Villa Noise: Down the Lane, FIFA fun, golf glory and tea towel tales
All the claret and blue talk this week.
5th Oct 2012
Villa Noise: Down the Lane, FIFA fun, golf glory and tea towel tales

For some members of Villa's media staff, this will go down as the week that started and finished at White Hart Lane.

All eyes will be on the home of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as Paul Lambert's team strive to register their first top-flight away win of the campaign.

If Monday's precursor in the Barclays U21 Premier League was anything to go by, we are in for a blockbuster.

Villa's U21 side earned a 3-3 draw against their Spurs counterparts in an absorbing contest which saw new signing Jordan Bowery impress.

The first of two trips to north London this week also provided the perfect opportunity for AVTV to film their pre-match show.

Jack Woodward and Bobby Bridgeman recorded links from various locations at the famous venue, including the visitors dressing room and the corner of the ground that houses the away supporters.

Development coach Gordon Cowans was also able to share some special White Hart Lane memories in his post-match interview - including a tale of when he helped Villa topple a Tottenham team containing Argentine greats Ricardo Villa and Ossie Ardiles.

The show, which features a number of Villa first team stars plus some past goals against Spurs, is available to watch on AVTV now - click here.

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Nobody was injured during the filming of this week's pre-match show - although Jack Woodward did finish up on the treatment table.

Thankfully this picture of Jack clutching his knee in the away dressing room was just for show.

The AVTV broadcaster was fully fit for the U21 match with no grimacing pains to hamper his commentary or post-match interviewing duties.

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Former Villa striker Emile Heskey's move to Australian side Newcastle Jets was one of the big talking points last week.

As Big Emile gets set to make his debut Down Under against Adelaide United this weekend, the forward has been in the news again for two very different reasons.

Firstly, Heskey starred in publicity shots for the A-League along with none other than Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero - a new recruit for Sydney FC.

Later in the week, we learned of the bizarre discovery that the England international appeared on the Rod Hull and Emu Show as a youngster.

Footage began doing the rounds in various news outlets of a 10-year-old Heskey tackling an assault course on the popular 1980s TV show.

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Speaking of former Villa stars, Kent Nielsen was the subject of our latest Cult Heroes feature.

The former centre-back - who donned the claret and blue jersey between 1989 and 1991 - followed in the footsteps of Wilfred Bouma and John Gregory by answer questions sent in by supporters via Twitter.

Programme editor Rob Bishop was a reporter for the Birmingham Mail during the Dane's spell at the club, so he was the ideal man to put in the call to get his answers.

"Kent is a really friendly guy and even though he is a manager now with Aalborg in Denmark he was happy to take the time to answer the questions," said Rob.

"He is just as chatty and co-operative now as he was when he was at Villa as a player."

When Villa's stars aren't on the training field honing their skills, a popular pasttime is to enjoy footballing success of a virtual kind.

None of them, though, have managed to work out a way to dethrone FIFA king Gary Gardner, who won a four-man tournament on the new EA Sports title FIFA 13 this week.

The EA Sports dugout rolled into Bodymoor Heath, with Gardner, Joe Bennett, Ciaran Clark and Matthew Lowton going head-to-head.

It was a closely-contested affair with Gardner edging out Bennett 2-1 in the first semi-final, before Lowton defeated Clark on a penalty shootout in the second.

Lowton heaped further agony on Clark at the climax of their duel by declaring: "I've never even played this game before!"

But his beginner's luck didn't quite extend to the final as Gardner emerged victorious following another series of penalties after their game ended 1-1.

Click here to see a picture gallery from the FIFA13 challenge.

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Congratulations to Andreas Weimann on earning a deserved first call-up to the senior Austria squad for the forthcoming double-header of World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan.

The Vienna-born striker took to Twitter to reveal his joy after the news of his inclusion in Marcel Koller's 23-man squad became public.

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Like many sports fans across the world, Weimann was gripped by Europe's sensational Ryder Cup comeback to defeat USA in Chicago on Sunday evening.

In the process, he became transfixed by a new sporting idol in the shape of one of the heroes of Medinah, Ian Poulter.

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Club ambassador Ian Taylor also used the Twitter medium to express his joy at the extraordinary Ryder Cup action.

But it was ice-cool German Martin Kaymer who impressed the former midfielder after he clinched Europe's decisive point.

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In last month's Cult Heroes feature, former manager John Gregory revealed how Villa's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2000 still haunts him.

"That game haunts me," he said. "There have been times in my life where I've sat there and thought: 'Why didn't I play a more offensive style on the day and really go for it!'"

But it was good to see JG less downcast on about the Cup final defeat on Twitter this week.

He posted this picture of himself posing alongside Gianluca Vialli - his opposite number on the touchline at Wembley 12 years ago.

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Marc Albrighton is preparing to return to the scene of his first top-flight goal this weekend.

Albrighton is relishing the trip to Tottenham - and he has even got some new footwear for the occasion.

One thing is for sure - you certainly won't miss the winger's dazzling feet in this bright-coloured pair of boots.

There is personal touch to the boots too, with the name and birth date of Albrighton's daughter Matilda-Beau embroidered into the sides.

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We're always excited to see Villa references slipping into various areas of popular culture - and there is more than just a slight claret and blue slant to BBC3's new sitcome 'Cuckoo'.

The recently-launched show - which attracted 1.3m viewers for its first episode - centres around Greg Davies playing an exasperated dad who is left horrified when his daughter returns from a backpacking trip married to an eccentric hippie called Cuckoo.

The first evidence of a Villa connection emerged in episode one when Davies - or Ken, as he is known in the show - questions why his daughter couldn't marry a nice man "or maybe even a Villa fan."

In the latest episode, Ken produced a tea towel featuring the club's crest.

Of course, Villa have a habit of popping up in comedy shows.

Nessa from the popular 'Gavin and Stacey' was revealed as a Villa fan during an episode screened in December 2009, while Lennie Godber from the 1970s sitcome Porridge was also a claret and blue fanatic.




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