Villa Noise: King Joey or Andreas, Kit Builder and mighty ducks
Paul Brown on quirky elements of life in B6.
24th Jul 2013
Villa Noise: King Joey or Andreas, Kit Builder and mighty ducks

Aleksandar Tonev, Jores Okore and Andreas Weimann were quick off the mark after the release of our new squad numbers.

Following the official announcement this afternoon, fans were immediately able to customise their shirts via the new Kit Builder app on the online store.

The first three orders were for Tonev 24 [home shirt], Okore 5 [away shirt] and Weimann 10 [home shirt] from Andrew in Exeter, Michael in Water Orton and Ben in Carmarthenshire respectively.

Here's to many more in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Fans on social media also reacted with delight at the club's decision to retire the No.19 shirt for a season due to former club skipper Stan Petrov quitting the game because of illness.

The good news, however, is that you can still order his name and number on your shirt!


Nicklas Helenius admits he's settled really quickly at Villa thanks to Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark and his "new mum"!

Helenius, our new No.9, is referring to player liaison and welfare officer Lorna McClelland.

McClelland plays an active role with new players, helping them sort living arrangements as well as dentists, doctors and other vital elements of life.

Helenius said: "I have talked a lot with Nathan and Ciaran because those are the two lads who I sit next to in the dressing room.

"Also Lorna is like my new mum! She has really helped me settle in and find a house and everything."


Villa were quick off the mark when the royal baby born was born this week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became proud parents to a son on Monday afternoon with the glare of the world's media on the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital.

Officials revealed that William and Kate were "so, so happy" - and no wonder, given the special gift received from Villa Park.

William, of course, is a huge Villa, cultivated from his early years at Eton.

So it stands to reason that our new youngster - third in line to the throne - will follow his father's allegiances when it comes to football.

So claret and blue chiefs decided to act quick and sent an infant Villa kit - resplendent with HRH and 1 on the back - to Clarence House for the new member of the B6 family.

The present made headline news on media outlets - BBC, Sky News and TalkSPORT - as the press lapped up every last drop of information regarding the royal celebrations.




Several weeks previously, William seemed to lend his support for Villa's new away kit.

Playing polo with his brother Harry, William sported a handsome top, which bore more than a passing resemblance to the new away kit.


Now all that is left to discover regarding the royal baby boy is his name.

Villa stars Joe Bennett and Andreas Weimann have been having their say, as you can see below.

Unfortunately, I can't see Joe or Andreas being selected, despite the Villa love in the House of Windsor.





Work is well underway on the new-look Villa News & Record.

The matchday programme has a revamp every season and this term is no exception, with editor Rob Bishop diligently preparing content and partners Trinity Mirror handling design.

The front cover has been finalised and it will make its debut for the pre-season friendly game against Malaga on Saturday August 10.

However, the content in the inside-pages will be a little ad-hoc for that friendly match.

The real "wow-factor" words will come into effect for the Barclays Premier League home opener against Liverpool on Saturday August 24.

The Villa News & Record will be 76 pages - the same as last season - and the price will remain at £3.

The Villa v Malaga edition will be 36 pages and costs £2.

Villa's first team players were in a state of shock as they relaxed in the team hotel on Friday in Germany.

Joe Bennett, Ciaran Clark, Matt Lowton, Andreas Weimann and Fabian Delph were all playing cards as they wound down after a tough morning session of training.

Their tranquillity was halted when Weimann asked AVTV video editor Bobby Bridgeman to show them the infamous video of Jack Woodward playing in the bath with Villa ducks, shot as part of the Journey to Germany video diary.

It's fair to say there was initially open-mouthed shock before loud laughter bellowed out just above the reception area.

Woodward wasn't allowed to the live the incident down as the players reminded him time and again.

Thankfully there weren't any waterworks from the AVTV presenter.

Our Villa Ducks are available from the online store.


Thank goodness AVTV cameraman Bobby Bridgeman and commentator Jack Woodward don't have vertigo!

The height of the gantry position at Luton Town's Kenilworth Road was unbelievable and watching media officers were impressed when the pair climbed courageously up the scaffolding to reach their match positions.

They're hoping they don't have to ascend quite so far when the online television channel again streams the entire game at Crewe's Gresty Road on Friday.

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