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More magic than a Paul Daniels' chat-up line - Sporting Khalsa v FC United in the FA Cup

Posted on 1:13pm Friday 23rd October 2015

The last football match I went to was the FA Cup final when my beloved Aston Villa got thrashed by Arsenal at Wembley, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Saint George will bring a touch of Brando, De Niro and James Dean into the ring

Posted on 4:09pm Friday 30th May 2014

SAINT George Groves looks a little vulnerable when you look at him eye to eye.

Matt Maher

Back to the future

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Posted on 5:10pm Thursday 3rd January 2013

2013 begins just like 2012, with the Bengals aiming for a play-off win in Houston.

Matt Maher

NFL: I don't hate Carson, I actually feel quite sorry for him

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Posted on 4:10pm Thursday 22nd November 2012

FOR the neutral, Oakland’s visit to Cincinnati this Sunday doesn’t exactly leap out as a must-see game.

De la Cruz is safe and well and so are Villa with Lambert

Posted on 4:22pm Friday 21st September 2012

I’ve fallen in love with football again, and by extension Aston Villa Football Club, writes Steve Zacharanda.

We earned a great point up North and made a few points too

Posted on 11:56am Monday 3rd September 2012

The Villa are off the mark and have rocketed off the bottom of the league, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Villa are in safe hands so lets sit back and enjoy the Euros

Posted on 1:19pm Friday 8th June 2012

For the first time in years it feels great to be an Aston Villa fan, writes Steve Zacharanda.

The Villa manager nightmare - look what you could have won

Posted on 12:44pm Friday 25th May 2012

IMAGINE having the same manager for 20 years, OK we might be successful but come on, how boring would that be.

Good riddance to an awful manager after an awful season in an awful league

Posted on 4:28pm Monday 14th May 2012

THANK God for that, writes Steve Zacharanda.

The TRUTH behind today's Aston Villa FC statement

Posted on 8:35pm Wednesday 25th April 2012

Aston Villa Football Club have released a statement on behalf of American owner Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Save yourself because full scale panic stations have gripped the Villa

Posted on 10:38am Wednesday 25th April 2012

As Morrissey sang there’s “panic in the streets of Birmingham,” writes Steve Zacharanda.

Shout for Villa in the double header in the Race to Avoid 17th

Posted on 1:49pm Friday 20th April 2012

Roll up, roll up for the double header which could settle the Race to Avoid 17th in the Premiership, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Get behind Villa then cause merry McLeish hell if you want him out

Posted on 3:41pm Friday 13th April 2012

Sorry I haven’t written a Villa blog over the last few weeks, the truth is I could not be bothered.

Adam Smith

With a heavy heart I'm off to watch millionaire tat again

Posted on 10:58am Saturday 10th March 2012

I can't be bothered to go down the Villa today.

Adam Smith

Man the barricades for the Villa Are a Bit Crap protest

Posted on 3:53pm Friday 10th February 2012

First things first. An apology.

Adam Smith

Bye bye Villa season ticket it was nice knowing you

Posted on 2:35pm Friday 3rd February 2012

My Villa season ticket is no more.

The last time the villa won the cup

Posted on 4:10pm Sunday 29th January 2012

Adam Smith

Why get worked up for Wolves when it will be a stinker

Posted on 12:33pm Friday 20th January 2012

I once asked David O’Leary why his record was so poor in local derbies and when did he think he would get one over on Steve Bruce.

Adam Smith

After the fun of FA Cup I'm not Keane to be back in the Premier League

Posted on 2:40pm Friday 13th January 2012

Well the FA Cup was fun wasn’t it?

Adam Smith

Rovers away will be a cracking day even if Bent jumps ship

Posted on 12:11pm Friday 6th January 2012

Can I just use this opportunity to apologise for last week’s outbreak of optimism after watching the Chelsea game.

Matt Maher

Once more into the breach

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Posted on 8:36pm Friday 6th January 2012

A 17th game for Cincinnati you say? That can only mean one thing, the Bengals are back in the play-offs but the biggest question remains - can they win a game?

Adam Smith

What a wonderful way for Villa to finish the year

Posted on 7:23pm Sunday 1st January 2012

AS SURE as Aston Villa Football Club will let you down as soon as you believe in them the Villa boys will surprise you when you least expect it.

Adam Smith

A claret and blue Christmas message for Villa fans everywhere!

Posted on 11:57am Friday 23rd December 2011

ON the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me - a gay hating, women suppressing, migrant worker pimping Middle Eastern billionaire to buy Villa the title.

Booing is beautiful especially when bottling Downing is the target

Posted on 11:53am Friday 16th December 2011

Booing is beautiful.

Adam Smith

Warm me up with some attacking football in this Villa bleak midwinter

Posted on 12:26pm Friday 2nd December 2011

There is a nip in the air and a wounded ManYoo are coming to Villa Park tomorrow.

Matt Maher

Who remembers predictions anyhow?

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Posted on 8:28pm Friday 2nd December 2011

With the Bengals at 7-4 and chasing a play-off berth, it's time to look back at some of the statements I made earlier in the season. Humble pie never tasted so good....

Adam Smith

Who needs Barry when we've got boozy Bannan

Posted on 2:53pm Friday 28th October 2011

WELL what a tortuous week for Aston Villa football club, first a derby day defeat against the Baggies then our pint-sized midfield dynamo gets arrested on suspicion of being plastered on the M1.

This ding dong derby is crucial in the all important Race for Seventh

Posted on 3:13pm Friday 21st October 2011

IT is Ding Dong Derby time at the Villa this weekend as we entertain our nearest neighbours West Bromwich Albion.

Adam Smith

Two different leagues clash at the Eastlands this weekend

Posted on 2:49pm Friday 14th October 2011

TWO of the few unbeaten teams left at Eastlands clash in Manchester tomorrow. The Villains versus the Human Rights Dodging Oilmen. A mouth-watering prospect if I have there is ever one - if your a Man City fan or Mario Balotelli.

Matt Maher

That's not entertainment

Dudley News: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:14pm Thursday 29th September 2011

THE Bengals have started the season 1-2 and it's all been a bit too predictable. Isn't it time to take a few risks?

Can someone please save me from this boring defensive hell?

Posted on 4:32pm Friday 23rd September 2011

That’s that then, our only realistic chance of winning a trophy has gone for another season. Our shot at glory stolen by Bolton reserves.

Adam Smith

Unbeaten and in the reckoning for the all important Race for Seventh

Posted on 1:41pm Friday 16th September 2011

Four games into the Premiership season and the Villa are unbeaten and in the mixer for The Race For Seventh.

Richard Nevin


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Posted on 6:01pm Saturday 10th September 2011

The early onset of autumn means we’re already anticipating a riot of colour, but it’s not just the trees turning that will delight in the coming months.

Matt Maher

Saints and Packers banish Maroon 5 memories to open the season in style

Dudley News: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:02pm Friday 9th September 2011

THE NFL bounced back into our lives last night as the Super Bowl champion Packers beat the Saints in a thrilling season opener. Even the dire pre-game concert couldn't ruin things...

Richard Nevin


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Posted on 11:10am Sunday 4th September 2011

Unintentionally, Channel 4 proved that the old adage of "Horses for Courses" is as salient as ever with their coverage of the World Athletic Championships.

Billionaires buying millionaires bores me but I'll always love the Villa

Posted on 4:00pm Saturday 3rd September 2011

And so the transfer window has been slammed shut.

Richard Nevin


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Posted on 6:46pm Saturday 27th August 2011

As if being starved of football over the summer wasn’t enough, the top leagues come to grinding halt almost as soon as they’ve started due to the sigh inducing prospect of International week. But every disappointment is an opportunity.

Free pies, goals galore and a great start in the Race for Seventh

Posted on 11:16am Friday 26th August 2011

The first two home games of the season has seen us score five goals and let just one in at the other end.

I wonder who the cowing hell will be swearing by me this season

Posted on 2:52pm Friday 19th August 2011

THE first home game of the season and the sun is threatening to shine - it doesn’t get better than that does it?

Matt Maher

I hate to sound negative but....

Dudley News: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:27pm Thursday 18th August 2011

...did you see the Bengals-Detroit score? The pre-season which seemingly couldn't get any worse just did.

Adam Smith

Fasten your seatbelts - the Race for Seventh is almost upon us

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 12th August 2011

PRAISE the Lord the start of the football season is upon us.

Matt Maher

Bengals rollercoaster goes only down

Dudley News: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:20pm Thursday 4th August 2011

THE NFL has been back for barely a week but already the signs are not good in Cincinnati. It's looking set to be one long season......

Matt Maher

You disappoint me Carson, I had such high hopes for us

Dudley News: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 4:20pm Thursday 28th July 2011

AS this is my first blog for five months let’s get the easy cliche straight out of the way - are you ready for some football!?

Adam Smith

Tale of two Villains: Marlo from The Wire and Willow the Wisp

Posted on 4:03pm Thursday 14th July 2011

And there off! The race to the exit door at Villa Park is louder than Stewart Downing squeal when confronted with a fifty fifty challenge.

Sorry for a moment there I could have sworn you said McLeish for Villa

Posted on 3:28pm Thursday 16th June 2011

PHEW! That was lucky I thought the Villa had enlisted Alex McLeish as manager.

Oi Randy! Don't hire a namby-pamby Andy Pandy as Villa manager

Posted on 4:41pm Wednesday 1st June 2011

It is that magical ‘looking for a manager’ time again for Aston Villa Football Club.

What a great day to be inside Villa Park!

Posted on 5:05pm Monday 23rd May 2011

Yesterday Aston Villa beat Liverpool at Villa Park for the first time since Ian Taylor scored a last minute winner which was so long ago I think I was three stone lighter!

Adam Smith

Please, for the love of God, let this truly awful season end!

Posted on 4:41pm Friday 20th May 2011

PLEASE God let this season end… This season in which for the first time in my living memory we lost to Blues, Albion and Wolves.

Hells bells the Villa's only won three points!

Posted on 4:35pm Monday 11th April 2011

The sun was shining.

If it is all prangs and bangs in Sepang Brundle will be all over the place

Posted on 1:46pm Thursday 7th April 2011

FORMULA 1 is back this weekend with the whole world championship circus decamping to Malaysia.

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