Scenes. Absolute scenes. Aston Villa are back in the Premier League!!! Now I’ve finally recovered a bit, I thought I’d put a few thoughts down. These boys deserve every single beer, every congratulation and every cheer they get.
FINALLY, a squad of players who fight for the jersey, put their bodies on the line, and give 100% for this football club. Captained by a Villan, and managed by a Villan, the stage was set for a fairytale ending; and boy did we get one!
Those last 9 (+7!!) minutes were agony. Unfortunately, years of supporting villa can make you fear the worst, and I certainly did. I couldn’t stop thinking, over and over, that if Derby levelled it, they’d surely go on to win in extra time. Credit to the lads, that didn’t happen.
The reality of the situation still hasn’t fully sunk in. The inevitable drinks last night meaning that it all felt a bit surreal, and even today, while I nurse a hangover and with very little sleep, I can’t quite believe it’s true.
All morning, I’ve watched clip after clip of the game, and of the celebrations. Everyone from myself, to Jack Grealish, to Prince William, all going crazy with excitement at the same time. The videos of Jack leading the team in a rendition of sweet Caroline, beer in hand and arm in arm with John McGinn, will bring a smile to any Villa fan’s face. The celebrations were summed up by Grealish posting this morning at about 7-8am saying “still going” and then tweeting Anwar El Ghazi at about 11am, that he’d “played well today”… cue replies from Tyrone and Anwar, with the latter saying “I guess super Jack didn’t sleep yet? 😂😂😂”.
Even Dr Tony and Keith Wyness got involved, having a twitter spat where Wyness called Tony a Fraud, which just added to the surreal moments. There was something almost storylike about the villa players, staff and fans going wild while the men who nearly broke the club fight amongst themselves.
It would be hard to write a better story if you tried. This season has been immense. Dean Smith has proven the doubters wrong, and proven those who believed in him 100% right. From bottom half after 34 games to Playoff Winners in just 3 short months, the coaches and players deserve so much credit. Giving Jack the armband on his return seems to have been a stroke of genius from Smith, and he’s galvanised a seemingly down and out side, with every single player performing at a much higher standard.
So now, a long summer awaits. A summer which will be full of optimism, and I’m sure some twists and turns, as it always does. But we can rest easy knowing that our captain, our player of the season, and our Head Coach will be walking onto to the Villa Park pitch in the Premier League come August.
Villa. Are. Premier. League.
Let that sink in.