#63 Aston Villa Lose Identity After Blades Miracle (and Boro Hospitality Ticket Competition)

It’ll take more than a mad last eight-minute comeback miracle to provide a spark to revive Aston Villa’s flagging play-off hopes, after it was followed by back-to-back defeats against Brentford and WBA, which made it only two wins in his last 13 games in charge for Dean Smith.

Villa’s play-off hopes are now very much up in flames.

In the latest My Old Man Said podcast we look at Villa’s transfer win, the slip in form in 2019, the emergence of Tyrone Mings and ‘that’ incident, as well as the usual match discussion.

And thanks to the kind folk at Free Super Tips, MOMS can ensure at least two Villa fans can enjoy themselves at Villa Park, with a pair of hospitality tickets for the forthcoming Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough on 16th March up for grabs. See below for details.

Outside of the VillaVerse, analysis and laughs on the podcast show, we look back at the big news in recent weeks, including the sad news at Cardiff City, the ‘Monaco Syndrome’ and the Notts County chairman’s dick pic scandal.

We end the show with the regular look back at Villa history in the ‘Where Were You, When We Were Good?’ section, that travels back to the FA Cup 6th round in 2010. When Villa were in the Premier League under Martin O’Neill and one game away from Wembley in the FA Cup, only to find themselves 2-0 down at half-time away to Championship team, Reading.



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Win Villa vs Boro Hospitality Tickets

Tony Pulis

Thanks to the kind folk at Free Super Tips, MOMS has a pair of hospitality tickets for the Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough clash on 16th March at Villa Park.

Villa have faired well against Boro in recent seasons, most notably winning the play-off semi-final against them over two legs last season and winning in the last two away league trips there, including this season’s emphatic 3-0 win.

Can Villa buck their 2019 form and return to winning ways to at least put a stick in the spokes of Tony Pulis’s play-off ambitions?

How to Enter

To regular listeners of the My Old Man Said podcast show, you’ll know that on every episode, the first time Jack Grealish is mentioned, the ‘Super Jack’ theme plays in the background.

So, to enter the competition, all you have to do, is listen to the show and then send an email with the subject ‘Super Jack‘ to contact@myoldmansaid.com telling us the minute the Super Jack theme plays. Just the minute is fine (seconds not needed).

Once the winner is selected, they will be contacted by Free Super Tips with the arrangement details of how to pick up the tickets on the day of the match.

Please find below Villa’s T & C’s in terms of attending the hospitality suites at Villa Park.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

  • Tickets will be available to be picked up at the ticket office on the day of the game
  • A smart casual dress code applies on matchday. Tracksuits, sportswear and replica football shirts (including home team kit) and away team colours are not permitted. Jeans are permitted but must be smart in appearance.
  • The above dress code does not apply to children age 12 or under. We do ask that all children are dressed smartly; home team shirts can be worn but strictly no away team colours. All footwear should be clean and smart in appearance.
  • Food and Drink is included.
  • Arrival time is recommended between 1 – 2pm to give you enough time to enjoy the facilities and food and drink before the match.
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  1. I disagree and believe that this mentality is held by more than a few Villa fans, but it is wrong & misguided.
    Any manager would struggle at the Villa right now. Look at the quality of players that Smithy has at his disposal. The current crop is lacking even what Bruce had last year. With a fully fit squad Smith would have us playing better than we are, but he still needs his own players & he did not get them in the transfer window.
    Please Villa faithful, give this bloke time & opportunity. The mess we are in is not his fault & should pressure be brought to bare in such a way that he loses the job, we will be in peril. Why ? We have at last got the right bloke in and should we not recognise the mess he inherited & the time it may take him to put it right we will continue in a spiral down. Us fans need to look at how we respond & learn a little patience. Easier said than done for some, I understand this is a painful time, but realism & patience are required.

    Remember how Smith had us playing with Axel at the back, with Chester alongside & Grealish firing. Smith is the man and he is one of our own, we are unlikely to be in this position again, let us not throw our dollies out because we cannot see & accept that we are where we deserve to be in the table.
    Look at the injuries, look at the team that played the final last year & look at the team now. And people are getting on Smith’s back, really?

    Should we lose/sack Smith it will be a massive mistake, there is no one that can do what some fans are wanting, because what some fans are wanting is unrealistic & unachievable right now. Reality beckons, unless we wish to end up in an even bigger mess than we are in, so please be patient, next season will be better & may be our year, at worst the season after.

  2. Mings our best player by a mile, the rest garbage, play off hopes dead in the water, sorry to say this but the job is too big for Smith. Current form is relegation and it’s not acceptable.

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