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Paul McGrath: Building a Villan Legacy!

Started on 22 October 2014 by No1VillaFan / First Post
Latest Reply on 29 June 2015 by No1VillaFan / Last Post
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Sky Saga Rumbles On




It was reported today that BSkyB put an application into the High Court to appeal the Football Associations decision to remove the English Premier League matches from them. This is going to cost BSkyB hundreds of millions of pounds but they seriously think they have been treated harshly after the Second City Derby stabbing.

A spokeswoman from BSkyB released this statement, we believe and will always believe that we have been made a complete scapegoat and we will spend every penny we can to get back the football we deserve on our platform. We are also going to try and sue the F.A for £155,000,000 for loss of earnings and loss of potential earnings and we will NOT stop until we have got Premier League Football back and the compensation we deserve.

Since this happened to Sky other big sports have withdrew from being shown there including massive organisations like NFL, Formula 1 and all Darts and Rugby events. It also says something when Equestrian and Squash do not want anything to do with the broadcaster either. The Football Association have well and truly ruined there reputation so if the High court finds in favour of Sky then the F.A will have some huge debts to pay!
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The drama continues, even squash are against Sky now! :P
Darts huge sport............
Great update mate, this is really interesting!

McGrath: We Must Improve!



Disappointed Villa this month

Speaking to Match Of the Day after drawing 1-1 with Burnley

Yes Gary we have been shocking this month to be honest but you know though this side is a very young but also very talented side and I am working hard to make sure that we keep our feet on the ground and first of all make sure that we stay in the Premier League but most of all we can hold on to our good young players. We have worked hard this season and given Swedish youngster Khalid Abdo his professional debut this month which just shows that we will still make sure we can bring through young blood but also we are looking to the transfer window at the end of the season to buy more young talented wonderkids and we WILL do this right and make sure we build a fantastic side full of work ethic and talent.

It has been a very iffy month for The Villans after such a good January it started full of hope and some bookies had even made them the slight favourites for the trip to Old Trafford but it was all in vain in the end because Falcao, who has scored an outstanding 27 goals in 27 games added two more here in a first half where Aston Villa were not only beaten, but demolished them with Falcao' brace and Ander Herrera's free kick the difference at half time.

Adnan Januzaj finished the job off in the second half but Paul McGrath moaned about the injuries picked up by his side. We were awful no doubt about it but losing Ron (Vlaar) and Charles (N'Zogbia) in the way that we did is going to hurt us. Charles is going to be out for 4 weeks after a horror challenge by Falcao but no action was taken by the referee and then Ron will be out will be out for 3 weeks with a groin strain and they will be sorely missed.



Vlaar and N'Zogbia have been two of the stand out performers for the Villans this season. Vlaar has played 30 times this season in all competitions with an average rating of 7 out of 10, picking up 4 goals and 2 man of the match awards.

Charles N'Zogbia has played for Villa 25 times this season and picked up 4 goals, 2 assists and a single man of the match award with a average rating of 7.23 and he seems to have finally found his feet after signing from Newcastle United.

The second match of the month was against Chelsea which has already been reported on because it was a massive 3-0 vicotry for Villa and also a monumental day for McGrath and Joe Cole with the Villa manager signing a new two year deal at Villa Park and Cole getting his 50th goal in English Football.

But all the great work was undone in the next two matches as Aston Villa scored just once and over the two games let in NINE goals! First up were Liverpool and again, just like the Manchester United match they were just too slow out of the blocks and the merseyside team were 4-0 up at half time.

Daniel Sturridge scored after just 34 seconds, which is the quickest goal in the Premier League this season. Jordan Henderson then latched onto a ball from Gerrard to make it 2-0, Emre Can, a new signing at Anfield then hit the third with a trademark free-kick and a neat finish from other new signing Adam Lallana hit a sweet low drive from 16 yards and Villa were demolished again before half time.

Aston Villa then got one back through Luc Castaignos but Surridge finished off a good day's work for Liverpool to thrash Villa 5-1.

Stoke, however at Villa Park, it was different. Villa were outstanding in the first half but the second half Stoke had been given a complete bollocking and from the 62nd minute to the 87th minute Stoke hit four goals! Marc Wilson hit a penalty but it was a hat-trick from Mame Diouf meant that Stoke won 4-0 and then a 1-1 draw against Burnley rounded off a poor month for Aston Villa.

Premier League Table


Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City are in the top three and the lead at the top has been cut to five points, but it is only a two horse race between themselves and Manchester United. Stoke have dropped behind Everton in forth place with Arsenal and Spurs just behind them.

Villa are still in the top half and just one point off the magic 40 points so expect them to be around the top ten by the end of the season. Sunderland, Palace and Burnley are still in the bottom three.

[h2]Villa Player Of The Month



Agbonlahor said he would shut up his doubters

Gabby Agbonalhor this month said that he would cause shockwaves if given a chance he would score and did just that. Although he just scored twice, his worth to the team was amazing this month and thoroughally deserved the award.
A tough month but being in the top half is a huge positive!
Rough month in defence bud but still hanging on to the top 10 is good.
The top half is an impressive achievement for a relatively young side like Villa, especially in this age of cash cow teams. I can see a strong finish to your season with the signings you've made settling in over time.

Keep it up mate. Oh and sky called... they want their reputation back ;)
Ziechael Sky are going to get some good news and yeah 10th I am very happy with

Walkinshaw Yeah top 10 is awesome

Justice Yeah I am very happy with my side

Government Get Involved In the Sky Saga



Sports Minister Helen Grant tells the F.A to allow Sky to have England Internationals back again

In a sensational twist of events, BSkyB have amazingly been told that they should be given the rights to show the English Football they originally had at the start of the season. This all came out just after Prime Ministers questions.

The Sports Minister, Helen Grant read out a very damning statement about the Football Association and demanded that Sky were given a fair shot at defending themselves properly.

In what has been a very tough and difficult decision we are today announcing that BSkyB are to be given the rights to show English Football once again. We feel that the football association took the rights off them unjustly and unfairly after the whole Aston Villa/Birmingham City debacle. We accept that they were partly to blame but in moving the match the Police nor the clubs raised enough awareness over the controversial move.

We think that the clubs themselves should take the blame as it was effectively Aston Villa's poor security that allowed a fan into the stadium with a knife and also Birmingham City's fault for not screening who they sold tickets too. This was a very unfortunate incident but to blame Sky was the wrong thing to do and there should be a public inquiry into the going on's on that day. Every top flight club have CCTV and this was amazingly NOT looked at. We will now launch an immediate investigation to this and would like to finish by saying that we support the right outcome to this situation.


There has apparently been a mixed reaction to this statement and the Footbal Association were the first to issue a response. Chief Executive Alex Hoorne issue a robust response.

We will be appealing this decision but until we do we now HAVE give the English national team games back but that is all we are giving and we will see them in court! We know what we did was right and we encourage the government to carry out a public inquiry about it and we can not wait for there response.

BSkyB then also released a statement regarding this issue too. Jeremy Darroch said We new this would happen and although it is ONLY England internationals we have got back I know we will get back all the Premier League matches and then we can think about getting our world famous reputation back again.

One thing is for sure though, with the intervention of the government we are going to expect it to be very ugly and very personal at times while the truth is sought and will it effect Aston Villa and Birmingham City who could well face points deductions if they are found to be any more culpritable than they originally were.
Villa should be fined and deducted points for their atrocious fans.............
i see you had a hard month at Villa Park where the results didnt speak in your favour. But a bad month isnt a bad season.. just bounce back with some good results and your train is on the rails again ;). About the Sky soap, hopefully there is no bad news for Villa..
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Agbonlahor: One Of The Villa Greats



Young Agbonlahor in 2005

When a young 19 year old was pushed into his first senior appearance against Everton at Goodison Park, no one new that 9 and a half years later he would still be at his hometown club of Aston Villa. That debut in 2005 against Everton resulted in a 4-1 defeat but a very fast young Gabby Agbonlahor scored on his debut and it was all down to injuries that forced then Boss David O'Leary to put him in the starting line up.

Agbonlahor was one of four children born to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother in Birmingham. However his parents separated while he was still young and he lived with his father, without any contact with his mother for around 20 years. In 2009, ahead of the striker's 23rd birthday, his mother made a public appeal to him via the Sunday Mercury newspaper, in order to become part of his life once more. Agbonlahor later contacted his mother and the pair reconciled. Agbonlahor's brother, Charisma, plays as a striker for Boldmere St. Michaels F.C. in the Midland Football League.

After his breakthrough season Gabby Agbonlahor's career went from strength to strength in a Villa shirt.

In the following season, Martin O'Neal took over and over three season's Aston Villa enjoyed the best performances in the last 13 years.

Agbonlahor started the season on the right wing in Martin O'Neill's new-look Villa side, and would be part of the team that managed to get a point from the first Premiership game at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium. Agbonlahor's first goal of the season came at home against Charlton Athletic, in a 2–0 win. On 30 September, Agbonlahor scored a crucial equaliser against Premiership champions Chelsea just before half-time, heading in Liam Ridgewell's cross with a glancing header to earn Villa a 1–1 draw.

Agbonlahor also provided cup heroics in 2006, scoring an injury-time winner to beat Leicester City 3–2 at the Walkers Stadium. The following game, he scored a consolation effort in Villa's first loss of the season, on 28 October, ten games in.

Agbonlahor completed his run of scoring against the so-called "Big Four", when he added Manchester United to a list of his victims. Aston Villa were beaten 3–1 in the game at Old Trafford. Agbonlahor then scored deep into injury time in the following game, against Watford on 20 January, to end a Villa winless run that stretched back to 11 November.

Agbonlahor had played every minute of Aston Villa's campaign in 2006–07, until he was replaced by Patrik Berger, in the 2–0 away fixture against Reading, on 10 February 2007. The following match was the first of the season that Agbonlahor did not start—he instead appeared from the bench, replacing new Villa signing Shaun Maloney. Manager Martin O'Neill suggested that Agbonlahor, who had been playing out of position on the right wing for much of the season, had done superbly, and being dropped from the first 11 was in order to rest him, and alleviate growing crowd pressure.

Following this break, Agbonlahor went on a scoring spree. He scored from the right-wing against Everton on 2 April, to gain Villa a valuable point. Following this match, Agbonlahor signed a new-four-year contract at Aston Villa. The following Saturday, in the absence of John Carew, he was moved back to his natural position at centre forward and again found his name on the scoresheet.

Agbonlahor made it three in a row on Easter Monday, again scoring an equaliser, adjudged to have crossed the line by assistant referee Dave Richardson.

In the 2007/08 season Agbonlahor also scored the vital second goal in the match between Aston Villa and Chelsea on 2 September, in which Villa won 2–0. Agbonlahor scored the winning goal in the 86th minute of the Second City derby, 60 seconds after saving the ball on the line from a Liam Ridgewell shot. After 13 games, Agbonlahor was the club's top goal scorer, with six Premier League goals. On 7 December it was announced that Agbonlahor had won the Premier League Player of the Month award and manager Martin O'Neill had won the Manager of the Month award for the same month.

On 12 April 2008, Agbonlahor scored the fourth goal against Derby County in a 6–0 victory at Pride Park in the Premier League. In the Birmingham derby on 20 April 2008, he scored the fifth and final goal in the 5–1 victory.

On 15 August 2008, Agbonlahor signed a new four-year contract with Aston Villa, tying him to the club until 2012.

Following his contract extension in the 2008/09 season, Agbonlahor scored a "perfect" hat-trick (scoring goals with his head, right foot and left foot) against Manchester City in Villa's opening game of the 2008–09 season at Villa Park. The three goals were netted in the space of seven minutes, making it the second-fastest hat-trick in the history of the Premier League. He was later named man of the match for this performance, which led to a 4–2 victory.

On 3 November, Agbonlahor was at the centre of a controversy with Newcastle United's Joey Barton when, during the match, Barton appeared to brush his fingers on Agbonlahor's face. It later emerged that Barton's attack might have been race-orientated but, after careful consideration by both Aston Villa and the FA, no further action was taken. On 8 November, it emerged in some national newspapers that the reason Agbonlahor decided not to pursue legal action against Barton was because he "felt sorry" for him. On 15 November, he scored once and played a part in the other goal, when Aston Villa beat Arsenal 2–0 at the Emirates Stadium. He scored a brace against Bolton Wanderers on 13 December. Agbonlahor notched his tenth league goal of the season in the 90th minute in a 2–0 win against Blackburn Rovers on 7 February.

Agbonlahor's first goal of the 2009–10 season came in a 2–0 home victory over Fulham on 30 August 2009. The striker brought the ball from the centre of the field to strike, left-footed, past Mark Schwarzer from around 20 yards out.

The striker scored the only goal in the season's opening Birmingham derby against Birmingham, netting an open header past Joe Hart as a result of a free kick taken by Ashley Young. Agbonlahor scored his third goal of the season scoring in a 2–0 win against Portsmouth. He scored his fourth and fifth consecutive goals of the season against Cardiff City in the League Cup and Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League. His next goal came on 24 October 2009 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in the Premier League. Fellow Villa forward Emile Heskey played the ball into the penalty area where Agbonlahor turned a defender and placed a low shot past Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. The game finished 2–1.

He scored the only goal in the 1–0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford, heading in a cross from Ashley Young after 21 minutes, providing Villa's first league win at Old Trafford since 1983. Agbonlahor scored in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Blackburn Rovers helping Villa to get to the final where they lost to Manchester United 2–1. He scored twice in 2–0 win at Fulham on 30 January 2010. On 21 February, Agbonlahor provided an assist for Emile Heskey before adding Villa's final goal in a 5–2 victory over Burnley for his 11th league goal of the season.



Agbonlahor finished the season with thirteen goals in the Premier League, and 16 in all competitions.

Agbonlahor scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season in Aston Villa's 3–1 home win over Blackburn Rovers on 20 August 2011, and followed this up with the leveller in a 2–2 away draw against Everton 10 days later. For his positive performances during the opening month of the season, Agbonlahor was named as Aston Villa's player of the month for August 2011, beating off competition from Fabian Delph to the top spot. He then made it 3 goals in 3 games when he scored in a 1–1 home draw against Newcastle United on 17 September. This meant that Agbonlahor had equalled his Premier League goals tally from 2010–11 after just five games into the new season.

After rediscovering his goalscoring form under new boss Alex McLeish, the striker publicly spoke of his discontent at the managerial tenure of Gérard Houllier and his assistant Gary McAllister and said that he even considered quitting the club had the previous regime remained. Meanwhile on the pitch Agbonlahor continued to impress, scoring the first goal and setting up Darren Bent for the second in a man of the match performance against Wigan Athletic on 1 October. He then put in another man of the match performance against Norwich City in a 3–2 win, on 5 November, setting up both of Darren Bent's goals and scoring the second himself. On 7 January 2012 he scored the second goal in a 3–1 win against Bristol Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup after Marc Albrighton had given Villa the lead. On 3 April 2012, after Aston Villa captain Stilyan Petrov's diagnosis with acute leukaemia, Agbonlahor was named team captain upon Petrov's diagnosis.

Agbonlahor's ancestry qualifies him to play for Scotland or Nigeria at international level, but he chose to play for his homeland of England.


Agbonlahor has 3 England caps to his name

On 20 September 2006, Agbonlahor was pencilled in as a player in the Nigeria U-20 team for the match against Rwanda. He turned down the call, whilst not ruling out playing for the country in the future, but subsequently pledged his future to England.

On 28 September 2006, Agbonlahor received his first call-up to the England U-21 squad, and won his first U21 cap as a substitute against Germany on 6 October. Agbonlahor was then omitted from the England's U-21 Championship squad, by manager Stuart Pearce, on 30 May 2007, as a result of missing the England U21 training camp in Spain. David Bentley, also included in the England first team line-up, took his place.

Agbonlahor was later recalled to the side by Pearce, in September 2007, netting his first goal for the under-21s, by scoring the second in a 3–0 victory, over Montenegro U-21.

On 1 February, Agbonlahor was named in Fabio Capello's 23-man England squad to play Switzerland in February 2008, although a hamstring injury forced him to withdraw from the game. Agbonlahor was also an unused substitute in England's respective 2–0 and 3–0 friendly victories against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago in May–June 2008.

On 15 November 2008, he was called up to Capello's squad for the upcoming match against Germany in Berlin, joining three other Aston Villa players in the squad: Ashley Young, Curtis Davies and Gareth Barry. On 19 November, he was named to start against Germany. He played for 76 minutes, had a goal disallowed and received high praise from John Terry, the latter describing him as "a nightmare to play against".

On 11 February 2009 he was in the starting line up against Spain, where he played for 75 minutes before being substituted for debutant Carlton Cole. He made his first appearance in a competitive international on 14 October 2009, playing 66 minutes in the 3–0 win over Belarus in the last game of qualification for the 2010 World Cup. He was last called up to the squad in November 2011.

On 10 September 2014, Agbonlahor signed a new four-year contract, saying "I can still remember making my debut, so to still be able to contribute is a great feeling." Three days later, he scored the only goal as Villa won away at Liverpool, a club he had only scored once against before in the Premier League.

Now Agbonlahor has notched up his 300th Villa appearance and thinks he could get to 500!

I actually remember my debut, it was very, very special and I can not wait to make it to 500 appearances because I love this club, we have a legendary manager now and we are going places. I have a job to blood the youngsters that are coming in and we will get to the top of the table at some point.
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An awesome update mate, a full on biography nice stuff.
Quality update man. Very detailed, very much enjoying this!

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