Villa Noise: Keane hug, driving Kartz and Gardner fun
Paul Brown on quirky B6 matters.
14th Aug 2014
Villa Noise: Keane hug, driving Kartz and Gardner fun

Lions are renowned as brave creatures - and that was certainly the case with Bella at our friendly game with Parma.

The loveable club mascot was eager to welcome new No.2 Roy Keane into the claret and blue fold.

Most would go for a handshake - but not Bella, who decided a hug would be more warm and hospitable for the former Man Utd ace.

Keane, famous as a no-holds-barred warrior on the pitch, wasn't that open to the idea but eventually sported a huge grin as he accepted the genial gesture in good spirits.

The subs certainly enjoyed the good-natured act - and the picture, taken by club photographer Neville Williams, produced a host of shares on social media too.




Gary Gardner has had some playful fun at brother Craig's expense over their sibling rivalry.

Gary is a boyhood Villa fan and has photographed Craig's daughters in claret and blue shirts with 'Uncle' and his No.22 on the back.

With big brother and Villa oldboy Craig supporting rivals Blues - and playing for neighbours West Brom - cheeky Gary knew the Villa tops would wind up his elder sibling.

Tweeting on his @22Gards account, Gary posted the picture, joking: "Nieces very happy. Daddy's not tho."


What a difference a single character at the end of a name makes.

Doug Ellin - along with Mark Wahlberg - made Entourage one of HBO's biggest hits in USA.

The story revolves around Vince Chase, a young actor whose career is on the rise.

To share the fun of his ride to the top of Hollywood and keep him grounded, Vince looks to Eric, Drama and Turtle, his childhood buddies from Queens.

Together, they navigate the highs and lows of Hollywood's fast lane, where the stakes are higher, and the money and temptations greater.

Ellin, however, was left a bit confused when he was mistaken - on his @MrDougEllin Twitter account - for Villa president Doug Ellis.


Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steve Lewis was a special guest at Villa Park for the Parma match - and the pole vaulter was thrilled to meet boss Paul Lambert before the game.

Lewis, from Stoke, is in demand after winning the top prize in Glasgow.

He now has the full set of Commonwealth medals, having won bronze in 2006 and silver in 2010.

He will have his work cut out to repeat the feat in Switzerland during the European Championships, where French world record holder Renaud Lavillenie is guaranteed to be the hot favourite for the top prize.


Former Villa chairman Harry Kartz still has plenty of drive - despite hitting a century.

Kartz was one of the stars of '100-Year-Old Drivers' this week on ITV - a documentary following the antics of some of the oldest road users.

Kartz is one of 209 drivers aged 100 and over on Britain's roads.

Because compulsory tests weren't brought in until 1935, he has never taken a test despite being 86 years behind the wheel.

Kartz impressed greatly as he was shown taking his car for a spin around Solihull alongside his son John, who himself is 68-years-old.

And he celebrated getting the thumbs-up by heading out on to the road to the bookies!

Jack Grealish may be looking to make an impact this term - but he's not forgetting his roots.

The 18-year-old winger, who has impressed in pre-season, posted a tweet of himself in a claret and blue team line-up as a promising nine-year-old.

Grealish is joined in the picture by close pals Henry Cowans and Ricardo Calder, who are also eager to do well this season in the U21s.


Gordon Cowans, Gary Shaw, Tony Morley, Ken McNaught, Kenny Swain and Colin Gibson were heroes in 1982 - and it's fair to say they're just as popular today.

The super six took part in a special #ThePerfectSunday promotion, co-ordinated by Villa in association with DPD.

Over 100 claret and blue fans pre-ordered the away shirt - similar in look to the famous shirt worn in the win over Bayern Munich - so it was appropriate that our Rotterdam legends hit the road to deliver all of them in super-quick time.

There were faces of shock, surprise, glee and downright delight as, one by one, the icons knocked on door after door in areas such as Walsall, Kings Norton, Atherstone, Nuneaton and Sutton Coldfield.

The adults were thrilled to see their heroes - but the kids were just as pleased to meet the men who made history under Tony Barton.

Cowans and Shaw both gatecrashed parties - and also found themselves in penalty shoot-out competitions with excited youngsters.

Our #ThePerfectDay promotion was very popular on social media too - and you can check out our live blog below.

Check out our picture gallery from the day.

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