Villa Noise: Willoughby support, Benteke bullseye and JG is back
Paul Brown on quirky claret and blue matters.
5th Dec 2013
Villa Noise: Willoughby support, Benteke bullseye and JG is back

AVTV are planning to show highlights from Villa v Sunderland - and we're not talking about our cracking 6-1 victory!

The footage our official TV channel will be showing early in the New Year is from the 1913 FA Cup final - thanks to a little help from the BBC, the National Football Museum and Chelsea supporter who lives in Cardiff.

The six-minute film came to light when Midlands Today sports reporter Ian Winter was researching details of the final from a century ago, which Villa won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 121,919 at the Crystal Palace.

"We wanted to do a piece about the 1913 final and I thought it would be a difficult story to tell in TV terms," said Ian.

"But the National Football Museum put me in touch with Andy George, who specialises in football memorabilia from that period."

Ian and a cameraman visited Andy at his home in Cardiff and copied the film for a Midlands Today feature which was screened at the start of the season.

The BBC only screened a few fleeting seconds of the 100-year-old film, which was given to Andy by a friend who belongs to the Crystal Palace Foundation.

But Villa fans will be able to enjoy the full version - all six minutes of it - when it appears on AVTV.

Although it doesn't show Tommy Barber's winning goal, it does include the presentation of the trophy.

Why not subscribe now - you can get two months for the price of one - just £4.99.


Here's two brilliant Belgians!

Christian Benteke is pictured with darts star Kim Huybrechts at Villa Park.

Christian is a hero of Kim's, even though the man nicknamed The Hurricane actually supports Liverpool!

"Kim was made up when Christian told him he had been following his career," said Huybrechts' manager Mark Elkin.

"It was the first time they had met but they knew so much about each other.

"Although Kim is a Liverpool fan, he also loves Villa. He has to, because I've been a season ticket holder for over 30 years. I'm his manager so he does as he's told!"

There was a lorra lorra cheers on Sunday when Holly Willoughby seemingly revealed her support of the club.

Popular presenter Willoughby tweeted 'Villa so exciting' completely out of the blue to her 4m followers.

However, it soon became clear that the affectionate message was meant to profess her admiration for Cilla NOT Villa!

That's Cilla Black, who was back on Surprise, Surprise that evening for the first time since leaving the show 12 years ago.

Before that, of course, the shock claret and blue announcement had hit a lot of people "between the eyes"!



It started as an emotional one-off gesture and ended up as a global phenomenon - and it was all down to this man.

His name is Peter "Ped" Badlan but he will always be remembered as the man who instigated the 19th-minute applause after Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

"When the news broke about Stan there were threads about it on the Heroes and Villainswebsite," said Ped, who helps to sell the popular fanzine on matchday.

"Editor Dave Woodhall mentioned that he'd spoken to someone at the club about what could be done as a tribute and I thought it would be nice for the fans to be involved.

"The idea for the 19th-minute applause started from that. We only had a day to spread the word but the reaction at the Chelsea match was incredible.

"It was really only intended for that match to show Stan we were with him, but it just grew from there. It was amazing to hear the applause during pre-season games in America last year."

Even so, Ped believes it was the correct decision when Petrov requested that the minute's applause should be discontinued.

"It seemed time to move on," he said.

"Not that Stan will be forgotten, but we didn't want it to become diluted.

"And I appreciate that, strictly speaking, the applause was actually in the 20th minute. It just seemed appropriate that it should happen when his number came up on the screen."


Erik Fredriksson was back at Villa Park - 31 years after he refereed a European Cup-tie here.

The 70-year-old former Swedish official has had a soft spot for Villa since taking charge of our second round home leg against Romanians Dinamo Bucharest in November 1982.

And he finally made it back here with a group of fellow Swedes.

"The stadium has changed a great deal but it's wonderful to be back," said the man who refereed hundreds of top games throughout his career, including officiating at three World Cup tournaments.

Erik (centre) is pictured with Bengt Palmer, Anders Johansson, Andreas Fager and his brother Carl-Olof.

For the record, Villa beat Dinamo 4-2 thanks to a Gary Shaw hat-trick and a goal from Mark Walters.


It's only a few weeks until Christmas - and Villa's players have been getting in the festive spirit by taking part in our "wrapping challenge".

Several first team stars as well as Hercules, Stan Petrov and Tony Morley have raced against the clock in trying to gift-wrap three items from the Villa Store as quickly as possible.

But who was the faster wrapper?

Watch out for some entertaining clips over the coming weeks, starting with Andreas Weimann on Friday!

Check out loads and loads of quirky video content on our official YouTube channel.


Jack Woodward is usually calm and composed each week as he films links for the popular AVTV pre-match show - but then again, he's not generally disturbed by leaping lemurs.

Woodward was at West Midlands Safari Park for our JV Life Christmas party, an event which was greeted warmly by kids and parents alike.

Woodward was a consummate professional as he continued talking despite the presence of the loveable characters during the video clips.

Just to prove there was no love lost, Woodward posed - minus microphone - with one of the cheeky chaps at the end of filming.

Check out our video package of the Santa Safari.


Talking of Jack Woodward, it was great to see Stan Petrov beside him in the commentary box for the Sunderland game.

The feedback we've received from AVTV subscribers is that Petrov is every bit as good on the microphone as he was in the central ground dictating play.

Petrov - who also featured in our pre-match show - told us he thoroughly enjoyed the experience in the B6 press box and we're very hopeful of seeing him there many more times in the future.

Nice touch from him to send Jack a text message the next day to say 'thanks for having me."

Humble doesn't begin to do him justice.


Of course, Stan Petrov wasn't the only VIP guest at Villa Park on Saturday.

It was fabulous to see The Duke of Cambridge, at the game to cheer on his favourite team.

Great to hear from Paul Faulkner, our chief executive, after the Sunderland game, who told us that Prince William was "no fair-weather fan" and was very interested in the team aswell as being highly impressed by the club's heritage and community work.

Paul Lambert joked after the match that Wills wouldn't be watching Match of the Day after the drab 0-0 draw with the Black Cats.

But, I'm pretty sure, HRH would have been glued to his set the following Wednesday as Villa saw off Southampton in what turned out to be a rip-roaring contest.

Read the full thoughts of Faulkner on the Duke's allegiance.


It's great to see John Gregory back in football.

The man who played so admirably in claret and blue and led us to the FA Cup final in 2000 is the new boss of Crawley Town.

He spoke with real determination at his press conference as he looks to get stuck in after some time out of the managerial game.

He will always have a soft spot for Villa and vice-versa, as a message on the official Crawley Town Twitter page proved below.

Good luck JG!


Finally, Fabian Delph has been recommended for England - by a Spaniard!

Antonio Luna tweeted the below picture and message after the Southampton win in which Delph scored and inspired.

Just shows the immense team spirit in camp under boss Paul Lambert.

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