Villa Noise: Shirty Gabby, Benteke the Giant and Vlaargo
Paul Brown looks at the quirky B6 stories this week.
22nd Feb 2013
Villa Noise: Shirty Gabby, Benteke the Giant and Vlaargo

Move aside Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Ric Flair.

Christian Benteke has been tipped by Stan Collymore to become a real football superstar - but one high-profile magazine reckons he has a career ahead of him in the squared-circle.

Match said: "Don't bother going in for a 50-50 challenge with Christian because he will end you.

"If he was in the WWE, his special move would be the giant shoulder-barge."

This comes as part of a bigger feature on Benteke, which suggests he can be the "saviour" for Villa this season.

Match added: "Benteke's three best games of 2012-13 so far have come against Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United so that proves he loves the big games.

"Did you see Benteke's bullet strike against West Brom? He nearly burst the net. Does he have rockets in his boots?"

Christian Benteke has been picked out as one of the top eight strikers currently playing in the Barclays Premier League too.

Benteke is alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, Demba Ba and Luis Suarez in the list.

The feature in Match of the Day magazine assesses various elements of his game.

Arrow BulletWhen he scores - Benteke doesn't have a favourite time to score. The giant Villa ace just loves bagging goals whenever the chances come.

Arrow BulletHow he scores - Benteke loves a powerful header but his main goalscoring weapon is definitely his awesome right foot.

Arrow BulletWhere he scores - Over 18% of Benteke's goals have come outside the box, including his awesome thunderbolt against rivals West Brom.


#VillaFilmFriday this week concentrated on the movies of Ben Affleck.

Affleck is currently in the news after winning the Bafta for 'Best Movie' thanks to his brilliant flick 'Argo.'

And that was one of the motion pictures selected by supporters.













The look says it all!

To launch the annual 'Acorns Day' appeal, Gabby Agbonlahor joined nine-year-old Villa fan Bradley Addison pitchside for a photoshoot.

Villa have nominated the QPR match on March 16 as the official fundraising game.

The aim is to raise £50,000 - enough to run a hospice for seven days - through a series of events and tasks.

Bradley, who has duchenne muscular dystrophy, uses the services of Acorns at Selly Oak - and is a big Agbonlahor fan.

And as a special treat, our ambassador signed the shirt used in the photoshoot and handed it to Bradley as a memento, much to the youngster's delight and amazement.

The look on his face above more than tells the story!

Agbonlahor said: "It's important for me to be here to meet Bradley - and to spread the word and get the message out about Acorns Day."

To find out more about Acorns Day, see

Watch our video interview with Gabby Agbonlahor about Acorns Day on AVTV now.

The players were fully focused on their pre-match drills at Bodymoor Heath in the final training session ahead of the Arsenal clash.

But when the pictures of club photographer Neville Williams from the session came through we couldn't help but notice Gabby Agbonlahor hiding away behind a training prop.

The striker's pose looked like an attempt at the BBC game show 'Hole in the Wall', which challenges celebrities to contort themselves to fit through cut-out holes of varying shapes in a large polystyrene wall moving towards them.

Thankfully for Agbonlahor there was no water hazard behind him on the Bodymoor training pitch!



Noticed that former Villa midfielder James Milner joined in the latest viral online craze this week on the official Manchester City website.

Several City players did the Harlem Shake on - and even Shay Given was spotted on the video too.

But it wasn't our ace goalkeeper at Carrington. It was one of the City's support staff donning a Given mask.

Everyone from firefighters to soldiers to wrestling stars have performed the dance, with new versions being uploaded onto YouTube at a rate of 4,000 per day.

For the uninitiated, these videos typically last for 30 seconds and feature one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds surrounded by an unassuming group of bystanders.

Then, when the bass drops the video cuts to the entire crowd in weird and wacky outfits going crazy and dancing along to the song by New York DJ Baauer.

The craze originated from five teenagers known as The Sunny Coast Skate from Queensland, Australia, whose original video now has 13.4 million hits on YouTube.

Ciaran Clark spoke of his love about the online fad on Twitter.


Great to see Andi Weimann, Joe Bennett and Barry Bannan at club-organised soccer schools this week.

Bennett was at Villa Park while Bannan went to Arthur Terry School.

Weimann, a huge crowd favourite with younger fans, went to both!

The joy on the faces of the kids was a sight to behold and I'm sure they will remember meeting the players with great fondness for years to come.

Andi's Villa Park visit is available to watch as a feature now on AVTV.

But, of course, Andi isn't the only Weimann to have appeared on the club's online television channel.

His brother Mike was interviewed about Villa and the progress this season of Andi by Jack Woodward and the gang a few weeks ago.

Andi told us this week: "I saw Mike on AVTV the other day. I have given him a right ribbing over it!"

Just before I sign off, here's two tweets that made me laugh this week.

Added by former boss John Gregory and current defender Eric Lichaj.





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