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Villa v Chelsea programme: Pick up Petrov special edition
Skipper Stan Petrov in personal farewell.
9th May 2013
Villa v Chelsea programme: Pick up Petrov special edition


You get two captains for the price of one in the season's final issue of the Villa News & Record.

Skipper Ron Vlaar is the man in focus in our exclusive player interview - after stepping aside for club skipper Stiliyan Petrov to write the captain's column.

Stiliyan, of course, was a regular columnist in the programme before being diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012.

And following the announcement of his retirement, we felt it only right that he should say a personal farewell to Villa supporters.

The man popularly known as Stan also features on the front cover of the programme for the game against Chelsea, while inside we trace his career in words and pictures.

There's also a giant pull-out poster, with a photo of him celebrating a goal for Villa on one side and a number 19 on the other.

We're sure some supporters will want to hold aloft the poster during the 19th-minute applause for our club captain.

Concrete Ron, meanwhile, talks at length about his debut season in claret and blue and his delight at scoring his first Villa goal - as well as giving his own tribute to the "inspirational" Petrov.

We also salute Gabby Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke for the scoring exploits which have seen them become Premier League record-breakers for the club.

And another prolific marksman, Juan Pablo Angel, is the subject of the My Favourite Villan feature, with trainee journalist Tara Lamb offering a female perspective on the Colombian striker.

Then there are the regular contributions from manager Paul Lambert and former Villa star Stan Collymore, while we conclude our series on Villa's Premier League campaigns with a look back at last season.

We're sure our "Stan Special" is one you will want to keep, and at £3 it's a great souvenir of a special occasion.

For even better, look out for our five-for-a-five programme bags, which contain the Chelsea edition, three back issues and a Villa poster book - all for just £5.

Back issues from the Liverpool, Fulham and Sunderland games will also be on sale at the programme kiosks.

Those who can't make it to the game can order the programme now on eBay.

Snap up match tickets for our final home clash with Chelsea.

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