Villa Noise: Snooker-loopy Vlaar and Terminator Benteke
Paul Brown on B6 matters.
23rd Jan 2014
Villa Noise: Snooker-loopy Vlaar and Terminator Benteke


Great to see Shaun Teale as the latest AVTV guest.

Teale took the microphone at Anfield for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Host Jack Woodward was very impressed with the performance of Teale.

He said: "Shaun was renowned as a solid performer as a player and he was the same as a pundit.

"He was interesting, insightful, honest and very confident.

"Shaun was very positive too, impressed with the performance on Merseyside of the lads.

"He spoke of his great memories of playing in claret and blue. Unfortunately he can't do that anymore but we're delighted to have him doing the next best thing, giving expert analysis on the action."

Teale joins a solid stable of pundits who have appeared on the club airwaves, also including Paul McGrath, Peter McParland, Mark Delaney, Ken McNaught and Tony Morley.

Teale


Swain

Fantastic, too, to see European Cup hero Kenny Swain back at Villa Park, signing copies of his new book in the B6 Store.

Swain - also a key member of the 1981 League Championship team - has just had his official biography published.

It is a riveting read and also includes a great colour section of formerly unreleased pictures.

His book is £16.99 and available for purchase.

Swain brought a touch of culture to his full-back role with Villa.

Over the course of three seasons he missed only four games, boasting an ever-present record in the title-winning campaign of 1980-81.

He also took over the captaincy whenever Dennis Mortimer was absent, and played in all but one of the ties as Villa won the European Cup in 1982.

Enjoy the immense highs of Swain's career, also taking in Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, in this cracking publication 'A Game of Three Halves', which was written alongside Brian Beard.


Benteke

Christian Benteke was king of the console as he emerged victorious in the EA SPORTS FIFA 14 player tournament.

Benteke came up against Gabby Agbonlahor, Gary Gardner and Nathan Baker in the training ground event - but swept all aside with some superb game-playing.

Check out the exclusive picture gallery here.

First up, Benteke saw off Agbonlahor 3-1 in the first semi-final while Gardner defeated Baker by the same score in the second semi-final.

Agbonlahor cried foul, complaining of intense Benteke practice before the game while Baker bemoaned missed chances against Gardner.

In the showpiece final, Benteke battered Gardner 4-2 to claim quite a scalp.

Gardner has won the previous two player tournaments - organised by our football action game partner EA SPORTS - so Benteke caused a major upset.

Benteke created much amusement throughout the tournament by replicating his famous celebration after each goal.

Watch the video of the tournament below.


Benteke

Christian Benteke was a fearsome opponent in that EA SPORTS FIFA 14 tournament - but not to the extent of this image published on Twitter.

Benteke was mocked up as The Terminator, the Arnold Schwarzenegger cyborg from the classic 1984 film.

"I'll be back" roared out Schwarzenegger in that cult movie - and Benteke will undoubtedly have had the same outlook heading into the West Brom game after his brilliant performance at Liverpool.


Agbonlahor

Players always produce a New Year message for fans which we publish on the official site each January 1 - now they're creating a Chinese New Year message too!

Villa are big news in the Far East - the 12th most popular European club in China.

The club's Sina Weibo account - the Chinese equivalent of Twitter - has charged to a whopping 100,000 followers.

That figure dwarfs those for clubs like Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Napoli, Roma and Wolfsburg.

But the most fascinating and encouraging statistic is the rate of growth for our site.

Villa are now at 100,000 in just two months while Valencia are at 40,000, Atletico Madrid at 18,000 and Roma at 11,000 after close to two years.

That shows the progress made by Rongtian He, our new social media executive.

He - a huge Villa fan of 12 years from Guangdong in China - joined the club in November 2013 and has worked hard to produce appealing content for our Chinese supporters.

The latest element surrounds Chinese New Year - which begins on February 2.

Players have signed replica shirts, featuring their names in Chinese - which will be available via competitions on our various platforms.

Also, Ron Vlaar, Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor, Karim El Ahmadi and Brad Guzan took part in a special signing session!

All four stars were tasked with writing their names with brush pens and ink in Chinese calligraphy on special authentic paper and the quartet excelled.

Again, these great prizes will be available in competitions across all our platforms.

Our fans will also be involved.

Fans in Hong Kong [pictured below], including guys like Kidd So, Mac Yip and Sammer Wong, will also be producing claret and blue themed messages for the Spring Festival.

Benteke

 

Benteke

 

Vlaar

 

Vlaar

 

Kidd


Morley

Debbie Cole brought a smile to the face of Tony Morley when she attended the Villa v Sunderland match.

Her mum, Cynthia, was being treated to a 'Celebrations Package' - an extra-special corporate hospitality offering we provide for each home game.

Cynthia was greeted by 1982 European Cup legends Ken McNaught and Tony Morley on the day.

And Tony was shocked to be shown a photo of himself with Debbie from 1980!

Tony had met Debbie in the Royal Oak in Rowley Regis and had the meeting snapped as part of a Lions Club meet-and-greet.

Now 34 years later they were reunited - and both were still claret and blue through and through!


Vlaar

Ron Vlaar is a big fan of snooker and he showed his affection for the sport by attending the Dafabet Masters at the London's Alexandra Palace.

Ronnie O'Sullivan clinched his fifth title with a convincing 10-4 win over 2013 champion and world number two Mark Selby.

But not before meeting Vlaar alongside guests Matt Lowton and Jordan Bowery.

The world champion, who was described as "unplayable", won the first five frames and led 7-1 after the first session.

Selby won three of the next four frames before O'Sullivan completed his win.


Barnes

Congratulations to Gary Barnes on winning our half-season ticket giveaway.

As you may remember, one philanthropic supporter offered two half seasons tickets in a competition for the most deserving fans.

Gary emerged victorious after being put forward by his dad.

Now Gary and son Jack can look forward to days at Villa Park!

Jack's first Villa game was against Arsenal and he can't wait to cheer on the boys in claret and blue for years to come!

Head of Villa in the Community Ravi Masih is pictured handing over the season tickets.

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