Villa Noise: Royal appointment, birdman Tayls and powerchair footy
30th Oct 2013
In an interview for the FA to commemorate its 150th anniversary, the Duke of Cambridge revealed a strong desire to watch his beloved Villa alongside new son, Prince George.
William, president of the FA, is a claret and blue fan from his early days in Eton.
He attended the 2000 FA Cup semi-final between Villa and Bolton and went into the dressing room to congratulate the players on reaching the showpiece event after the game.
The Duke was once spotted donning Villa socks as he enjoyed a game of football with his pals one, while the club also sent him goodies to commemorate his 21st birthday, as they did for Prince George was when he was born in July.
Asked about Prince George's football allegiances in a video message for the FA, The Duke left viewers in no doubt where his son's loyalties will lie.
Watch the video below.
Ciaran Clark and Jordan Bowery took on a footballing challenge of a different kind this week.
This week's AVTV pre-match show comes from Stockland Green Leisure Centre, where the duo joined the Villa Rockets powerchair football team to help promote Birmingham Disability Sports Festival.
After meeting and greeting members of the Rockets, Clark and Bowery both got involved in the action.
Look out for the full feature in the pre-match show ahead of Saturday's game against West Ham.
League Cup winner Ian Taylor swooped in on Tuesday's open training session - although his involvement was somewhat different to previous years.
The former midfielder is always up for getting involved in various quirky activities at club events.
This time, though, Tayls stepped in as a bird handler during the bird of prey show from Eagles and Vultures, which entertained the Villa Park crowd before Paul Lambert's squad took to the field.
And Tayls felt he made a pretty good job of it too!
Fabian Delph's brilliant start to the season has led to calls for the midfielder to be selected for England.
And the most recent plaudits came from a man who knows a thing or two about pulling on the famous Three Lions jersey.
Goalscoring legend and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was so impressed by Delph's display in our recent game against Tottenham that he felt compelled to air his views on Twitter.
It is great to see Villa's deal with Southern California TV network Time Warner Cable is making the news Stateside.
The club signed a two-year deal for a three-hour programme - Aston Villa Weekly - to be shown on Time Warner Cable's SportsNet and Deportes each week.
Aston Villa Weekly made its debut last week - and the deal between Villa and the TV network has also led to a few column inches in the US media.
Speaking of successes on the media front, the digital version of the Villa News & Record was flying high on the iTunes newsstand at the weekend.
The digital matchday programme topped the charts in the newsstand sports category.
The grand old publication - which was first printed in September 1906 - has made a smooth transition to the digital world.
A competition is running here on avfc.co.uk to win a year's subscription to the digital programme.
Don't miss out on a chance to win it.
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