Villa Noise: Ladies launch, Carew high-five and Far East support
10th Apr 2014
The message is to wear the colours of your favourite team with pride on Friday - and donate £2 to the Bobby Moore Fund to help kick bowel cancer for good.
Former England skipper Moore - an icon of the game - lost his battle to the disease at the age of 51 in 1993.
There has been plenty of social media awareness for the vital campaign with the claret and blue top taking centre-stage.
The reason for this? The guy modelling the shirt, Andy Powell, is a huge Villa fan.
As you can see in the tweet below, he writes: "Making sure AVFC appears front and centre."
The Bobby Moore Fund has made great progress in tackling bowel cancer and since it was established in 1993 mortality rates have fallen by 30%.
But they can't stop there as, sadly, 43 people die of bowel cancer every day in the UK - that's almost four football teams.
For more information, click here: http://bobbymoorefund.cancerresearchuk.org.
Hong Kong Lions chairman Kidd So has spoken of his delight at welcoming Ian Taylor to a big meet-up.
Despite the 2-1 loss to Fulham, Kidd was thrilled to watch the game alongside legend Taylor, who played for the club between 1994 and 2003.
Taylor mingled with guests and was a huge hit, showing off his affable approach, big smile and claret and blue love.
Kidd told us: "This is my first time for me holding a gathering of this type and I am glad that it was amazingly successful.
"I would like to pay tribute to many people.
"First, of course, is the hero of the night, Ian Taylor. Thanks for his attendance. All Hong Kong Villans had a wonderful night - sorry for pushing you to drink so much Tayls!
"Second, I would like to pay tribute to our Hong Kong Villans. Thanks for the enthusiasm. It felt like we were watching the game at Villa Park. The atmosphere was the best I have ever seen in Hong Kong.
"Last, but not the least, thank-you for the host venue, Devil's Advocate, for providing Villans with an optimal place to enjoy the match.
"Although the result was not what we wanted, all Hong Kong Villans enjoyed a memorable night."
The formation of our newest Lions Club - in Indonesia - has been highlighted in the country's biggest sports newspaper.
The story of the origins of 'The Villans Indonesia' - and the election of their first chairman Riza Nursandi - was published in Harian Bola.
It's an intriguing tale of how various fans merged their Twitter accounts into @VillansIndo - now with just over 2,200 followers - and then set about creating a one-stop shop for supporters in the region.
This culminated in their big-bash - a full day event - in Tangerang, a small town near Jakarta, in March 2014.
Fans travelled from far and wide - all over the country - to celebrate the formation, watch the Man Utd v Villa contest, as well as agreeing on regular meet-ups in the coming weeks, months and years ahead.
They even have a presence in Birmingham too, with several members currently attending city universities and regularly coming to watch games live and in person at Villa Park.
You can also communicate with 'The Villans Indonesia' on Facebook too at Villans Indonesia.
There were roars of appreciation at Villa Park as John Carew took part in a lap of honour at the Fulham game.
Carew, heralded once again by chants of 'He's Bigger Than Me and You', spoke to supporters on the microphone at half-time and told them how he loved them as much as they loved him.
As if that wasn't enough reason to afford him a huge welcome-back, Carew had them cheering by making a 5-1 hand gesture as he made his way around the pitch.
Obviously, this was a reference to the big win over Birmingham City from 2008, when Carew bagged two goals in the demolition of the city rivals.
Villa Ladies are gearing up for their first season in the Women's Super League - and it took a step closer this week.
Boss Ron Mellor and star players Chloe Jones and Carly Davies [pictured above] headed down to the BT Sport studios in London for the official launch.
They were joined by officials for all the 18 teams in the new competition, including Arsenal Ladies, Chelsea Ladies and Man City Ladies.
BT Sport is the Women's Super League exclusive broadcast partner, showing 14 games live throughout the season, including the Continental Cup final, along with 17 shows which will air on Tuesdays at 6pm.
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will offer live commentary throughout the season, while the Women's Football Show will air throughout the season on BBC Three.
Mellor, Jones and Davies were given a guided tour, took part in interviews and had photos taken to promote their involvement in the much-talked about competition.
But there was a fourth Villa Ladies representative - a huge image of wing wonder Emma Follis [pictured below] hung in the impressive main studio.
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Despite the result, young Villa fan Kevin Thornton enjoyed an experience he will never forget against Stoke City - and also helped with our Acorns Day fundraising efforts.
The 14-year-old and his dad - also Kevin - bid £256 in an auction for a matchday media experience, sitting alongside AVTV's Jack Woodward and co-commentator Tony Morley in the press box.
He chatted live on air before the game, revealing that Fabian Delph is his favourite player - and also gave a live verdict on Christian Benteke's goal.
Father and son came across so well that AVTV also recorded interviews to camera as part of our round-up of Acorns Day.
The duo also met Sky TV pundit Niall Quinn, plus several ex-players, journalists and broadcasters, as well as watching the managers' post-match press conferences.
The result could obviously have been better but it was still a special day for Mia Colvin when Villa faced Stoke City.
The nine-year-old from Sutton Coldfield submitted a drawing of Gabby Agbonlahor which was chosen by our striking star for the cover of the special Acorns Day programme.
Mia is pictured proudly displaying her copy of the Villa News & Record at the Family Funzone, one of numerous club activities which helped to raise fund for the children's hospice.
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