World in Motion (New Order 1990)

Football is a game of momentum, and that can be both positive and negative. So let’s go back to Sunday 13th September 2015 at around 5pm. Aston Villa are leading Leicester City 2-0 at The King Power Stadium heading for the top half of the table with Leicester falling seven points behind leaders Manchester City. Scorer of the… Read More »

deadly_doug

From Despair to Where (Manic Street Preachers 1993)

After the Liverpool defeat, the Lescott affair(s), fans being throw out and their season tickets being removed (then given back) and directors resigning it looked like Aston Villa had hit rock bottom. It really couldn’t get any worse. But it did – two gutless defeats against Stoke City and Everton followed, the latter game seeing fans leaving the… Read More »

deadly_doug

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (The Smiths 1985)

After losing 6-0 to Liverpool last week you wouldn’t have thought it could possibly get any worse. The club was already a laughing stock in England and was now being shown to be a total joke across the World thanks to the live TV coverage. Poor performances, no signings in the January transfer window, very little information or… Read More »

deadly_doug

Walls Come Tumbling Down (The Style Council 1985)

Football always kicks you when you’re down. After the slight glimmer of hope following the Norwich victory, normal service was resumed on Sunday, and some! Let’s face it, losing by a couple of goals would have been expected. But it was the manner of defeat and the attitude of some of the players that still leaves a very… Read More »

deadly_doug

The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy 1976)

Going into the game today against Liverpool, a lot has been said about it being the return of Christian Benteke to Villa Park. He was, probably, the one player that kept Aston Villa in the Premier League over the last two seasons but it’s strange that the other former Villa player due to appear seems to have been… Read More »

deadly_doug

Showdown (Pendulum 2008)

Well how many times this season have we said that the next game is ‘make or break’ for Aston Villa? Whatever the result against Norwich tomorrow we have all known for a few weeks that the club will be in the Championship next season. Yet… Embed from Getty Images   An improbable victory would close the gap to… Read More »

deadly_doug

Wise Up! Sucker (Pop Will Eat Itself 1989)

Having had a couple of days to mull over it, I still can’t think what was going through Jordan Ayew’s head when he struck out against Aaron Cresswell. Watching the TV replays back, there does not look any real provocation. But in the space of around ten seconds the game was completely turned on it’s head. Embed from… Read More »

deadly_doug

What A Waste (Ian Dury & The Blockheads 1977)

At 11.01pm on Monday 1st February it looks highly likely that Charles N’Zogbia will still be an Aston Villa player happy to sit out the remaining six months of his reputed £65,000 a week contract. Surely this a bigger crime than some of the suits he has been seen wearing around the club? Embed from Getty Images  … Read More »

deadly_doug

The Puppet (Echo & The Bunnymen 1980)

As he walked down the room shaking hands with supporters at Thursday’s Villa Trust AGM, I wondered how many people realised they were shaking hands with new chairman Steve Hollis. Appointed only the week before, not a great deal was known about him then and, after listening to him speak, I’m not sure we know that much more… Read More »

deadly_doug

Take a Chance on Me (ABBA 1977)

Villa need to win ten of their remaining games to have a realistic chance of avoiding relegation. In the whole of 2015 we only won five league games so even I, a renowned optimist, has conceded that we will be playing our football in the Championship next season I still remember standing at the back of the Holte… Read More »

deadly_doug