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The singer will make his debut for the reserves after signing a non-playing contract last August

McLeish: pitch invasion recalls 'dark ages'

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McLeish calls for 'wall of noise' to frighten Villa

It is billed as the biggest Second City derby since Birmingham beat Aston Villa in the third Football League Cup final 47 years ago. But with his focus on reaching the Carling Cup semi-finals tonight against City's fiercest rivals – especially with their nemesis Gabriel Agbonlahor fit to return – any sepia-tinted sub-text was lost on Alex McLeish.

Arsenal battle on but Villa need to show patience with youth

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Wilshere uses head to calm Arsenal jitters

Aston Villa 2 Arsenal 4: Young midfielder scores first League goal to snuff out Villa's revival

Pedersen brace gives Blackburn victory

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Robert Pires to join Aston Villa

Aston Villa today confirmed that former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert Pires will join the club later this week.

Gerard Houllier rules out swoop for Michael Owen

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has ruled out the possibility of trying to sign Manchester United striker Michael Owen in January.

Capello goes extra mile to help Carroll's fitness battle

Striker still in the running for England debut / Bothroyd speaks of long journey to call-up

Richard Dunne adds to Aston Villa injury woes

Aston Villa have been hit by yet another injury setback with acting skipper Richard Dunne suffering a recurrence of a knee problem.

Injuries mount up for Capello

Fabio Capello's plans for England's friendly against France on Wednesday were in disarray last night as John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gabriel Agbonlahor pulled out with injury, while the prospect of Andy Carroll also withdrawing looms today.

Houllier asks for patience but Villa's youngsters making quick impression

The last time Aston Villa defeated Manchester United at home, on the opening day of the 1995-96 season, Alan Hansen infamously assured Match of the Day viewers: "You'll win nothing with kids.

Lampard setback adds weight to Capello's emphasis on youth

Frank Lampard suffered another set-back in his injury-plagued season when he broke down in training on Thursday, Carlo Ancelotti revealed yesterday, which means that the Chelsea midfielder will not be back in action for another month.

Carroll set for England after U-21 omission

Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones were all left out of the England Under-21 squad last night, paving the way for Fabio Capello to pick them in his most experimental squad yet to face France in the senior friendly at Wembley on Wednesday.

Collins header delivers first win in five for Villa

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Albrighton has Fulham all at sea but then ensures their rescue

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