Villa Noise: Monster Laursen, lovely jubbly Lambert and The Voice
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30th Jan 2014

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Happy Chinese New Year to Villa fans!

Elsewhere on the website, you will see a message from the players to the fans in the Far East, wishing them a very happy year of the horse.

But here above you can find a compilation from claret and blue fans in China just for you.

We have a growing fanbase in the Far East and supporters there have created this special video to wish you health and happiness for the next 12 months.

Chinese New Year begins on January 31 and last for one week.

Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and Philippines.

Traditionally, families gather to share the blessings of the past year and attract good fortune in the coming one.

Chinese households set off fireworks on the eve of the New Year in order to drive away evil spirits.

Each year is associated with one of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2014, it's the year of the horse.

The twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac are the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the ram, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig.

Exact origins of the Chinese zodiac are unknown, but common folklore has it that these are the twelve animals to reach heaven in a race.

The club have their own Chinese social media executive, Rongtian Ho from Hong Kong, who has supported Villa for the past 15 years.

He now lives in Birmingham and points out: "I'm living my dream!"


Carew

Great to see John Carew on Soccer AM showing his love for Villa.

Carew joined Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain - as well as transfer expert Jim White and presenter Natalie Sawyer - on the popular Saturday morning show on Sky Sports One.

Carew told them of his new career in movies but couldn't resist talking about the claret and blues and how much he enjoyed playing in B6.

He even admitted that, despite quitting the game, he would have played for Villa in the closing weeks of 2012-13 to help them out of relegation trouble.

He said: "I quit the game. I didn't have the inner inspiration. I took a break first and I didn't miss it.

"Now I am doing something different. I don't miss the daily life - and being a professional - only kidding! I like being my own boss.

"When you have done something for a long time, the passion does disappear.

"But I loved playing for Villa - which is my team.

"They were struggling for a while last season and I said that if I could help them, go up there and make an effort, help the kids or whatever, come on for 10 or 15 minutes - I am still big and strong and can do a job.

"But that offer was a while ago now. I am further away from good football shape now.

"I would have expected them to cover the hotel bill - but that's it.

"I would have gone there for three or four months and played for free, definitely to help the team."


John Carew was feeling reminiscent this week on Twitter too.

Carew tweeted the below message, which pretty much sums up how much he enjoyed his time in claret and blue.

He was referring to the famous fan chant of 'Monster' by Automatic to serenade our former star defender Martin Laursen.

Carew


Hendrie

John Carew wasn't the only former Villa star to appear on Sky Sports this past week.

Lee Hendrie also made a guest appearance in the Sky Sports News studio as he gave his expert analysis of Sheffield United v Fulham in the FA Cup clash.

The game finished 1-1 at Bramall Lane, Chris Porter's goal cancelled out by an effort from Hugo Rodallega.

Good performance from the League One team, who put out Villa - and also Hendrie who excelled in his punditry role.


Evans

His dad became a soccer legend by lifting the European Cup with Villa in 1982.

Now Myles Evans, the son of claret and blues hero Allan Evans, has revealed his own dream goal - winning The Voice.

The trainee lawyer, 26, wowed judges from the BBC One talent show with an acoustic version of High Hopes, and stormed through to the second round.

His first ever public performance was given the thumbs-up by Kaiser Chief's frontman Ricky Wilson, who turned his chair in the 'blind audition'.

And viewers were told of a heart-breaking background to his success.

Myles' sister Davida, 34, is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for neuroendocrine cancer and had entered him into the TV competition without his knowledge.

Defender dad Allan made 475 appearances for Villa from 1977 to 1989, scoring 62 goals.

He played a key role in the club's famous European Cup triumph in 1982, which ended with a 1- 0 victory over Bayern Munich in the final.

The family is now living in Cornwall where Allan, 57, is a part-time driving instructor and soccer coach.

And he admitted his son's TV experience was harder than playing in front of thousands of football fans.

"It's a totally different thing. Myles is on his own, I had a team. But this is very much an individual thing. I will be cheering him on.

"We are proud of him. When he has a go at things, he is generally good."

Evans made a guest appearance on the ITV show to support Myles.


Programme

Lifelong Villa fan Steve Evans came up with a novel way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first game at Villa Park.

Steve attended his first home match in December 1963 - a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Since then he has collected almost 700 matchday programmes from games he has attended - despite living overseas for 12 years.

So when the anniversary of his home debut came around, the 59-year-old season ticket holder donned specially-made t-shirts displaying the programme front cover from his special day.

Steve and friends Harold and Sam Yates are pictured getting with the programme.


McQueen

We're pretty sure Steve McQueen never had any great affection for Villa.

But we know a Villa supporter who has written a book about the Hollywood legend.

Apart from his devotion to the claret-and-blue cause, freelance journalist Richard Sydenham is also big admirer of the man who starred in films like Le Mans, Papillon, Bullit, The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven.

Richard's book, Steve McQueen: The Cooler King was published a few weeks ago and has already been serialised in the Mail on Sunday.

Richard admits it's quite a departure to be a football reporter one minute and a Hollywood author the next.

But he doesn't miss the opportunity to mention in the "about the author" section that he is a passionate Villa supporter who has followed the club since the early 1980s.


De la Cruz

Even during his playing days, former Villa full-back Ulises de la Cruz was involved in charity work in his home city of Quito.

And now he is able to play an even bigger role in the welfare of his people following his election to the National Assembly of the Ecuadorian Parliament last year.

De la Cruz, who played 99 games and scored two goals for Villa after signing from Hibernian in 2002, retired just over a year ago after winning his 100th cap for Ecuador.

Thanks to his efforts, the Chota area will soon have its first college, for 800 students, with a strong emphasis on teaching English.

He has also helped to build the area's first clinic, indoor sports centre and hospital.

He has also developed an academy in the hope that talented youngsters will have the chance to follow in his footsteps to the Premier League - and he would like nothing more than to see one of them at Villa Park.


The man responsible for an integral section of our club archives has died at the age of 86.

John Gould, who lived in Leicester, had compiled meticulous scrapbooks about Villa from 1950 until 2004, when he donated them to the club.

Those books have provided an invaluable source of information for the club's various media outlets over the past decade.

We would like to send our condolences to John's family and friends.


Paul Lambert thought it was "lovely jubbly" when Villa beat West Brom on Wednesday.

On the eve of the Baggies game, the boss was reminded that he and newboy Ryan Bertrand shared the outstanding honour in the dressing room at Villa of both having winning the European Cup.

Bertrand won it with Chelsea while Lambert was integral in Borrussia Dortmund's triumph.

Asked where his medal was, Lambert told reporters: "I have no idea. It will probably end up at Sotheby's. It will be like a scene from Only Fools and Horses!"

In that famous episode, of course, Del Boy and Rodney auctioned off a fobwatch they found in their garage for £6.2m.


Great to see the positive reaction to the remarkable derby win over West Brom on Twitter.

The likes of Ian Bell, Brad Guzan, Christian Benteke and Chris Woakes were quick to log-on to the social media channel to share their joy.

See below.

Benteke

Woakes


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