Crystal Palace owe Mile Jedinak for establishing them in Premier League

Mile Jedinak was stripped of the captaincy this season. It is a testament to Mile Jedinak's leadership qualities that when former teammates speak about him, they do so in glowing terms that highlight his qualities as a person and a player.For most Crystal Palace fans, Jedinak has been an iconic leader -- up there with

By | 2016-08-17T10:05:00+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Crystal Palace owe Mile Jedinak for establishing them in Premier League

Dalian Atkinson will be remembered fondly by Aston Villa fans

Ask any non-Aston Villa fan what they remember of Dalian Atkinson, who died on Monday at the age of 48, and the answer is inevitable: That goal against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. It was scored in October 1992 during the Premier League's first season and few goals since have eclipsed Atkinson's strike in terms of

By | 2017-06-20T23:33:48+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Dalian Atkinson will be remembered fondly by Aston Villa fans

Rafa Benitez and Newcastle hope to emerge from Championship chaos

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Rafael Benitez is right to remain at Newcastle. This time last year, Rafael Benitez was preparing his Real Madrid side, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, for a season of challenging for the Champions League and La Liga. Just 12 months on and trips to Burton and Rotherham that

By | 2016-08-04T13:24:00+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Rafa Benitez and Newcastle hope to emerge from Championship chaos

Five ways new Aston Villa owner Tony Xia can lead a revival

Tony Xia, the Chinese businessman who has been confirmed as the new owner of Aston Villa, has bold plans for the club. "My ambition is to bring Villa to the top six in less than five years and I hope it can be one of the top three in the world -- even the best

By | 2017-06-21T00:32:52+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Five ways new Aston Villa owner Tony Xia can lead a revival

Aston Villa's nightmare season following Premier League relegation

With the season over, it's time to assess Aston Villa's 2015-16. Here's a reflection on the club's traumatic relegation. Season in a sentence A humiliating shambles which resulted in a first ever relegation from the Premier League -- Villa were rooted to the bottom of the table after 10 games and never looked like getting

By | 2016-05-18T02:10:00+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Aston Villa's nightmare season following Premier League relegation

Premier League season in a sentence as Leicester crowned champions

It was another memorable Premier League campaign. Our ESPN FC bloggers take a quick look at how their team fared in the 2015-16 season. LEICESTER: Leicester ended 2015-16 with a fairytale Premier League title, the PFA player of the year, a Premier League scoring record and Champions League football -- so not bad, then! --

By | 2016-05-16T02:00:00+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Premier League season in a sentence as Leicester crowned champions

Aston Villa predictably average in Premier League farewell defeat

It was a fitting finale to a catastrophic season. No defiant farewell to the Premier League from Villa against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but a 4-0 defeat -- yet another one-sided loss to these opponents and yet another loss to conclude a miserable campaign. Villa exit the league without setting a new lowest points

By | 2017-06-21T02:48:31+00:00 May 15th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Aston Villa predictably average in Premier League farewell defeat

Swansea to beat Man City, United to edge Bournemouth? Spurs to draw?

What a Premier League season 2015-16 has been. Champions Leicester will get a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge, but the game means little in the general context of everything given Chelsea have put in the worst title defence in living memory. In fact, with Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich all already relegated, there is

By | 2017-06-21T02:48:51+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Swansea to beat Man City, United to edge Bournemouth? Spurs to draw?

The Randy Lerner era comes full circle as Aston Villa travel to the Emirates

The 2015-16 season been a chastening experience for Aston Villa supporters yet there is still one final, nasty, little twist remaining in this disastrous campaign. Sunday's final game of the Premier League season, and the club's last at the highest level for a year at the very least, is against Arsenal at the Emirates. It's

By | 2016-05-12T13:29:00+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on The Randy Lerner era comes full circle as Aston Villa travel to the Emirates

Ciaran Clark strong as Aston Villa battle for 0-0 draw vs. Newcastle

It might have been difficult to identify the relegated club during Villa's 0-0 draw with Newcastle. The mood among claret and blue supporters throughout the final home fixture of Villa's disastrous season was far from sombre. Instead of pity and despair, there was fun and celebration. There were also a lot of inflatables: all sorts

By | 2016-05-08T03:56:00+00:00 May 8th, 2016|Categories: Aston Villa, RSS|Comments Off on Ciaran Clark strong as Aston Villa battle for 0-0 draw vs. Newcastle
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