NEWS: Wembley tickets, Swansea £10, QPR moved & Poyet sacked. #avfc

Never a dull moment down at Villa Park these days, here’s a round-up of the news since the weekend:

Wembley Tickets

Tickets for our FA-Cup Final clash go on sale from tomorrow (18th March).  However, given the allocation is three quarters of Villa Park’s capacity there is the usual mad-scramble.  The club have staggered the opportunities to purchase and naturally weighted this against fan loyalty.  

Additionally fans plans are thrown a minor curveball as the date, time and indeed opponents are yet to be confirmed.  

The club have done a good job of breaking down who is entitled to what & when here: Official Site

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Swansea £10 Tickets

A great gesture from the club to fans is passing many by, as season ticket holders can buy additional tickets for £10.  On the back of Villa’s recent form this looks like a clever bit of PR, but is also a way of convincing those fans who have stayed away under Lambert to return.

Season ticket holders can buy up to 4 tickets under this offer and the club will even relocate you as a group to any part of the ground so that everyone can sit together.

This seems like a great deal which could easily be missed and can still be found here.

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QPR Fixture Change

Owing to Villa’s involvement in the FA Cup semi final, there has been a knock on effect on both the fixture list and congestion.

We will now face 3 games in 8 days, in what could reasonably be a key month in the run in.  The QPR fixture is now moved to Tuesday night (April 7th 2015).  This is actually a move backwards from the original date of the 20th, and sandwiches between tricky away fixtures at Man Utd & Tottenham on respective Saturdays.

Poyet dumped after Villa Defeat

Perhaps the least surprising news of the week is that Sunderland dumped Gus Poyet after their battering at the hands of Villa.  Having been mauled 4-0 and with a stadium emptying display by half time, the writing was on the wall.

Disappointingly the hilarious rumour that Paul Lambert would be Poyet’s successor didn’t come to fruition.  The Black Cats have instead, equally surprisingly opted for veteran Dick Advocaat until the end of the season.  On the evidence of Saturday, they need Mourinho, Ferguson & Guardiola to stand a chance of survival.

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And in other news…

Albion’s Chris Brunt has been suspended for one game and fined £8,000 for behaviour towards the officials after the Villa game in the tunnel area.  Albion fans might have been wishing for a longer ban, given the Irishman’s recent performances.

To complete the hat-trick of victories, Villa’s Under-21′s defeated West Brom 3-0 this week.  Listen to Gordon Cowen’s reflect on the win here.

And finally.

Spare a thought for Samantha Eldridge.  Samantha foolishly stated that if Gabby scored at Sunderland she would get his name tattooed on her derriere.  Sportingly…she goes under the needle this Friday with donations/fundraising from the publicity going to Acorns.

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