Episode 13 – Ron Atkinson Interview and Villa Park Comforts

My Old Man Said Aston Villa Podcast – Episode 13


Jack Grealish’s late strike against Wigan secured Villa’s fourth straight home win on a day that My Old Man Said sat down with ex-Villa boss Ron Atkinson to discuss the current Villa situation and his time at Villa. Amongst which, there was football anecdotes aplenty, including ones on Brian Clough, Paul McGrath, Andy Gray, David Hirst and Doug Ellis.

Certainly the “Big Fat Ron’s Claret and Blue Army” era was one of MOMS favourite times following Villa. A period of some great attacking football with a team full of character.

While we chatted for 45 minutes or so, we could have gone on for much, much longer with Atkinson’s memory and wit razor sharp.

Before pressing the record button, we chatted about his popularity in Ireland, where he’d been in the week doing a signing, Bryan Cranston’s (of Breaking Bad fame) performance in Trumbo, a film Ron enjoyed, and also his plan to turn Steve Froggatt (who got MOMS the odd Villa ticket back in the day) into the England national team’s left-back, before injury put paid to it.

Big Ron is currently promoting his latest biography Ron Atkinson: The Manager , which we’ve already run a couple of posts on, discussing topics like Ron’s favourite Villa games as the boss and also trying to nab Paul McGrath for Sheffield Wednesday before he signed for Villa.

Thanks to Ron for his time and you can listen to the interview below. Enjoy!


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Episode 13 credits:

Show Running Order

Quick Wigan review
Current Villa Issues
Significance of December
Jedinak’s Jungle
Fan Duel

BIG RON 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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