During pride month, I’ve seen a lot of comment on how homophobia “doesn’t exist these days”, and that businesses like football clubs should “stay out” of what these people called “politics”. Supporting minority and underrepresented groups is not a political issue, it’s a human one. It’s about saying “we accept you, we consider you as … Continue reading Homophobia: Through the eyes of those who experience it
The Villa family is a massive part of my life. They’ve supported me through the tough times and played a huge part in the good. They’ve picked me up when I’m down, laughed with me when I’m in a better place, and supported me whenever I’ve faced discrimination. Often, we see arguments such as “you’ve … Continue reading The Importance of my Villa Allies
The theme of this Mental Health Awareness week is Kindness. I was unsure on this theme at first, and has a few concerns. I wasn’t keen for these reasons: First, there is an important distinction to be made: Everyone has “mental health”, just as they have physical health, and ups and downs NOT everyone has … Continue reading Being Kind to Ourselves- Mental Health Awareness Week.
The morning of the Carabao Cup Final, I had a real mix of emotions. I felt excitement at the prospect of the game, but also a lot of nervousness. Not all of this was match-related. Not that much in fact. Most of my nerves were at the prospect of the day in general. Making the … Continue reading A day at Wembley, and a message to the Villa family.
“Shoving it down our throats” “I don’t care” “just get on with it” “private lives should remain private!”... That’s just sample of the comments that I’ve read in response to the Rainbow Laces campaign this year, and those are just from the villa “community”. These sentiments are shared by a much larger group of people … Continue reading Why the Rainbow Laces Campaign is Important
Why does my personality always get in the way? It’s the one question I often ask myself. What I’d do to be this normal, run off the mill guy with no past hurt or no dramas. I look at people around me and sometimes wonder, do you know how lucky you are? For me, part … Continue reading Frustrations, problematic personality traits and apologies.
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There were ten changes made by Roy Hodgson to the Crystal Palace team for their mid-week Carabao Cup game against Colchester United of League Two, where they went on to lose on penalties. There will certainly be a feeling of disappointed amongst the fans as who doesn’t love a good cup run? One of my favourite Villa moment in recent years, … Continue reading Crystal Palace: Match Preview
There is a lot of stigma attached to the issue of mental health, and especially amongst men. As someone who has suffered with depression for a long time now, I have found it difficult to talk about. Now I have managed to open up a bit more to the Villa Community, I have found myself … Continue reading Our Mental Health Experiences: Part 3
Villa Park under the lights, there’s no place quite like it - after of a disappointing, but no less encouraging start for the claret and blues, we face our first night match on our return to the Premier League, and with it, the chance to get our first points on the board. But is there … Continue reading Toffees- Stick or Twist?