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WhatsApp, Doc? Aston Villa Embarrass Themselves With Puzzling John Terry ‘Group Chat’ Announcement

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Although getting on in years and weighed down with more baggage than a handler's strike at Heathrow, John Terry's move to Aston Villa is perhaps the best news the club have had since Joleon Lescott left.

Yet the Championship club have contrived to sour the good vibes and make themselves a laughing stock with a certifiably iffysocial media ‘reveal' that presents more questions than it does answers.

Aston Villa Begin The Rebuilding Process Under McLeish

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By Andrew McCarten

For many, the exit of Martin O'Neill as Aston Villa manager at the beginning of the previous season was the prime reason for their decline. When O'Neill took over for the 2006/07 campaign, Villa had finished a lowly 16th the year before under David O'Leary, managing only 42 points.

Top 5 Aston Villa Players of the Last Decade

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Aston Villa are riding high under the tutelage of Martin O'Neill, a good crop of young English player have established the club in the higher echelons of the Premier League, but the last ten years has seen a number of player come and go at Villa Park, but who are the top five from the previous decade.

2009/2010 Barclays Premier League Week 8 Review

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After the rather predictable World Cup qualifiers, the more exciting English Premier League football resumes. Week 8 features some noteworthy Premiership football news. Firstly, Liverpool must subdue an in-form Sunderland without Torres and Gerrard. Secondly, Manchester United had a home tie with the always tough Bolton without Wayne Rooney.

Video Highlights:Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 1, Well Dunne Collins!

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Martin Laursen is gone but Aston Villa's set piece threat remains. Villa's "Twin Towers" were brilliant defensively and also scored two thunderous headers to win the game for the home side.Dunne and Collins goals propelled Aston Villa to joint third with Tottenham and Man City with 16 points.The 2-1 defeat in Villa Park would be a psychological blow to Chelsea, who had lost twice in as many away

Aston Villa’s Defenders The Best, Says Fernando Torres

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Not since the days when footballs were made of head-me-if-you-dare heavy leather has something in the game caused so many defenders migraines. But even Superman has kryptonite. Fernando Torres can be neutralised — how to do so is the surprise.

You make him face a certain Premier League side and they are not Manchester United, not Chelsea and not Arsenal.

At last its a 'Dunne' Deal

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Ireland defender Richard Dunne after the Premier League ratified his £6million move from Manchester City.

Dunne was unable to finalise his switch to Villa Park on Tuesday despite the paperwork having already been sent off to the Premier League.

How did your Club do?

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What they wanted

Arsène Wenger admitted he was looking for defensive cover and a defensive midfielder, along with 'half the managers in the Premier League'

What they got

Arsenal have made an impressive start and that may have convinced Wenger that the squad he has - with the addition of Thomas Vermaelen - will suffice

Pleat's verdict

Maybe a talented big man to replace Emmanuel Adebayor would have given them variations.

Dunne fee agreed?

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Certainly the Guardian suggests so:
Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Manchester City for Richard Dunne, believed to be about £6m...the Villa manager has identified Dunne as a replacement for Martin Laursen, who retired at the end of last season, and is likely to offer the 29-year-old the captaincy at the Midlands club when he discusses personal terms.

Aston Villa To Offer £6M For Steven Taylor

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Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is ready to make a £6M bid for Newcastle United's England Under-21 centre-half Steven Taylor. Steven Taylor O'Neill seems interested O'Neill has been looking for a new defender since losing Martin Laursen (retired because of injury), and selling Zat Knight to Bolton, and his scouts believe Taylor has the skills [.

Aston Villa Sign Newcastle United Veteran Beye

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O'Neill secures determined customer with bags of experience.

Aston Villa have signed defender Habib Beye from Newcastle United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
The Senegal international right-back, 31, follows Stewart Downing and Fabian Delph to Villa Park as boss Martin O'Neill's third major summer signing.

Aston Villa transfer wrap - August 1, 2009

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IN: Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough, £12m) OUT: Zat Knight (Bolton, £4m), Stuart Taylor (Manchester City, free), Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £12m), Martin Laursen (retired) £25million of good news for Aston Villa? Villa stalking £7m midfielder

Transfer Toss: Ashley Young to Barcelona for £25m? No chance...

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Football scenes you won't see in 09/10, No.1532 The enforced loss of Martin Laursen was regrettable. The same goes for the departure of Gareth Barry. But the loss of Ashley Young (who you voted overwhelmingly as Villa's most indispensable...

Villa Keen On £8m Wheater

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Aston Villa are ready to harden their interest in Middlesbrough centre-half David Wheater. Villa boss Martin O'Neill, looking for a replacement to fill the void left by Martin Laursen's enforced retirement, has identified the Boro youngster as his top target. O'Neill was hoping to set up an exchange using Marlon Harewood as a makeweight in the deal, [.

Young: Big Names Or I’m Off

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Aston Villa will need to make a couple of stellar signings to match Ashley Young's ambition and avoid losing their most ­valuable asset this summer. The England international is concerned at the club's direction in the wake of Martin Laursen's retirement and Gareth Barry's decision to join Manchester City, and unless ­Martin O'Neill can recruit [.

When There's Nothing Else, There's Schadenfreude

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Another Holte End Gem. The levels this works on, my god...

Regular readers will know I use that particular German word a bit too often, but shameful joy is the bread and butter of English football. The Holte End, many of whom had long given up on anything approaching a meaningful season and still recovering from the heart cramping noise of Martin Laursen's announced early retirement, had nothing else to offer on the last day of the season but a banner reading, "SOB on the Tyne.

Proof the World is Getting Worse

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Goodnight sweet Prince...

Arsenal star ‘likely’ to make £8m Summer Exit

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The all new rumour reporting article system is in full effect! The Rumour One Arsenal player likely to be sold this summer is Philippe Senderos, currently on loan at AC Milan. Aston Villa see the central defender as a possible replacement for Martin Laursen, who may be forced to retire because .

Richard Dunne

It’s a Kind of Blue for Davies

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Curtis Davies joined Birmingham City in a deal likely to be worth £3.5m after being on the cusp of rejoining what he called "Sven's revolution" at Leicester on loan. Sebastian Larsson will not be coming as a make-weight, which is just as well as I've been racking my brains trying to think of a player making the same switch directly and have drawn a blank.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Villa Fan On The Final, Dunne, Fergie’s Replacement and Barry

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In usual big game pre-match fashion, we've had a quick chat with Damian from The Villa Blog about Sunday's League Cup final.

Scott the Red: What would constitute a good season for Villa?

Damian: A good season for us will be winning the League Cup or even, if things go our way and we get a bit of luck, the FA Cup.

Villa’s Top Four Challenge has Legs. By Andrew Walker

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Picture the scene. Sepp Blatter, fed up with England's dominance of European football, decides to ban all non-British & Irish players from the Premier League. In this post-Apocalyptic world, Aston Villa would probably romp to the league title.

Martin O'Neill faced a tricky pre-season last summer.

Villa plug the holes on central defense

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Man City's Richard Dunne and West Ham's James Collins will attempt a tall task, to take over for Martin Laursen and Olof Mellberg. They come to Villa Park at a £11m price tag.

We saw a few problems on opening day against Wigan, where Curtis Davies made some errors of judgment which led to Jason Koumas scoring the second goal.

Early Doors

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The dominos are really starting to fall now.

Villa close to Dunne deal
Villa clinch Warnock deal
Dunne will offer them experience in the heart of defence, something they've been missing since Martin Laursen retired. Not the Dunne is the same player, but they can't rely on Davies and Cuellar all season.

Aston Villa Agree £9m Double Deal for Distin and Dunne

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Good bit of business

Aston Villa have agreed a £6 million fee with Manchester City for Republic of Ireland centre-back Richard Dunne, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

The City skipper would appear to be on the fringes of the team following the arrival of Joleon Lescott and is seeking a move away from Eastlands in search of first team football.

English Premier League

Summer 2009 Transfers

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The summer transfer market is shaping up to be a very interesting one with Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea, all poised to throw around some serious money. Here is a list of all the Premier League deals during this transfer window. Updated August 30.


Thomas Vermaelen (undisc.

Premier League Preview: Part One

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With only days to go until the start of the Premier League, we take a whirlwind look through the division (no-one likes long, lengthy previews) - count yourself lucky if your side gets more than a couple of lines. We also have our final table prediction, which will no doubt come back to haunt us. That will come in Part Two - here is Part One.

The Opening Weekend: Predictions

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Thats right folks 11 long weeks are all but over, and after the highly entertaining entree of the Community Shield its time to get down to the serious nitty gritty. Stamford Bridge on a Saturday lunchtime is the venue for this years opening game and others will follow over the weekend where every single fan hopes for glory and entertainment for the coming season.

Laursen announces retirement from injury

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I felt sympathy for Martin Laursen, on the announcement that he will retire from football with immediate effect, after a long battle against a persistent knee problem.

Laursen was in fine form, and Villa Captain, at the time his suffered the injury back in December. He has since managed only the one appearance.

The Rest

Bendtner Wins Danish Player & Goal Of The Year 2009 Gongs

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Nicklas Bendtner has claimed his most prestigious award yet after being named the Danish Footballer of the Year for 2009.

The award was presented to the injury-striken front-man in a special programme called Dansk Fodbold Award on the TV2 television network in his homeland.

Prem Library: United the anti-football?, Altidore scores his first

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Wenger brands Man United tactics as "anti-football" - ESPN Soccernet

UEFA charge Arsenal striker Eduardo - CNN International


We must get over Martin Laursen, says Stiliyan Petrov - Sunday Mercury

Gabby Agbonlahor helps Villa to first home win of the season - Times Online


Birmingham chief Karen Brady set to quit club - Daily Mirror

Lee Carsley: Toughen up, Birmingham City - Birmingham Mail


Blackburn Rovers boss defends cautious approach - This is Lancashire

Rovers' Vince Grella burgled at knifepoint - Mirror.

Premier League Opening Weekend Review: Sunday Musings

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A nice opening weekend. As I watch Liverpool - Tottenham battle it out at White Hart Lane, I thought I'd share some of my observations from the Premier League's first gameweek.
Due to a combination of multi-screen viewing and Tivo-ing (Setanta on my PC and ESPN / FSC on the tele) I was able to take in 8 matches over the past two days.