Aston Villa

English Championship

Aston Villa want highly talented star's replacement, chief scout has been monitoring this target

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Aston Villa are looking to secure a permanent replacement for Sam Johnstone and the Championship outfit have identified Joe Lewis as a target.

The Manchester United shot-stopper has been excellent for Villa so far this season but his loan expires at the end of this season. Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis is very experienced and he could be the ideal replacement for Johnstone.

Villa midfielder eyeing fifth win in a row, Wolves will be the acid test

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Glenn Whelan believes Aston Villa have finally started to demonstrate their promotion credentials.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won four in a row to move within five points of Championship leaders Cardiff City.

They visit fellow promotion hopefuls Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and Whelan thinks they continue their excellent run of form.

Villa want Manchester United goalkeeper on a permanent deal

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that the club would like to sign Sam Johnstone, on loan from Manchester United, on a permanent deal in January.

The 24-year-old is enjoying his second loan spell in Birmingham and has played in every Championship game this season, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

Odds update: Aston Villa set for profitable afternoon against Bolton

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Championship pundit David Prutton is backing Aston Villa to continue their march up the table with a victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won three in a row to move up to eighth in the standings.

Bolton are rooted to the foot of the table with just two points from ten games and Prutton told Sky Sports he fancies Villa to record a 3-0 success.

Odds update: Aston Villa cut for title, Wolves and Leeds on the slide

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Aston Villa’s upturn in form has led to their odds to win the Championship title being slashed.

Steve Bruce’s side are down to 10/1 to finish top after a three game winning win fired them up to eighth in the table.

Villa are seven points behind leaders Cardiff City, and five behind second placed Sheffield United.

On This Day in Football: The Birmingham Derby kicks off

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On this day in 1879, the first ever Birmingham Derby took place with Birmingham City winning 1-0 against Aston Villa.

Like many other football clubs of that era, the two clubs’ origins lie in cricket…and the church. Both were formed by members of cricket clubs who were looking for a recreational activity for the winter months.

Warburton left frustrated as Villa clinch victory against Forest

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Nottingham Forest succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday marking their sixth straight loss in all competitions.

Daryl Murphy’s second half strike cancelled out Albert Adomah’s opener for Villa but Forest’s profligacy in front of goal proved to be fatal as Villa grabbed the winner through a Conor Hourihane free-kick.

Odds update: Jonathan Kodjia the key as Aston Villa promotion odds tumble

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Jonathan Kodjia didn’t get score for Aston Villa against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but his all-round performance bodes well for their promotion hopes this season.

Kodjia had a hand in both goals as Villa secured a 2-1 victory to move up to 10th in the Championship and further ease the pressure on manager Steve Bruce.

4-4-2 v Nottingham: Steve Bruce without these 2 Aston Villa players for vital game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Aston Villa host Nottingham Forest in the Championship this weekend and the home side will be looking to improve their position in the table with a win.

The Villans have had a poor start to the season and they are 13th in the Championship table right now. Moreover, they have failed to win six of their eight matches in the league so far.

4-4-2 v Middlesbrough: Bruce likely to rest this top class Villa star for vital cup game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Aston Villa host Middlesbrough in the Carabao cup later tonight and the home side will be looking to get their season back on track with a win.

The Villans have had a very poor start to their season but their win over Barnsley will have given them some confidence heading into this game. Steve Bruce’s men managed to win 3-0 this Saturday.

Aston Villa keeping close eye on prolific 21-year-old ace

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Alfredo Morelos has made a strong start to his career at Glasgow club, Rangers, and he is already attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs including Aston Villa and Derby County.

According to reports from Scotsman, Championship clubs – Aston Villa, Derby County, Bristol City, Barnsley and Reading – have sent scouts to watch the Rangers forward in action during the Gers’ 2-2 draw with Patrick Thistle on Friday night.

Aston Villa's alleged approach for Garcia an insult to Steve Bruce, it lacks class

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Aston Villa have allegedly contacted the representatives of former Watford and Brighton boss Oscar Garcia about taking over as manager. How nice of them.

According to Spanish media outlet Sport, Villa have sounded out agents of the current St Etienne manager over whether he would be interested in a return to England.

On This Day in Football: Someone stole the FA Cup!

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On this day in 1895, the FA Cup was stolen from a shop in Birmingham. It has not been recovered to this day.

Aston Villa were the reigning champions after beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the final earlier that year at Crystal Palace. Winger Bob Chatt scored inside the opening minute to give Villa their second FA Cup.

Villa right on the red line with Financial Fair Play, says club official

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Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness has revealed that the Villains are on the right side of the Financial Fair Play regulations but just barely.

In an interview with the club website, Wyness talked about Villa’s finances and his working relationship with Dr. Tony Xia, the Chinese businessman whose company the Recon Group owns Aston Villa.

West Ham United winger slams Slaven Bilic

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West Ham United’s Robert Snodgrass, who joined Aston Villa on loan this summer, has slammed manager Slaven Bilic by claiming that the Croatian had no idea how to use him.

Bilic signed Snodgrass from Hull City for £10 million in the January transfer window earlier this year.

Aston Villa loanee cranks up the pressure on West Ham boss

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Robert Snodgrass has blasted West Ham boss Slaven Bilic claiming he continually played him in the wrong position.

Snodgrass joined Aston Villa on loan last week after struggling to establish himself with the Hammers.

Bilic is under massive pressure after West Ham lost their first three games of the season and Snodgrass has added further fuel to the fire with his comments.

Villa boss Steve Bruce opens up on Wilshere and Snodgrass moves

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has broken his silence on rumours linking the Championship club with Jack Wilshere and Robert Snodgrass.

Snodgrass joined West Ham United in the January transfer window of last season on a £10million deal from Hull City. But it is understood that the Scottish international has been deemed surplus to requirements by Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

Aston Villa closing in on West Ham player, Hammers ready to offload experienced attacker

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West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass has been linked with a move away from the club this summer.

According to Sky Sports, Aston Villa are interested in the player and are in advanced talks to sign him on a loan transfer. The report adds that Sunderland and Birmingham want the player as well but Villa are closest to an agreement.

Conor Hourihane, Leeds and Ipswich stars… Names of the Football League, week 4

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Where to find Wolves vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wolves vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The first Wolves-Aston Villa derby of the season kicks off in the Championship at 12:30pm ET on Saturday for viewers in the United States. While the game isn’t on television, you can stream it to your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer by following the steps below.

Where to find Wolves vs. Aston Villa on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wolves vs. Aston Villa in the Championship, you’ve come to the right place.

The first Wolves-Aston Villa derby of the season kicks off in the Championship at 12:30pm ET on Saturday for viewers in the United States. While the game isn’t on television, you can stream it to your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer by following the steps below.

football history

On This Day in Football: Violence in Birmingham, Hilarity in Tallinn

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On this day in 1976, Aston Villa played Glasgow Rangers in a friendly. The game had to be abandoned in the 53rd minute as fights erupted all across Villa Park resulting in one of the worst episodes of hooliganism in Britain’s football history.

Trouble had erupted way before the Rangers faithful arrived in Birmingham.

On This Day in Football: Villa put 10 past Burnley, Ronaldo opens Real account

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On this day in 1925, Aston Villa hammered Burnley 10-0 in front of 43,000 fans at Villa Park.

It was the opening day of the 1925/26 season and Villa were determined to make a strong start in the new campaign after finishing at a disappointing 15th the previous season – their joint-lowest ever position in league football.

Manchester United

Set-Piece Pioneers: Man Utd Pair Ryan Giggs And David Beckham Attempt Simultaneous Freekick Routine, 2001 (Video)

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In the first of what we might turn into a semi-regular series on Pies, we examine some of the oddest, most esoteric set-pieces to have ever been unleashed, both in anger and in muddled incompetence.

Three games into the 2001/02 season, Manchester United came up against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Man Utd keeper set for January transfer

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Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone could make a permanent transfer to Aston Villa in the January transfer window, according to the Manchester...

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Bruce hints Aston Villa will look to sign highly talented star in January, fans should be excited

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Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone has been very impressive for Aston Villa and Steve Bruce is keen on signing the player on a permanent deal.

Johnstone is currently enjoying his second loan spell at Villa Park and the 24-year-old has established himself as the club’s number one shot-stopper.

Keinan Davis: Man Utd and Arsenal tracking starlet

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Aston Villa youngster Keinan Davis is a transfer target for Manchester United and Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror. The England Under-20...

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AFP

Hogan, O’Brien win first Ireland call-ups for qualifiers

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Dublin (AFP) – Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan and Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien received their first call-ups by the Republic of Ireland ahead of their decisive World Cup qualifiers.

Martin O’Neill’s side face Moldova and Wales in their last two Group D games next month as they look to keep their hopes of reaching Russia next year alive.

Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

Albion’s Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

Albion’s Barry breaks record for Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record as the West Bromwich Albion midfielder played his 633rd game in Monday’s clash against Arsenal.

Barry was named Albion captain at the Emirates Stadium in honour of his milestone moment and received a warm reception from both Arsenal and West Brom fans before kick-off.

Jedinak back for Australia’s World Cup play-off

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia received a boost on Tuesday with captain Mile Jedinak named in an extended squad for their crunch World Cup play-off against Syria after he missed their final qualifiers through injury.

A groin problem forced the Aston Villa star out of the Socceroos clashes against Japan and Thailand, in which they failed to qualify automatically for Russia, missing out to Saudi Arabia on goal difference.

Jedinak back for Australia’s World Cup play-off

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia received a boost on Tuesday with captain Mile Jedinak named in an extended squad for their crunch World Cup play-off against Syria after he missed their final qualifiers through injury.

A groin problem forced the Aston Villa star out of the Socceroos clashes against Japan and Thailand, in which they failed to qualify automatically for Russia, missing out to Saudi Arabia on goal difference.

Giggs tips Barry to reach 700 Premier League appearances

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London (AFP) – Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has tipped Gareth Barry to reach 700 Premier League appearances, with the former England midfielder on the brink of matching the Welshman’s all-time record.

Barry is set to equal Giggs’s record of 632 games when West Brom host West Ham on Saturday.

Abuse victim accuses ex-England football manager of cover-up

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London (AFP) – An abuse victim on Wednesday accused late England football manager Graham Taylor of telling him to sweep his warnings about a paedophile coach “under the carpet”.

Tony Brien said he was abused as a child by Ted Langford, a football scout who was jailed in 2007 for sexually abusing four young players in the 1970s and 1980s.

Abuse victim accuses ex-England football manager of cover-up

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London (AFP) – An abuse victim on Wednesday accused late England football manager Graham Taylor of telling him to sweep his warnings about a paedophile coach “under the carpet”.

Tony Brien said he was abused as a child by Ted Langford, a football scout who was jailed in 2007 for sexually abusing four young players in the 1970s and 1980s.

Australia captain Jedinak out of World Cup showdowns

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup have been dealt a blow after injury concerns forced skipper Mile Jedinak out of a 23-man squad to face Japan and Thailand in crunch qualifiers.

Jedinak missed the Confederations Cup in June with a groin injury, and has yet to play for his English Championship club Aston Villa this season.

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No Frills: Football Stickers Chart The Incredible Non-Evolution Of Gareth Barry (Photos)

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On the eve of his record-breaking 633rd Premier League appearance, Pies thought it only right to salute the most consistent player in top-flight history: Hastings' finest, Mr Gareth Barry.

As evident below, nothing has changed much in the 19 years since Barry made his debut for Aston Villa back in the last century.

Former Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk suffers 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa U23s on comeback

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Virgil van Dijk's Southampton return did not go to plan as he and the Saints' under-23 side suffered a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa last...

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Aston Villa starlet reveals deadline day nightmare following move to Wigan

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The frenzied chaos on transfer deadline days is bad as it is. It is worse when you are in a different country and there is a move in the pipelines.

That was the case for Aston Villa’s highly rated 18-year-old goalkeeper Matija Sarkic who completed a six-month loan move to Wigan Athletic at 4 AM in the morning on deadline day.