Villa Reborn in the USA – Tom Hanks, Timber Joey & Passing (includes new video)

There’s no doubt the best was saved until last in terms of excitement on Villa’s USA tour. With the curtain closer clash against Portland Timbers featuring goals, penalties, Timber Joey and his chainsaw, and also a cameo appearance by Tom Hanks (and actor son Colin Hanks)…and bigger than Hanks, a Villa goal from a corner!

Villa are starting to look unrecognisable from last season, with their new possession and pass-orientated  football. While, movement and creativity in the final third needs to be worked out, it’s a step in the right direction. The likes of Barry Bannan, Fabian Delph and Stephen Ireland will definitely be welcoming Lambert’s approach

Shay Given had to sit out the match after fainting from being starstruck from meeting Hanks before the game

With the game finishing 2-2 (Clark, Lowton) and Villa taking it 5-4 on penalties, it also provided good value for the Timbers crowd who got to see Timber Joey chainsaw the log a couple of times in celebration.

A Timber View

For a different view of the highlights of the game, a glimpse of Hanks, and to see Timber Joey in action against the Villa, check the short video below:



Onwards and Upwards

While preseason is preseason, the result see’s Lambert’s winning record roll on, although the first real test before the season kicks-off, will be away at Werder Bremen. With additional signings needed, especially creatively in the final third and a midfielder good enough to boss a game, the important thing at this stage is the frame of mind seems to have lifted, and the player’s confidence is slowly returning.

Lambert’s Villa are a work-in-progress, but they’re heading in the right direction.

Hanks proposes to trade a role in his next film for one of Timber Joey’s chainsaws




  1. The western parts of the world is constantly focusing and updating the news about football but unfortunately some of the middle-eastern countries are still unaware about this famous game. For example: In the Indian subcontinent, majority of people love cricket. They still do not know the rules and team available in the foot ball game. Unbelievable, but it is the truth!

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