Villa Noise: Password drama, four-take Withe and modest Baker
A sideways look at claret and blue life.
24th Apr 2013

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Nathan Baker has displayed maturity way beyond his years after establishing himself as a regular at the heart of Villa's defence these past few months.

But the young centre-back from Worcester, who turned 22 this week, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

As he signed a replica shirt for charity recently, a member of Villa's training ground staff commented: "Nice autograph, Nathan."

To which Nathan replied: "It's a work in progress!"


Lee Child

Best-selling author Lee Child has come up with some intriguing plots for his Jack Reacher thrillers but he landed himself at the centre of a real-life drama when he came to Villa Park.

Villa fan Child was delighted to meet his all-time hero Gordon Cowans and revealed: "I even had his name as my password on my computer at one point."

It was a brilliant sound bite which duly appeared in the Villa News & Record, on the website and the club's Twitter account.

You will also hear the words straight from the author's mouth when the interview appears on AVTV.

But we were suddenly thrown into a state of panic when Lee's PA Maggie Griffin phoned from New York one evening last week.

"I gather Lee told you he used to have Gordon Cowans as his password," she said. "He still does!"

Understandably concerned of the potential threat from computer hackers, Maggie suggested that we remove the tweet- until we pointed out the quote had already appeared in the programme and on the website.

Needless to say, Lee Child now has a new password for his computer, although that hasn't diminished his admiration for Cowans.

In the programme for next Monday's game against Sunderland, we reveal the names of some of the celebrities Lee has met, and how he rates Sid alongside them. Prepare to be amazed.


Italy

Gary Shaw juggles the ball a few times.

Good ball through to Tony Morley who stumbles and falls into the bushes.

Oh, it must be. It is.....Saved by the goalkeeper?!

We all know Brian Moore's icon commentary of Villa's most famous goal off by heart now - but the Latin Lions ventured slightly off script with their attempt to recreate the magic moment.

Our Italian supporters couldn't pass the opportunity to re-enact Peter Withe's winning European Cup final goal during the former claret and blues striker's recent visit.

And while Withe made no mistake with his chance on that famous night in Rotterdam, the Lions club members weren't so clinical!

But our devoted Italian fans got there in the end as Withe finally slotted home the winner during the fourth take of their Phoenix From The Flames-style moment.

You can check out the video now on AVTV, along with the other best bits of Withe's visit.


Kevin Phillips

AVTV have had some excellent co-hosts for the pre-match show this season.

And ahead of Monday's clash against Sunderland, presenter Jack Woodward is joined by a man who is well placed to talk about both clubs.

Kevin Phillips stopped by at Villa Park this week to look ahead to the big survival showdown.

Phillips, who is still going strong at the age of 39 with Championship promotion chasers Crystal Palace, played for Villa during the 2005-06 campaign and spent eight successful years with the Black Cats.

Filming for the pre-match show took place in the Villa Park technical area between the home and away dugouts - the perfect location being as the former England striker had a foot in both camps.

Make sure you look out for the Villa v Sunderland pre-match show on AVTV in the coming days.


Shay Given celebrated his 37th birthday on Saturday and inevitably the popular goalkeeper received a flood of messages from well-wishers on Twitter.

The Republic of Ireland ace took to the social networking site to thank his followers for their birthday wishes - and there was one message in particular that Given was keen to highlight.

Answers on a postcard please...

The picture in question appears to refer to an 'in' joke amongst Given and his peers.

However, an old interview with former Newcastle first team coach Terry McDermott implies that 'horse' is a term of endearment often used by Given when addressing friends and team-mates.

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Despite being in English football's history books as the scorer of the Premier League's 20,000th goal, Marc Albrighton is still in touch with the grassroots game.

The winger was at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Tuesday night to cheer on his pals at Tamworth-based Bolehall Swifts in the final of the Coventry Charity Cup.

Unfortunately for Bolehall they were edged out by two second-half goals from opponents Alvis, who went on to lift the trophy.

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It's a fair bet that former Villa boss John Gregory could have been a rock star had he not opted for a career in football.

He is a passionate lover of rock music, particularly New Jersey singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen.

So strong is Gregory's love of guitar music, it wasn't hard to spot that he was being just a tad sarcastic with his reaction to the news that boyband JLS had split up!

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