"THE SAME OLD STORY!"
|"38 TICKETS TO RIDE!" (A WORLD RECORD--PERHAPS?)
We boarded the direct train to Bormingham New Street from 'The Central @ '6:15 am bells' and 'Sarnie Steve' produced a 'mind bogglin' 38 train tickets for just 3 of us!, az he had booked from (wait for it!), The Toon to Darlo, Darlo to York, York to Derby and finally Derby to Bormingham! (PLUS the retorn tickets!)
The reason for this waz that it worked oot at £20 cheaper each to book short journey tickets, than it waz to simply booked straight through! (see top foto for proof!)
On arrival at 'New Street' we heeded for 'The Briar Rose' Wetherspoons boozer for the forst 'liquid refreshments' before movin' on to wor 'fave haunt' doon here, which waz 'The Wellington' real ale boozer up the hill from the station!
With a 12:45 bells' kick off. it waz soon time to heed for 'Villa' and we arrived in good time before the kick off! <(not like us normally!)
Huge gaps in the seatin' in the home sections greeted us az we took up wor standin' positions in the top corner of the away stand and aa estimated that there could be no more than 25,000 in Villa Park az the game kicked off!
A lack of 'bite' proved to be costly for The Toon, az again we failed to find the net, despite several good chances to win the game!
Yoan Goffran had wor forst chance near the far post at 'The Holte End' but sliced hiz shot into the crowd!
It waz then the torn of Remy Cabella who shot just wide when he shud have scored!
|VILLA FANS UNVEIL A TRIBUTE BANNER TO LIAM AND JOHN
IN 'THE HOLTE END' (CENTRE OF PICTURE)
"CHEERS LADS AND LASSES!"
In the 17th minute the whole groond had given 'Flight MH17' victims John and Liam a thunderous roond of applause in honour of them, and we thank the Villa fans for unveilin' a tribute banner in 'The Holte End', a magnificent gesture towards wor great friends!
In the 31st minute a miracle happened?--when!---we had wor forst shot on target of the season so far! (we had none against Man City last week!) --when Emmanual Riviere jinked past two defenders but hiz weak shot waz easily saved by Guzan in the Villa goal!
It waz 0-0 at half time az the teams trooped off and we wished we had stayed in 'The Welly'!
The 2nd period waz a bit better and we shud have won the game az Daryl Jamaat shot ower the bar and then Mike Williamson fluffed an easy chance!
Jamaat then heeded narrowly ower the bar while sub Siem De Jong shud have scored at the end, but shot straight at the keeper when it looked certain he would score!
|THE TOON LINE UP A FREE KICK (2nd HALF)
Then to cap it aall Williamson got himself 'sent off' for a 2nd bookable offence!
One point from six so far and ne goals in two games!---az we said at the top of this page: "It's the same old story!"
Toon team: Krul, Jamaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Anita (De Jong 70), Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere (Perez 77) > (Steve Taylor 92)
Attendance: 30,267 < (they must have included ticket holders who didn't torn up?) (2,800 Toon fans)
*VILLA PUB CRAWL PIX (THREE!)