Villa Noise: Shirty Ozzy Osbourne, Draper on the bus and stern Guzan
Paul Brown on quirky B6 matters.
15th Jan 2014
Villa Noise: Shirty Ozzy Osbourne, Draper on the bus and stern Guzan

It appears that Mark Draper knew he was destined to play for Villa a year before he actually joined.

No insider information, though.

Draper admitted this week that he once got on the wrong team coach in the car park of a hotel on the way to an away game.

He realised his error when he saw Big Ron starring back at him.

He told us: "I was at Notts County at the time and we were staying at the same place as Villa.

"We started making our way out to get on the bus.

"I got on the coach and had taken two or three steps before I looked up and there was Ron Atkinson!

"I'd got on the Villa coach instead of the Notts County one. It was all a bit embarrassing so I got off sharpish."


Nice to hear that AVTV's videos are raising money!

The club's in-house television channel produced a documentary called 'The Making of Ron Vlaar' as they charted his career to date, featuring interviews with the player himself aswell as his former coaches in Holland.

His first club, Apollo, screened the film this week, with members paying to watch it as part of a fundraising initiative.


Brad Guzan was in friendly mood this week - thankfully.

Guzan sat down with me for a weekly website interview, covering a host of topics ahead of the match with Liverpool.

One of the discussion points was new signing Grant Holt and what the powerful forward will bring to the claret and blue set-up.

Once his flowing words of praise had ended, I pointed out that Holt had beaten him from the spot in Villa's 2-1 win at Norwich in May 2013.

Guzan looked sternly across and said: "I hadn't thought about that until you reminded me."

I worryingly babbled on before goalkeeper Guzan smiled and added: "I'm only joking. We won - that's the main thing."

Guzan also answered in light-hearted manner when I asked him about the banter flying from the Arsenal supporters during the Gunners game on Monday.

Guzan laughed and added: "That made me chuckle!"

Watch the exclusive interview with Holt on AVTV.


Great to see The Struts at Villa Park this week.

Addo and Jed from the popular band were here to watch Villa take on Arsenal.

The Struts are recognised as a new band with the flamboyance and the style to match their rebellious tunes.

Addo [guitar], Jed [bass] along with Luke Spiller (vocals) and Gethin Davies (drums) make up the indie rockers.

They released their debut single 'Could Have Been Me' - a singalong anthem of epic proportions - to critical acclaim through Virgin EMI Records.

Addo and Jed were both thrilled to make it to B6, even though they have a really heavy schedule at present.

And despite the result, they both went home happy - after hearing their new single 'Kiss This' on the playlist pre-match.


The Struts weren't the only music guests at Villa Park on Monday.

Rudimental's DJ Locksmith was here as a guest of club ambassador Ian Taylor.

Rudimental, of course, are a drum and base phenomenon - a quality quartet of songwriters and producers - from London, who topped the UK singles chart with 'Feel the Love' and 'Waiting All Night' as well as having global anthems like 'Not Giving Up' and 'Right Here.'

Their debut album 'Home' has also been released to critical acclaim.

They are also set to perform at the Brit Awards 2014, which will take place at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday February 19, along with Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Bastille and the Arctic Monkeys.

But, before that, DJ Locksmith enjoyed the company of Villa icon Taylor for the Gunners clash.

Taylor was gutted after the match following the 2-1 defeat but DJ Locksmith was very satisfied - his team are Arsenal you see!


Back to Villa music fans - and they don't come much bigger than the members of Black Sabbath.

Geezer Butler is here regularly, most recently the home match with Sunderland just before Christmas - a match also attended by Prince William.

Lead singer and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne also follows the team, although not to the same fanatic level as Geezer.

But it was good to see Ozzy's support on Twitter this week.

Under the hashtag #TBT - known as Throwback Thursday - the Black Sabbath social media site tweeted an old picture of Geezer and Ozzy from the 1980s.

Ozzy, as you can see, is awesomely attired in claret and blue.


One of club photographer Neville Williams's key roles is his matchday output.

Neville takes all our pictures during the 90 minutes of action, home and away.

But since the explosion of social media, his duties have increased.

Now Neville has to arrive earlier and snap away as build-up to the game bubbles up.

He takes fan images aswell as what we call GVs - general views - arty snaps of each ground he visits.

His images from Villa Park on Monday were fantastic - as you can see below.







Big congratulations to Villa Ladies forward Natalie Gibson, who gave birth to her first child this week.

Olivia Ellen Violet came into the world and she's bound to be a claret and blue fan - like her proud mum - when she grows up.

Popular Gibson has scored goals for Villa Ladies over 10 years and has also worked for the club as a community coach for the same amount of time.

The best of luck to mum and daughter - and dad Daniel - as they get used to their new life.

Natalie said: "I am so excited about being a mum.

"Villa will have to take a backstep for the moment. I think giving birth might even have been harder than pre-season training!

"I already have some Villa kits sorted for her. She will be a Villa fan no doubt. Like mother. Like daughter!"


On the subject of Villa Ladies, good luck to Ron Mellor who has taken over as manager this week.

Mellor will work alongside head coach Joe Hunt and Karl Fellows as the trio aim to get the team ready for their first season in the Super League, which starts in April.

Look out for the full story about Ron on the website tomorrow.


Great to hear from Tony Parton and his 19-year-old son Kristian this week.

They were back at Villa Park over the festive season - following a five-week adventure to the Antarctic Peninsula.

The intrepid duo returned safely despite being twice attacked by fur seals and having their ship hit by three separate icebergs.

The trip also took in a visit to Buenos Aires, where they watched Argentinos Juniors beat Olimpo 4-0, plus the Falklands, South Georgia and South Shetlands.

Once they reached their destination, they made sure they showed their Villa replica shirts to the Gentoo penguins.

"Most of the passengers on the ship were Americans who hadn't heard of Villa," said Holte End Tony." But they do now!"


Max Martin was born into a long line of Villa supporters when he made his appearance into the world on December 5.

Max is the son of Naomi and Daniel Martin, and both his dad and his uncle Nathan are determined the new arrival will be attending a match at Villa Park in the not-too-distant future.

Daniel has been a season ticket holder since he was five and was among the first occupants in the Doug Ellis Stand when it was built in 1994.

Together with Nathan and his father John - Max's granddad - Daniel has attended every Villa semi-final and final since he was born in 1979.

So hopefully Max will follow in his father's footsteps.

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