What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name’s Fred Lucas and I come from Exhall in leafy Warwickshire.
When and how did you come to support the Villa?
In the mid 1960s my dear old dad, God bless him, took me to Villa one week and Albion the next. I fell in love with the name, ground and colours. The rest, as they say, is history.
What is your earliest memory of Villa Park?
My earliest memory involves standing on a Davenports’ Beer at Home beer crate peering through the railings at the front of the Trinity Road terrace next to the tunnel, waiting for the players to come out.
Who is your favourite Villa player of all time?
Charlie Aitken. He has made the most appearances for Villa, played in my first game and played in the position I played in. Aitken was a one club man and gave me my first Villa autograph.
What has been your most painful moment as a Villa fan?
That would have to be missing out on being at the European Cup final.
What has been your footballing highlight of the season so far?
Without question, beating Chelsea has been the highlight.
Is Lambert tactically inept?
From what I’ve seen these last two seasons, I have to say he is tactically inept. Some of his substitutions really baffle me as do, at times, his team selections. I don’t understand why he is constantly playing Bacuna at right-back, which clearly is not his natural position and one in which he actually looks uncomfortable.
I am also baffled by his apparent reluctance to utilise the squad and give the youth – Gardner, Carruthers, Burke and Grealish – a chance.
Then there is Lambert’s apparent inabilty to have a plan B or C. Admittedly, he has financial restrictions to work around but some of his signings – Dawkins, Holt, Helenius, Tonev and Sylla – leave me with a lot to question.
I am not impressed with what seems to be his isolation of individual players – Bent, Given, Ireland, Hutton and seemingly Lowton now.
Does he motivate the players? Can he? I just dont know.
Is Lambert the man to take the club forward or should we start again next season?
Quite honestly, I dont know. I’m sorry to say that now we are two seasons into the secretive “project”, who could come in and take over? Anybody new would want to bring their own men in – backroom staff as well as players. I can’t see it happening, not with the owner’s financial restrictions as Randy Lerner has had his pockets pinched too much already. I think Paul Lambert will be taking us forward, like it or lump it.
The zombie apocalypse begins tomorrow. You can save one player from the current squad. Who would it be?
Should the zombie apocalypse occur, the one player I would save would have to be Fabian Delph. After being dogged with injury since joining us, at last, in my opinion, he is fully realising the potential he showed at Leeds. To me, the lad is by far the club’s player of the season and at times has been the only one who seems bothered and committed to the claret and blue cause.