Villa Noise: Gabby's Blues flashback and Sticks on Big Ron
Paul Brown takes a sideways glance at B6 matters.
16th Oct 2013
Villa Noise: Gabby's Blues flashback and Sticks on Big Ron

Paul Lambert saw the funny side during his radio interview with BBC reporter Pat Murphy this week.

Held at Bodymoor in the run-up to the Tottenham clash, Murphy asked: "As a proud Scot, you must be thrilled that England have qualified for the World Cup?"

Smiling, Lambert retorted: "That's a sly dig Pat isn't it?"

Murphy replied: "It's a factual observation."

Lambert added: "Yes but it's an uppercut too!"

Joking aside, Lambert was thrilled for the Three Lions.

He said: "England did really well because it was a banana skin against Poland. If Robert Lewandowski had scored in the first half, it might have been a different match.

"I fancied England to go through either automatically or via the play-offs.

"It was vital they went through to a major tournament like the World Cup. It was so important. It reflects well on the Premier League too."

Lambert was also happy with Scotland's unlikely win over Croatia at Hamden Park.

He added: "It gives the country a lift ahead of the next qualifying campaign."

Check out the full press conference now.

Several Villa stars past and present expressed their England World Cup delight via Twitter.

The likes of Stan Collymore, Tony Daley and Gary Gardner were thrilled with the 2-0 win over Poland.

Check out the tweets below.









Great to speak to cult hero Ian Ormondroyd this week for The Big Interview, which will go live on the official site on Thursday.

Ormondroyd was in great form as he chatted about his time in claret and blue aswell as his thoughts on the three managers he worked under - Graham Taylor, Jo Venglos and Ron Atkinson.

Despite Big Ron being upfront with the striker about wanting to sell him ahead of the transfer of Dalian Atkinson, Ormondroyd admitted that the flamboyant gaffer was great to be around.

He said: "Ron came in after Jo. He was funny. He was good with me. He pulled me into his office one day during pre-season. He said 'I don't want you. I am bringing others in like Dalian and Cyrille. I will find you another club, no problem.'

"I liked his honesty. I went to Derby. I prefer managers to be honest. He didn't want me to waste my time in the reserves and I thank him for that.

"I liked Ron. He made me laugh. He was funny. He was bright. He was a good manager who got the best out of his players. He did well at Villa."

Look out for more from Sticks later in the week.

I was the victim of Rob Bishop's ruthless streak this week.

Bishop is the programme editor of the Villa News & Record.

One of the features in each issue is My Favourite Villan, where famous fans do a written tribute to their favourite heroes.

One of Bishop's "rules" is that no player can be covered twice - until this week.

I had written a glowing piece some months ago about my childhood ace Tony Daley.

But Ian Bell also wanted to hail the wing wonder in an upcoming issue when Bishop spoke to him over the last few days.

"Tony Daley?" said Bishop to Bell. "No worries."

I glanced over a stern look before Bishop retorted minutes later.

"I read through your Tony Daley piece the other day. You only spend two sentences talking about him. The rest is about Big Ron!"

Good comeback sir!


Gabby Agbonlahor endeared himself to the claret and blue faithful even further this week as he was the latest star player interviewed by AVTV in an exclusive Q&A series.

Asked if he could describe scoring in a Villa win at St Andrew's in three words, Agbonlahor replied: "Best. Feeling. Ever."

He also picked out his late winner against Birmingham in the 2-1 win from 2007 as his best goal and his best moment in football.

Agbonlahor said the claret and blue fans drove him on in that game.

He added: "I knew how much it meant to the fans. That got me through the game. It drove me on. To clear one off the line, score the winner and then see the reaction of the supporters in the crowd, it was a highlight of my career. I get flashbacks all the time."

Interestingly, Agbonlahor also discussed why he picked No.11 and why he's stuck with it ever since.

Find out why now in the exclusive feature.



Ian Bell has been the cricket star of the summer although he once dreamt of playing football for his beloved Aston Villa.

Bell has been long-recognised as a claret and blue fanatic in our close community but his adoration was brought to the wider national audience when he was pictured in the new home Villa shirt in the dressing room after England had won the Ashes.

He further demonstrated his affiliation to us in an exclusive Twitter/Vine Q&A this week.

Asked questions via Twitter, he answered via video site Vine.

Quizzed what he'd be if he wasn't a cricketer, he said: "A star footballer for Aston Villa, obviously!"

Further probed about whether he'd prefer to score 100 at Lords or a hat-trick in claret and blue, he added: "It's still my ambition to do both!"

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