Villa Noise: Carew meets DiCaprio, PM excited and Villan Beckenbauer
Paul Brown on quirky B6 matters.
19th Feb 2014
Villa Noise: Carew meets DiCaprio, PM excited and Villan Beckenbauer


John Carew was the Wolf of Broad Street when he was caught in a strip club a few days before the Villa v Ajax UEFA Cup game in 2008.

But now the former frontman has had the chance to meet the real Wolf - The Wolf of Wall Street.

Carew was at the famous film awards - the Baftas - in Covent Garden, London with his beautiful girlfriend Hofit Golan on Sunday.

Looking dashing and debonair in an immensely smart suit, Carew enjoyed the evening mixing it with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

The highlight, though, was undoubtedly having his photo taken with Hollywood icon Leonardo Di Caprio, the star of the Martin Scorsese black comedy, which also features Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.

Gravity, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle were the big winners on the night - but Di Caprio still sported a big smile as he posed for the picture with Carew, which the claret and blue hero tweeted.

It appeared to be quite some week for Carew.

He started it at Villa Park for a feature with Sky Sports show Soccer AM before meeting Di Caprio at the Baftas and finally posing with another superstar.

Carew was also at the opening of La Perla in London and was snapped alongside Cara Delevingne, the world-famous fashion model and actress.

Good pal - and former colleague - Curtis Davies was impressed, joking that Carew has gone from being a footballer to "the man who turns up at celebrity events."

See the tweet thread below.

Davies

 

Carew

 

Carew

 

Carew

 

Carew


Duke

David Cameron and the Duke of Cambridge have been chatting furiously about Villa.

The news comes from chief executive Paul Faulkner, who met up with the PM at an event in Coleshill.

The conversation between the two naturally turned to Villa and Faulkner said Cameron was very interested in claret and blue life and the end-of-season run-in.

Cameron told Faulkner that he had just attended an event with the Duke of Cambridge, where - he added - the pair had discussed the Newcastle v Villa game this weekend.

Good to know we're being thought of in high places.


Bish

Interesting feature in the Birmingham Mail this week about the big Midland transfers that never happened.

The paper writes of Roberto Carlos almost joining Birmingham City in 1995 aswell as Gareth Bale coming close to St Andrews in 2008.

Albion's missed opportunities include David Ginola in 2002, Sylvain Wiltord in 2004 and John Carew from Valencia in 2001, although the big hitman - before he moved to Villa, described the rumour at the time as "the stupidest thing I've ever heard."

Villa's failed targets include Juninho in 1999.

At the foot of the claret and blue section of the feature, reporter Gregg Evans also includes a snippet saying that the Birmingham Mail once reported that Franz Beckenbauer was in the driving seat for the Villa managerial job when Graham Taylor left and before Jo Venglos arrived.

This was greeted with a smile in the Villa Park offices as the reporter who wrote that story now works in B6 - Rob Bishop.

He takes up the story: "Like any reporter I like to think I've had my fair share of scoops down the years. Yet whenever I come across any former colleagues from that era, they invariably remind me about the one I got wrong.

"In my defence I didn't actually say Franz was going to be appointed Villa boss, simply that he was being targeted by the club as Graham's successor.

"Wrong or not, the story sent my reputation soaring. Even when I confided with one of my colleagues that I wasn't totally convinced Franz was bound for Birmingham, he simply responded: 'Doesn't matter mate - even if it's not right, what a great story!'

"It turned out to be closer to the truth than anyone could have imagined. In his autobiography 'Deadly' eight years later, Doug Ellis wrote: 'It reminded me of the time that I made an attempt to offer Franz the job of manager of Aston Villa.'

"Clearly sometimes you can believe what you read in the newspapers - even if it doesn't actually happen."


School

Well done to our trio of young lions - Callum Robinson, Graham Burke and Josh Webb - as they attended one of our popular soccer schools this week.

The trio had, the previous night, excelled in the Villa U21s 4-2 win over Blackburn U21s in B6.

Burke scored two, Robinson hit one and Webb defended stoutly in a fine display.

But playing football is no longer the be-all-and-end-all for professionals in the modern game.

As well as media work, players now have to get out and about in the community to support charities and spread the claret and blue brand.

Robinson, Burke and Webb were at Arthur Terry School to chat to children on half-term about life at Villa - and the skills required to start on the football path.

The three lads did a great job and were a credit to the club.

They may be young starlets but it's worth remembering that it's not as easy as it looks sometimes to do something you're unfamiliar with, such as talking in public and meeting and greeting.

Well done!

School

 

School


Warwood

Congratulations to Villa fan Tim Warwood on his commentary skills at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Warwood, from Sutton Coldfield, has been giving his expert opinion on the action on the snow.

His analysis on BBC Sport has been very well received with the viewing public.

Warwood was in the commentary box - alongside pals Aimee Fuller and Ed Leigh - to give us a rundown as Jenny Jones earned Team GB's first-ever medal on snow.

She took home bronze in the showboarding slopestyle final - and Warwood was in tears at the terrific moment.

Warwood has honed his skills on events such as Channel 4's The Big Freeze, Red Bull Pro Nationals, Air & Style Munich & Innsbruck, Red Bull Flugtag, Red Bull X Fighters Dubai, Boardmasters and the British Ski & Snowboard Championships.

But we believe he's been learning from a real master via AVTV, as you can see above!

Looking at his tweet below, Warwood agrees!

Warwood


Nice to see legend Paul McGrath showing great interest in Villa Ladies this week.

Villa Ladies tweeted from their official account - @AVLFCOfficial - a full list of fixtures as they look ahead to the first season in the Women's Super League 2.

McGrath, a claret and blue hero through his immense exploits at the back, retweeted this message - and seeing that really gave the players a big boost!


It's Happy Birthday to Ron Vlaar this week.

Vlaar turned 29 on Sunday and Villa tweeted a message of congratulations to the skipper via the official Twitter account - @AVFCOfficial.

Vlaar - one of the best users of the social media site at Bodymoor Heath - was quick to thank all fans who wished him well on his special day.

See below.

Vlaar


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