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I forgot he played for us...

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Re: I forgot he played for us...

Post by kimbo on Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:46 pm

@Green Villan wrote:
@kimbo wrote:McGrath was actually 30 when we signed him. Which goes to show - especially when throwing in dodgy knees and alcoholism - just how incredible he was.

Just imagine a Paul McGrath that had good knees and wasn't on the booze...........

I've said it many times before, if he had been born elsewhere and played for say... Italy and AC Milan, or Germany and Bayern Munich... rather than Ireland and Aston Villa, then I think many would consider him the greatest defender of all-time.

Of course I am changing the course of history and things would have worked out differently, but let's not get bogged down in semantic science!

It's just how it is though. When Dwight Yorke played for us, I used to get laughed at - f'n LAUGHED AT! - for suggesting he could get in any team in the world. Then he goes to Man U and is lauded as a superstar. I also used to say Dwight Yorke wasn't just the best striker I'd seen for us, but that he was one of the best midfielders I'd seen too. Then he plays there for Trinidad and everyone acts like it's something amazing. Pfft.

Anyway, I am going off topic, so, um... Joey Guðjónsson?  :) 
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Post by kimbo on Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:48 pm

Farrell_10 wrote:Then on the flip side we probably got some star players in their actual prime: McGrath, Staunton, Bosnich, Taylor, Young and Barry.

Your suggestion for an XI has given me a few ideas I might pursue later in the week if I have the time.

Feel free to throw some ideas at me, I like little things like that, ha!
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Post by kimbo on Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:52 pm

@Hornso wrote:Not a big name but the Hong Kong 7s tournament reminded me of Stefan (or was it Stephen?) Cooke. Anyone know what happened to him?

Stephen. Sadly, he has had injury issues his entire career. Even when we had to move him on, he had injury issues for years. Just unlucky really. I'm not saying he could have been amazing as I didn't see much of him, but it did look like there was a player in there. Great shame, some people have terrible luck with injuries.
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Post by Green Villan on Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:07 pm

@kimbo wrote:
@Green Villan wrote:
@kimbo wrote:McGrath was actually 30 when we signed him. Which goes to show - especially when throwing in dodgy knees and alcoholism - just how incredible he was.

Just imagine a Paul McGrath that had good knees and wasn't on the booze...........

I've said it many times before, if he had been born elsewhere and played for say... Italy and AC Milan, or Germany and Bayern Munich... rather than Ireland and Aston Villa, then I think many would consider him the greatest defender of all-time.

Of course I am changing the course of history and things would have worked out differently, but let's not get bogged down in semantic science!

It's just how it is though. When Dwight Yorke played for us, I used to get laughed at - f'n LAUGHED AT! - for suggesting he could get in any team in the world. Then he goes to Man U and is lauded as a superstar. I also used to say Dwight Yorke wasn't just the best striker I'd seen for us, but that he was one of the best midfielders I'd seen too. Then he plays there for Trinidad and everyone acts like it's something amazing. Pfft.

Anyway, I am going off topic, so, um... Joey Guðjónsson?  :) 

I hear you bud, considering his poor younger years (personal wise) he should be very proud of what he has achieved given his limitations, a man that can truly stand proud and count himself as one of the worlds best defenders, but we know he doesn't as he is very very modest and when you bring up his career he gets embarrassed, he even gets shy when you sing his song to him lol
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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:52 pm

Kimbo, by the sounds of things, you should be working in the current villa backroom team!

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Post by kimbo on Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:23 am

I'd love and hate that job - basically the same as being a Villa fan really  Laughing 
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Post by mickeywya on Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:19 pm

Not a player, but Gerard Houllier, keep forgetting he managed us!

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Post by Guest on Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:31 pm

@mickeywya wrote:Not a player, but Gerard Houllier, keep forgetting he managed us!
I wonder if things might have been different (i.e, better) had his health not failed him.

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Post by Guest on Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:52 pm

Chris Harte wrote:
@mickeywya wrote:Not a player, but Gerard Houllier, keep forgetting he managed us!
I wonder if things might have been different (i.e, better) had his health not failed him.

That day at West Ham. He turned and waved at us. I think he knew that he was gone. He made the odd faux pas but we needed to be more patient with him, in my view. It is harsh to criticise Houllier for what he did or didn't do. I would like to have seen him have another season if his health had been better.

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Post by DerHammer on Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:35 am

David Unsworth and his 2 week Villa career without ever playing.

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Post by Randiandipandi on Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:33 pm

Luc Nilis - anyone else now struggling to get THAT picture of his leg out of your mind?

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Post by Fpuppys on Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:28 pm

Dave Norton (son off Ken Norton who played for Dog Heads) Never got to see him play at VP but we did play together for Redhill Comprehensive School back in 1978/79.
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Post by Jae1411 on Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:34 pm

Dave Norton played for us in the masters when I went to watch it a few years ago. I had no idea who he was

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Post by Trysullvilla on Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:32 am

Ivo Stas played 3 frendlies got injured and never played for us again
Simon Stainrod i think played for us in the mid eighties
Gilles de Bilde signed on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, the song was better than the player
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Post by kimbo on Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:28 pm

Ivo Stas has that great, "scored for us but never played for us" stat, which I love about him. When I ask people who it is, their first guess is usually David Unsworth  Very Happy
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Re: I forgot he played for us...

Post by daveyboy on Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:08 pm

@ Ron Dalian, Gavin McCann is from Blackpool like myself and is a friend off our next door neighbour , we used to get tickets courtesy off McCann


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Re: I forgot he played for us...

Post by kimbo on Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:19 pm

Hi Daveyboy, welcome to the site dude 
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Re: I forgot he played for us...

Post by avfc85 on Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:18 pm

Colin Calderwood, I just don't remember him in a villa shirt odd.
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Re: I forgot he played for us...

Post by kimbo on Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:29 pm

I mostly remember him coming on and playing defensive mid for the last few minutes whenever we were defending a tight lead.

Brett Holman is someone I can easily see fitting into the 'forgot' category in a few years time.
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Post by kimbo on Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:05 pm

I can see Kieran Richardson fitting into his category. He does when he's playing to be honest.
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Post by andrew24561 on Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:40 pm

Paul Elliott and Martin Known add Paul McGrath ans Martin Laurson ans you can see we've had some great centre backs
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Post by andrew24561 on Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:00 pm

Bosco Balaban and Warren Aspinal
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Post by andrew24561 on Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:17 pm

Eric Dejemba Dejemba ans Mattieu Berson
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Post by DomAVFC on Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:05 am

Yesterday mine was John Fashanu!
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Post by VillaBill on Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:26 pm

Adrian Heath, Frank McAvennie , Malcolm Allen
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