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The Villains Must Start Well Against Sheffield United

Premier League football returns at Villa Park with the Villains welcoming Sheffield United on Wednesday evening. We canโ€™t hide from the fact that the Villa must get off to a good start. We currently sit 19th in the table and if the season is cancelled now, we would be relegated on Points Per Game.

This game is our free game, our game in hand. If we really feel we deserve to be a Premier League team next season we need to show it. Villa must get out of the bottom 3 as soon as possible. A wise man who lost many a hub cap when the Scousers came to town (he now has alloys) says the table never lies. Dean Smith needs to listen to JCV.

Is Dean Smith going to get it right?

It is fair to say that the jury is still out on Dean Smith. Is he the right man to manage the Villains. Some fans think he is simply not good enough. Others think some magical board-level setup gave him the success he enjoyed at Brentford. Quite a few think he is totally out of his depth. But there is also a group that think Dean Smith is just inexperienced in the Premier League and will come good with time.

The pressure is on Smith to get the formation and tactics right from the moment the whistle sounds against Sheffield United. This season we have played 3 at the back and 4 at the back with varying degrees of success and failure. Unfortunately, we donโ€™t know how we set up in the recent friendlies so no clues for us there. More than likely we will be playing against a 3-5-2. (It pisses me off that Enda Stevens will start as left wing-back against us and we sold him for about 50k). I expect we will play 4 at the back and a lone striker and I think this is the right thing to do for this game.

The Villains starting 11 against Sheffield United

Only 5 players will be bankers to start; Mings, Targett, Grealish, McGinn and Samatta. The rest of the places will be down to who has impressed Smith in the preseason. Guilbert and Engels will more than likely complete our defensive setup with Nyland in goal. I am not sure if Reina is even in the UK as I believe he got fairly sick with Covid-19. I expect to see Luiz and Nakamba start alongside (maybe a little behind) Super John McGinn.

To take 3 points from Sheffield Utd we will need to score goals. It is from the remaining 3 players the goals are most likely to come. I think Jack will start on the left, he and Targett have looked good together and Samatta upfront. The question is who will work the right side of the pitch? Elmo, El Ghazi and Trezeguet are each in with a shout. I am opting for Trezeguet on the back of him scoring against Leicester. The bench will also include one (Vassilev) if not two of our promoted u23โ€™s.

Would 4-4-2 work?

I had a chat with a young man from Vancouver on Friday evening and he was posing the idea of seeing the Villains put out a side of Davis upfront with Samatta and Grealish and McGinn in the midfield behind them. The simple idea that Grealish and McGinn would get the ball forward. Davis would hold the ball up. Samatta would find the back of the net. Sounds very plausible to me and I believe the 4 players mentioned would fit into that setup naturally. So why do we not do it? Is this a failing with Smith or is this that the rest of our midfield and defence is too weak to play that style and Smith is smart enough to recognise this?

Regardless of who Smith picks or what formation he chooses I expect this to be a close game. I canโ€™t imagine either team will be fresh and the circumstances will be difficult for everyone. Saying all that, the claret & blue glasses are on, I am really excited to have football back and we are going to win this game 2-0.

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Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

right,
night all its going to be busy tomorrow night LOL

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Good night, this time tomorrow we will be out of relegation ๐Ÿ™‚

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

there seems to be a type of truce between Begley and James,
if so,well done both.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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As I have said I am not into the agro. I just want a football blog and it probably works well if I keep to here and just focus on talking about Villa. The lockdown is softening me ๐Ÿ™‚

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
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Wonder why

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Weather has been quite nice, Last few days a bit dull but before that was lovely. I hope it is not raining at VP tomorrow. Unfit players and first game back on a slippery surface. I don’t want more injuries

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
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thunder storms expected over the next few days.

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

hi all,

just to say,if we dont win tomorrow,DS should go,and even if only tempory,somebody else should take over,just to give us a chance of stopping up.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

I can’t see that happening. DS will be our manager till the end of the season. For me tomorrow is all about having football back. I just want to see the players play with pride and with determination. I can accept any result if I see that and then we can look to changes in the summer. If we put in an abject performance then I will be gutted

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

nothing but a win will do for me mate.
our prem survival depends on it.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

I think a win is really important (as I wrote above) but I am also very interested in the performance. I am not talking about the quality of the football but more so the attitude of the players. If we get that right then I will be somewhat happy and if we get a draw I will be able to accept that. The other teams have really tough run ins too. This is all about staying above 3 teams as opposed to going out and winning games I think

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

lets put it this way,if we dont beat sheff,i think we wont beat chelsea either.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

You are probably right and if we beat Sheffield Utd I think the Chelsea game will actually be easier than the Blades game. So much pressure on tomorrow and also the very first game of the PL and the first behind closed doors. A win and we have a huge monkey off our back and the pressure will be on Chelsea. They will be expected to win but we should be a little more match fit.
I feel a little sorry for Tammy, I am sure he would have got an amazing reception when he came out on the pitch on Sunday. He is a player I really took to. I loved his attitude, his goals, his defending and he smiled a lot. Would love to sign him again

HenleyVillain
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HenleyVillain
5 months ago

I read that our manager may not be considering naming McGinn in our starting line up. For me, he has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet. It’ll really piss me off if he is left out. UTV

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  HenleyVillain

Henley, I agree 100%. We want McGinn to dictate the game and push Villa into the lead and not be the player to come on as a sub to help chase the game. I am hoping that is just mind games from Smith

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HenleyVillain
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Mind games, I hope you are right !
Mindlessness may be closer to the mark, though I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  HenleyVillain

I will be gutted if McGinn doesn’t start. He was close to making the Cup final against City so he must be well over his injury. He also played against Leicester and The Baggies. He must start against the Blades

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

I pre registered on a few blogs and admitted to being a Villa supporter so that I would have direct access when it came to wanting to post on them. Like u said the other day I do enjoy reading other blogs when we are playing them. It will be interesting to see if they reply.

I saw your challenge to Damian, James and me re a Leader post. Regarding match day posts can I ask you what u want to see in them. I may not be able to reflect your suggestions in the post for against the Blades but in future ones I can try. Do you like a shorter blog? match facts? team predictions? score predictions? previous games facts? Any feedback is appreciated

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Pubs not open yet. On the 28th on this month a pub can open if is is also a restaurant so many pubs are now seeing how they can justify a packet of peanuts being an evening meal. I think the 3rd week in July we are due to have pubs back open. Maybe they will be open for our final game against the Hammers.

Writing the leaders can be difficult as you need to try to write something that suits everyone and not just write some rubbish to push an agenda. Also, it needs to be optimised for Search Engines and that is another challenge. And finally when u publish u are subjecting yourself to all sorts of ridicule ๐Ÿ™‚ I have my match day post ready for publication but I don’t want to publish it till tomorrow so I guess I will publish at midnight. It is nothing special, I didn’t focus on formation etc as that is what the above leader does so tomorrow’s is relatively short while recognising that we are back playing football.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Villa fans truly are the best fans in the world. It is a little over 24 hours to Project Restart and the return of Premier League football and pictures are emerging of the fans having already taken their seats at Villa Park, see below. The atmosphere tomorrow is going to be something else and Villa Park will be rocking.

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Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Quick reminder of some important tasks

1. Make sure u have plenty of beer / Hobgoblin / Whiskey / arsenic in the house
2. Inform the Mrs / partner / kids / parents / boss that there will be no work done after 4:30pm tomorrow
3. Book the TV from about 4:30pm till midnight as it will be dedicated to football
4. Pull the couch about 3 feet away from the wall
5. Delegate someone to bring food into the TV room at appropriate times
6. Don’t forget to login into avfcvillablog.com for pre match banter, team announcements and live updates
7. If we win tell the Mrs it is her lucky night as you will be too pissed to even try for a shag

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

I am Irish, born in Dublin and live here now although I have lived around the world in different places over the years. Thx for that info, I must pop in to watch a match when the pubs reopen. I may even be able to get some new fellow Villa fans to visit the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Thanks for posting Hob, I only got a chance to look at it now. I hope Wilder shows that to the Sheffield players. A little over confidence from them would be nice ๐Ÿ™‚

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

New Substitute Rule

I have mentions a few times on here that I think the new substitute rules will have a significant impact and I am looking forward to seeing how it works out. I was chatting to my son about this last night and he mentioned a nuance with the rule I was not aware of. To stop managers using 5 substitutions as a way to waste time, teams are only allowed to make substitutions on 3 occasions during the game. So if we want to utilise the full 5 substitutes we will need to make multiple subs at a single time.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Your reign as moderate could be short if you keep encouraging mad men to post,peace is a great thing

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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HaHa, they don’t always have to accept ๐Ÿ™‚

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Aston Villa Gossip Column, June 16th

– Manchester United are close to giving the green light for Dean Henderson to face Aston Villa on Wednesday night. (Birmingham Live)
– Football Manager 2020 has Villa finishing in 17th position and avoiding relegation (brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/)
– Hudson-Odoi, Kante & James all fit for Chelsea’s return trip to Aston Villa (Goal.com)
– On John McGinnโ€ฆโ€œItโ€™s great to have John back but I have to manage him accordingly. Itโ€™s easy for me to go and throw him straight into the battle, knowing the sort of lad he is. But the other players have had 14 weeks without a game and John has had six months without a game.โ€ (Dean Smith)

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago

I remember us being linked to Luyindama late in the window. The guy looked a beast on YouTube (yes I know ?). Another player that will take some bedding in no doubt.
I’m wondering if the window might be a little different this summer with some clubs maybe struggling to justify big fees in these tough economic times ?

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

If we are to get a new CB in this window my vote would be to try and get Tuanzebe back. He could hit the ground running and maybe looking for game time.

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

thats me for tonight.
goodnight all ??

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Good night mate

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

Begley,
you are doing a great job by proxy.
at least i can now chat on both blogs with no aggro.
i havent fallen out with you or James,so perhaps it worked out for the best.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Thanks JCV and I think you are right, it is better for all if I stay on here. I don’t want any agro and I am doing my best to stay clear of it. I also think it is great to have many blogs to comment on and I fully support and encourage people to comment on James blog and Damian’s blog and if they feel they have some spare time I am very happy to see them comment on here too.

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
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dont promote damos blog.
it was him that caused all the shit between fans on his crap blog.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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True, I am not a fan of his blog but I do not want to bad mouth the other blogs. I have a different hat on as a ‘moderator’, it was okay as a poster but it is bad form for a moderator to bad mouth another blog in my opinion

Edit: I am not a fan of Damian, I actually think his blog is quite good and there are a lot of nice people regularly post on it.

jcv
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5 months ago
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well i can after the way he treated many of his posters.
blue noses and muppetts comes to mind.
he can stick his blog where the sun doesnt shine.LOL

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
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Always stirring

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

i suspect you are one of my mates.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

That is true but James has unbanned me. I just think if I went back and started debating with him it would all go down hill again. I am well and truly banned from Damian’s blog ๐Ÿ™‚
Are u banned?

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

i think its james under a new name,just saying he is banned from this blog.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Welcome to the blog James. I know BB has banned you which has nothing to do with me but I am not going to ban you. That’s up to him

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Fair play to you, thanks. Anyway the past is the past, I am not interested in all the agro and I just want to have a bit of banter about Villa. Not sure how I got u banned as I never suggested u should be banned and I personally disagree with bans and if BB asked me if u should be banned I would say ‘No’. Anyway, as I have said somewhere on this blog I know no Villa fans in Dublin and this is my only outlet for Villa Talk so in a very selfish way getting this blog working again suits me really well. I am a late night person so it also gives me something to do at night when everyone has gone to bed as I can write leader posts and learn how to use WP.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Thx, good luck with your blog and roll on 3 points against The Blades on Wed in an empty stadium with canned sounds

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago

well all,
the re start of the season,aproaches.
we will get the picture about DS when we get the team sheet.
i fear the usual suspects with no tactical change.
i hope im wrong.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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Its a really tough one to call. I am not sure who I want in the team tbh. Too much change maybe a little risky, too little maybe not enough. The big change I am looking for is McGinn to start. Once he is in the 1st 11 I am going to be happy.

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

to be honest mate,
i want to see the 2 winger approach gone.in fact with our full backs its like having 4 wingers with no defenders.and with only playing one up top,it makes no sense at all.

lets go 4-4-2 with Davis and Samatta as a front pair.
and let the defenders defend.

so,i want a whole new way of playing,something i fear is not in DS,s locker.

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

Would like to see davies play ,but another glass man I feel

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

The glass man of Davis is very frustrating. I like the lad, he can hold the ball up really well but Christ he gets injured way to often

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Should really class him as striker he scores less often than balaban

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Shouldnt really class him as striker he scores less often than balaban

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

Yes, the inability to find the back of the net is very frustrating considering he is a striker. Its funny though, for a player that is injury prone and can’t score, I do like him LOL

jcv
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jcv
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

yes,it would be great if he could have an injury free period.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
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It was really unlucky for him and for us that when Wes got injured that Davis got injured too. It was a perfect opportunity for him to get some match time under his belt and he wasn’t able to take it

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  jcv

Yes, Vancouver was discussing having 2 up front (Davis and Samatta) and McGinn and Jack pulling the strings behind them. It is very difficult to argue with that approach and I would like to see what it is like on the pitch

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

48 hours to go,old nerves are nearly shot already thinking smith is going to play some of these
Renia elmo taylor horse conor

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

I am with u, I am getting very nervous. I am so looking forward to it and really nervous about team selection and our overall performance. I want to see the lads play like their life is on the line and wear the shirt with pride. An abject performance would be depressing

Vancouvervillan
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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
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Alcohol is the only answer, lol

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Alcohol: The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems, Homer Simpson

Big fat ron
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Big fat ron
5 months ago

Politics next for begley

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Big fat ron

?

Lockdown has softened me. I am a new man

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago

Folks,

In the interest of openness and to avoid any more fake news circulating I just want to let you know that yesterday BB granted me a level of moderator access to this blog. I had previously stated that I had no admin privileges (which was correct at the time of posting). I now have the ability to post Leader articles without having to go through BB. This just makes it easier for both of us and I thank BB for having the trust in me to allow me this level of access, I am sure there will be people coming up with all sorts of conspiracy theories that myself and BB are the same person so according to some I will now be Begley, BB, Expat and Alex all rolled into one and no doubt a few others I am not aware of.

The purpose of this blog is to have a bit of banter about Villa and football. Yes, at times the conversation may drift into something else and that is fine but BB (Blog Owner!) wants to keep the blog mainly focused on football and in particular Villa. If you want to have in depth conversation about politics, Trump, protests or whatever then maybe there are other blogs which suit better for those conversations. I think it is great that there is a choice of blogs for posters and as a poster I enjoyed commenting on those subjects. I do not think there is anything wrong with that approach. However, the the purpose of this blog is Villa and football and do feel free and very welcome to pop on here any time you want to discuss Villa.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

Thanks, I hadn’t thought of it as a promotion but I like that idea ?

Expat is not banned on this site, I know BB and Expat have had their run ins in the past but he is not banned and he is most welcome to post on here. I believe that when BB started this blog Expat was banned from the start. At the time there was talk of Expat getting a ban from James’ blog but I actually canvased on his behalf for him not to be banned. I like Expat and I hope that I can be as active as he is on a blog when I am 84.

My personal opinion on bans is that I do not like them. I think people should be allowed to express their opinion. It should not be about agreeing with the moderator and everyone’s opinion is valid. You do not need to like me nor respect me to be welcome on this blog. It is simply a forum for discussing Villa and I am simply helping to provide the forum to do so. Obviously there are comments that would justify a ban and these can be seen in the comments policy on this site. I think these are just sensible policies to prohibit racism and discrimination. (https://avfcvillablog.com/comment-policy/).

As regards my powers as a moderator, yes I can delete a comment or ban someone, there are certain things that come with the ability to post a leader comment. That said, BB has rights which supercede mine and he can always reverse any actions I make.

The motivation for my efforts on this site is to have a Villa blog that I can post on. I got banned from Damian’s blog for defending JCV (in fairness to Damian, my defence of JCV was quite strong) so I can’t post on Damian’s site. As you know I used to post on James’ site but that just isn’t going to work out for various reasons. So I have decided that I will try and help make this blog work as it gives me somewhere to chat. I live in Dublin and I do not know one single Villa support to discuss the Villa with so this is my only outlet. To be honest, it is actually a lot more fun than I expected it to be and I am enjoying it. I can’t wait for football to restart and to have some good debates about our team / players / formation / transfers / Smith and ultimately our survival in the Premier League.

Begley
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Begley
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

I am with u on looking at other club’s blogs coming up to a game and you are right, it does give an interesting perspective. There is a common theme that every club appear to hate Jack. I take this as a compliment to Jack as he is clearly the player they fear most. The Baggies and Smallheath blogs are funny. They both appear fairly obsessed with us, there is quite often a more talk about Villa than there is their own clubs.
I have often thought it would be nice for the opposing team’s blogs had some sort of link to each other coming up to match day. I am not sure how it would work but it could be a bit of fun

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Vancouvervillan
5 months ago
Reply to  Begley

I think you’ll make a fine organ grinder !
Good on you for making everything clear and above board.

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