Tuktuk Day 121

Aston Villa

Emery at Sevilla in 2016

So, yesterday it was Bournemouth and today it is Aston Villa. I think I could make a case for them being the two clubs in the Premier League who have most over-delivered this season. (Obviously it is a HUGE surprise that Arsenal were not relegated but that’s another story for another day!) Unai Emery has done a fantastic job at Villa Park and they are now guaranteed European football next season too. Impressive. Here’s a little side story, Emery knows about The Shirt Project from waaaaaaaay back in 2009 when Bjorn and I were invited to the training ground to watch the Valencia squad train for an away cup game at Slavia Prague. By absolute coincidence it was his birthday (3 November) and we presented him a Shirt pin-badge as a little birthday present. He showed gratitude. Since then he has had great success throughout Europe at Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Paris SG and Villarreal. For reasons I cannot understand he went to Arsenal for a season. I presume he regrets that on his CV. Great manager shame about the team! So, congratulations to him again.

What of Villa? Well the big story is two new books being produced to mark their 150th anniversary ….and not just “any” books.

THE ASTON VILLA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEAR BOOK PROJECT – VOLUME ONE & VOLUME TWO

As we approach Aston Villa’s landmark anniversary, two large-format 420-page coffee table books have been produced to commemorate the occasion. Hundreds of beautiful photographs, illustrations, stories, fascinating press cuttings and precious memorabilia have been combined to make the finest quality Aston Villa books ever produced – books that will be treasured by every Villa supporter.

The first volume tells the remarkable story of Villa’s first 75 years between 1874-1949, an era when the club dominated football – the Kings of Birmingham and renowned across the globe. Unrivalled printing quality, using truly beautiful photographs and stories, this book really brings those times back to life like never before.

Colin Abbott’s long-awaited second volume moves Aston Villa’s remarkable story forward – with the ups and downs between 1950 and 2024 given the same care and attention as the first volume. Even more pin-sharp images, artefacts and stories are featured, alongside stand-out interviews with some of the players and managers that make this club so great.

FULL INFORMATION AND TO ORDER CLICK HERE

THESE STUNNING BOOKS CAN BE PURCHASED INDIVIDUALLY, OR COME BOXED WHEN BOUGHT TOGETHER, ALONG WITH A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED LIMITED EDITION METAL BADGE – STRICTLY WHILE STOCK LASTS. PRE-ORDERS ALSO GET THEIR NAME IN THE BOOK!

GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK

All advanced purchasers will have their name automatically included in the fans’ roll of honour section of both books if purchased during the pre-order period before the end of September 2024. We will use the purchaser’s name from the order details. Books will be delivered early November. Names will appear in both volumes of the book. If you purchased Volume One as part of the first print run in 2020/21 and your name is included in that edition, your name will automatically also appear in the new volume/s.

FULL INFORMATION AND TO ORDER CLICK HERE

A great friend of mine, Dave Baldwin is also a huge Villa fan so it is only right I mention his art again. I have featured him on this blog several times. Here are some of his latest works. To see his entire portfolio visit his excellent website.

Villa Park

It would be equally remiss to overlook Matty’s work. He has got a great collection of Villa players too. He was first known for his work with Liverpool players but his portfolio has expanded now. See especially his Newcastle United collection. Check his website

So, the tuktuk digital tour pushes on and I have Bristol City & Rovers and Birmingham in my sights but in the meantime, kindly remember that the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for my local club, FC Deportivo Galicia and an equal amount for Prostate Cancer. As always, I hope that you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and that you will consider a donation to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK 

If everybody chipped in with just £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity could continue their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can.

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