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« Reply #525 on: January 13, 2019, 04:25:39 PM »


Just saying about the importance of midfield to any club with Villa falling apart with loss of Grealish.

So no excuse to not play a BALANCED midfield i.e. not too many old men with no pace.

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« Reply #526 on: February 03, 2019, 08:10:18 AM »
Has been poor last 2 games.  Looks to be the one most affected by the absence of Phillips and Barnes.  Has been superb for 2 months but needs to pick up his game.

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« Reply #527 on: February 03, 2019, 08:12:38 AM »
Every player has a bad game now and then no matter who they are. He was well below his best yesterday Barry, but he'll bounce back.
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« Reply #528 on: February 03, 2019, 08:21:49 AM »
But we have tons of options in midfield.  How long do we wait for an upturn?  Plus many midweek games to come.

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« Reply #529 on: February 09, 2019, 07:37:06 PM »
Completely turned his time around here

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« Reply #530 on: February 09, 2019, 07:59:03 PM »
Completely turned his time around here

Keep it up gareth

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« Reply #531 on: February 09, 2019, 08:21:33 PM »
Absolutely baffling that he would get involved in the taxi gate thing at all after a career completely free of any blemish at stain to his name. I’m glad that that one incident hasn’t defined his time with us. I really didn’t think he’d want the hassle of even trying to turn it around but he’s showed again what a great example he can be to our youngsters.

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« Reply #532 on: February 09, 2019, 08:22:50 PM »
I agree i think alot of fans just don't realise what he does for the team, yes he's 38, but its the calming influence, and gives the team a platform to go forward. His positional play, he seems to crop up in the right place at the right time. 

Yes he had a bad game v Boro, but surely everyone is allowed a few in a season. All i know since he came properly into the team and switch to a back 4 weve been alot better.

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« Reply #533 on: February 09, 2019, 08:59:34 PM »
I agree i think alot of fans just don't realise what he does for the team, yes he's 38, but its the calming influence, and gives the team a platform to go forward. His positional play, he seems to crop up in the right place at the right time. 

Yes he had a bad game v Boro, but surely everyone is allowed a few in a season. All i know since he came properly into the team and switch to a back 4 weve been alot better.
I think most fans DO realise what he offers
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« Reply #534 on: February 09, 2019, 09:12:05 PM »
I think most fans DO realise what he offers


Agree, it's a minority who can't identify what he brings to the team, a couple of very strange comments in todays in-game thread.
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« Reply #535 on: February 09, 2019, 09:14:03 PM »
Personally, I’d be offering him a contract extension, even if we do go up, he is class, in spite of his advancing years  :)
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« Reply #536 on: February 09, 2019, 09:36:55 PM »
Head and shoulders our best midfielder. He oozes quality at this level.
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« Reply #537 on: February 09, 2019, 10:01:42 PM »
Absolutely baffling that he would get involved in the taxi gate thing at all after a career completely free of any blemish at stain to his name. I’m glad that that one incident hasn’t defined his time with us. I really didn’t think he’d want the hassle of even trying to turn it around but he’s showed again what a great example he can be to our youngsters.

Whilst we don’t know the full facts of taxi gate the guy has always struck me as a model professional. I once holidayed in the same hotel as him during the summer break and he was in the gym most mornings .There were other pros there at the same time and they all finished years ago .

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« Reply #538 on: February 10, 2019, 10:43:14 AM »
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« Reply #539 on: February 17, 2019, 01:16:44 PM »
I was at the game yesterday, and when he was substituted just before the end,he applauded the Albion fans, also applauded the Villa fans as he was walking off the pitch, and then turned back and came all the way back to Livermore to give him the armband, whilst giving our players a breather. A real pro. Made me smile.
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« Reply #540 on: February 17, 2019, 01:19:56 PM »
I was at the game yesterday, and when he was substituted just before the end,he applauded the Albion fans, also applauded the Villa fans as he was walking off the pitch, and then turned back and came all the way back to Livermore to give him the armband, whilst giving our players a breather. A real pro. Made me smile.


It's little things like that that usually go unnoticed but do make a difference. Lot's of little things contribute to a big thing. Comes with experience.
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« Reply #541 on: February 17, 2019, 03:17:54 PM »
Even at 39 years young, he is imperious. Is there a better midfielder of his type in the Championship? I doubt it. If only we could erase the 9 and substitute it with a 0 or the 3 for a 2

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« Reply #542 on: February 17, 2019, 03:42:26 PM »
Even at 39 years young, he is imperious. Is there a better midfielder of his type in the Championship? I doubt it. If only we could erase the 9 and substitute it with a 0 or the 3 for a 2

He wouldn't thank you for that, he doesn't even turn 38 until next week.

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« Reply #543 on: February 17, 2019, 04:05:08 PM »
He wouldn't thank you for that, he doesn't even turn 38 until next week.

A veritable spring chicken is Gareth  ;D  ;) .

The news gets better, in that case he has years in front of him  :D
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« Reply #544 on: February 17, 2019, 04:16:54 PM »
An absolute class act.

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« Reply #545 on: February 17, 2019, 11:23:44 PM »
https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/aston-villa/2019/02/17/gareth-barry-i-didnt-want-to-run-away-after-west-broms-relegation/

Gareth Barry stayed at Albion to try and right the wrongs of last season – and says winning promotion would rank as one of the great achievements of his career.

Barry, who captained the Baggies to a 2-0 victory over former club Villa at the weekend, admitted it felt 'odd' leading out another team at Villa Park, particularly in a derby.

But the veteran midfielder, who has become a crucial member of Darren Moore's team, is glad he stayed at The Hawthorns.

“There was a big part of me that wanted to stay around and not just run away after relegation," said Barry. “It is not really in my character.

“I took responsibility, as well as a lot of other players who have hung around this season

“We were all part of the relegation team so I am working hard, as a lot of the other lads are, to put it right and try and get us straight back up.

"That isn't easy, you only have to look at the other teams who have come down. We need to go right until the end.”

Barry has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and 53 England caps during a celebrated 21-year career.

He also holds the record for the most Premier League appearances, but says winning promotion out of the second tier would give him just as much joy.

“It would be a great achievement on the back of last season," he said. "To take on this challenge when everyone was at the lowest point and to bounce back – I am speaking ahead of myself of what could possibly happen – but if it was to happen it would be right up with a great achievement in my career."

Barry was at Villa for 12 seasons, and was a former captain of the club, so it was strange for him to lead the Baggies out at Villa Park in a derby,

“It was very odd to be honest," he admitted. "I have come back a few times over the years but to come back here and lead West Brom in a derby game felt slightly strange, I must admit that.

"But once that game kicks off you are just getting on with it."

When he was substituted off towards the end of the game, Barry received a warm round of applause from both sets of fans.

“It was a great feeling to be honest," he said. "I won't forget the 11 or 12 years I spent here.

"To come here at 16 and spend that amount of time at a club is something you won't forget.

"It is nice, you don't know, I may never play at Villa Park again in front of the fans so I was happy I went off in that way."

Barry's previous returns to Villa Park haven't always been so amicable, because plenty of supporters were disappointed in the manner he left for Manchester City back in 2009.

“Deep down I know they really love me," he smiled. "The bigger the player the bigger the boos, is what my family always used to tell me.

"I had a great time here and know the fans respected me. You do get a few boos but I never took anything like that too personally."

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As if this man couldn't go up any higher in my opinion...... well he just did.

As the previous poster said, Class act!

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« Reply #546 on: February 18, 2019, 12:25:01 AM »
https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/aston-villa/2019/02/17/gareth-barry-i-didnt-want-to-run-away-after-west-broms-relegation/

Gareth Barry stayed at Albion to try and right the wrongs of last season – and says winning promotion would rank as one of the great achievements of his career.

Barry, who captained the Baggies to a 2-0 victory over former club Villa at the weekend, admitted it felt 'odd' leading out another team at Villa Park, particularly in a derby.

But the veteran midfielder, who has become a crucial member of Darren Moore's team, is glad he stayed at The Hawthorns.

“There was a big part of me that wanted to stay around and not just run away after relegation," said Barry. “It is not really in my character.

“I took responsibility, as well as a lot of other players who have hung around this season

“We were all part of the relegation team so I am working hard, as a lot of the other lads are, to put it right and try and get us straight back up.

"That isn't easy, you only have to look at the other teams who have come down. We need to go right until the end.”

Barry has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and 53 England caps during a celebrated 21-year career.

He also holds the record for the most Premier League appearances, but says winning promotion out of the second tier would give him just as much joy.

“It would be a great achievement on the back of last season," he said. "To take on this challenge when everyone was at the lowest point and to bounce back – I am speaking ahead of myself of what could possibly happen – but if it was to happen it would be right up with a great achievement in my career."

Barry was at Villa for 12 seasons, and was a former captain of the club, so it was strange for him to lead the Baggies out at Villa Park in a derby,

“It was very odd to be honest," he admitted. "I have come back a few times over the years but to come back here and lead West Brom in a derby game felt slightly strange, I must admit that.

"But once that game kicks off you are just getting on with it."

When he was substituted off towards the end of the game, Barry received a warm round of applause from both sets of fans.

“It was a great feeling to be honest," he said. "I won't forget the 11 or 12 years I spent here.

"To come here at 16 and spend that amount of time at a club is something you won't forget.

"It is nice, you don't know, I may never play at Villa Park again in front of the fans so I was happy I went off in that way."

Barry's previous returns to Villa Park haven't always been so amicable, because plenty of supporters were disappointed in the manner he left for Manchester City back in 2009.

“Deep down I know they really love me," he smiled. "The bigger the player the bigger the boos, is what my family always used to tell me.

"I had a great time here and know the fans respected me. You do get a few boos but I never took anything like that too personally."

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As if this man couldn't go up any higher in my opinion...... well he just did.

As the previous poster said, Class act!


The cynic in me says he stayed because he had an option on an extra year with no hope of a more lucrative deal elsewhere after a disastrous 12 months...


Luckily for both us and him he has had a great season and is able to spout the above platitudes.
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« Reply #547 on: February 18, 2019, 01:02:27 PM »
I heard a rumour at the start of this season that his wife game him a proper dressing down in the summer; stuff along the lines of 'wasting the last years of his career behaving like an idiot' and 'how do you want to be remembered?'. Don't know how right it is of course, but it would account for a change in attitude.

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« Reply #548 on: February 18, 2019, 01:49:50 PM »
I heard a rumour at the start of this season that his wife game him a proper dressing down in the summer; stuff along the lines of 'wasting the last years of his career behaving like an idiot' and 'how do you want to be remembered?'. Don't know how right it is of course, but it would account for a change in attitude.

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« Reply #549 on: February 18, 2019, 05:19:21 PM »

The cynic in me says he stayed because he had an option on an extra year with no hope of a more lucrative deal elsewhere after a disastrous 12 months...


Luckily for both us and him he has had a great season and is able to spout the above platitudes.
Oh dear.
Do you really think the guy needed the money and his performances are down to luck?
And to call his comments which to me seem laudable, platitudes, is in my opinion extremely harsh.
Not his biggest fan?