Villa Noise: Superman Guzan, Big Benteke and Hodgeball
Paul Brown takes a quirky look at life in B6.
26th Mar 2013

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Villa are set to announce their final Acorns Day total this week.

And part of the proceeds have come from a 'swear box' at the training ground.

Every time players or staff curse, they have to donate cash.

Paul Lambert was asked this week about how much he's donated via blue words at Bodymoor Heath.

Apparently Lambert has been saintly.

He said: "I don't swear. And, as you all know, I'm Scottish so there's no way I'm putting anything in anyway.

"I do swear but no-one understands what I'm saying, which is great!"

He turned the question on Sky Sports presenter Pete Colley, adding: "Have you put any money in Pete?"

Peter said: "Yes."

Paul continued: "Did you swear?"

Pete added: "Yes I did actually. If I put in a pound, I'll have sworn."


Guzan

Brad Guzan put in a superhero style performance to help Villa beat QPR 3-2 and then did the same to ensure USA saw off Costa Rica 1-0 in World Cup qualifying.

Guzan made three world-class saves in the first-half against Rangers and a string of superb stops to help the States win the clash in Colorado.

He'll be hoping to put in another assured display tonight in the encounter with Mexico in Mexico City.

Several Twitter users have responded to Guzan's heroic performances by changing their Twitter profile picture to one of the in-form goalkeeper in rather unusual attire, as you can see above.

After the match in Colorado, Guzan took time out from his training and playing schedule to have dinner with his folks.

He tweeted this picture, only to receive stick from fellow stopper Andy Marshall.

Guzan

Guzan


Gardner

Gary Gardner was a star on AVTV commentary as Villa U19s took on Olympiacos U19s for a place in the semi-finals of the NextGen Series.

Gardner was all smiles as he arrived on the gantry to join Jack Woodward for ninety-minutes of action at Villa Park - and even posed for a picture.

But he looked slightly less assured when he saw the list of Olympiacos players on the team-sheet - tongue-twisters like Eleftherids Choutesiotis, Charalampos Lykogiannis and Leandro Climacci Pinto.

He eventually smiled before saying: "I'll concentrate on the Villa players and let Jack talk about Olympiacos."

You can check out the commentary from the game on our Audioboo channel.

Villa U19s eventually won 1-0, earning a clash with Sporting Lisbon in the semi-finals in Lake Como.

Gardner enjoyed a few days in London during his time off training - and bumped into a familiar face while out shopping.

He'll hope to follow in the footsteps of this midfield ace as he looks to relaunch his Premier League career in the coming weeks, months and years ahead.

Gardner


Samir

Jack Grealish took part in his first-ever AVTV interview in the aftermath of that 1-0 win over Olympiacos - and he was joined by Samir Carruthers.

It was a fun-filled piece to camera - with a false start initially due to Carruthers making Grealish giggle.

But once both men started, they spoke intelligently and insightfully about life in the U19s.

Carruthers still added a touch of humour when asked about Grealish's talent.

He joked: "Jack has already got a big head. I don't want to make it any bigger!"

He eventually relented, adding: "Everyone knows how good he is. His feet are unbelievable. He doesn't need any extra space. If defenders want to give him a yard of space, that's their problem. I can't praise him enough."

Grealish got his own back when asked about the quality of Carruthers, adding: "He's alright."


Christian Benteke was the subject of 'The Gallery' on the Guardian website this week.

Every week the national newspaper's online editor asks fans to send in their photoshopped images surrounding a particular topic.

Christian Benteke was the main man this time around - and he was immortalised in a scene from Star Trek, in the video game Tekken and on the outside of a famous capital monument.

Remarkable!

Benteke

Benteke

Benteke


Andreas Weimann can now be followed on his own dedicated, official fanpage on Facebook.

Make sure you check it out now.

But Weimann has been a regular on Twitter for some time.

Weimann loves to have banter with fellow players and we're sure he'll be winding up Ciaran Clark tonight on the social media site if Austria manage to defeat Republic of Ireland in their game in Dublin in World Cup qualifying.

Here's a picture Weimann tweeted on the plane on his way to the Emerald Isle.

Weimann


Club graphic designer Dan Alcorn loves Villa, Sensible Soccer and designing.

So he thought he'd combine all three.

Alcorn chose the celebratory poses of Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor to show off his vision of the 21st century version of the classic football computer game.

Sensible Soccer, often affectionately known as Sensi, was highly popular in the early 1990s and still retains a cult following.

Weimann

Gabby

Benteke


#AVFCFilmFriday concentrated on the films of Ben Stiller this week.

There were some crackers from Twitter users.

Vlaar

Knight

Hodge

Collymore

Lambert

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