.

Aston Villa 3-1 Barnsley: The Good, Bad & The Ugly 

21 Jan 18

Villa continued their 2018 winning streak in convincing fashion yesterday, making it four in a row, and sending Barnsley home on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Barnsley 

20 Jan 18

Now that Bristol have done their job and held Derby to a scoreless draw, can Villa capitalize with a win against visiting Barnsley? If so, we’ll overtake the Robins, move into third with a little luck, and draw within three of the Rams, regardless…

A Mid-Week Review (1) 

16 Jan 18

We hoped for a Happy New year, and that’s what’s been delivered – so far at least.

Nottingham Forest 0-1 Aston Villa: The Good, Bad & The Ugly 

14 Jan 18

Villa got back to winning ways at the City Ground yesterday, riding a Scott Hogan goal through to the finish line and a 1-0 win over our European Cup-winning companions.

Match Day: Nottingham Forest vs. Aston Villa 

13 Jan 18

Bit of a break for me, since it was a brutal week in the work world, and I didn’t end up considering the Peterborough game a real match.

‘Posh’ Though The Visitors May Be, the Villa Should Not Stand On Ceremony 

3 Jan 18

Well, after a win on New Year’s Day that must surely have prompted delusions of grandeur amongst Villa fans, the visit of a mid-table third-tier side this Saturday should present little difficulty, right? Well, let caution prevail: once…

Match Day: Aston Villa vs. Bristol City 

1 Jan 18

First off, Happy 2018, Villans! Here’s to prosperity, joy, and health for all of you and yours in the new year.

Match Day: Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa 

30 Dec 17

Well, dear readers, you’ll notice that I’ve not done a match review for the last couple of games.

What Are You Thinking, Dr. Xia? 

27 Dec 17

Well, Dr Xia, you have a dilemma.