Conor Hourihane knew all about the history and heritage of Aston Villa when he signed this January – but the Irishman has stressed that the reminder he gets every morning motivates him even more.
Hourihane, discussing life at Bodymoor Heath in our new ‘DriveTime’ video feature series, says he’s always drawn to an iconic image on the wall of the training ground before he heads out to work on his game.
He told us: “This is a very big club.
“There’s an iconic picture as you walk up the stairs at the training ground of the team lifting the European Cup.
“So you think to yourself ‘oh I am involved with a club that has won the Champions League’.
“For me that stands out every single day. It makes you realise you’re playing for a big club, a fantastic club – and that you need to knuckle down to get it back to the top.”
Watch the full ‘DriveTime: Conor Hourihane’ below on our YouTube channel.
Great to see the matchday buzz from a different angle this week – as we followed the emotions of Keith Wyness.
Our ‘Goal Cam’ was focused in on the chief executive during the game against Bristol City.
The calm and collected board member was in exuberant form, as he showed his delight when Jonathan Kodjia opened the scoring against the Robins.
Get in there, Keith!
Our full ‘three cam’ video can be watched below via our Twitter account.
Fast and furious Hutton
Alan Hutton is a big favourite with the claret and blue faithful right now.
And if they club together to commission the ‘Alan Hutton Story’ as a movie, he’s already chosen who will play him in the film.
Asked, in the first ‘Numbers Game’, for a star who would portray him, Hutton smiles before answering immediately: “Vin Diesel!”
Check out all his answers below in the new quickfire Q&A feature with our first team players, taken from our Facebook page.
When Mile Jedinak talks, people listen!
So check out The Beard’s answers in our latest instalment of ‘Inside the Dressing Room’ below.
In this feature series, our first team players give us their opinion on playing pals in categories such as ‘Most Skilful, Best Trainer and Most Intelligent’.
Find Mile’s answers from our YouTube channel in full below.
Word on the Tweet
There was some banter between the social media teams of Villa and Barnsley this week – as they discussed the terms and conditions of Conor Hourihane’s transfer.
We posted our ‘Goal Cam’ footage of Hourihane’s first ever claret and blue goal – a neat finish to earn a 2-0 win over Bristol City.
The tweet included the wording for Hourihane’s crowd chant – ‘DU DU DU DU DU DU DU DU CONOR HOURIHANE’ – made famous at Oakwell.
Barnsley replied with: “Our song wasn't part of the transfer deal, lads...”
But Villa, quick as a flash, came back with a classic from The Inbetweeners.
Check the discussion below.
There was a rousing reception on the final whistle as we defeated this weekend’s opponents, Rotherham United, in the opening game of the season – but there was just as much noise before the game even started.
That was due to the debut of the Doctor.
Dr Tony Xia took over the club this summer – and the opening day clash with United was his first home match as chairman/owner.
The applause, cheering and chanting echoed around all four sides of the ground as Dr Tony waved and fist-pumped as he charged across the field – before bowing in front of the Holte End.
It was a great way to charge up the atmosphere before the game – and Dr Tony loved it.
He told us at the time: “The reception for me – and getting the win in our first home match – gave me a wonderful feeling.
"Their support of the team was incredible.”
The support has remained constant throughout the campaign – as has the interest and encouragement from Dr Tony!