Villa Noise: US tour buzz, Thomo's wickets and Xbox marks spot
2nd Apr 2014
Villa will return to the United States for the second time in three years after confirming pre-season friendlies against Major League Soccer sides FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo.
Within minutes of the announcement, our social media channels were inundated with messages from our American supporters.
While Villa are gearing up to travel to the Lone Star State, Ken Reid was lucky enough to make the journey in the opposite direction.
Ken is pictured below demonstrating his love of both Villa and Houston Dynamo at our home game against Tottenham last year.
Another supporter who will have split loyalties in July is expat Nigel Brooks, who is pictured wearing the colours of both Villa and Dynamo.
Villa have 26 supporters clubs in the US, so it is sure to be a busy summer for them - especially the Dallas Lions.
If our fans Stateside were left excited by details of the US tour, our American goalkeeper Brad Guzan was shouting from the rooftops.
Ahead of the announcement, USA international Guzan was the obvious choice for media duties to discuss the two-match pre-season trip.
Press officer Sean Colfer called Guzan into a quiet corner at the club's training ground to inform him about the summer excursion to his homeland - and it is fair to say the news went down pretty well.
"Get in!" yelled the excited shot-stopper, as he punched the air in delight.
"You've just made my week!"
Christian Benteke may have left Old Trafford disappointed on Saturday - but he did receive a glowing tribute from one of his opponents.
Belgium team-mate Marouane Fellaini, who featured for Manchester United in their 4-1 win over Villa at the weekend, used an interview in the matchday programme to wax lyrical about Benteke.
Asked just how good his compatriot is, Fellaini replied: "He did really well last season and has been injured for a lot of this season, but he is playing well at the moment and has scored some good goals.
"He has a lot of quality. He is very strong, he can hold the ball, he can dribble and he can run with it, so he has all of the qualities needed to be a top class striker."
We welcomed one of the giants of British broadcasting to B6 last week.
Long-time Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow was the guest of honour as Villa Park hosted a celebrity lunch organised by the Journalists' Charity.
Although Snow is a Brighton and Hove Albion supporter, he donned his own personalised Villa shirt which was presented to him by chief executive Paul Faulkner.
Warwickshire CC's two-day warm-up match was being followed with great interest at Villa Park this week.
That's because Aaron Thomason - grandson of Villa community coach Alan - made his senior debut for the Bears.
And the 16-year-old, who is a season ticket holder at Villa Park, couldn't have asked for a better start to his first class cricket career.
The young bowler took three wickets for 40 runs - the best figures of the innings - as Warwickshire restricted Gloucestershire to 205 for 8.
It is great to see another claret and blues supporter in the Bears' ranks alongside England stars Ian Bell and Chris Woakes.
We finally have a winner in our popular half-time competition, so David Taylor can look forward to a super prize.
The 26-year-old from North Wales became the first supporter to land a ball on the circular target on the halfway line when his kick from the Holte End came to rest on the EA Sports segment.
That means David, a Doug Ellis stand season ticket holder, can look forward to an XBox One console, which will be presented on the pitch at half-time before a future match.
"I won the chance to have a go when my nan made a donation to Acorns," said David.
"I was a bit nervous beforehand, but when I went pitch-side I relaxed."
Speaking of winners, congratulations to the Braddock family, who took home the giant chocolate egg from our Acorns Day clash against Stoke.
The huge egg, which was on display in the funzone before kick-off, was supplied to Acorns by Cadbury World who are hosting the JV-Life Easter party later this month.
Club photographer Neville Williams played the role of mentor for the evening when Villa U21s faced their West Brom counterparts on Monday evening.
Amateur photographers from West Midlands Police who formed their own camera club asked if they could shadow Nev for the Barclays U21 Premier League clash at Villa Park.
So not only did our snapper carry out his duty of capturing the major incidents during the derby clash, he also took time to teach the group from the police force some tricks of the trade.
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