Villa Noise: Petrov debut, Bell buzzing and Baggies joy for Woakes
Paul Brown on quirky B6 matters.
27th Nov 2013
Villa Noise: Petrov debut, Bell buzzing and Baggies joy for Woakes


Stan Petrov admits he's relishing taking hold of the microphone for AVTV commentary duties on Saturday.

Petrov will make his AVTV debut this weekend alongside host Jack Woodward for the Villa v Sunderland game.

The popular former club captain was only too happy to say yes when the request came in from the in-house television channel.

He will join the illustrious list of ex-players to talk their way through the action, including Paul McGrath, Ian Taylor, Peter McParland, Mark Delaney, Ken McNaught and Tony Morley.

Petrov will also be the main guest on the pre-match show on AVTV this week, which goes live on Thursday.

Petrov will head to B6 to film the programme, which will see him discuss Paul Lambert, Sunderland and close pal Brad Guzan.

In fact, Petrov tweeted this week that he will be keeping a close eye on Guzan from the commentary box.

No.1 Guzan responded almost immediately, joking that Petrov's dress sense is awful and that he will need a new wardrobe for his appearance on the club channel.

See the Twitter banter below.

Guzan

Petrov


Petrov

Stan Petrov was a special guest at the Winter Whites charity gala on Tuesday - and saw another brilliant claret and blue performance.

Petrov watched on as Villa fan, the Duke of Cambridge, joined pop-country star Taylor Swift and rock veteran Jon Bon Jovi to sing a cover of the latter's classic hit Livin' On A Prayer.

The Duke adjusted his cuffs in the manner of a cologne advert model, did some low-key 'soulful' finger clicks, and then gathered around the mic for the classic chorus.

With Bon Jovi taking the low notes and playing acoustic guitar, and Swift going for the big karaoke top line, William went for a well-executed mid-range harmony.

Petrov was at the event -  held at Kensington Palace to raise money for homeless charity Centrepoint - with striker Christian Benteke.

There was plenty of banter on Twitter between the pair beforehand, with Petrov warning Benteke not to be late.

Petrov


Westwood

Ashley Westwood was in buoyant mood after his late goal earned a derby draw with West Brom.

But don't expect a glut from the skilful central midfielder.

Westwood was the player chosen for post-match media duties at The Hawthorns.

And after discussing his superb strike with the BBC Sport team, they asked: "It that the first of many tonight?"

Westwood smirked before adding: "Hey, let's not get carried away."

Westwood's good mate - and former colleague at Crewe - Nick Powell was delighted with the central star's strike, as you can tell by the tweet below.

Of course, Powell joined Man Utd the same summer that Westwood joined Villa.


AVTV have sprinkled their magic on football matters these past few weeks.

The club's in-house television channel is in a rich vein of form with scoring guests at present.

In the Cardiff pre-match show, Libor Kozak joined Jack Woodward and promptly found the target in the game.

In the Baggies preview programme, Ashley Westwood and Karim El Ahmadi were the main men and did the business.

AVTV are currently awaiting confirmation about who they can interview in the next day or so.

Rumours there's a queue at Bodymoor Heath are, however, wide of the mark!


Bell

Congratulations to Ian Bell on his nomination for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Bell, a huge Villa fan of course, had a superb summer with England.

Batsman Bell was named man-of-the-series after the summer Ashes showdown in which he was a key figure in England's 3-0 defeat of Australia.

His tally of 562 at an average of 62 from the middle order equalled the English record for the most runs scored in a five-match home Ashes, set by Denis Compton back in 1948.

The Warwickshire right-hander also became only the fifth Englishman to score three consecutive centuries in Ashes Tests.

He even paraded the Urn at Villa Park for the game against Man City.

He faces stiff competition for the Personality of the Year crown - mainly from Wimbledon ace Andy Murray - but we're sure everyone of claret and blue persuasion will be backing their fellow supporter in the prestigious competition showdown.

Bell is currently out in Australia for the latest Ashes, England currently 1-0 down after their thrashing at The Gabba.

England slumped to a 381-run defeat in the first Test as Mitchell Johnson starred.

Bell will hope to be back to his best for the second test in Adelaide.

Woakes


FreeRadio

Close pal Chris Woakes might have been slumping in his seat watching England lose the first Ashes test to Australia but he was out of his seat on Monday.

Woakes was a special guest of Free Radio for the ding-dong derby with West Brom.

Villa fan Woakes watched the match from the gantry area at The Hawthorns and looked visibly gutted after Shane Long's double.

But he was up out of his seat as Ashley Westwood cracked home the equaliser on top of a fine finish from Karim El Ahmadi.

Woakes was at the game with new Warwickshire fast bowler Richard Jones - who has joined the Bears from Worcestershire.

Stourbridge-born Jones looked less delighted at the final whistle, though.

You guessed it, Jones is a huge Baggies fan!

He is pictured above with former Villa midfielder Pat Heard, Tom Ross and Baggies legend Tony Brown.

Woakes also went on the airwaves with Jack Woodward on AVTV pre-match as you can see below.

Woakes


You've got be intelligent to support Villa - and that was proved on BBC 2 show Eggheads.

Hosted by Jeremy Vine, Eggheads pits a team of five "Eggheads" - made up of highly-regarded quiz and game show champions - against a team of five challengers through a series of rounds.

On Tuesday's episode this week, Paul from the team of "Simple Minds" was asked the question: "Which football team, in 2006, was bought by American Randy Lerner?"

The options were Villa, Everton and Arsenal.

Paul showed his knowledge by answering Villa!


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