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Park Life: Wembley shirts revealed, movie theme for final, Villa Park pitch project update and Tom Hanks invite

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Park Life: Wembley shirts revealed, movie theme for final, Villa Park pitch project update and Tom Hanks invite

Kitted out for Wembley

Here’s the first look at our kit for the Wembley showdown.

We face Fulham on Saturday with a 5pm kick-off.

We’ve today taken delivery of the shirts our players will wear as we look to make it back to the Premier League after a two-year absence.

We will be wearing our classic claret and blue while Fulham will also don their famous white and black.

Our tops feature insignia in a centralised position between the Under Armour logo and our Aston Villa crest.

The wording reads: “Sky Bet Championship. Play-Off Final. Aston Villa FC v Fulham FC. Wembley Stadium. 26th May 2018”.

PlayOffShirtThe shirts are also on sale now via our Online Store but you’ll have to move quickly as there’s limited availability.

Please be aware that the Play-Off Final insignia appears as a free badge option when you purchase. 

We also have a full range of Play-Off Final merchandise on sale – all reduced in price - including t-shirts, scarves, jester hats and foam hands, available online and in store at Villa Park.

Play-Off Final poster: ‘It’s Time To Roar’ in blockbuster main event

Our Play-Off Final clash with Fulham is set to be a blockbuster – on and off the pitch.

Our social media promos for this season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign have featured classic film themes.

Instead of ET, there’s been JT. Instead of The Godfather, we’ve had The Snodfather. 

Rather than Jurassic Park, it’s been Villa Park. 

Replacing Ocean’s XI, we’ve had Bruce’s XI.

08-Chester-SquareNow we’ve taken it to the next level by giving the showpiece main event on Saturday its own movie identity.

‘It’s Time To Roar’ is the title and we’ve produced a host of promos already to build interest ahead of the Final.

We’ll be revealing the finished film poster on Friday – and we’ll also have an official teaser video trailer too for you to enjoy.

Let’s hope Saturday’s game is the smash-hit of the summer!

Royal approval

Prince William looks set to attend the Play-Off Final clash with Fulham – and the club are also hoping to see Tom Hanks cheering the team on.

Keith Wyness says he’s very confident that HRH will be at Wembley Stadium as his favourite team contest the showpiece event.

And our Chief Executive also revealed that Hollywood star Hanks has been invited as a special guest of the club – although his busy schedule might preclude his availability on the day.

Hanks, star of huge movies like Castaway, Big and Sleepless in Seattle, took to Twitter this week to show his support for the Villa.

He wrote: “UTV! The claret and the blue! My part of America cheers you from afar!”

Wyness was thrilled with the show of support from the Hollywood megastar and has been delighted to see the worldwide support he has received from places as far afield as Dubai, Hong Kong and USA – and other celebrity fans including Citizen Khan actor Adil Ray and Line of Duty actor Nigel Boyle.

Wembley wow factor

Aston Villa fan messages will appear in our Dressing Room to inspire the players in the Play-Off Final this weekend.

The move has been spearheaded by the club’s marketing department, in association with our principal partner, Unibet. 

This montage of messages – along with iconic imagery from the season so far - will be installed on Friday at the National Stadium ahead of the showpiece event with Fulham.

We will also have two drop banners in our ‘West’ section of the stadium – including the wording ‘Part of the Pride’ and ‘It’s Time to Roar’, which will create a fantastic visual statement ahead of kick-off.

Branding exercise

Bodymoor Heath has now fully become the Recon Training Complex, as you can see from the pictures below.

As we announced in April 2018, we’ve signed a five-year deal which will see Recon as the club’s first training ground partner.


ReconBrand2As well as working with Aston Villa to develop, drive forward and build technical capability within the Recon Training Complex, the move has also seen a major rebranding exercise.

This will be completed on Thursday as the naming rights agreement really take shape. 

Pitching in

Aston Villa’s pitch project is “progressing very well” according to our Operations Director Ian Dimmock.

Dimmock is overseeing the installation this summer of a new pitch at the stadium – the first complete rebuild in over 30 years.

The work will also see a change in the surface camber and a new drainage and irrigation system.

It’s a 10-week project in total as we already look ahead to the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Dimmock confirmed we are already nearly a week ahead of schedule – with the complete deconstruction of the old pitch set to be completed by the end of the week.

That will also coincide with the start of work on the new drainage and irrigation system. 

Dr Tony Xia will join Chief Executive Keith Wyness with a site visit on Friday as the owner receives a complete run-through of progress so far.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 23rd May 2018