Villa Noise: Mastermind Merry, pool shark Bowery and Vinny's video
Dan Harrison takes a sideways look at this week's Villa events.
13th Nov 2013
Villa Noise: Mastermind Merry, pool shark Bowery and Vinny's video

Villa's growing list of famous fans has been well documented.

But it seems the club also has a couple of Celebrity Masterminds.

Former 400m runner Katharine Merry revealed on Twitter this week that she is taking part in the forthcoming celebrity version of the popular BBC quiz show Mastermind - with her specialist subject Villa between 1980 and 1990.

Nerves began to set in for the Olympic bronze medallist on the day of filming.

"My aim? Not to shame, myself, family friends and club," she tweeted.



Although Merry wasn't allowed to divulge how her stint in the famous black chair went, she seemed fairly happy with her efforts.

The track and field ace wasn't the only celebrity keen on putting their Villa knowledge to the test.

In a recent conversation with programme editor Rob Bishop, actor David Bradley revealed he is also taking part in the next Celebrity Mastermind, although the Harry Potter and Broadchurch star was unable to answer questions on Villa because the topic was already taken.

Katharine Merry

Vinny Peculiar

Musician Vinny Peculiar was back at Villa Park on Saturday - just in time to see his claret and blue-themed video on the big screen.

Lifelong Villa fan Vinny came to the Cardiff clash with members of his band Parlour Flames, whose line-up features former Oasis guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs.

Earlier this year, Parlour Flames recorded the video for their single 'Pop Music, Football and Girls' in the stadium, with staff members Mags Mitchell, Julie Martin and Tracy Piper making cameo appearances.

Vinny - who also wrote about his hero Pat McMahon in the latest My Favourite Villan feature for the Cardiff programme - described it as "magical" seeing his band's video get an airing on a Villa Park matchday.


"I've never had that happen to me in my life," said Fabian Delph as he hurried out of the Bodymoor Heath canteen in a state of disbelief on Tuesday lunchtime.

When enquiring about the commotion coming from the dining area at Villa's training headquarters, we were told by Delph: "I've just been seven-balled!"

Strikers Jordan Bowery and Gabby Agbonlahor quickly filtered out in fits of laughter and it soon became clear that a thrashing had been dished out on the pool table.

Bowery had potted seven colours plus the black without reply to stun Delph.

It seems pool shark Bowery loves a sporting challenge, as he demonstrated by taking part in a Villa Rockets powerchair football session in support of Birmingham Disability Sports Fest a fortnight ago.


A number of top Danish players are plying their trade in the Barclays Premier League including Villa duo Jores Okore and Nicklas Helenius.

So it was pleasing to see our very own Okore make the shortlist for the Danish Player of the Year award.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen came out on top from a four-man shortlist that also featured Daniel Agger of Liverpool and Cardiff forward Andreas Cornelius.

Despite missing out, it will no doubt have given injured defender Okore a big boost to be mentioned in such elite company.


Can you spot the ex-Villans in this photo?

Daily Mail columnist Martin Samuel this week wrote a comment piece discussing England's decision to re-enter the Toulon tournament - a competition in which they enjoyed great success in the early 1990s.

The Three Lions were victorious in the French U20 event in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994.

Accompanying the article was the above group shot of the triumphant Toulon side of 1993, featuring the likes of Darren Anderton, Jamie Redknapp and Lee Clark.

Stood side-by-side on the back row are former claret and blues stars Chris Sutton and Bryan Small, who still works at the club as a community coach.

The photo may have been taken 20 years ago but some of the staff at Villa Park have commented that Smallsey hasn't changed one bit!

The Mid-Wales Lions made their first big group trip to Villa Park for Saturday's clash against the Bluebirds - and their inaugural visit ended in a claret and blue victory.

Chairman Alun Allsop and his members couldn't wait to get back home for some good-natured banter with their Cardiff-supporting pals.

Pictured is young Morgan Allsop preparing the impressive Mid-Wales Lions flag for the trip.

Mid-Wales Lions

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