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match preview: aston villa vs west brom, play-offs

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…

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…

The Aston Villa Revival

Where the Aston Villa revival started… Saturday 23rd February, 2019. Not a date that many people will mention when discussing Aston Villa’s incredible 10 game winning run, but a pivotal day which started it all off. Villa were in the…

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…

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…

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…