The Villa Boys From Aston

From The Villa Community: By Fans, For Fans

Tom Cowley

Prejudice, Opening up and “Fitting In”

[DISCLAIMER: offensive/ insulting language] When I was a young lad, we moved from South Staffordshire down to Hampshire, due to a job opportunity that arose for one of my parents. However, it all went a bit sour pretty fast. When…

9 Wins In A Row: Playoffs Beckon

4-0 vs Derby, 1-0 vs Blues, 3-1 vs Forest, 3-0 vs Boro, 2-1 vs Blackburn, 3-1 vs Wednesday, 2-1 vs Rotherham, 2-1 vs Bristol and 2-0 vs Bolton… Nine wins. Nine. For the first time since 1910. No living villa…

Next Steps

So far I’ve been amazed by the level of support I’ve received for this site. The responses to my articles on mental health have been incredible. However, looking forward, I believe that the site needs to grow and evolve. Because…

Why I started all this: My Experiences

So, I’ve been sharing others experiences, and will continue to do so, but I feel like one thing is missing. How can I expect others to open up if I don’t continue to do so myself? Yes I’ve admitted I’m…

Mental Health Experiences: Part 2

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…

Football: A Rollercoaster

What. A. Feeling. Trippier launching a free kick into the back of the Croatian net to go 1-0 up in a World Cup semi final, Grealish gliding the ball past Lee Camp to win the Second City derby, Alan Hutton…

Our Experiences With Mental Health: You’re Not Alone

There is a lot of stigma attached to the issue of mental health, and especially amongst men. As someone who has struggled with my mental health for a long time now, I have found it difficult to talk about. Now…

Thoughts on Jack Grealish

It feels like just yesterday we were talking about a young kid coming through the academy, who was incredibly talented but also very immature. Photos were shared far and wide of Jack Grealish, laying in the road in Tenerife with…

What Aston Villa Means To Me

The famous Aston Villa. A club bound by tradition, oozing class from every fibre of its being. The club who’s former chairman, honoured by a statue outside the ground, founded the football league system itself. A club with 7 League…

A New Start

Yesterday I made a difficult decision. I decided to open up about my personal struggles to a social media world full of people I had never even met. This may seem ridiculous or even stupid to some, but it has…