Even the losers in a
Wembley FA Cup semi-final
get £450,000.

The winning club gets double
that, and a chance to win an FA
£1,800,000 for the club.
And a place in Europe.
That could all be Aston Villa’s by the
end of May. Their season seems to be
turning round.
Decent players who had become
poor players under Paul Lambert are
now starting to find their form again.
Gabby Agbonlahor, after Lambert’s
final game against Hull, was described
by the Daily Mirror as Villa’s worst player this season. Not any more, he’s not.
Gabby destroyed West Brom twice,
and then Sunderland.
The old pace and power is back - and
he’s still only 28 years old. He has been
loyal to Villa through some hard times,
and he deserves a lot of credit for his
recent performances.
The two games against Albion earlier
this month were crucial for Villa. They
convinced the team, and the fans, that
Sherwood’s way would work. He promised attacking football, and his team
They outplayed Albion on both occasions. And last weekend, they blitzed
This Saturday, Villa host Swansea.
That will be a good one to win, especially with difficult games against Man
Utd and Tottenham to follow.
Swansea’s key striker Wilfred Bony
has gone to the big money at Man City,
leaving the Welsh side bereft of any
classy goalscorers.
I was at the Hawthorns last weekend, watching Albion beat Stoke.
It was good to see the Baggies
bounce back from the Villa defeats.
The win against Stoke edges them
much closer to safety. After the game,
Tony Pulis spent the first few minutes
of his press conference trying to convince journalists that Albion’s perform-

Tim Sherwood after the Villa
v Albion game

ances against Villa were not as bad as
we all thought.
Nobody was convinced, but we all
realised at that moment just how much
the two defeats in four days had hurt
the Baggies.
Meanwhile, the FA are investigating
the trouble at the end of the cup
The Villa fans were wrong to invade
the pitch, during and after the game.
The referee was wrong to let the
game continue while there were so
many fans standing alongside the pitch
for the final few minutes.
The FA must take some share of the
blame for allowing the game to start at
5.30pm - an absolutely stupid decision
motivated by the television coverage
trying to split the two afternoon
Baggies’ disgrace: broken
seats hurled at Villa fans

But the biggest sin of all during that
whole episode was the West Brom
fans ripping up the seats and throwing
them as sharp and dangerous missiles
into the family enclosure below.

Why did the ref allow the game
to continue with fans lined up
on the edge of the pitch?
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Gold medals for
young athletes

Two young Castle Vale athletes won
medals in the recent West Midlands
Regional Sporsthall finals.
Melissa Morris won gold in the U15G
Girls shot and gold in the 8 lap paarlauf
Tyrell Williamson-Greene won gold in the U15
Boys 4x2 lap relay and 3 silver medals in the 2
lap race, shot, and triple jump.
Team Birmingham achieved a clean sweep,
with all of the Birmingham teams, including
Under 13 girls, U13 boys, U15 girls and U15
boys winning all the age groups and all progressing to the UK Finals in Manchester on
25/26 April 2015.
right: Castle Vale athletes Melissa Morris
and Tyrell Williamson Greene with their
below: The victorious Birmingham team
which consisted of athletes from Birchfield
Harriers, Tamworth AC, Halesowen AC,
Solihull & Small Heath AC, Royal Sutton
Coldfield AC
photos courtesy of Sharon Morris,
Atletics Coach


win league

Castle Vale Concorde have won
their league.
A 2-0 victory against Pearson last weekend means that they cannot be caught
at the top of Amateur One of the
Festival Sunday league.
Great Barr Lions trail Concorde by
seven points and have just two league
games remaining.
Concorde still have four games to go,
and have only lost one of their 15
league games this season.
Concorde Utd lost 3-2 at Vale Stadium
to Three Way Shipping in the same division last weekend.
thrashed bottom of the
table Bearwood Athletic
5-1 last weekend at Vale
Stadium in division two
of the Birmingham and
District Alliance.
Paget Rangers lost 1-0 to Chelmsley
Town in division two of
the Midland League at
The Pavilion. The defeat
brings an end to Paget’s
run of three successive
league wins.

‘Jumble sale’
team needs
kit sponsor

Erdington and Saltley District
Primary Schools football team are
desperate for a new sponsor
because they need a new kit.
The team has just won the
Birmingham District Trophy supplied by
Liverpool and England star Daniel
Sturridge. He used to be an Erdington
school player. Now the District Team
are looking for local sponsors.
They need £700 to buy new kit.

says:“We currently play in mismatching shorts and socks! We travel the
county playing the likes if Liverpool,
Swindon, Leeds, Cardiff, Bath and
Plymouth but look like we’ve come out
of a jumble sale!”
“Being picked for ones district is a
huge honour and comes with no
financial commitment, either to the
players or the schools.
“We have to rely on funds gained via
fundraising to keep the team going.
This is proving easier said than done.”
Local businesses who may be interested in sponsoring the District
Football team can contact team manager Philip Hynan by email: