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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:25 am

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Post  QBVILLA on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:01 am


Weymouth Beds!

Eh, Claridge is an experienced out of contract striker.Don't be surprised if Zola and Clarke go on a scouting trip
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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:08 am

Oopsie!
I don't know why I typed Weybridge, my fingers must have gone off on their own.

QB, I wouldn't be surprised to see Zola on the pitch at UP before long.....
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Post  QBVILLA on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:11 am

Bedshammer wrote:Oopsie!
I don't know why I typed Weybridge, my fingers must have gone off on their own.

QB, I wouldn't be surprised to see Zola on the pitch at UP before long.....

I'd imagine that Zola is still physically in good condition.Players with that much talent never lose their touch.I don't think it's too outrageous to think that he may register as a player
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Post  villanfromluton on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:13 am

For 3 grand a week, I would polish the old boots and give it a go, even for the paupers in claret and blue
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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:16 am

QBVILLA wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:Oopsie!
I don't know why I typed Weybridge, my fingers must have gone off on their own.

QB, I wouldn't be surprised to see Zola on the pitch at UP before long.....

I'd imagine that Zola is still physically in good condition.Players with that much talent never lose their touch.I don't think it's too outrageous to think that he may register as a player

The fans would love it, too. One of the younger players (can't remember who) said that Zola is fitter than any of them at the training ground.
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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:16 am

villanfromluton wrote:For 3 grand a week, I would polish the old boots and give it a go, even for the paupers in claret and blue

Burnley? Very generous of you, Lutes.
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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:27 pm

QBVILLA wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:Oopsie!
I don't know why I typed Weybridge, my fingers must have gone off on their own.

QB, I wouldn't be surprised to see Zola on the pitch at UP before long.....

I'd imagine that Zola is still physically in good condition.Players with that much talent never lose their touch.I don't think it's too outrageous to think that he may register as a player
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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:51 pm

Quite topical - when Dunne had his medical at Villa he had to go to Weighbridge

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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:10 pm

Bedshammer wrote:
QBVILLA wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:Oopsie!
I don't know why I typed Weybridge, my fingers must have gone off on their own.

QB, I wouldn't be surprised to see Zola on the pitch at UP before long.....

I'd imagine that Zola is still physically in good condition.Players with that much talent never lose their touch.I don't think it's too outrageous to think that he may register as a player

The fans would love it, too. One of the younger players (can't remember who) said that Zola is fitter than any of them at the training ground.

I think it Hines. He said Zola was one of the best players in training too.

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Post  villanfromluton on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:20 pm

Not taking the p, but how old is Zola? He hasnt played for quite a while though now, has he? Think you may well get Viduka, who wouldnt be a bad short term signing if he could be kept fit.
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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:27 pm

He's 43, Lutes. I was joking, by the way. His son Andrea is on our books too.
Viduka might be an OK short term fix, specially on a pay per play deal.
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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:34 pm

villanfromluton wrote:Not taking the p, but how old is Zola? He hasnt played for quite a while though now, has he? Think you may well get Viduka, who wouldnt be a bad short term signing if he could be kept fat.

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Post  villanfromluton on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:48 pm

Bedshammer wrote:He's 43, Lutes. I was joking, by the way. His son Andrea is on our books too.
Viduka might be an OK short term fix, specially on a pay per play deal.

Think his son played the other night v Villa Beds, am sure saw the name Zola there. By the way, I knew you were joking Wink . As for Viduka, he may be a decent option
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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:49 pm

His son played a lot of preseason, and apparently did well.

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Post  villanfromluton on Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:55 pm

Seems like young Zola has a bit of a temper from this report of the match on one Villa website Wink

As the window slammed shut the door opened on another season of reserve football at Villa Park, where our golden generation of youngsters went looking for a second win of this season and a third straight league title.



So, from five o’clock and the ridiculous to seven and the sublime, Villa’s all conquering reserve side line up with big summer signing Andy Marshall in goal, a back four of Baker, Lowry, Roome and Lichaj, a midfield quartet of Dominik Hofbauer, Herd, Osbourne, and Albrighton, with power and the glory; Collins and Delfouneso up front.

I got there a bit early (first reserves game is like Christmas to me!) but not as early as Steve Staunton, sat all on his own in the corner of the posh seats and looking in a proper sulk.

It hammered down with rain twenty minutes before kick off and drizzled throughout, but spirits seemed high enough and I’m glad to report that this time out West Ham had remembered to bring an away kit.

They included Andrea Zola, the manager’s son, and also Oliver Lee who I would presume is the son of Rob Lee, who joined us in the cheap seats. Big Frank Nouble started up front and had looked a handful the last time I saw him at Villa Park.

By kick off a very healthy crowd had gathered and Stan had been joined by Mark Kinsella and Ian Taylor. He looked much happier.

I’m not sure how Martin O’Neill will feel about the window, but he struggled manfully with the blinds in the box behind us, eventually coming out on top after an almighty battle. He seemed in good spirits.

Kick off – and I’m glad to report that the new keeper is a shouter. He’s not quite at the levels of the foul mouthed Stuart Taylor, but he’s keen as mustard and got straight onto our young back four.

We started brightly with Delfouneso stretching his legs (and the West Ham Left back with a sixty yard burst) from the corner, Albrighton’s cross deflected off a defender to Delfouneso who controlled it effortlessly, made space for the shot and despatched it passed the keeper to give us the lead with just three minutes on the clock. Good skill and a good finish made all the more impressive by how easy he made it look.

Albrighton fired over on 6 minutes as we continued to press and Hofbauer almost scored with a header over a couple of minutes later, and though West Ham’s front three looked lively we were carving out some good chances and playing some lovely football.

Herd was next to work the keeper with a snapshot from outside the box and West Ham were reduced to niggly fouls in their efforts to win the ball back.

Herd and Zola had a few words after Herd was first fouled by Lee, then tackled by Zola, the referee blowing for the wrong offence and young Italian (cockney?) giving the ref a piece of his mind. The players shook hands on it, but just a couple of minutes later Zola jumped in two footed and over the ball on Herd, leaving the Villa man in a lot of pain. It was a disgraceful challenge that would have brought an immediate red card in any Premiership game and he was incredibly lucky to only see yellow. His temper had gone though and he was a marked man in a game that was suddenly markedly more tense.

Isaiah Osbourne poked him in the eye a couple of minutes later and the West Ham bench rather wisely decided that he’d had enough adventure for one day and substituted him on 20 minutes. He went off with an ice pack on his face, a lecture from the Villa coaching staff and a fair bit to think about.

Undaunted, we continued our assault on the West Ham goal, with Collins volleying over before Delfouneso almost scored with a header from six yards out. Hofbauer forced a cracking save from the West Ham keeper on 34 minutes and Collins headed the resulting corner into the ground and over the bar.

Another chance for Delfouneso cleared the cross bar a minute or two later as we continued to zip the ball around.

On 37 minutes the game flared up again as Albrighton and the spiky Anthony Edgar (who was excellent throughout) engaged in the traditional bout of handbags. Our boy looked to be on top when the ref separated them and he rather generously decided to take no further action. The combatants remained on non-speaking terms throughout the evening.

Herd blasted a couple of yards wide from thirty yards out as we finished the half in much the same style as we’d played it form the start, a really good 45 minutes and a wonder that we were only one goal up.

Of course we all know what happens next.

We were a little slow out of the traps in the second half and despite Albrightons superb dipping volley forcing another decent save, it was only a matter of time before Karma’s hand was turned.

James Collins the unlucky Villa man, heading the ball passed Marshall in his efforts to clear a free kick and providing the equaliser for West Ham with a scruffy own goal.

The equaliser might well have looked unlikely but it brought on a period of dominance from West Ham, their front three of Edgar, Nouble and Hines looking very lively and giving Lichaj and Lowry plenty of exercise.

Our heads dropped for a short while and we looked a little listless, nothing was really coming off for us and West Ham had raised their game.

Delfouneso had another long range effort tipped wide by Kurucz in the West Ham goal and Collins then had a close range effort blocked over as we began to show signs of life.

Gardner came on for Herd on the hour and began to exert an influence on our play, where Herd is an all action cavalier; Gardner lets the ball do the work.

Albrighton was showing signs of life having worn his fullback out and pulled over inviting low cross from the right that Collins headed at the keeper from three yards out, he got a good block on it, but Collins was first to the rebound and from the floor he got a toe on it and squeezed it under the keepers body.

It was very well cleared off the line by a West Ham defender to keep the game tied.

Delfouneso had his best chance of the match when Lowry placed a cross perfectly on his head, unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box and right between the posts he somehow managed to put it wide.

Villa though were now back to life and back on top of the game.

McGurk came on for his first home appearance for three years following his dreadful time with injuries and celebrated with a twenty-five yard volleyed effort with his first touch. It was straight at the keeper and a comfortable save, but what a story it’d have made.

No matter, a free kick from deep was headed across the box by Baker and Gardner controlled the ball beautifully in the air with his left foot before poking it home with the outside of his right. Perfectly placed and in off the post, it was a goal with a touch of the Bergkamps about it.

We relaxed with the goal and West Ham seemed to tire and in truth we could have added more goals in the last fifteen minutes, Delfouneso curled one shot wide, after one of many runs at the heart of the defence and if his finishing had matched his approach work could have added another two in the last ten minutes.

The best of his late chances came from a fabulous disguised little ball into the area from Osbourne that he hammered a foot wide of the post from next to the penalty spot with only the keeper to beat.

McGurk stabbed a shot over the bar and Delfouneso tried to once to often to beat the defender with good options either side of him as we threatened a third, but time ran out before we could provide it.

A good win nonetheless and a really entertaining game of football with moments of real quality.
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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:18 pm

Sorry for the slow response, was looking for the West Ham match report....

http://www.whufc.com/page/News/0,,12562~1784393,00.html
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Post  villanfromluton on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:32 pm

Beds, a mate went who said that Nouble is a good prospect.
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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:39 pm

villanfromluton wrote:Beds, a mate went who said that Nouble is a good prospect.

He came on for a few minutes v Millwall. Not enough to make a judgement, to be honest.
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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:44 pm

Bedshammer wrote:
villanfromluton wrote:Beds, a mate went who said that Nouble is a good prospect.

He came on for a few minutes v Millwall. Not enough to make a judgement, to be honest.

As did a few thousand others

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Post  Bedshammer on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:50 pm

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villanfromluton wrote:Beds, a mate went who said that Nouble is a good prospect.

He came on for a few minutes v Millwall. Not enough to make a judgement, to be honest.

As did a few thousand others

About 50, if we're being honest. Men get confused with the size of things, don't they?
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Post  villanfromluton on Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:02 pm

Bedshammer wrote:
Lionheart wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:
villanfromluton wrote:Beds, a mate went who said that Nouble is a good prospect.

He came on for a few minutes v Millwall. Not enough to make a judgement, to be honest.

As did a few thousand others

About 50, if we're being honest. Men get confused with the size of things, don't they?

Beds, that is hugely unfair on Lion, who is used to being on boats with a fair number of men, so I am sure he will have got his figures almost right
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villanfromluton wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:
Lionheart wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:
villanfromluton wrote:Beds, a mate went who said that Nouble is a good prospect.

He came on for a few minutes v Millwall. Not enough to make a judgement, to be honest.

As did a few thousand others

About 50, if we're being honest. Men get confused with the size of things, don't they?

Beds, that is hugely unfair on Lion, who is used to being on boats with a fair number of men, so I am sure he will have got his figures almost right

Luton

Last weekend we had a big family and friends nosh up - and the main menue was the Sea Bass and Octupuss I´d caught on my fishing weekend to the Berlengas Islands - whereas Mark goes fishing and costs the Finland NHS a fortune - I go out there and feed the five thousand

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Post  villanfromluton on Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:22 pm

Lionheart wrote:
villanfromluton wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:
Lionheart wrote:
Bedshammer wrote:
villanfromluton wrote:Beds, a mate went who said that Nouble is a good prospect.

He came on for a few minutes v Millwall. Not enough to make a judgement, to be honest.

As did a few thousand others

About 50, if we're being honest. Men get confused with the size of things, don't they?

Beds, that is hugely unfair on Lion, who is used to being on boats with a fair number of men, so I am sure he will have got his figures almost right

Luton

Last weekend we had a big family and friends nosh up - and the main menue was the Sea Bass and Octupuss I´d caught on my fishing weekend to the Berlengas Islands - whereas Mark goes fishing and costs the Finland NHS a fortune - I go out there and feed the five thousand

Laughing the only boat you will have 5000 on is the gay cruise, but agree about the fceking sponger in Finland, makes me ashamed to be English Embarassed
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