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September 7, 2011
Posted by Kevin Hughes on 09/07/2011

The text message from my brother came through sometime during the second half of the England v Wales match at Wembley on Tuesday night. I could have guessed the content before even reading it.

'Must be galling,' he wrote/taunted, 'to see so many recent ex-Villa players out there tonight: Barry, Downing, Young...'

Galling. Yes. Galling would be one way of putting it, I suppose. A fairly restrained way of putting it.

March 24, 2011
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 03/24/2011

I hate watching England. I still do it, of course. But I hate it. And I hate myself for doing it. Some of the most unremarkable moments of my life involve watching England. Forget the heartbreaking losses on penalties, flubbed back passes or lobs from 40 yards. By and large, the England team has been an experience in mediocrity and tedium for as long as I’ve been following it.

Kevin Hughes Kevin Hughes spent the best part of ten years working and writing for the football magazine Match; once (sort of) inspiring David Beckham to copy his shaved-hair look, getting lost in Paris after the 1998 France v Croatia World Cup semi-final and other such nonsense. As Deputy Editor, he launched and established Sport, the London-based free weekly magazine, before moving on to become a consumer magazine publisher, a position he holds today. Introduced to Villa by his father and grandfather, he attended his first ever match at Villa Park as a seven-year-old in 1982… and has suffered almost constant disappointment since. You can follow him on twitter @KevHughesie

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