Villa Noise: Sky programme plug, The Carewjative and heads-up Mancini
Check out the offbeat Villa stories this week.
16th Nov 2012
Villa Noise: Sky programme plug, The Carewjative and heads-up Mancini

Sky Sports appreciate a good programme - and here's the proof.

Photographer Neville Williams popped into the television studio, located between the Holte End and Doug Ellis, before the Villa v Man Utd match to get a shot of presenter Dave Jones and guest pundits Ray Wilkins and Dwight Yorke.

Former England ace Wilkins was so enamoured reading the Villa News & Record in the build-up to the match that he decided to include it in the shoot, without so much as a request by snapper Williams.

Thanks for the plug Ray!


Jon Fear has clocked up some hours editing his Vital Villa site - but not as many as Sir Alex Ferguson has enjoyed as Man Utd boss.

It seems time is no object for Jon as he keeps one of our foremost fan sites up-to-date and interesting through the week.

But come matchday there's nowhere he'd rather be than Villa Park.

Here's a picture taken from Sky Sports showing our very own Jon comparing his time-keeping skills with the elder statesman of English football.


Here's a shot you don't see very often - a face-on picture of the Villa bench on a matchday.

Most photographers are concentrating on the action but our snapper Neville Williams shot this image during a lull in play [there weren't many!] during the Man Utd game.

As this photo shows, it doesn't matter if you're a member of the backroom staff or a super sub, you can't keep your eyes off the action!


Gary Nock is well-known as the magic musician behind 'Make It Better' - the beautifully-catchy tune that featured extensively on television on a popular Mars advert.

And he's even rewrote the lyrics to the song and created 'Oh to be a Villan' - a tune that you can hear whistled by staff up and down the corridors at Villa Park.

The great news this week is that it's now available for download on iTunes.

Don't miss out on the chance to own a real claret and blue classic.

We know Man City assistant boss David Platt 'faces' his former team Villa on Saturday - but this is ridiculous!

Roberto Mancini thought he'd have a bit of fun with the waiting media at the weekly press conference at Carrington on Friday AM.

Journalists had to interview Platt instead of Mancini before the last game against Tottenham, after the boss was infuriated by questions about his future the previous week.

And Mancini jokingly reminded them of this fact when he walked into the latest media briefing wearing a fancy-dress mask of the former claret and blue hero.

Take Platt!




Villa fans visiting Manchester for the game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday should make sure they don't miss the chance to visit the National Football Museum in the city centre.

The world's biggest and best football museum is an essential part of any football trip to the city.

It offers free entry, and is open seven days a week, 10am-5pm (opens 11am on Sundays).

The museum tells the best stories of the beautiful game from fans, players, officials, in fact everyone from club directors to tea ladies.

It does this with the help of an amazing collection of over 140,000 objects, artworks and photographs that helps piece together how football became the national game and grew into an international obsession.

Villa heroes are honoured alongside the greats of the game, with the 1982 European Cup winning side included in the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.

And there's a host of claret and blue artefacts on hand.

Items on display [below] include a casket presented to William McGregor in 1909 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Football League.

It contains a scroll, one of which was given to chairmen of each of the founding clubs.

Only McGregor got the silver casket due to the importance of his role in the foundation.

The oil painting is by Henry Daykin from 1950 and it's called Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion.

It shows Villa Park and is in the 'stadiums' section of the museum, where stand designer Archibald Leitch is heavily featured.

There are always more stories out there to tell, so museum chiefs would love to hear from Villa fans to tell them which object they'd love to see on display in the museum and what story it would tell.

Let them know on Facebook via




Another funny week with #VillaFilmFriday on Twitter.

Fans were asked to Villa-rise the characters and films of Harrison Ford and we had several belters tweeted.

Check them out below.














Villa are delighted to be the first club under the spotlight in a new series in Independent View, the magazine produced by the Northern Programme Club.

Editor Neil Patterson is looking at the evolution of football programmes over the past six decades and has chosen to kick-off the series with the Villa News & Record.

His four-page anaylsis traces the development of our programme from the 1950s and his verdict could not be more glowing.

Neil concludes: "We can see that the News & Record in different shapes, forms and sizes has undergone many changes but still remains a shining beacon of Aston Villa."

To pick up a copy of Independent View, contact

Villa have unleashed 'Glow in the Dark' merchandise into Villa Stores.

The Villa Village and New Street super shops are now stocking mugs [£7], scarves [£10] and phone covers [25].

The covers cater for a wide range of smartphones - iPhone 4, 4S and 5, Galaxy S2 and S3 and Blackberry Curve and Bold.

This lime green look gives the products a real shiny feel. Villa have moved quickly to bring out the ace items, after the away shirts were given the seal of approval by the travelling army of supporters.

One of the highlights this season has been the cacophony of colour present in away ends up and down the country.

And fans can now continue this luminous look around the house as well as at games.

John Greenfield said: "The away shirts have been so popular it was a fairly easy decision to continue the range across different products.

"There's already been plenty of interest so get into the shops over the next few days and weeks to pick up some blazing bargains!"




And finally, here's Sarah Denise's pet labrador - Aston - showing his support for the Villa ahead of the trip to the Etihad.

Two barks for a Villa win at Manchester City.

Woof Woof!





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