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#GlobalVillans: Steve Ladgrove

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#GlobalVillans: Steve Ladgrove


In our new feature series, we catch up with Villans across the world.

Next up, we chat to Aussie supporter Steve Ladgrove.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small coastal town named Ocean Grove, about an hour outside of Melbourne.

There were roughly about 3000 people when I was living there, so it's very small.

Why did you choose to support Aston Villa?

I was hooked instantly when I stayed up late to watch the League Cup final in 1994.

I was mesmerized in that final by that goal from Dalian Atkinson.

What is your first memory of Villa?

Watching Mark Bosnich's heroics in the League Cup semi-final against Tranmere Rovers.

Being an Aussie he got a lot of press for those amazing penalty saves.

Watching him do the unbelievable in a high pressure atmosphere was a special moment.

Bosnich

Who was your first Villa hero and why?

I might choose two if I can….

Mark Bosnich was world class when he was with us, he had an amazing command of the box and you always felt safe with him in goal.

And, of course there's Dion Dublin.

That man was strong, had a great aerial presence and was a passionate player for us against Birmingham City.

What has been your lowest point supporting Villa?

The loss against Birmingham City in 2002 would have to be it.

I talked it up to all of my mates and we got smashed.

Have you been to a Villa match at Villa Park?

I've been to two actually.

The first was the 2009 Europa League game against Rapid Vienna, a great game that we won thanks to goals from James Milner and John Carew, but lost on aggregate.

The second was the game against Liverpool a few weeks ago.

Despite the result I still had a great day soaking up the atmosphere.

Do Villa have a passionate fanbase in Melbourne? If so, where do you congregate and how often?

I haven't actually had the chance to head into the City late night to join the Villa fans due to work commitments.

But I'll definitely try to get to more once I'm back.

Which team do you most enjoy seeing Villa beat?

West Brom and Birmingham are on a par.

What makes Villa so special to you?

The history and the fans.

I know it might sound daft but there's just something about those claret and blue colours.

Withe

If you could meet anyone connected to Villa - past or present - who would it be and why?

It's got to be Peter Withe.

The legend who scored in our greatest ever moment.

What makes you most proud to be a Villa supporter?

I'm most proud of the history and the fanbase we have.

Villa Park is seriously one of the best grounds I've ever been to in terms of atmosphere.

You've got to be proud of that.

Finally, what would be your perfect day as a Villa fan?

Travelling to Villa Park again to see the Villa qualify for the Champions League after a last minute winner against Birmingham City.

By @AVFCOfficial 3rd March 2016