Villa Noise: Delph on Luther, special B6 ball and Editors
4th Sep 2013
Big Ron Atkinson hasn't been the only Villa celebrity in Big Brother.
Atkinson, of course, managed the club from 1994-96, helping us to the League Cup and playing an attractive brand of football in the process.
Big Ron entered the famous house alongside Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond, Coronation Street's Bruce Jones, Only Way is Essex personality Mario Falcone and former Five singer Abz Love.
But he soon left after being evicted in Week One.
That hasn't left a claret and blue void on the show, however, with host Emma Willis confirming her support of the club on spinoff show Big Brother's Bit on the Side.
If you need proof, check out the pic below, which shows Emma at Villa Park when she was an aspiring model.
It was great to see Stan Petrov on Sky Sports Goals on Sunday - even if there were a few tears in the studio.
Hosts Chris Kamara and Ben Shepherd, as well as fellow guest Robbie Fowler, were all overcome with emotion as Petrov recalled in great detail his leukaemia fight.
The huge battle with the disease has been told many times in newspaper articles but never on camera in great detail.
And it was tough viewing at times.
Petrov said: "After training I had a phone call from the doctor who said he wanted me to go to the hospital. I went in with one of the physios and we sat down and the doctor was straight forward.
"Sometimes you think if they give you bad news they'll be gentler. No, he just sat and went 'we think you've got leukaemia'. I was like what?!
"I could see the physio, he couldn't believe it. No words. I looked at him and he just shook his head.
"I stayed over in the hospital. My wife was on her way to London. I called her to tell her she needed to come back and I needed to talk to her.
"She sat beside me and said: 'What is it?' I said it's one of the worst things.
"I told her and she just burst out crying. I tried to be strong but I started crying as well. After that I said: 'Listen, we're not crying anymore.'"
That certainly wasn't the case for Ben, Kammy and Robbie though, who were shocked to hear the story in such detail.
You've got the chance to support Stan this weekend in a charity match in his honour at Celtic Park on Sunday.
The game kicks-off at 2pm and Paul Lambert, Gabby Agbonlahor and Gareth Barry will all be taking part.
Tickets are £10 [adults] and £5 [U16s] and available to fans with a booking history.
Contact the ticket office on 0800 612 0970.
Well done to Jun Hao Lim, our first winner on the Aston Villa Fantasy Football League.
Hao Lim, from Malaysia but studying in Japan, earned the most points in August on our official table.
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The 23-year-old will be receiving a new home shirt in the post, with favourite player 'Agbonlahor 11' on the back.
Interestingly, Hao Lim - like a lot of other foreign fans from the Far East - supported two teams - both Villa and Tottenham.
But the victory has swayed him to follow the claret and blues full-time now.
On his reasons for supporting Villa, he said: "I do love clubs who buy young players with great potential and concentrate on developing them into world-class stars, instead of buying ready-made proven players.
"My favourite Villa player, without doubt, is Gabby Agbonlahor. His vision on the ball, speed and, most importantly, his hard work helping with the defence makes him my standout."
Good to see a proper convert now!
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Sad to see Thomas Hitzlsperger retire from football this week.
Der Hammer gave Villa fans a lot to smile about during his time in claret and blue, not least his winners against Portsmouth, Bolton and West Brom.
Hitzlsperger was also one of the first players I interviewed when I joined the club in October 2002.
And my impressions of him haven't changed over the years - polite, sincere, funny, witty and very approachable. Summing up, one of football's nice guys.
He told me today that he's looking forward to the next chapter in his life.
Not sure what he's planning to do but sure a career in the media would be something he'd excel at.
Be good to see him succeed at that.
We'll have regular quirky Q&A videos with our first-team players over the next few weeks.
Called 'Shoot' and appearing on AVTV, we start off with midfield ace Fabian Delph.
Delph talks about being a father, Nandos, his party trick and top shows Luther and Breaking Bad aswell as other interesting topics.
Check out a sneak peak below.
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With two years to go until the world's top players arrive in England for Rugby World Cup 2015, Gilbert Rugby has launched the design of the official matchball that will play its part in every pass, kick and try at the showcase event.
Villa Park will be one of the venues for the huge event - hosting two matches involving both South Africa and Australia - and to celebrate that fact, the club have been sent a specially-designed ball bearing the venue name.
As you can see, special emphasis has been given to ensuring that contrasting colours appear on the ends of the ball to enhance visibility for passing.
Bold colours along the seams also provide kickers with strong visual references.
The result is a special ball with strong visual impact - and the B6 version above is most certainly unique.
Rugby World Cup 2015 replica balls will be available from September 23.
Great to speak to Editors bass player Russ Leetch this morning.
They are one of the country's most recognised groups, having released four superb studio albums, a host of singles including the famous 'Munich' aswell as having played a host of festivals including Glastonbury and Reading this summer.
They have a new album out called 'The Weight of Your Love' which reached No.1 in Belgium and Holland and the Top.10 across the rest of Europe, including the UK.
Their new single 'Formaldehyde' has been described as "a sugar-coated, dissected heart in a jar, blood-soaked love song" and is well worth a download.
More importantly, of course, guitarist Leetch is a huge Villa fan, having been converted as a young kid by his auntie, who bought him a new replica shirt every season.
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Big congratulations to Villa fan Dan Evans who played some terrific tennis in the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Evans came through three rounds of qualifying before beating 11th seed Kei Nishikori and world number 52 Bernard Tomic in the main draw.
The 23-year-old from Birmingham eventually lost to Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo in the third round.
He will move up from his current ranking of 179 after the tournament and has targeted a top-100 place and direct entry into next year's Grand Slam events.
Evans earned £60,000 for his efforts and signed up to a leading management agency as he shared the domestic headlines with reigning US Open champion Andy Murray.
The pair will head to Croatia as part of the Great Britain Davis Cup team on September 13, with Evans in pole position to take the second singles spot.
Hercules the Lion was a special guest at the Retired West Midland Police Dog open day this week.
Villa mascot Hercules wowed the kids at the fundraising event in Edgbaston.
Normally seen prowling around Villa Park, Hercules decided to have a good snoop in West Midlands Police's helicopter during the fun-packed afternoon.
Don't worry, though, Hercules will always have his paws on the floor!
Finally, well done to Sherry McCue who skippered England Ladies to the final of the European U19 Championships.
McCue was in fine form and led by example throughout the tournament, played in Wales.
The Three Lions eventually fell to France 2-0 after extra-time in the showpiece event but not before picking up plenty of admirers for their class and courage.
Fellow Villa Ladies Abbeyleigh Stringer and Megan Walsh were also in Mo Marley's 18-woman squad.
Usually-shy McCue also impressed with several interviews on FATV.
Looking forward to seeing her on AVTV in the coming months!
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