Villa Noise: Hanks' dream, Leandro in Nandos and cake for Ron
Dan Harrison takes a sideways look at this week's events.
9th Oct 2013
Villa Noise: Hanks' dream, Leandro in Nandos and cake for Ron

Could Tom Hanks' long-awaited visit to Villa Park be edging closer?

That's the impression the Hollywood megastar gave during a Twitter Q&A with Sony Pictures to promote his latest film Captain Phillips.

Inevitably, Hanks - who attended his first Villa game in Portland in summer 2012 - received a number of questions about his love for the claret and blue.

When pressed for a response on when he will finally make an appearance in B6, the Saving Private Ryan and Green Mile star responded: "Never been to Birmingham. That's my dream."

But that wasn't the end of the Villa references.

A Canadian follower asked Hanks about his preference for a date.

"For a date, would you prefer to be stuck on a ship like in Captain Phillips or stuck in space like in Gravity?" she asked. His reply?

"How about stuck in Birmingham on a match day? Villa v West Ham? Heaven."

Keep Saturday February 8 in your diary then, Mr Hanks!


Leandro Bacuna was the subject of AVTV's weekly interview at Bodymoor Heath on Tuesday.

And after discussing the first three months of his Villa career in depth, the Dutchman had us in hysterics during an off-the-wall Q&A session.

Following in the footsteps of some of his team-mates such as Andi Weimann and Fabian Delph, Bacuna let us in on some of his hobbies, likes and dislikes.

Now, food always seems to be a hot topic when it comes to fans quizzing their footballing heroes in such fashion - with their particular love of a certain eatery becoming a trend.

Bacuna did little to dispel the connection when asked: "Do you like Nandos?"

His face lit up at the mere mention.

"Nandos? I eat there three times a week!"

Look out for Bacuna's entertaining Q&A on AVTV tomorrow.

You may have read in last week's Villa Noise about programme editor Rob Bishop's telephone confusion involving Ron Vlaar.

When trying to contact his brother-in-law to wish him happy birthday, Bish inadvertently pressed redial which took him straight through to the number of the Villa skipper.

The incident caused plenty of amusement between the pair - so much so that Vlaar kept the joke going at Bodymoor Heath this week.

When bumping into Bish in the corridor at Villa's training headquarters, he smiled and quipped: "Hello Rob, have you bought me some birthday cake?!"

Steve Morison

The subject of the Daily Mail's 'Footballer's Football Column' this week was Millwall striker Steve Morison - and it was nice to hear the Wales international speak glowingly about Paul Lambert.

Morison was part of Lambert's Norwich team that consolidated their Barclays Premier League status in 2010-11.

Speaking in depth about their enjoyable season together at Carrow Road, Morison revealed Lambert made him feel "untouchable."

"Paul Lambert makes you feel like you're untouchable," he said.

"You end up wanting to win for him more than for yourself.

"Sometimes he wouldn't talk much, just put his arm around you as you walked out to training and say, 'You were awesome on Saturday'. Then he would just carry on walking.

"He's enjoyable to work for. That first season was great and the fact we played with no fear came from him.

"We covered the most ground in the Premier League and never got away from our philosophy."

Here's a bit of trivia to finish off this week's blog - who were the last brothers to score for Villa?

Now, this is a little bit tenuous but it actually happened just over a week ago.

We've seen the Moore brothers - Stefan and Luke - play together in the reserve and youth ranks, while Craig and Gary Gardner also turned out together for the second string a few years ago.

Villa's excellent 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Barclays U18 Premier League on Saturday September 28 was unusual because the Strain brothers made it a family affair.

Thomas Strain helped himself to a brace in the impressive display at Bodymoor Heath, the other goal was bagged by his younger brother Ryan.

Let's hope it is a sign of things to come, as both lads are making positive strides in the club's academy.

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