Villa Noise: Tunnel vision, dad upstaged and Kozak's kinda town
25th Sep 2013
The tunnel was given a spectacular facelift in time for the Capital One Cup clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
A new claret and blue carpet has replaced the old green flooring, while the large beams have been painted - each one displaying a different section of our honours list.
The most iconic addition is the large grey Villa lions either side of the entrance doors.
The words 'This is Villa Park' are also emblazoned above the double doors - the last thing both sets of players will see before stepping out into the playing arena.
These stylish enhancements certainly add to the grandeur of our historic home.
If you're planning on taking a Villa Park stadium tour any time soon, you are in for a treat.
Paul Lambert admitted he had been a long-time admirer of Libor Kozak before eventually signing the forward from Lazio on transfer deadline day.
But it was a case of "Who loves ya baby?" this week when one reporter's attempt to pronounce the name of our Carrow Road match-winner brought laughter from Lambert.
The Villa boss chuckled during his pre-match press conference as Sky Sports News correspondent Pete Colley struggled to separate our 6ft 4in striker from 70s TV detective Theo Kojak.
"Who?! Kojak?! You said Kojak didn't you?!" said Lambert.
Of course, something Villa's newest recruit does now have in common with Kojak actor Telly Savalas is an affinity to the city of Birmingham.
It's just a shame Savalas never made it to Villa Park during the making of this classic video...
Villa supporters will be used to reading the work of our website editor Paul Brown here on avfc.co.uk
But Brownie's excellent prose caused a stir in other West Midlands media circles this week.
Paul - son of West Bromwich Albion's record goalscorer Tony Brown - contributed a glowing piece to a special edition of the Baggies matchday programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of his dad's debut.
The article recalled how as a six-year-old Paul expressed a desire to pledge his allegiances to the claret and blue rather than the blue and white of West Brom.
Of course, it is easier said than done when your old man is a Hawthorns legend.
Bomber tried everything to prevent his first born from becoming a Villa fan - even ripping down posters of former winger Tony Daley from his bedroom wall.
If Paul had the last laugh years later by landing a dream job at Villa Park, he rubbed it in even further this week during a special Bomber Brown phone-in on Free Radio.
During the interview with Bomber, host Tom Ross realised our web chief was present and invited him on to the airwaves to wax lyrical about his dad.
As the brief chat drew to a close, Brownie couldn't resist a cheeky "Up the Villa" on live radio.
BBC WM reporter Tom Marlow's presence in the press box at Carrow Road on Saturday was timely.
Villa earned their first clean sheet in 27 games in the victory over Norwich - and it kept up a welcome sequence held by the radio broadcaster.
Before kick-off, Tom revealed on Twitter that the last three Villa games he covered for BBC WM ended with clean sheets for Paul Lambert's team.
After witnessing shutouts against Tranmere, Reading and Stoke last term, Villa's lucky omen made it four in a row in East Anglia on Saturday.
Not that Tom wanted to deflect any of the credit from shot-stopping hero Brad Guzan...
It's great to see Jack Grealish flourishing on loan at Notts County in his first real taste of senior football.
Grealish earned plenty of plaudits for his role in County's first League One win of the season on Saturday - a 2-0 success over Tranmere.
And although the Republic of Ireland U21 winger his giving his all for the Magpies, boyhood club Villa are never far from his thoughts.
Grealish tweeted this picture of himself donning the claret and blue both as a fan during his childhood and later on as a player in the club's academy ranks.
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