Aston Villa Podcast Special: Ron Atkinson Interview & Podcast from 1991

My Old Man Said goes back in the archives for our newer listeners to put together a special on former Aston Villa boss Ron Atkinson, who played a brand of football, present Villa boss Dean Smith will be looking to emulate.

As well as discussion on Big Ron between David Michael and Chris Budd, we revisit an improvised ‘Big Fat Ron’s Claret & Blue Army’ podcast sketch set in 1991 and also rerun the entertaining MOMS interview with Ron Atkinson from two seasons ago that took place at Villa Park.

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The interview, which takes up the second half of the show, covers everything (contents below) from Ron potentially getting the Villa job earlier than he did, the title race with Manchester United, 1994 cup final gambles, almost losing £10,000 cash in Grimsby, funny stories from his Sheffield Wednesday days, plus a load of football anecdotes with a cast including Brian Clough, Paul McGrath, Graham Taylor, Andy Gray, Shaun Teale, Carlton Palmer, David Hirst and Doug Ellis.


The show also includes a competition for a 1992/1993 Umbro retro shirt courtesy of retro specialists 3Retro.

Aston villa retro shirt 1992

The shirt was worn in Villa’s first ever Premier League season in which Ron Atkinson’s men ran Manchester United close for the title, finishing up as runners up.

To enter the show’s competition, obviously listen to the show for the question and then send your answer either by email to or via Twitter to @myoldmansaid.



PS – While perfectly listenable, some of the audio used from earlier podcasts in this episode may not be as good as the current standard of the show.

BIG RON Interview

Intro to Ron Atkinson interview

Shaun Teale
Brandy tradition
David Hirst minesweeping story
Villa under Lerner
Steve Bruce aims
The important thing you need in the Championship
Previous offers of the Villa job
Taking the job and the Wednesday aggro
Villa vs United title race
Lack of managerial talent nowadays – Clough & Atkinson England job misses.
Coaching badges
Brian Clough’s man management
Favourite Clough story
1994 Cup Final vs United gambles
Frank Sinatra gigs he went to.
Drinking culture at Manchester United?
Excuses for the press when covering players
McGrath story
Lost £10,000 in Grimsby
Rottweiler Andy Gray
Seeing Doug Ellis at a Funeral


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David Michael – @oldmansaid 

Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr

Chris Budd – @BUDD_music

Producer/Editor – David Michael

Voices – Dan Rodgers