Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey Scores On Mid-Field Blast

In the first half at Liberty Stadium this morning, Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey scored from just inside the center circle against Aston Villa. A misfired ball from Ron Vlaar wound up right in front of Shelvey as keeper Brad Guzan was trying to get back to the goal. Shelvey fired a rocket over the retreating Guzan's… » 4/26/14 11:10am 4/26/14 11:10am

Referee Hit With Smoke Bomb Thrown By Tottenham Supporter

West Midlands police arrested two men believed to be responsible for tossing a flare or a smoke bomb onto the pitch during yesterday's Tottenham Hotspur-Aston Villa match. In footage that was broadcast to viewers on Sky Sports 1, which you can watch below, the smoke bomb struck assistant referee David Bryan in the… » 10/21/13 2:07pm 10/21/13 2:07pm

De-Pantsing Is Soccer's Most Effective Defensive Strategy

Late in the first half of today's <del>Premier League</del> match between Aston Villa and Tottenham, Villa's Nick Helenius beat his defender and made a dangerous run towards Tottenham's goal. That's when Jan Vertonghen decided that desperate times called for desperate measures, and stopped Helenius from scoring with… » 9/24/13 6:19pm 9/24/13 6:19pm

It Takes A Space Cadet To Be An Aston Villa Supporter These Days

These are dark days at Villa Park. The Claret and Blue helped found the Premiership 20 years ago, but find themselves in danger of being relegated for the first time unless they can climb out of the EPL basement. Facing the defending champs is never going to inspire much confidence, though, and while Villa put forth… » 3/05/13 10:15am 3/05/13 10:15am

Bradford City Beats Aston Villa, Is First Fourth-Division Team To Reach…

League Two side Bradford City cruised to a 3-1 win in its home match of the League Cup semifinal tie against Aston Villa two weeks ago, but most observers expected the Claret and Blue to put up, at the very least, a 2-0 win in today's Villa Park rematch to advance to the League Cup final. After all, Villa is (by… » 1/22/13 4:53pm 1/22/13 4:53pm

Emile Heskey's Elbow Thoroughly Mangled Johan Djourou's Nose

Today's Arsenal-Aston Villa match from Ashburton Grove got off to a violent start as Gunners defender Johan Djourou took Emile Heskey's elbow straight to the beak—though Djourou was as much responsible for propelling his face into Heskey as much as anything. Despite spending several minutes down on the pitch, he… » 3/24/12 12:40pm 3/24/12 12:40pm

Here's Aston Villa's Ridiculous Own Goal That Put QPR Up 2-0

It's been another mediocre season for Aston Villa, and no play may characterize the struggles of the claret and blue squad than this play, in which Stephen Warnock cleanly lands a header directly into his own net. Villa landed a goal of their own late in the first half to cut QPR's advantage to 2-1, but Warnock's… » 2/01/12 3:37pm 2/01/12 3:37pm

"Hermit" Found Living Under Seats In Aston Villa Stadium

He's being called the "terrace tramp" and the "hermit of the Holte End." He was either homeless or pathologically devoted to Aston Villa. He managed to avoid guards and security cameras while building a cardboard shelter in the guts of the stadium, even as thousands of fans packed the Premier League venue. He is… » 3/11/11 12:15pm 3/11/11 12:15pm