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Category: Aston Villa

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Football while fasting: life in the Ramadan Midnight League | Nick Miller

An idea to help people who might not otherwise feel able to play during Ramadan is gathering momentum in BirminghamJust after 10pm on a warm Friday evening Obayed Hussain stands outside the Aston Villa academy building, the North Stand of Villa Park lo…

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Aston Villa reach agreement with HMRC over £4m tax bill

• Villa pay £500,000 with £1.2m expected by the end of week• Xia admits it has been ‘a very difficult’ two weeksAston Villa have reached an agreement with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over a £4m tax bill.The agreement will allow the club, who miss…

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Aston Villa face bleak future as Tony Xia shortfall exposes house of cards | Stuart James

The Villa owner’s increasingly unreliable backing has left a club who were over-reliant on his funds facing crisisAlarm bells were ringing at Aston Villa long before a tax bill went unpaid last month. The first indication that all was not well came las…

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Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profitFinancial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2…

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Aston Villa miss £4m tax bill deadline as chief executive is suspended

• Championship club risks facing a winding-up petition• Owner Tony Xia confronts wider financial issuesAston Villa have been thrown into financial turmoil and face the threat of being served with a winding-up petition by HMRC, after the Championship cl…

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Slavisa Jokanovic in prime position to enhance Fulham’s playing options

Craven Cottage in need of more variations as club prepare for top-flight football after four years in the ChampionshipSlavisa Jokanovic opted for some sporting cross?pollination when asked whether, after two and a half years of battles won and lost, Fu…

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Aston Villa face task of keeping Jack Grealish after Wembley agony | Ian Malin

No 26 did not deliver destiny for Villa in Championship play-off final, and now Steve Bruce has problems preparing for another promotion tiltSurely football’s gods would not deny Aston Villa this time: 26 May was the 36th anniversary of the club’s…

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Fulham players react to winning Premier League promotion – video

Fulham players give their reaction after Tom Cairney’s goal gave his side a 1-0 victory against Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Despite being reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining, the south-west London side were able t…

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Fulham’s scintillating football set to invigorate tired Premier League | Ben Fisher

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side play the kind of front-foot football that makes them welcome Championship play-off winnersThe deafening sound as Fulham celebrated promotion under the Wembley arch gave a whole new meaning to white noise, for Slavisa Jokanovic’…

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Fulham promoted to Premier League after play-off win over Aston Villa

Sometimes the stakes can be too high in a match; in others, the sheer importance brings the best out of it. This was one of the latter occasions, as Fulham held on to a slender advantage under a second-half barrage to claim their place in the Premier L…

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Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final – live!

Championship play-off final updates on the game at WembleyDrills, travels and tactics: the keys to Jokanovic’s Fulham successAnd feel free to email John or tweet him @JohnBrewin_ 4.02pm BST Team news: Our @SkyBetChamp #PlayOffFinal starting XI and subs…

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Drills, travels and tactics: the keys to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham success | Paul MacInnes

‘The Manchester City of the Championship’ take on Villa in the play-off final with much to thank their Serbian manager forWhen Neil Warnock described Fulham as “the Manchester City of the Championship” he was not talking about the transfer fees. Fulham…

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Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months

Both of the manager’s parents have died this year beating Fulham in the Championship play-off final might provide a little respiteWhen Steve Bruce is asked whether work on strengthening the team will start immediately if Aston Villa win promotion to th…

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Ryan Sessegnon’s washday feat shows news cycle is spinning out of control | Jacob Steinberg

This is where we all are at the moment, gushing at news that Fulham’s teenage wing-back can use a household applianceTo south-west London, where startling news emerged when Fulham’s Supporters Trust held its AGM on Tuesday. An awed hush fell over the r…

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John Terry could miss Chelsea games under new Aston Villa deal

• Former England captain may sign new contract if Villa win play-off• Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic plans to target Terry at WembleyAston Villa are confident John Terry will sign a new contract if they win promotion to the Premier League and are willing t…

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Aston Villa survive late Stewart Downing scare to reach Wembley final

A long, traumatic season for Steve Bruce could yet deliver a happy ending of sorts as Aston Villa moved to within 90 minutes of a return to the Premier League. For Bruce, who has been through such a distressing time after losing both parents in the pas…

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Aston Villa v Middlesbrough: Championship play-off semi-final – live!

Championship play-off semi-final, second-leg latestSign up for The Fiver, our free and funny daily emailAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 11.06am BST Hello. Aston Villa and Middlesbrough could both be forgiven for throwing in the to…

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Jlloyd Samuel, former Aston Villa and Bolton defender, dies in car crash

• The 37-year-old reported to be returning home from school run• Former defender played 169 games during nine years at VillaThe former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash on Tuesday morning. He was 37.The Trinidad and Toba…

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Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce

• Grealish had to deal with toxic dressing room, adds Bruce• Villa lead Boro 1-0 from Championship play-off first legUntil recently Jack Grealish was routinely pigeon-holed as a self-destructive, troubled talent but Steve Bruce believes his playmaker w…

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Mile Jedinak soars to sink Boro and steer Aston Villa toward play-off final

Steve Bruce will always look back on the first half of 2018 as one of the unhappiest chapters in his personal life but, professionally at least, things are looking up a little. Aston Villa’s manager is grieving following the death of his father in Febr…