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2012 in quotes: Hanks - I will be at Villa Park with wings!

Swansea v Villa: Lowton - My massive debt to Gary Speed Swansea v Villa: Vlaar - There's "strong belief" in camp
2012 in quotes: Hanks - I will be at Villa Park with wings!

"I will be at Villa Park with wings! I would love to be at Villa this season. I will be checking my schedule. My life will not be complete until I'm at Villa Park! I want to be rooting on the claret and blue to a magnificent win over those suckers like Stoke City or Wolverhampton or Queen's Park Rangers!"

Tom Hanks on his Villa love.

"Yes that's right, my nickname is Concrete. I had some injuries in the past and I trained really hard to come back. I did some muscle training and came back very strong and after that, they gave me that nickname."

Ron Vlaar on his hard-man name.

"It's paramount the fans are on our side. There will be times when things aren't going our way but you need them. There's no two ways about that."

Paul Lambert talks of fan support just after his arrival.

"I am on the edge of crying every time I hear it. It gives me good strength and it is a great help as well."

Stan Petrov on the 19th minute applause.

"When I scored against Swansea I was thinking: "I'm in a new country, with a new club and - my god - I've just scored. I was in my own little world of happiness and pride."

Christian Benteke describes the special moment of scoring on his debut.

"It wasn't something that was on my mind when I joined Villa but I'm always looking to improve my game and I enjoy the responsibility of being captain."

Ron Vlaar discusses his delight at being appointed skipper.

"That's the first time I've been sent off so I've had mixed emotions. First a red card and then a goal."

Ciaran Clark saw red against Everton - and then scored at Newcastle to earn a 1-1 draw.

"It was a nice surprise when I was contacted. It's great to be back and I'm glad it's worked out to a situation where I'm able to give more to this club."

Brad Guzan was on his way out of Villa Park in the summer - until Paul Lambert was appointed manager.

"I don't want to come in after a game and be thinking that if I'd done more, maybe we could have got more out of the game."

Brett Holman outlines his wholehearted approach to football.

"She's glowing in the dark at the moment. She likes watching Villa on the television and she knows when Daddy is on. She points at the screen."

Marc Albrighton's daughter Matilda-Beau already had Villa's home and away kits.

"The gaffer told me the hardest pass is over five yards and that's something which has stuck in my head."

Ashley Westwood keeps things simple - but with great effect.

"It wasn't long ago that I was given my professional debut by Gareth Southgate. It's a pleasure to follow in his footsteps and join a club with Villa's heritage."

Joe Bennett was delighted to emulate his former Middlesbrough manager.

"I felt nervous, excited, scared - everything!"

Derrick Williams describes his feelings at making his debut at QPR.

"Villa Park is just one of the greatest grounds in the country, no question. When that Holte End gets behind you, it gives you a real lift."

Ashley Westwood on his instant impressions of our glorious ground.

"The gaffer is not scared of making changes. That's the fantastic thing with the gaffer. If you don't play well, you're out of the team. And how can you argue with that? He has that honesty."

Marc Albrighton on Paul Lambert's straight approach.

"He can be one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League. He has all the attributes to be. He had things you just couldn't coach - bravery and a base of power and strength. That was instilled in him so there wasn't a whole lot of pushing you had to do with him. He is a self-motivated fellow."

Brad Friedel on former team-mate Brad Guzan.

"Getting into the car and knowing I'm heading into Bodymoor. It doesn't get much better than that! Then you arrive at the training ground and the facilities you're greeted with are out of this world, magnificent. As a young professional footballer trying to progress and improve, it's absolutely perfect - a dream."

Jordan Bowery on life at Villa.

"As a player he's brilliant. As a person he's exemplary. You speak to anyone in the game and it doesn't matter if you've met him once or a hundred times, people say great things about him. He is one of the most popular men in football, no doubt about it!"

Gareth Barry talks about his friendship with Stan Petrov.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 1st January 2013
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