Our featured fan hails from bonny Scotland. A Celtic nut, he took an interest in the Villans a decade ago and hasn’t looked back. In April, he made his first trip to Villa Park – and plans to come again, even though the football was dire.
What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Scott Hutchison and I am from the west coast of Scotland. I live in a town called Irvine which has a population of roughly 45,000 and is in the district of Ayrshire, which is quite a large county.
How did you become interested in Aston Villa?
I first took an interest in Villa by chance. It all started because I really liked the strip at the time (Muller/Asics), especially the away top in the 1994/95 season, which I bought. One of the first games I tuned in to was the famous European win over Inter Milan, which Villa won on penalties. Villa Park was jumping that night. I loved big Ron’s team back then.
Who’s your favourite Villa player of all time?
The likes of Houghton, McGrath, Bosnich, Yorke and Dublin were always my favourites growing up but my all-time favourite has to be Stan Petrov, as you probably all would have guessed.
What did you make of Villa Park and the Villa fans you met?
The first glimpse I got of Villa Park was when I passed through Witton by train going to Perry Barr and I must say I was impressed. It’s not the biggest stadium I’ve ever been in but it has a good feel about it, oozing class and history. It’s not one of your ten a penny stadiums that look like Meccano sets built from breeze block and scaffold.
As for the fans, they were all sound and it was nice to finally meet up with everyone from avillafan.com at last.
What are your thoughts regarding all the takeover talk?
I haven’t really read too much about it, to be honest. In fact, I am quite excited by all of it if it all pans out okay. I’m no fan of Lerner. All I want is someone with ambition to take Villa forward but not some Arab or Russian billionaire who will take the soul away from the club. I don’t want Villa to become viewed and never taken seriously like Manchester City or Chelski. One thing Villa fans can boast is that everything they have won they have earned and I want it to stay that way. The only thing that worries me is that our site’s most optimistic poster is worried.
If you could give Lambert one piece of advice this summer what would it be?
Erm, stop playing Bacuna at right back and stop making pointless substitutions in the 93rd minute when getting beaten.
If you could swap a current Celtic player with a Villa one, who would you take and who would you send us?
Celtic are quite strong in the defence and midfield areas so I would swap Benteke for our young Dutch centre back Virgil Van Dijk to play alongside big Vlaar and hopefully solve Villa’s defensive problems. I really do think he is good enough for the Dutch national team ad if he played in one of the top leagues he would get a call up. I am certain of that.