Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Could Pardew End Up a Villain?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Could Pardew End Up a Villain?

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HAVE always had a soft spot for Aston Villa and Villa Park itself.

David Cameron claimed to support them as did that Nigel Kennedy bloke, who used to fiddle, but that did not put me off.

I love the old-school feel of the brick facade which is the Holte End. It is genuinely cool and my favourite stand in English football.

That was a sticker to put in your Panini album back in the day, but it always seemed to elude me. Just like the Dundee United badge.

I love that banner with the commentary from the European Cup win in 1982.

"Shaw, Williams, prepared to venture down the left. There is a good ball in for Tony Morley. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Peter Withe."

It is classic Brian Moore. It is a classy banner.

Aston Villa, to me, are a proper football club. I always enjoy going there even if we manage to get lost either getting there or coming back. Every time.

Newcastle United like Villa Park as well. There is no other away ground where the club have won more matches in the Premier League era.

That includes a 2-1 a year ago when Hatem Ben Arfa scored in the first half and then was, in the words of Paul Lambert "unplayable" in the second 45.

He was as well. There are similarities between Newcastle and Villa. Big clubs, massive potential, even bigger mistakes made blah, etc, blah.

So I always presumed you lot and their lot would get on.

Turns out I was more wrong than anyone who thinks Simon Cowell is contributing to society.

It took me a while to understand why Newcastle fans do not think like I do about Birmingham's biggest club.

Yet when it was explained to me the home fans took delight in United being relegated at their place in 2009, I went off them a bit.

I don't get that. Fine, if it is your city rivals, but who are Villa to mock any set of supporters? They have hardly been big- hitters themselves over the past 30 years. …

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