5 days to go until the big one. The SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley. Aston Villa vs Derby County. The season finishes with the most valuable football game in English Football. Villa will look to exercise their ghosts from 12 months ago when they were defeated 1-0 by Fulham. This season has been a … Continue reading Play-Off Final Build Up: Preview with Villa On Tour
So I’ve just watched the royal team talk special on the iplayer and to say it was emotional would be an understanding. Hearing some of the legends of the game ( and Jermaine Jenas) talk of their struggles along with Prince William was an eye opener. It made some of it more real and put … Continue reading A Royal Team Talk- Thoughts From @Markyoddbod
Following the announcement of Kappa as our new principle partner, there has been a, well, "mixed" response from Villa fans. Many complaining about the fit of their kits, the quality of their material, or the "chav" reputation of the brand. I do however have some reasons for optimism. Back in April, when I was told … Continue reading Why fans should be more optimistic about Kappa
Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final Monday 27th May, 2019. KO 3pm. Wembley Stadium. Aston Villa vs Derby County This is it. The biggest game of the season. The 160m game of football where both teams aim to finish their season with the prize of Premier League Football on offer. For Aston Villa, they hope … Continue reading Match Preview: Aston Villa vs Derby County. Play-Off Final
Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion SkyBet Championship Play-Off Semi Final 1st Leg: Saturday 11th May, 2019- Villa Park, 12:30pm 2nd Leg: Tuesday 14th May, 2019- The Hawthorns, 8pm. This weekend see’s the return of the EFL Championship Play-Offs. The prize of the Premier League and all its riches on offer, for one club only. … Continue reading match preview: aston villa vs west brom, play-offs
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 there was a whole spectrum of absolutely nothing whatsoever. In the modern day and age, … Continue reading When Mental Health Wasn’t Mentioned
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 sent lovely messages to me following the post. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, … Continue reading Mental Health: The Importance of having an Outlet
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 I forget things incredibly easily. Sometimes a name, sometimes a face so blindingly obvious, it’s … Continue reading Football & Its Positive Power.
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 as family commitments and distance from Birmingham increase. What struck me, though, as I made … Continue reading The power of memory and sensation
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