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I’m so jealous of Aston Villa fans – Never thought I’d ever hear myself say that

3 weeks ago
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Now we have Aston Villa v Newcastle this Saturday afternoon.

A tricky game and a tough one to predict this weekend.

Aston Villa have brought in another few signings this summer as well as losing their best player in Jack Grealish, while Newcastle have stood still at best, despite the signing of the exciting Joe Willock.

Despite the flaws in our team and despite Steve Bruce’s limited game plan, I think we will get something from this game.

I think we know our best team when Newcastle’s key players are fit but not sure Dean Smith knows what his best Aston Villa side is for sure, given the number of signings made and the amount of time you need to give to bed them in and gel them as a unit.

I’ve never been overly keen on Aston Villa, nor bothered to watch them play much down the years…and I didn’t care when they found themselves relegated a few seasons back.

I wish though we could swap owners, they have something we haven’t had any of in the last 14 years. AMBITION. A hell of a lot more than we have. Aston Villa have gone out and spent another £93m in the transfer market and got their business done fairly early, while Lee Charnley spent over two months getting our sole signing Joe Willock in.

Aston Villa may have sold Jack Grealish and recouped all that money spent so far in the window, but they still went out and planned ahead, got their targets in. When was the last time we saw Newcastle United do that?

It’s unacceptable and an utter disgrace that there is such a difference in ambition between two clubs who are fairly even in terms of club stature and historically have their fair share of success, albeit not much between them in the last 25-30 years or so.

Aston Villa fans seem to be excited, happy with their club again, I envy them for that. While we are lumbered with an absent owner and seemingly no hope of anything getting better any time soon.

Like many of you I am not excited about this Newcastle United season that lies ahead. I am excited though about one thing regarding Newcastle, I will be be arriving in the city in four weeks time.

A six hour drive and at long last I will be in Newcastle. It will be my first time there ever and I can’t wait at long last to see and experience Newcastle for myself. I’ll be staying at the County hotel in Neville Street and I will make my way around the city and make up my little adventure as I go along. I will obviously go to St James Park and see the cathedral on the hill.

I will be there on my 34th birthday and I honestly can’t wait to go to Newcastle, everyone I know who has been there has only good things to say about it. Beautiful, friendly, down to earth, but freezing!

I wish I could be as excited about watching Newcastle United as I am when thinking about my upcoming visit to the city.

I feel conflicted as to whether I should buy tickets for myself and my fiancé to watch us play against Leeds United on September the 17th, as I feel I would be hypocritical giving money over to Mike Ashley.

I may though not get too many, if any, chances to go to St James Park again in the near future, given that I’m living 18miles north of Swansea in south Wales. My fiancee also wants us to get married and try for children, so my priorities are set for the next few years.

What would you do in my position? Honest question.

Comments welcome as always.

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