So this afternoon I was fortunate enough to attend the Aston Villa Legends match down at Kidsgrove Athletic, where they played a Charity select XI to raise money for the Wingate Special Children’s Trust.
There was many names muted to be there including Paul Merson, Tony Daley and Ian Taylor. Unfortunately these people couldn’t make it, but the Villa lineup still boasted names such as Tony Morley, Steve Staunton, Mark Kinsella, Pat Heard and Ken McNaught.
Before the game myself and Terry Bossons from 6 Towns Radio, were lucky enough to chat to Ken McNaught, Mark Kinsella and Steve Staunton.
Now I might as well say it now, I got totally starstruck meeting Steve Staunton, who was one of my idols when I first started to watch the Villa in the early 90’s, and I literally for once in my life got tongue tied.
Here’s some pictures from the match:
^ Here’s a shot of the Villa XI before the game, they were 1-11 – Derek Dudley, Jon Pearson, Brian Small, Mark Kinsella, Ken McNaught, Steve Staunton, Dave Norton, Pat Heard, Martin Carruthers, Colin Gibson, Tony Morley.
Here’s the charity team, which included former Port Vale and Villa player Ray Walker.
Mark Kinsella there commanding the midfield.
^ Brian Small, still looked like he could play at a decent level bombing up and down the left wing.
Stan Staunton looking for the ball from Carruthers. He must have had 6 shots in the first half from as far as 35 yards, none on target.
The legend that is Tony Morley taking a breather.
Below is a link to an interview with Mark Kinsella, a very underrated player.
So there you go folks, I hear there is an AC Milan all-star team coming in October with Franco Baresi and other Milan legends, could be another chance to dust off the camera and get snappy.
Until next time.