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Jonathan Kodjia salvages a point for Aston Villa against Stoke

Jonathan Kodjia came to Aston Villa’s rescue salvageing a point in a 2-2 home draw with Stoke.The visitors twice took the lead but Kodjia demonstrated his value by winning a penalty and then notching the equaliser. Continue reading…

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Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’

Midfielder turned lawyer claims coach Kevin MacDonald left a ‘dark shadow’ over players at Villa and says it drove him to suicidal thoughts“It was a culture of verbal and physical bullying, but there were no checks and balances; he operated with “impun…

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Aston Villa remove Kevin MacDonald from coaching after new bullying claims

• Gareth Farrelly alleges he and others were targeted in 1990s• Villa launch independent investigation and report claims to FAAston Villa have suspended their long-serving youth coach Kevin MacDonald from working with players, after a former graduate o…

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Jay Rodriguez gives West Brom late helping hand in draw with Aston Villa

Jay Rodriguez scored a controversial injury-time equaliser with his hand as West Brom denied Aston Villa victory at the last in a crackling West Midlands derby on a wet night at the Hawthorns. After a hesitant opening few minutes Villa drew first blood…

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Jay Rodriguez gives West Brom late helping hand in draw with Aston Villa

Jay Rodriguez scored a controversial injury-time equaliser with his hand as West Brom denied Aston Villa victory at the last in a crackling West Midlands derby on a wet night at the Hawthorns. After a hesitant opening few minutes Villa drew first blood…

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Tammy Abraham scores four as Aston Villa draw 5-5 with Nottingham Forest

Tammy Abraham grabbed four goals for Aston Villa in a dramatic 5-5 Championship draw against Nottingham Forest, who ended the game with 10 men. Forest, though, deserved a point from the 10-goal thriller to take them into the top six after a spectacular…

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Alan Hutton’s stunner seals Aston Villa’s derby victory over Birmingham

It was a moment Alan Hutton will certainly never forget. With 15 minutes of a raucous second city derby remaining and Villa leading 3-2, the veteran Scotland full-back set off on a mazy run from 10 yards inside in his own half that took him past five p…

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Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish opens his account in win over Bolton

Jack Grealish scored his first goal of the season to pave the way for Aston Villa’s win over Championship strugglers Bolton.Grealish, who is on Gareth Southgate’s England radar, took the honours as Villa moved back into the top half following consecuti…

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When Ian Rush and Tony Woodcock scored five goals on the same day

On this day 35 years ago, Rush and Woodcock hit five league goals – a feat not matched until Andy Cole faced Ipswich in 1995By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogIf David Coleman was right, and goals really do pay the rent, there would have been plen…

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QPR’s Pawel Wszolek gives Aston Villa a lesson in the art of finishing

Pawel Wszolek stretched QPR’s unbeaten run to five games with the only goal that left Dean Smith’s record since taking charge at Aston Villa reading one win and two defeats.After losing their first four games, including a 7-1 defeat at West Brom, it ha…

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Tammy Abraham’s goal gives Aston Villa’s Dean Smith the perfect start

It was not without a jittery finish but for Dean Smith, a boyhood Aston Villa fan, this was an occasion worth waiting for. In the end, a first-half header by Tammy Abraham, relegated with visitors Swansea City last season, proved the difference as Vill…

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Two police officers could be charged over Dalian Atkinson death

File passed to CPS following investigation into death of 48-year-old footballer, who was shot with stun gunTwo police officers could be prosecuted over the death of the former footballer Dalian Atkinson, who collapsed after being shot by a stun gun.The…

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Mark Walters: ‘It wasn’t just fruit – people threw darts and a pig’s leg’

The former England winger discusses the racism he faced when he joined Rangers and why having ‘all the badges and every award going’ never landed him a top coaching jobMark Walters cannot help smiling about the time Mo Johnston, his then teammate, rece…

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Dean Smith says John Terry will be an asset not a threat at Aston Villa

• Villa manager behind decision for Terry to be his No 2• Smith: ‘I felt it was a win-win for both of us’Dean Smith has insisted that he was behind the decision to make John Terry his No 2 at Aston Villa.Laughing off suggestions that Terry could underm…

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Deadly Doug was not all that deadly and his devotion to Villa was clear | Paul Wilson

Aston Villa’s status as a big club, one even now seen as too sizeable to stay long in the Championship, can be attributed to the 35 years Ellis ‘worked his guts out’ for his beloved teamIt was never exactly a secret that the man known as Deadly Doug wa…

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Sir Doug Ellis obituary

Former Aston Villa chairman known for his turbulent relations with the club’s managersSir Doug Ellis, who has died aged 94, made millions by selling package holidays and a national reputation with two spells as chairman of Aston Villa football club, wh…

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A look back at the life of ‘Mr Aston Villa’, Sir Doug Ellis – video obituary

The former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has died aged 94. Ellis enjoyed two periods at the club, the first from 1968 to 1975 before returning in 1982. He left the club in 2006 after the club was bought by American billionaire Randy Lerner. A sta…

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Doug Ellis, former Aston Villa chairman, dies aged 94

Ellis had two spells as chairman at Villa ParkEntrepreneur made his fortune in package holidaysSir Doug Ellis, the former Aston Villa chairman, has died at the age of 94, the club has announced.Ellis was chairman and major shareholder of the Midlands c…

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Aston Villa’s managerial search switches to Dean Smith of Brentford

• John Terry set to be appointed No 2 if Smith lands job• Rui Faria and Brendan Rodgers no longer under considerationDean Smith has emerged as the new frontrunner to take charge at Aston Villa, with the Midlands club considering making an official appr…

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John Terry announces retirement from playing amid Aston Villa links

• Former Chelsea captain expected to join coaching staff • Terry won 78 England caps and five Premier League titlesFormer England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from playing. The 37-year-old has hung up his boots and is expected to foc…