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Inside your Matchday Programme: Aston Villa

Behind the cover of your Boxing Day BEES

26 December 2017

“As we have seen on a number of occasions already this season, some sides will come here with the aim of stifling our creativity and we must find a way of dealing with that if we are to turn draws into victories. We have to be more ruthless in front of goal when we’re on the front foot.”

From the Dugout: Dean Smith on Boxing Day bout


“Sky have extended their broadcast deal with the EFL and I for one am delighted that we have retained them as our main Broadcast Partner. Not only do they inject considerable finance into the sport, but their coverage remains cutting edge and innovative.”

From the Boardroom: Chief Executive, Mark Devlin, addresses festive fixture changes


“The players that they recruited over the summer – the likes of Glenn Whelan, John Terry, Ahmed Elmohamady and Robert Snodgrass – have been there and done it in the Championship…They’ve got an experienced group of players who’ve been around the block and know how to grind out results.”

Hot off the Press: With Gregg Evans of The Birmingham Mail 


“When you face criticism, you have to see the positive side as it shows that people are aware of your capabilities. I know my standards and I’m my own biggest critic.”

Standing Tall: Following two assists at Carrow Road, Romaine Sawyers takes centre stage in our five-page feature interview.


“Losing to Stoke City in the Play-Off Final was my lowest moment but also my biggest learning curve; it made me realise what could be achieved by remaining focused.”

First, Best, Worst: From a brace at Bournemouth to Play-Off Final heartbreak, we chat to former Bees winger Stephen Hunt about his first, best and worst moments at Griffin Park.


“If I wanted to hear a fishwife screeching ‘get outtta my pub’ or some such phrase, then there are much more enjoyable ways to do this in the hostelries around the ground rather than falling asleep in front of the box.”

Park Life: Nick Bruzon on football during the festive period


“It’s alleged that Mourinho entered the City dressing room and a huge altercation ensued, involving players, staff and – for some reason – milk.”

The Last Word: The latest musings from former Bee, Ben Burgess


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