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On this day: Take That announce Villa Park dates/Villa thrash Wigan

Villa v Norwich pre-match show: Dunne the star guest Book quickly for wonderful Indian food evening in VMF this evening
On this day: Take That announce Villa Park dates/Villa thrash Wigan


Take That are coming to Villa Park!

That was how it was billed after the newly-reassembled five-piece announced the dates for their new Progress 2011 Tour.

The most exciting reunion in British pop history gathered speed on this day as dates for a brand new Take That Tour, Progress Live 2011, were announced at a press conference in London.

Gary, Howard, Jason, Mark and Robbie confirmed that they will hit the road for a monumental 14-date summer stadium tour around the UK before heading to Europe for a further six shows.

Progress Live 2011 is the band's biggest tour yet and will be the first time they have toured together as a five-piece since 1995.

And Villa Park will play host to the massive reunion tour on Monday June 27 and Tuesday June 28.

Progress Live 2011 will be a feast for the imagination, charting the evolution and progress of Take That and Robbie Williams through their extraordinary 20-year history.

The spectacular live shows will celebrate Take That's biggest hits from the last two decades and will also see Robbie take to the stage to perform songs from his incredible chart-topping solo career.

Between them, Take That and Robbie Williams have sold over 80 million albums, have had 13 No. 1 albums, 17 No. 1 singles, played to over 14.5 million people live, won 19 BRIT Awards, eight MTV awards and five Ivor Novello awards - and the list goes on.


Gabriel Agbonlahor scored one goal and made two others as Villa won at a canter at Wigan's JJB Stadium.

Gareth Barry gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after Agbonlahor was felled by Titus Bramble.

The young striker bundled home the second from a flick-on by substitute John Carew before returning the favour for the Norwegian, in the news for breaking a club curfew, to head the third.

Steve Sidwell capped Villa's afternoon by coming off the bench and rifling in a fourth goal, his first for the club.

In Brief


A superb display by Villa at Roker Park in the League Cup third round saw Sunderland turfed out of the competition 4-1 in front of their own supporters. Goals from Dalian Atkinson (2), Kevin Richardson and Ray Houghton won the game for the visitors in front of a crowd of 23,692.


Andy Townsend scored the goal that kept Villa's grip on the League Cup with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at Villa Park. The win set up a clash with Crystal Palace in the fourth round.

Make sure you're here to back the boys against Norwich City.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 26th October 2012
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