Back to the crime scene.

Don't ever forget this!
Sunday will see us return to Villa Park – the place where we were relegated in a shockingly poor manner after a ‘performance’ which can only be described as heartless.

The players who wore black and white that day should be charged for crimes against the black and white stripes. Some of them have stayed on and repaid the debt to Geordie society, whilst others like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Damien Duff, among others, will always be remembered for their cowardice.

Relegation brought on the carnival celebrations and brought out the banners which the Villa supporters couldn’t wait to reveal. Surprising to some, but not to me as I overheard lads on the train weeks before saying how they’d love to send the Geordies down.

A lot has happened since that day and and it is, amazingly, the club that was sent to the Championship which is now in better shape both on and off the pitch. Yet I can’t find it in my heart to feel sorry for the Villa. Strange that.

We head into the match on the back of a decent win over fellow Midlanders, Wolves, while Villa picked up a good point against Everton. To be fair, both clubs can do well on their day and the form book means nothing in fixtures like this.

To those lucky ones travelling to the match, my advice would be to find a good drinking spot in Birmingham city centre. Perhaps the Square Peg which could cope with a big crowd. From there get the train to Aston or Witton or the 65 or 67 bus.

This is because Aston is an utter dump, and most of the pubs require a membership to get in or they are for home supporters only. Be warned that usually alcohol is not served to away supporters inside the ground. Tickets are still available for this fixture as I write this, so spread the word and take every available seat as always.

I want us all to have a great day – the players and the supporters. I would love us to banish the memories which still hurt me to this day. The 6-0 thumping at home certainly helped, but I still feel that this is unfinished business. A win will make us safe in my opinion and will leave them deep in sweat and worry.

They deserve every bit of it.

23 thoughts on “Back to the crime scene.

  1. “This is because Aston is an utter dump”

    I remember being on a booze cruise and we stopped in Birmingham for two days (it took us two days to chug the 40-odd miles to get there 😆 ). We moored the boat in Aston Science Park and went out on the piss. The security guard there kept an eye on the boat for us and was a good laugh. When I came back I made him a brew as a thank you, but the fridge in the boat didn’t work so the milk (that was three days old by this time, curdled. I didn’t say anything and just gave it a violent stir. He drank it, but I remember the look on his face – the this tastes like shite but I’ll be polite look 😆


  2. We should still have enough between Shola, Lover and Ranger.

    Especially with captain fantastic back for the last 5 and possibly a late cameo from Benny the boy Arfa!


  3. Oi oi lads! It’s me 21st faarrrkin bday today! Howay it’s been a belter so far! My lass woke me up with a fried breakfast, my presents (.. 😉 ..) and a home-made bday card with Big Al cut out on the front! Genius. And if that’s not enough, this little statement on the BBC website literally made my morning,

    “Midfielder Joey Barton will have to convince United States immigration officials he is not a danger to the public before he can join Newcastle on their pre-season tour.”

    Pure gold. Now all we need is to smash the scummy Villains, hammer another big nail in their coffin and rubberstamp our return to the premier league, and I will have had the best 21st a lad could ask for!


  4. cheers lads, just seen someone posted next seasons supposed kit on the last thread. I guarantee that that’s the right one, the pictures that got released last year of ours early had exactly the same finish and stuff. I’ve got a strong feeling that’s what the lads will be lining up in. To be honest, I like it a lot more than this seasons. This seasons’ been my most disliked home shirt ever, literally in my history of supporting the club. I didn’t buy it out of protest to the PATHETIC iron on badge and logo, but me nan got it for me for christmas and I didn’t have the heart to take it back. It’s hanging up in my cupboard with the labels on…

    still, next seasons looks like an improvement to me! They always look better from far away anyway


  5. Cor, blimey, DM (I know – showing my age with that reference)

    Happy birthday, fella, and let’s hope you get the 3-point pressie on Sunday.

    Gutted to be missing it, but a gallon of sangria on the roof terrace in Spain ought to take the edge off… :mrgreen:


  6. Hang on… don’t they change the shirts every other year now? Part of an agreement to stop ripping off the fans?


  7. I hope they do change it Whumpie I literally despise our home strip at the mo. Also, our sponsorship deal runs out with Puma in 2012 so I woulda thought they’d squeeze another strip in? Enjoy Spain fella! And cheers Johno mate


  8. Whumpie – I thought that, but haven’t Spurs changed their shirt every year for the past three seasons?

    If it’s an improvement on this one then I’ll buy it. If not I’ll stay retro :mrgreen:


  9. Has Jamie Redknapp done his coaching badges? Wonder if we will see a Hughton/Redknapp partnership when Arry leaves for the England job?


  10. Moreno
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Has Jamie Redknapp done his coaching badges? Wonder if we will see a Hughton/Redknapp partnership when Arry leaves for the England job?…

    Now Spuds’ European adventure appears to be running out of steam, Arry should be able to find some space in his diary for his visit to the slammer?



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