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Aston Villa and Social Media: A Trip to Leipzig

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for the last 2 weeks or so; pen some thoughts on my trip to Leipzig following Aston Villa in their final Pre-Season game. It might be a bit of ramble but it…

How Randy Lerner helped make a young Villa fan’s dream come true…

With it being the off-season, we are short on things to discuss in terms of Aston Villa. Yes, we could look back on our remarkable promotion to the Premier League two weeks ago, or we could discuss the numerous transfer…

The High’s and Low’s of Football and Mental Health: Can Football be an escape?

While the Play-Off Final win at Wembley was euphoric and an incredible experience for the majority of the Villa fan base, we should be mindful that there are people out there battling demons in their lives and trying to work…

When Mental Health Wasn’t Mentioned

Back when I was growing up, many years ago now, mental health evoked images of straitjackets, padded cells, asylums, and electroshock therapy. If you had mental health issues, you were a lunatic and got sectioned. Between lunacy and compos mentis…

Mental Health: The Importance of having an Outlet

My own story in regards to mental health and football has been well documented and I’m sure some of you have seen it on the home page of this site in the last couple of weeks. Thank-you to those who…

Football & Its Positive Power.

  Inspired by Airbornevillan’s piece, I could only agree and also add my own take on what has already been said. Whether it’s from quite a few years of being depressed (and not talking about it to anyone), I’ve found…

The power of memory and sensation

Sensation and memory are powerful things in mental health.  As a career soldier, my chosen profession has taken me away from the West Midlands, and so my opportunities to go and see Aston Villa live have been fewer and fewer…

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…

How Aston Villa helped me: My story.

When Tom was looking for contributions to his blog regarding mental health within football only last month, I opened up and touched on how football supported me in my own life and helped me deal with struggles I may have…

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…