First it was Sir Alex, now they are tackling his biggest star… this was the day the FA won Respect

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Initial Sir Alex Ferguson, now Wayne Rooney. No-a single can accuse the FA of choosing on the tiny guys. If Respect is what English football’s ruling physique are after, they’ve undoubtedly earned it, following the latest move to deliver Manchester United to book.

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan guarantees ‘strong action’ around claims of racism
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West Ham United manager Avram Grant handed two-match touchline ban and £6,000 great
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Carling Cup first trophy for big 4.

Post by Ben Carso

Many a long time ago this was a tournament left for teams most likely to complete ouside the best four, it was a route into Europe and with the top typically fielding really weakened teams it was a tournament the likes of the Citys, Villas and Hotspurs felt they could go all the way in.

Apart from Tottenham Hotspur winning two decades back the Cup has always been shared by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal as the once “depart alone” tournament has now been noticed as a very excellent addition to the silver cabinet plus it generates mass protection abroad when a crew lifts a trophy. The amount of globally fans that would purchase a shirt after a Carling Cup Last victory is meteoric and particular footballing CEOs have now observed this as a goog financial bonus each and every February.

This 12 months will see the likes of perhaps some the leading 4 not taking it as seriously and yesteryear. The Premiership and Champions League are far as well important, and with several other teams enhancing in the league they may possibly sense it finest to area their 3rd string. The video games do present beneficial knowledge to these gamers that are usually on the fringes of the major staff meaning that managers would choose to give some of their children a go whilst resting the massive guns.

There is nevertheless alway 1 huge four crew that will get near sufficient with the youngster to think, yeah two a lot more games and we have a cup in our cupboard. Arsenal in certain who have not won a trophy in four decades will surely want a thing to present for their efforts so could be of great worth at the very best on the internet bookmakers at present priced at seven/one. Chelsea have been provided the 4/1 favourites tag whilst Aston Villa, who have no a lot more European obligations appear great worth at 12/1.

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Was the Worlds Most Famous Detective, Aston Villas First Celebrity Football Fan?

Article by Lawrence Seale.

Aston Villa has undoubtedly the most celebrity fans in Premier league football. In quantity and quality. Their A list celebs include Prince Edward future King of the U.K; and Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks But to prove my point I must first define what I mean by an Aston Villa fan. You do not have,to have visited the stadium to qualify. You just have to have stated in public. On T V,radio,or newspaper. That you support Aston Villa football club. With this in mind we can provide quite an impressive list. Unless you have the Pope or Barack Obama supporting your team you just cannot compete.

Here is my list of famous Vllla fans.Enough to form a first and a reserve team.

1 Prince. Edward. Future King of U.K. and Commonwealth.

2 Tom. Hanks. Oscar winning actor.

3 David. Cameron. Could be a future Prime Minister.

4 Mervin. King. Governor of the Bank of England.

5 Ozzie. Osborne. Local lad and heavy metal rock star.

6 Lee. Child. Best selling author. Always uses ex Villa players names, as characters in his books.

7 David. Bradley, Plays grumpy hogwarts caretaker. Argus. Filch.

8 Simon. Le Bon. Duran Duran rock star.

9 Ian. Lavender. Private. Pike in Dads army.

10 Nigel. Kennedy. Celebrity violinist.

11 Floella. Benjamin. Ex B.B.C. Play school T.V. presenter.

12 Ian. Bell. England and Warwickshire cricketer.

13 Ian. Duncan. Smith. Former Tory leader.14 Jane. Sixsmith. Former England and Great Britain hockey player.

15 Pauline. Mc Lynne. Plays Father Teds housekeeper Mrs Doyle.

16 Emma. Willis. MTV presenter.

17 Martin. Shaw. Actor starring in Judge. John. Deed.18 Emma. B. Radio 1 D.J.

19 Richie. Neville. Boy band FIVE.

20 Mark. Williams. Fast show comedy actor.

21 Oliver. Phelps. Plays George. Weasley. in all 6 Harry. Potter. films.

22 Geezer. Butler. Original Black Sabbath member.

Although you will not find them at Villa park for every home game, clutching a pie and a programme. they all have stated publicly that they are Villa fans, so we will just have to take their word for it.

But did Aston Villa have another even more famous fan. the very first fictional detective character. No not Hercule Poiret, or Tin Tin, but Sherlock Holmes. His creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a fascinating man, who lived a long and eventful life.One of ten children born into poverty, and with an alcoholic father. he did not have the best of starts in life. He trained to be a doctor,was a novelist and lifelong traveller, all round sportsman, popularising ski-ing in Switzerland. And once bowling out W.G. Grace at cricket. he stood for Parliament twice, made a fortune and squandered most of it promoting spiritualism.

So how might he have been a Villa supporter. Here is the evidence.In 1879 Arthur Conan Doyle was a poor medical student. And as part of his training he moved to Aston in Birmingham working as an assistant to Dr Reginald Ratcliffe Hoare at Clifton House on the Aston road in Birmingham. He was paid a salary of two pounds a month, and was responsible for making house calls and dispensing medicines. In fact he and Dr Hoare,got on so well he returned to help out in the surgery many times, after finishing his training. And no doubt supporting his beloved Aston villa at the weekends. (Incidentally Villa first entered the F.A. cup in the 1879/80 season)

In 1879 Aston Villa were still an amateur side, playing at the Wellington road ground in Perry Barr. Birmingham. It is possible that Conan Doyle, a keen sportsman, could have known Villa`s early founder members and fellow scotsmen, such as William McGregor, Archie Hunter; and George Ramsay.and perhaps agreed to watch a game, or even play for Villa.

Some of my critics might suggest that it was Conan Doyle who lived in Aston not Sherlock Holmes But Conan Doyle received many letters from members of the public asking him to solve criminal cases. Some addressed to him, but many simply addressed to Sherlock Holmes at his Baker street address. And as most fiction writers base their characters on aspects of their own personality. I think it is highly probable that Sherlock Holmes was Aston Villas first celebrity football fan.

Below is the evidence you can make your own judgement.

1 Lived within a hansom cab ride from Villa`s ground at the time.

2 He was a keen sportsman excelling at football, rugby and cricket at school.

3 Aston Villa at that time had a strong Scottish contingent.

4 Sherlock holmes was a Villa fan would make a great chant, ringing around Villa Park.

5.And finally, I am sure at the final game of the season. I am certain I saw a man in a deerstalker hat. sitting in the seat in front of me, puffing away contentedly on his meerschaum pipe,engrossed in the game.Was he or wasn`t he, I had to find out, so I tapped him on the shoulder, and nervously blurted out “are you Sherlock Holmes and are you a Villa fan.” But just then the final whistle blew, he jumped up and disappeared into the departing crowd. So I will never know. But I am one hundred percent convinced that Sherlock Holmes was indeed Aston Villas first celebrity football fan.

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